Richard Salbato 12-05-2007
returned from a week in
going to the art museums of
thing I noted as different was the cost of things. This is not just because of the dollar
exchange but in the 20 years since I was in
course you will notice the small cars. I think one out of three cars in
has happened since
Supply Side Economics (make a bigger pie), Italy taxes people so high by
promising everyone everything; that these same people have nothing left to live
family I talked with (husband and wife with one child) spends 1000 Euros a
month for a one bedroom low class apartment. Both the husband and wife work in good jobs
and yet both together do not make 1700 Euros per month. I talked with a
waitress about wages in
understand that this is common all over Europe because I lived in
biggest complaint of Italians is the immigration from the Middle East and
Every day in the papers of
but a part of the very long list of criminal events Italians learn about on an
almost daily basis when they turn over the pages of newspapers or watch the
morning and evening news. The common thread linking these crimes is the fact
that all of the perpetrators were in
In some ways, Italians were used to all this, apparently even resigned to living with illegal aliens’ crimes. Those unfamiliar with this country's complex mentality wonder why it is that no Italian government has ever taken serious steps against the illegal aliens.
The main answer lies in the political parties' thirst for votes from them. A secondary answer is the permissiveness generated by the fear of being accused of intolerance or, even worse, racism.
dares to suggest that at least 40% of prison inmates are not Italians.
”Open borders for everyone” has been the official policy followed by all kinds of governments, from left to center to right for more than a decade. While the previous government somehow attempted to put an end to the massive flow of undocumented people into the nation through the "Bossi-Fini law" (named after two ministers of the then Berlusconi cabinet), the Left's electoral program stated that one of its priorities (yes, priorities) was to eliminate that only partially successful legislation.
200 illegals are flooding the south-western coasts of the
Authorities are now complaining about the lack of adequate means to host these people in over-crowded temporary migrant holding centers and alerted about radical Islamic infiltration.
years, Italians have been always told the old lie according to which “our
economy owes foreigners so much.” Really? Ignoring public opinion at home, Prodi was the only European chief of government to allow
Romanian citizens to enter
State authorities failing to defend scared Italian citizens, local governors
started taking matters into their own hands. The center-left wing mayor of
who have no work and housing permit aren't welcome and are urged to leave our
town." You need to have guts to say these things in
has good reason to say these things. There are Indian, Chinese and Romanian restaurants
One paper said: “
The Euro Will Not Last
To understand the Euro you have to understand that it is a
non-government currency backed by nothing, not even a constitution. Although the European Union has tried for 15
years to create a Central European Government, it has failed to ratify the
constitution. Just recently it has agreed to a “Treaty System” instead of a Constitutional
Central Government System”. This means the Euro is backed by a Treaty that
anyone can opt out of. They have kept the Euro high by keeping the interest
rates high, limiting debt and forcing free trade. Looking for high interest
rates, foreigners invest in Euros, but this also makes it even harder for
European companies to sell goods or to borrow money to expand. Many are moving
If any of these countries backs off the Euro, the entire
system will fail. The political parties
of several countries are now threatening to dump the Euro:
The German author Henryk M. Broder recently told the Dutch Newspaper "DeVolkskrant" that young Europeans
who love Freedom, better emigrate out of
While sitting on a terrace in
Many Germans and Dutch, apparently, did not wait for Broder's advice. The number of emigrants leaving the
Just consider the demographics.
- The number of Muslims in Contemporary Europe is estimated
to be 50 million.
- It is expected to double in twenty years. By 2025, 1/3ed of All European children will be born to Muslim families.
- Today Mohammed is already the most popular name for newborn boys in
Broder is convinced that the Europeans are not willing to oppose Islamization. "The dominant ethos," he told De Volkskrant, "is perfectly voiced by the stupid blonde woman author with whom I recently debated.
She said that it is sometimes better to let yourself be raped than to risk serious injuries while resisting. She said it is sometimes better to avoid fighting than run the risk of death."
In a recent Op-Ed piece in the
"I am not a Warrior," he says, "but who is? I have never learned to fight for my freedom. I was only good at enjoying it."
“Consider that in all
As Tom Bethell wrote in this month's American Spectator: "Just at the most basic level of demography, the secular-humanist option is not working." But there is more to it than the fact that non-religious people tend not to have as many children as religious people, because many of them prefer to "enjoy" freedom rather than renounce it for the sake of children.
“Secularists, it seems to me, are also less keen on fighting. Since they do not believe in an afterlife,
this life is the only thing they have to lose. Hence they will rather accept submission than fight. Like the German feminist Broder referred to,
they prefer to be raped than to resist.”
"If faith collapses, civilization goes with it," says Bethell. That is the real cause of the closing of civilization in
Some of the people I meet in the
People (who are not prepared to resist and are eager to submit) hate others who do not want to submit and are prepared to fight. They hate them because they are afraid that the latter will endanger their lives as well. In their view everyone must submit.
This is why they have come to hate Israel and America so
much, and the small band of European "Islamophobes"
who dare to talk about what they see happening around them. West Europeans have
to choose between submission (Islam) or death. I fear,
like Broder, that they have chosen submission - just
like in former days when they preferred to be Red rather than dead.
Europeans apparently never read John Stuart Mill:
"War is an ugly
thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral
and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing is worth a war, is worse."
"A man who has nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
Steyn's Book, “America Alone” calls on us to summon the will to fight this great struggle for Western civilization. In America Alone, Mark Steyn provides an enlightening primer to just how bad things are likely to get, and what we must do now to ensure that our children and grandchildren live in the bright light of freedom.
Read in this book why Islamic jihad has exploded across the world since 1970, why the threats that the world faces today should be taken much more seriously than the environmental scare-mongering that has been going on since the 60s (and, thanks to Al Gore, continues), the fact that Islam is a religion, not a race or nationality (as it is commonly portrayed in the West) -- and an explicitly political religion at that, why the liberal talk of finding the "root causes" of terrorism in the errors and excesses of Western foreign policy is so wrongheaded, correlation between the structural weaknesses of the social-democratic state and the rise of a globalized Islam, why Libya's Colonel Qaddafi is probably correct when he says that "there are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe -- without swords, without guns, without conquests", How the willingness to subordinate individual liberty to the primacy of society -- as expressed by Nazism, Communism, and more -- has blighted Europe for over a century, how the terrorist attacks in Madrid in 2004 and London in 2005 -- along with other events such as the murder of Theo van Gogh -- were the opening shots of a European civil war, the little-noticed reason why America's European "allies" failed to grasp the significance of September 11, how mosques in the West serve as recruiters for the jihad and play an important role in ideological subordination and cell discipline, why the Spanish government was so eager to appease the jihad terrorists after the Madrid bombings of March 2004.
The principal Saudi export is Islamic jihad ideology and our oil money bankrolls its spread.
democracies throughout the world, and that is good but it often fails because
without a good constitution that guarantees individual rights and the common
good, democracy can be just an immoral or religious majority rule. I would rather have a king like in
and others who want their families to enjoy the blessings of life in a free
society need to understand that the life we've led since 1945 in the Western
world is very rare in human history and will not last. As Our Lady of America said, we will save the
world because the rest of the world is sleeping and failing. So face it, we are going alone because