Friday, July 15, 2016

The year Rudyard Kipling was proved right about everything

The Stranger within my gates,
He may be evil or good,
But I cannot tell what powers control--
What reasons sway his mood;
Nor when the Gods of his far-off land
Shall repossess his blood.
BREAKING: At least 80 people were killed and 18 others were seriously injured Thursday when a terrorist drove a large truck loaded with guns and hand grenades into a crowd that had gathered for a Bastille Day fireworks display in the southern French city of Nice.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but two sources, including a U.S. counterterrorism source who collects and monitors jihadist social media, told Fox News that accounts linked to ISIS were "celebratory" and their followers were told to use the hashtag "Nice".

The death toll was confirmed by French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve early Friday morning. A source told Fox News that two Americans – a father and his son – were among the dead in the attack.

Earlier, French President Francois Hollande said that children were among the dead, and said his country was "under the threat of Islamic terrorism. We have to demonstrate absolute vigilance and show determination that is unfailing."

There were a number of weapons in the truck; France's strict gun control does nothing to keep weapons out of the hands of Islamic militants. The perpetrator is apparently first-generation French, of Tunisian origin: Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel (Are you muttering to yourself that that's not a French name? I'm calling Homeland Security you hateful bigot.) Immigrant populations in France remain resentful and marginalized through successive generations. They hate it there; the French hate them there. France is under martial law, with armed soldiers patrolling her streets. Naturally, nobody but the Alt-Right (Fascists! Nazis!) dares suggest that maybe this is what separate countries are for.

Why is it not a deadly sin to squander your children's inheritance of a high-trust society by importing violent, immiscible peoples, just so you can have cheap labor and more consumers to sell crummy gewgaws and cellphone plans to?

Obviously, when I say "Rudyard Kipling," I may as well be saying "Donald Trump."
We must stop importing extremism through senseless immigration policies.

A pause for reassessment will help us to prevent the next San Bernardino or worse -- all you have to do is look at the World Trade Center and September 11th.
By what stretch is this unconscionable bigotry, as opposed to an eminently debatable proposal in light of the facts on the ground? Different people are different; a Tunisian Muslim has different heroes, different history, different creed, different norms, and on and on, with little in common to French celebrating their own version of July 4. The immigrant is what he is; the real traitors are the thoughtless bureaucrats and merchants who think countries are just lines on a map.