A morality lesson in accepting refugees

Vox Day shares a lesson from history on the consequences of nations being too nice:

Never, ever, accept refugees

Last summer, a number of normally sensible people were shocked when I said that the European governments would be wise to sink the refugee ships that were crossing the Mediterranean. Most of those people now realize that the people of Europe would be much better off if their governments had rejected the ridiculous “it is moral to help poor defenseless refugees” argument and fulfilled their responsibility to defend their national borders.

But my opinion is not based on any heartlessness or cruelty, it is based on knowledge of history. As it happened, I’ve been reading Charles Oman’s The Byzantine Empire, and the following incident caught my attention, presaging as it does the current situation. You will note that last summer was not the first time refugees in peril were permitted to cross a border, and as Oman’s account suggests, it will not be the first time that the people whose governments betrayed them have paid a bitter price for that failure either.

Keep reading.

The story is long. It involves Goths and Romans, the latter ultimately being the chumps.

You’ll want to keep reading the whole thing even though you will know what’s going to happen every step along the way.

In principle, I could argue that a strong and confident nation can accept a limited number of refugees, but it doesn’t matter. Today, the only strong and confident nations are those that don’t accept refugees.

What “commonsense” really means

First, I see that left-winger Jeff Sharlet retweeted Congresswoman Yvette Clarke:

She claims to want “commonsense gun legislation.”

The latest scheme is to stop gun-sales to those on no-fly lists. It’s a dumb idea, seeing as how no-fly lists usually affect honest flyers more than terrorists. It can be justified for air travel, but barely. There is no due-process. We put up with it because flying isn’t actually a right.

Then Sharlet allows a little bit of the truth to slip in:

He knows it’s crap that would accomplish nothing. The word “commonsense” means nothing at all to these people.


Via Ed Driscoll at Instapundit:

Congressman John Lewis, who took part in the sit-in, was
“Once Erroneously Placed on No-Fly List He Wants to Use to Deny Due Process.“

Gun control is all a sham.

Peace protesters not so bright

But you knew that. Not exactly headline news.

I spotted an article today about a peace protester couple in New London, Connecticut.

Her parents were also peace protesters, then against the U.S. side of the Vietnam war. So’s her husband:

She’s married now, to Patrick Sheehan-Gaumer, who was raised in Norwich by parents Rick Gaumer and Joanne Sheehan, who founded the New England chapter of the War Resisters League in 1985 and are still active in the cause.

Here’s the funny part:

They are “purposely poor,” Sheehan-Gaumer, 34, said, explaining they are “a family of five living below the taxable income level on purpose, so that we don’t pay federal taxes.”

Asked why, he said, “Because about 50 cents of every dollar paid in taxes goes to the Pentagon.”

It’s really only about 16%, plus a portion from an additional 8% if you include veterans’ benefits — although that number includes retirees from other federal departments.

But they didn’t entirely make their number up. Left-wing groups like to play games with the number, first pulling the Social Security surplus from the budget (not unreasonably), then (very unreasonably) allocating all the debt to Defense.

Assuming we were going to take them seriously (always a big mistake), there are several problems with this. First, health and welfare alone are enormous (and we’re not even counting the portion paid through state taxes). And to lump all those debts to Defense simply forgets the fact that our budget has been almost entirely in the red since the Great Society. We used to spend a much larger portion on Defense in the 1950s.

If you think the government spends a lot on health care, that’s not even all of it. The state budgets come out to a similar amount.

Regardless, I’m not so sure they have to be that poor. It sounds like they work at non-profit charities. If the Clintons didn’t teach them how to skim money off of that, they’re missing out.

Then again, I said they’re not so bright.

Twitter will never be the same

Stacy McCain posted the boilerplatish correspondence he received from Twitter, and it doesn’t look good:

@rsmccain
Hello,
Your account was suspended because it was found to be violating the Twitter Rules (https://twitter.com/rules), specifically our rules around participating in targeted abuse.
Your account will not be restored.
Thanks,
Twitter

There’s more. It’s worth reading, if you haven’t already.

It should have been expected. SJWs will get angry if Twitter backs down so soon.

There’s a reason corporations can easily hire left-wing extremists to pitch their products while conservative spokesmen would need to guard whatever they say. The SJWs would make Twitter pay a steep price.

Of course, this isn’t a free speech issue. Twitter isn’t the government. They can censor anyone they want for whatever reason. It’s just going to be pretty obvious who it is they’re throwing out, and who they’re not. (Remember: some people are probably dead because of “hands-up-don’t-shoot.”)

The trouble is, not only will we need to watch what we say, but given the possibility of shadowbanning (discussed earlier), we will always have to keep wondering if we’re still saying it.

I haven’t checked Twitter’s stock price, but its value went down for me as an ordinary user.

Iran still after Rushdie

The bounty on author Salman Rushdie just went up.

It was started by Ayatollah Khomeini 25 years ago, then at three million dollars.

The extra cash was raised by the news agencies:

Forty state-run Iranian media outlets have jointly offered a new $600,000 bounty for the death of British Indian author Salman Rushdie, according to the state-run Fars News Agency.

Fars News Agency, which is closely affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), was among the largest contributors, donating one billion Rials – nearly $30,000.

And we thought our media was bad.

Twitter off the deep end

As if to prove my Wednesday post, Twitter has suspended Stacy McCain’s account. He wasn’t too clear on the exact cause, and doesn’t really seem to know. But at the moment, it ends with “EXPECT UPDATES…

Datechguy wrote a nice write-up on McCain, the man.

You probably know that much already. After my previous post being about Twitter, I’d like to say I expected stuff like this, but of course I did not think it could be so soon, or so overt. This was pretty quick.

It’s as if the grown-ups left for the weekend, and the SJW interns are in control. It was only supposed to be just in case the circuit breakers popped — it is a weekend, after all — but then those interns saw an injustice that needed to be fixed, and it couldn’t wait ’til Monday.

Twitter may or may not see this as a mistake. I assume they will adapt to the complaints.

I just signed up for Quitter.se. (My own account is here). It’s an alternative that would take time to build. I’ll be updating the major posts on both platforms.

What Twitter has become

Q: How many feminists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

A: That’s not funny.

This isn’t really about feminists, but the joke fits here.

British actor Stephen Fry makes a joke on stage at BAFTA and unhilarity ensues:

“Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to the awards dressed like a bag lady.”
— Stephen Fry

Not being up to date on these awards, I’ll cut to the chase: The PC crowd online didn’t think it was funny. They hounded the guy until he cleared his Twitter timeline:

“Let us grieve at what twitter has become. A stalking ground for the sanctimoniously self-righteous who love to second-guess, to leap to conclusions and be offended – worse, to be offended on behalf of others they do not even know.”

But it’s not about what Twitter has become…

It’s about what Twitter is becoming.

It’s hard to have sympathy for Fry here. From what I read, he’d be among the first to huff and puff about what other people say.

What normally happens when the Stephen Frys of the world get upset about what people say? They call for censorship, of course. Twitter won’t call it that. It’s a “Trust and Safety Council” whose job it is to protect us from those who think the wrong things.

As Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopolous explains, it’s “packed with left-wing advocacy groups, as well as Islamic research centre the Wahid Institute.”

They may accomplish that by, among other things, shadowbanning those of their members with the wrong political views. This means that whatever a wrongthinker says can appear on their own computers, but not on those who follow them. It can take some time before you realize you’ve been blocked out.

The council sounds exactly like Fry’s crowd.

Just last year, Fry had joined a group of leftists reading from detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s book about his ‘struggles’ at Guantanamo. I’m sure Fry wanted to believe every word.

(I’ve mentioned Slahi and his book in my Guantanamo Clarity. Needless to say, I think Fry’s made his own bed.)

It’s always weird to see a gay man show sympathy for radical Islamists, but they’re out there.

The cost of kindness

From Breitbart London, German dentists are warning the obvious: fixing the migrants’ teeth will cost billions.

That’s the least of their problems. General health care will also cost a huge amount. Europeans will also pay in less access to their own health care.

Sympathy for refugees ratcheted up last year by a photo of a boy lying dead on a beach. That boy made the trip with his father, who wanted to go to Europe to see a dentist.

I am very sympathetic to the cause of all decent migrants trying to escape the hellholes they live in. But I also recognize that neither we nor the Europeans can afford this. People who think we can really have no idea.

Chickens coming home to roost

More thoughts on Cologne…

Radical Islam is ascendant: The very people who oppose the War on Terror, and still remain eager to spread lies about it, are now among the victims in Cologne.

I do understand that I’m making generalizations here, but the number of victims is large, and let’s face it, we are talking about Europe. Hating Guantanamo and the War on Terror were among of the ways that the Euroleft likes to strut their social consciousness without it costing anything. That is, until now. The bill is due.

Yes, I know that some will want to imagine that the outrages in Cologne and elsewhere wouldn’t be, if only we hadn’t invaded Iraq almost thirteen years ago. But the people saying that are the same ones who initially supported the President who encouraged Iranian aggression, allowed turmoil in Egypt, bombed Libya and Syria without Congressional authorization, lost Iraq, and doesn’t seem to care if we lose Afghanistan.

Remember “Bring Back Our Girls”? How well did that work? It showed weakness. It doesn’t end here.

A flyer for migrants with instructions on common decency is making the rounds online, including via ZeroHedge. (It’s amusing to be seeing this from Guantanamo opponents, but the right also has its share from that crowd. And to be clear, the isolationists didn’t open the gates.)

Those European bureaucrats who make those flyers are acting like those refugees simply need to be taught proper manners. Real innocent refugees should feel insulted, to the extent that some had managed to get to Europe without being thrown into the Med by the others.

It doesn’t have to be this way, but it is. How many recruits would ISIS be getting if they didn’t portray themselves as winning?

Imagine if ISIS was in tatters, the rubble of its cities smoking, Al Qaeda truly on the run, Guantanamo unapologetically packed with prisoners, and a Europe able to recognize which side is evil. Assuming there were still refugees streaming into Europe, does anyone really think those men wouldn’t be on their best behavior? They’d know better. They’re savages, but not stupid.

When it comes to barbarians, there are two alternatives to a real war: Strength or submission. There are no peace movements working on another path.

And lest you think it’s only Europe that thinks they can advance “peace” by being nice to our enemies, this was Seattle in 2007:

Demonstrators: Victory to the Iraqi Resistance
Anti-war march, Seattle, Washington, 2007

It is either fight, or raise the drawbridge. Don’t let any peace activist tell you otherwise.