As the coddled half of the Continent crumbles in the face of relentless Islamic migration and the terror it often brings, eastern Europe is saying: enough:
Eastern European nations are toughening their opposition to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plan to force them to take in refugees, arguing that the European Union’s immigration policies may have aided last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov on Tuesday called discussions on quotas for migrants “absurd” following the events in Paris, while Poland’s incoming Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said a day earlier the EU should review its stance on immigration, pledging to accept refugees only if they don’t endanger security. At least 129 people were killed in Paris on Friday, with a Syrian passport found next to the body of one of the suicide bombers registered on the Greek island of Leros, suggesting the holder may have come into Europe claiming to be a political refugee.
The EU is increasingly split along east-west lines over how to deal with the immigration crisis as the European Commission estimates 3 million asylum seekers may be heading toward the bloc by 2017. A group of formerly communist countries led by Hungary, one of the nations most affected by the flood of migrants, have opposed German-led efforts to introduce a quota system to settle them, drawing criticism that the recipients of billions of euros in aid from the west aren’t willing to help their richer neighbors.
“The opposition to the quotas has already been there before the attacks,” said Otilia Dhand, an analyst at political-risk consultancy Teneo Intelligence in Brussels. “The attacks are now being used as an additional argument.”
And why not? “Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk,” as Thoreau said. The Left, of course, doesn’t want to hear about the attacks (the “tiny minority”) argument while merrily importing a million or so healthy, able-bodied, mostly male “Syrian” “refugees; and throws around the word “Nazi” to describe the eastern Europeans’ attempts to defend themselves and their cultures.
Bonus point: they’re now playing the Nazi card back against the Germans.
Poland’s Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak, of the Law & Justice party that won last month’s election after promising to take the country out of the “EU mainstream,” recalled the Nazi’s destruction of Warsaw during World War II when asked about German politicians’ comments suggesting Poland should show more solidarity in trying to resolve the migrant crisis.
“This is another example of German arrogance,” Blaszczak told TVN24 on Tuesday. “We are in Warsaw, which was destroyed by Germans agents, who murdered 50,000 people, including women and children” during a raid on its Wola district in 1944, he said.