Far too many fall into an easy response that it’s all the fault of foreigners. This is the doctrine of Fascism. Proud of their country, feeling a strong association with it, so-called model citizens bolster their insecurity by associating with others under a national banner.
By extension, they exclude others. First, they think that those with brown skin, obvious and identifiable, do not to hold the same values. Some look around and decide that Arabs and Muslims are terrorists. These feelings and attitudes of us against them ‘We are obviously in the right, it’s the fault of the foreigners’ are just too easy.
This does not even consider that they come from war zones, they are refugees and flee from misery in the world. Fascists see the world very simply: They target identifiable groups and claim that they themselves are righteous, that the jobs are for them and the presence of others is a threat to their livelihood and way of life.
Let’s just think about this for a moment, and wonder how many times a mosque has changed your life. Not once. Why, because they are innocuous buildings just as are churches, synagogues or any other collection of bricks and mortar.
The worst effect of Islam is through Islamic terrorism is from ISIS causing havoc and turning their erstwhile ‘white’ European allies against an otherwise integrated Islamic diaspora.
What It Means to Be Integrated
The main criteria for integration is respect for the rule of law, and yet enough white European locals flout the law. Immigrants take jobs but they also create jobs. They are also customers and taxpayers.
Complaints about Islamisation
Some people complain about Islamisation. What does this mean? The law of the land is secular, not Islamic. If the majority of people were Muslim and voted for the official religion to be Islam, many would object, just as they might if forced to starve for a whole day once a year (Yom Kippur). No one is obliged to go to church on Christmas or give up butter in spring. Changing that would be to go back 500 years in history.
A Police State Imposes Religion
Unfortunately, some police states in this world still impose such rules. It’s very sad and unfortunate that some feel the need to impose religion. But is that sufficient to understand the Fascist who wants everyone out, to keep Europe Christian, white and clean?
Can we talk of positive immigration? This is not about giving immigrants the unwanted cheap jobs. It is because we want them here, sympathise with their plight, are open to learning from their culture. We should have no issue with anyone’s freedom as long as it’s reasonable and peaceful.
A Rise in Fascism
So where do we go from here? Are we set for civil war leading once again to racism, purges and the horror of the 1930s? Or is it just an adjustment? Once the war in Syria is over and 6 million people go back to the rubble, we might limit immigration so that the population does not explode (we can’t import the whole of Africa).
We need to be clear about these issues, not just the right to asylum but our desire to architect society.