Not to say “I told you so,” but:
Two out of three serious teenage criminals are children of parents born outside the Netherlands. In most cases, no prison sentence is imposed, it emerges from a study sent to parliament by Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin.
Only just over one-third (37 percent) of the convicted youngsters are white Dutch. Two-thirds are of immigrant origin, meaning that they themselves or their mothers were born abroad.
“The most prevalent group of youthful immigrants (among the perpetrators) are young Moroccans (14 percent),” according to the report. For another 14 percent, the parents’ country of birth could not be determined. A further 8 percent of the young criminals came from Turkey, 7 percent from Surinam and another 7 percent from the Netherlands Antilles, 9 percent from the category ‘other non-Westerners’ and 4 percent, ‘other Westerners.’
How can this be? When you create a culture of pity, where the script reads that the minority is always oppressed by the majority, you let the minority get away with murder. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make them fit in or have the capacities common in their new homeland, which dooms them to be serfs.
Today RosengÃ¥rd’s population consists to nearly 90 percent of immigrants, originating mainly from Palestine, former Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Iraq, and Poland. Unemployment hovers around 38 percent, and 20 percent of the population subsists on welfare. It is a neighborhood where fire fighters dare not go without police escort. The fire brigade has responded to assaults against its trucks by developing a new “methods of dialogue” with RosengÃ¥rd’s youths.
In December, the neighborhood was shaken by violent riots after a so-called basement mosque was not extended a new lease agreement. In response, local youths occupied the mosque, set cars on fire, and fired rockets at the police. In the Swedish media the riots were largely described as an expression of frustration and anger, due to social inequalities.
But RosengÃ¥rd lies in the world’s most generous welfare state. Those who cannot provide for themselves and their families have a right to social welfare, which according to Swedish law must cover the cost for food, clothes, shoes, leisure activities, health and hygiene, health care and medicines, a daily newspaper, a phone, living expenses, electricity, commuting to work, home insurance, membership in a workers’ union and unemployment insurance.
The frustrated and angry youngsters in RosengÃ¥rd get health care at a minimal cost, free dental care, free school, and free college and university education, with the right to student benefits and loans. Social inequality is, therefore, a poor model for explaining not only a rise in crime the neighborhood has seen in the last few years, but also in political radicalization.
In the meantime, France is wracked by more demonstrations:
Up to two million people were expected to take part in more than 200 demonstrations protesting against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s handling of the global financial crisis.
A spokesman said: “The warm, sunny weather is likely to bring out very big crowds – we are on full alert.’ They were hoping to prevent a repeat of the violence which followed the last general strike in France on January 29.
Then, luxury cars and designer goods shops were attacked by a mob which was held back from the Elysee Palace by police barricades.
The photographs of these events are always intriguing. They show some native French, but they are dwarfed by the number of immigrant youth, many of whom are responsible for the past five years of burning cars and injured French police officers.
The worst part is, that even if our narrative goes really well and ethnic groups are able to establish themselves, they will most likely wage political war against the majority, as happened here:
As soon as leaders of Chicago’s black community began standing up and embracing him, all of the Burris-should-resign talk by the likes of Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Richard Durbin went silent.
There’s something deeply satisfying about that: A once-despised and disfranchised group has learned how to wield its electoral power and command respect in the political marketplace.
There also is something profoundly sad and disturbing in it.
Even giving him the benefit of the doubt, Burris misled the Illinois Houseâ€”and the people of Illinoisâ€”on at least two accounts when he testified before the committee investigating possible grounds for impeaching the governor. He failed to mention three contactsâ€”and very recent onesâ€”with the governor’s brother, Rob. And he failed to mention that he actually tried to raise money for the governor, although he failed.
But if the game is always played as a cynical, zero-sum, our-loss-is-their-gain affair, can we ever hope to elevate it to something more than mud-wrestling?
I have to ask Europe: why did you engage in this experiment? To prove you’re as morally upright as the racially-mixed USA? It would have made sense to wait for the results instead.
Here’s why it’s a problem:
A U.S. researcher found a powerful link between financial security concerns and satisfaction with one’s life.
“Even if you are making a hundred grand a year, if you are constantly worried that you are going to get fired, that you are going to lose your health insurance or that you are simply not sure you are going to ‘make it,’ you are not going to be happy,” Miron-Shatz said.
If you import a new group of people to work at lower costs, you subject them to misery through poverty, and subject your native people to misery through competition by the desperate, who by their very nature cut corners and endure privations. In short, you destabilize two populations at once and make them hate each other.
This happened in the USA, and now it happened it Europe. I’m reconsidering my previous praise of human intelligence.