Why are some refugees and immigrants trying to kill their hosts?

Karl du Fresne looks into his crystal ball and sees political capital in being more cautious about inviting people to live in New Zealand that have no other objective than to hang onto their way of live at the cost of ours.

All over the democratic world (France, Austria and Italy too) politics is in a state of turbulence and uncertainty as the old political order unravels. Former British prime minister David Cameron is the most conspicuous casualty of the disruption, but he may not be the last.

The common denominator is immigration. While it might be the natural inclination of compassionate Western European countries to shelter millions of desperate refugees fleeing instability and turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, it was only a matter of time before Islamist terrorism provoked a backlash.

After all, what sort of person repays his hosts? hospitality by trying to kill them?

The ideal of multiculturalism, long an article of faith in liberal western democracies, is now under intense pressure. But if the mood has turned against refugees, it?s largely because having risked their lives fleeing from corrupt and tyrannical Muslim regimes, some of those refugees then perversely and illogically set out to destroy the civilised and tolerant societies that have given them sanctuary.

One of the options Karl is missing is that a number of people that immigrate or choose to be refugees are in fact soldiers for a cause that have an objective to?disrupt.

Who will be the political beneficiary if the anti-immigration mood spreads to New Zealand? It can only be Winston Peters.

It hasn?t happened yet, but that?s not to say it won?t.

New Zealand has been spared the terrorist outrages experienced in Europe and the US. Any anti-immigration sentiment here arises not because of terrorism fears, but from anxiety about the impact on the cost of housing and ? increasingly ? competition for jobs.

Otherwise, most New Zealanders seem relaxed about multiculturalism. Many (I, for one) welcome the demographic transformation of recent decades as providing vibrancy and diversity that was lacking in Anglo-Saxon New Zealand.

Will we remain cosily insulated from the pressures that are building over immigration in other countries? The government’s inclination, as in all things, is to assure us that everything’s sweet; no cause for alarm. But only a fool or an incurable optimist would ignore the lessons from overseas.

Talking with people in politics and the security services, they are all saying a major event in New Zealand isn’t an “if”, it is a “when”.

Reading between the lines, some have been thwarted. ?But one day one will slip though the net.

At that point, both Labour and National will suffer due to trying to straddle the path of least resistance, and those parties that have at least shown a genuine concern and some attempts to attenuate will reap the rewards.

This isn’t good. ?This world-wide threat is and should be a main stream political issue.


Karl du Fresne, via Dominion Post