Saturday, August 11, 2012
Thursday, August 09, 2012
And the battle for resources explodes...
CNN reported that with a reported official population of about 10 million, Greece has an estimated millionillegal immigrants living in that country. Some 100,000 illegal immigrants are estimated to come into Greece every year. So it seems ludicrous that Greece, with its current fiscal disaster, should be censured by outsiders and some liberal political Greek parties for a massive round-up and detention, pending deportation, of some 1,600 illegal immigrants which it can ill-afford to house, clothe, employ and feed -- when it is hard-pressed to care for its own citizens in the current economic climate and the country itself is teetering on collapse.
The CNN article states:
The uncontrolled influx, which coincided with a recent spike in crime, contributed to the sharp rise of an extreme-right political party which uses aggressive rhetoric against immigrants. Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias said Monday the rounding-up of illegal immigrants would continue, arguing that their unchecked entry has brought Greece "to the brink of collapse." "The country is being lost," he told private Skai TV. "What is happening now is ( Greece 's) greatest invasion ever. Since the Dorian invasion some 3,000 years ago, the country has never received such a flow of immigration."
Ancient tradition linked the invasion of Greek-speaking Dorian tribes with the end of the heroic Mycenaean age, although historians believe that the Mycenaean palatial civilization was brought down by financial and social unrest.
Golly that sounds like a familiar scenario doesn't it?
Why are the immigrants, largely African and Asian, flooding into Greece (and then to other European countries)? That's an easy one. Tunisia , Egypt , Syria , Afghanistan , Pakistan , Somalia , Saudi Arabia ...with the rampant political unrest, war, climate/agricultural disasters, sectarian violence, why not run to the democratic countries where they might claim asylum? Why not rely on those countries' social services until the illegals can get their feet under them and become assets instead of liabilities? Greece , however, is fighting for its own survival, economically and politically. The human tide overrunning its shores is no longer something that can be ignored. The affluence that allowed Greece to close its eyes to the invaders before no longer exists. It's now a battle for resources, with the Greeks trying to hold off the overwhelming tide and still retain such intangible luxuries as due process under the law. But when you consider that one-in-ten walking around in Greece might be there illegally, a literary critic might consider that the Greeks failed to learn that the Trojan Horse ploy can be used by anyone and the enemy is already within the gates.
We here in the U.S. need to quit watching and start making some realistic self-evaluations. The threat facing Greece COULD happen here in the U.S. -- and has been in motion for years. Our leaders need to quit examining their political platforms and start looking to see the thin economic and financial ice under all our feet or it WILL happen here. It's time to get serious about protecting our borders, rebuilding our infrastructure and promoting self-reliance among our citizens. We need to act like we're at war, grow community gardens to get through lean times, regional resources so we're not reliant on transportation and other communities. We have to turtle down and regroup so that we can survive to rebuild.
And for our nation's sake, until we have a little more solid economic ground under us, SOMEBODY shut the door!
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Free from Gizmodo. Well, what are you waiting for? Get right on it!