In today’s episode of “Donald Trump was right,” if you thought the only attacks by refugees on New Year’s Eve were in Cologne, you were wrong. Sexual attacks were also reported in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Helsinki, Zurich, Salzburg, Stuttgart, and Dusseldorf.
If the cost of preventing something like this is being branded ‘Islamophobic’ by a vocal minority on the left, we should be willing to bear those costs.
Trump was the first to propose a temporary ban on Muslim immigration and took a lot of heat for it – but other countries have warmed up to the idea quite fast in the wake of recent events.
As reported by DW:
Robert Fico said on Thursday that Slovakia would fight against immigration from Muslim countries to prevent attacks like last year’s shootings in Paris and large-scale assaults of women in Germany, which took place on New Year’s Eve.“We don’t want something like what happened in Germany taking place in Slovakia,” Fico said, adding that the country must “prevent [its] women from being molested in public places.” According to reports by local German newspaper “Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger” and an online preview of investigations by Sunday paper “Welt am Sonntag,” Cologne authorities have identified some of the perpetrators in the attacks as been Syrian asylum seekers.
In light of the attacks, Fico told reporters that Bratislava would “never make a voluntary decision that would lead to the formation of a unified Muslim community in Slovakia.”
“Multi-culturalism is a fiction. Once you let migrants in, you can face such problems,” Fico said.
Slovakia is a Catholic country of 5.4 million people, who thus far have had next to no experience with immigrants. The country received only 169 asylum requests last year.
Under the European Commission’s plan for mandatory quotas to share out 120,000 asylum seekers among the EU’s 28 member states, Slovakia is being asked to take in 802 migrants. Fico’s government has already filed a lawsuit against the Commission in response to the plans.
And other countries are wising up as well:
Similar views have also been heard from neighboring Hungary and Poland. Like Slovakia, the Hungarian government has also challenged mandatory quotas in court, with Prime Minister Viktor Orban repeatedly claiming that the influx of refugees into Europe threatens to undermine the continent’s Christian roots.
The new Polish conservative government has also spoken in favor of stemming migration, saying they cannot repeat the mistakes of other European countries. Warsaw added, however, that it would abide by the previous government’s pledge to accept around 7,000 migrants.
All of a sudden Trump’s plan doesn’t seem so bigoted now, does it? The only difference is that Trump wanted to prevent something like this from happening in the first place, while Slovakia and others waited for it to happen before realizing that it was a problem.
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]