Europe is losing its culture

From??The Huffington Post: Quote:

President Donald Trump lambasted Europe?s immigration policies during an interview with The Sun, a British tabloid, on Thursday, saying an influx of migrants fleeing violence and seeking asylum has caused the continent to lose its culture and ?changed the fabric of Europe.?

?And I don?t mean that in a positive way,? Trump told the paper in a sit-down interview. ?I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad. I think you?re losing your culture. Look around. You go through certain areas that didn?t exist 10 or 15 years ago.? End quote.

By ‘certain areas that didn’t exist 10 or 15 years ago’, I don’t think he means nice new cities or leafy suburbs inhabited by an eclectic mix of locals and immigrants. I think he is referring to places like Rinkeby in Stockholm, known affectionately as ‘Little Mogadishu’, or Rosengard in Malmo, or Molenbeek in Brussels or Tottenham in London. These are places where locals fear for their lives, but most have moved out. In Rinkeby, the new police station under construction looks like a war zone outpost. In most of these places, police simply do not operate. Quote:

In recent years, some 1.8 million people migrated to Europe, many seeking asylum, setting off a continent-wide crisis and a wave of xenophobia and populism. European leaders are still struggling with how to handle the influx, and the issue has remained a top political issue, even though migrant arrivals have plummeted this year. End quote.

Numbers may have plummeted this year, but that is largely due to countries such as Italy refusing to accept people off charity boats that comb the North African coast looking for migrants to?take to Europe. There was no need for people smugglers as charity boats would sail all the way to Libya to pick up migrant hopefuls and take them there.

But even if that is true, and the ‘crisis’ is coming to an end, Europe has taken in 1.8 million people since 2015, following on from large numbers in the years prior to that. Europe has taken in millions of migrants, adding to those who were there already. And many of these migrants are not there to integrate and lead a peaceful life. Ask the women of? La Chapelle in Paris. Quote:

Trump arrived in the United Kingdom on Thursday amid widespread protests over his visit with May and on the heels of a frosty NATO summit. Picketers gathered outside the U.S. ambassador?s residence, where Donald and Melania Trump were staying for the night, and outside Blenheim Palace, where they dined with May. A massive march is planned for Friday in London.

Many have gathered to protest Trump?s policies on immigration, including his administration?s travel ban on citizens from several Muslim-majority nations and America?s zero tolerance policy on unauthorized immigration that led thousands of migrant children to be separated from their parents. End quote.

We have debated these issues on this blog many times, so I won’t go there again. I really do wonder why Londoners are protesting Trump’s visit. He is not causing Londoners any hardship. In fact, by pointing out that Europe is losing its culture, he is doing them a favour. They don’t seem to see it that way though. Quote:

In his interview Donald Trump doubled down on his opposition to immigration regardless of legality, saying that asylum seekers and migrants strip countries of their culture and implying that immigrants are linked to an increase in terrorism. End quote.

Ask the people of Malmo if immigrants are robbing them of their culture. Ask the women if they can walk the streets at night. Ask about child brides in Europe, a practice that all Europeans find abhorrent. Ask about FGM. Quote:

?You have a mayor who has done a terrible job in London. He?s done a terrible job,? Trump said of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, with whom the president has had a long-running feud. ?Take a look at the terrorism that?s taking place. Look at what?s going on. He?s done a terrible job.?

Trump continued, ?I think that all of this immigration has really changed the fabric of Europe. Now, I speak as an outsider when I say that, but I speak as somebody who loves Europe, and I think it?s too bad. I think he?s done a very bad job on terrorism. I think he?s done a bad job on crime.? End quote.

There is no love lost between Sadiq Khan and Donald Trump. Khan has the dubious record of being the mayor in charge of London which now has more murders per year than New York. Not long ago, that would have been unthinkable.

I am ashamed of the way Trump has been treated, but nothing is going to stop him. At least he wasn’t badly treated everywhere he went.

Maybe Britain and Europe don’t mind losing their culture. Maybe they are happy with things the way they are.

I mean, they have so much to be proud of, don’t they?