The International Writers Magazine: Mass Migration
THE BUFFALO ROAM
in Tom. Got some good news for you. Larry Thompson out on the West
Coast is retiring in a couple of months and we want you to take
over the operation, said Jane Woburn, Senior VP of Bubbly
Gas Inc. Its agreed that youll get a 10% salary
rise, and an extra 5% on your existing stock options. The company
will pick up the usual moving costs, you know, house sale, estate
agent fees, etc. Tom smiled. He had no choice. It was a move
or else a kick sideways into a dead end job.
Arresting illegals in Spain
Across the pond
a different conversation was taking place.
Shit. Theres another damn dingy adrift five miles out. Here
take a look, said Inspector Suarez of the Spanish Civil Guards
on the Andalusian coast, as he searched the horizon across the Straits
of Gibraltar. He handed his colleague the binoculars. I count
over forty. Suppose its moreMoroccans. If only they knew theyre
going to be sent right back.
Yeah, thats if they still make it to the shore alive.
This is the normal routine of masses of people fleeing Africa and risking
their lives for freedom and wealth in plentiful Europe.
The first scenario is one example of human movement in the US. It sits
as the top notch on the scale. The latter lies at the other end of the
spectrum. Both are part of the centuries old phenomena of human migration.
The exodus of vast sections of the worlds population, moving from
one place to another is exceedingly common in the history of mankind.
But unlike their fellow animals, they are vastly different. Fauna tends
to shift for natural causes, generally for food, sex or both. Birds
fly south, away from the northern cold in order to mate, build their
nests and reproduce. Fish swim with the warm currents and change venues
for similar reasons. But homo sapiens migrate because of greed or fear.
Either they seek a better standard of living or they are persecuted
for a plethora of reasons and are forced away from their homeland or
Take the American Indians back in the XIX century. Before the move West
of the 7th Cavalry bringing with them all the modern industrial advances
of the era, the Indians livelihood blended into nature just like
other animals. This was brilliantly depicted in Kevin Costners
great movie Dances with Wolves. Their living conditions
did not endanger their survival. They killed sufficient buffalo for
food in the summer and warmth in the winter retiring to a dormant mode
as the snow fell. Alas the blue-coats turned up and everything
changed. The Indians were practically annihilated. The Spanish Conquistadors
did exactly the same in Latin America. In the name of Jesus Christ and
the Madrid bank balances, Incas, Mayas, Aztecs and a few other brands
of American civilisations were wiped out. Both are examples of human
movement seeking wealth and fortune whilst ousting others that came
their way. Centuries later, specially in Europe the trend was the reverse.
During both World Wars millions of people fled their homes in fear of
death by the oppressing forces. Surprisingly though, the very ones that
were persecuted in WWII, the Jews, migrated in bulk to the promised
land of Palestine creating the modern state of Israel. Result? They
kicked out a few other humans that fled, mainly to Jordan and are, today
still trying to find a new homeland. We can continue to
encapsulate millions upon millions who were and still are being shifted
around the planet, for or against their will, anywhere from Sudan to
China, from Mexico to Iraq and from within Europe to within Europe.
We can dissect the reasons throughout history since God created man.
We can enumerate thousands of thesis that have been written on the subject.
The question is, how has all this migration affected the evolution of
mankind? What have been and are the global consequences, particularly
in the XXI century? And above all, what are we now faced with, as one
large global community united through the most modern means of communication
that have been developed over the years, yet vastly separated by wealth,
religion and politics? In other words, how do we stand and, what next?
Thanks to responsible immigration, the United States of America holds
the largest cocktail of humanity ever developed and can boast as the
wealthiest and most advanced nation in the world. A democratic constitution
and a sound yet flexible legislation has allowed this country to consolidate
its citizenship to the extent that hardly any mass migration of human
beings from within its borders takes place. Is this going to hold? Hardly.
Americas appetite for oil and other raw materials to sustain an
oversized standard of living plus the added threat of external
Islamic terrorism has set the think tanks to red alert.
For the time being however, nobody is moving!
Recent immigration in Europe has had a different effect. Initially,
the establishment of the European Union has legalised the
movement of citizens within its boundaries. This has brought about the
mixing and exchange of, among many other subjects, new cultures, languages,
customs and wealth. In general, harmonious living standards have been
set. However, unlike the USA, the EUs legal and economic infrastructure
is light years away from consolidation. This is one reason why the EU
is unable to cope, legally, with the recent flood of illegal
immigration now pouring in, above all from Africa, Eastern Europe and
Latin America. Although Europes ageing population causes a threat
to sustained growth and, similar to America a century ago needs new
blood, uncontrolled immigration is not the answer. Consequence?
Increase in organised crime, prostitution, disease and what is even
worse, racism. Pakistanis in UK persecuted by the old Brits,
Colombians in Spain murdered by rival Ecuadorian gangs, Jews in France
being harassed by Muslims. The old gypsy ghetto system of different
ethnic groups is on the rise in Europe.
A side effect to migration is the transmission and proliferation of
disease. Syphilis and gonorrhoea were transmitted by European sailors
to innocent Caribbean islanders a few hundred years ago. Poliomyelitis
spread like wildfire across the globe in the mid-nineteen fifties. From
Aids to tuberculosis to Sars, todays world travellers keep our
medical scientists busy twenty-four hours a day. Yet health threats
are not the only demons buying an airline ticket. Make way for the real
The international terrorist threat by Islamic fundamentalists is having
its world-wide toll on human migration. Anyone entering Iraq from the
Western world could exit as an exhibit for the Tower of London. Any
Christian moving into northern Nigeria is liable to be flogged to death.
Any school kid from Russia visiting Chechnya could be a snipers
target practice. Or is it just the fundamentalists? Is the world experiencing
a resurrection of religious persecution similar to that of the dark
ages but in the reverse direction? No one in the democratic world dares
mention the fact that behind the murder of innocent civilians by Muslim
fanatics there could be a cover up of a more sinister plot for an overall
Islamic take-over of the universe. Either leave or be murdered! Are
we hitting a raw nerve? Too close for comfort? There is only one positive
and hopefully optimistic answer.
Unless the United Nations consolidates its international position, which
must include the full backing of the United States, and imposes some
sort of a standard set of rules based on harmonious co-existence between
the entire Muslim world and the rest, future human migration
will end up as a one way ticket to hell!
© James Skinner. 2004.
See also his review of Open
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