Africa and the Middle East are forcing their populations to flee the destruction that those populations have made from their own refusal to compromise in governing themselves. Islam is unsustainable but at gunpoint; fellow Moslems will not tolerate each other when one is Sunni and the other, Shia. And as Islam was imposed upon tribal rather than centrally governed societies, the result is places that are too split into factions to be able to govern themselves.
U.S./E.U. meddling has removed many of the resulting dictators that have by force, maintained some stability; Middle East and much of Africa are now therefore destabilized. The resulting refugees are presently directed toward Europe; the money and organization behind that are unidentified.
Moslems do not historically, assimilate well into Christian places. Enlarging their presence suggests future conflict and at the very least, a lot more burned cars in the streets of night. A declining international trade will exacerbate that.
Add that none of that will modify the ongoing disruption of the Middle East and Africa. Note too, many of the refugees are central Asians.
In the U.S. the imported migrants are not refugees; they are economic migrants in search of larger opportunities. At bottom, they too flee their own inability to govern themselves well enough to produce a wealthy economy but they are not fleeing physical destruction as are those aimed at Europe.
Both rivers of folk share the universal human pattern that wishes to impose upon any strange place, the familiar patterns of home. And both those homes were bad enough to drive the migrants out. Contradictory perhaps, but very human. So both streams of people, to Europe and to the U.S. are trouble in waiting, at least for a generation.
Both will drain already strapped public welfare systems, too. At a time when governments are reaching the ends of their credit and facing an insolvent reality. Add to that, the extending lifetimes of resident with a declining birthrate of new producers to support the increasing elderly. The political leadership of the West is waving a lighted match in a fireworks factory.
We suppose that they are with King Louis IV: “Apres moi, le deluge.” But the rest of us will have to live with it. That reminds us: When an unpleasant choice lies before one, refusing to make the choice, is a choice. And often enough, the least pleasant of all …
Should we bail them out, perhaps going down in the process? Should we condemn them to the results of a mayhem that we have triggered? Or should we ignore what is before us, and allow fate to select its own road?