Richard Lionheart, the Crusader King
What do British Muslims think?
Trevor Phillips has made a documentary delving into the beliefs of Muslims living in Britain. Politicians speak a lot about how important integration into society is when it comes to immigration.
Certainly, a big part of integrating into a society is taking on the set of beliefs of that society. After all, the beliefs and values form a great part of a country’s culture.
If the British wish to maintain their culture despite immigrants forming a large group of their population, it is critical that these immigrants accept and move towards British beliefs.
Allegory of Fertility by Jan Brueghel and Jan van Balen
The European migrant crisis has given rise to one very persistent argument; namely that Europe, and especially Germany, desperately requires migrants to make up for the declining workforce and to fund European pensions for the elderly. Before, it was discussed that Europe hardly needs to import its workforce from the Africa or the Middle East, since millions of Greeks, Spaniards and Italians are unemployed. But there is another argument why we would supposedly need migration – we need them for our pensions. Do we really?
Europe is supposed to have lost both its fertility and the ability to reverse this trend, which is why migrants are now being presented as those who might fill the gap.
There is a lot of talk about the labour markets in Europe. Ever since the crisis that started in 2008, there has been a constant interest in the topic. During the past years, with the recent flows of migrants entering Europe, labour markets were presented as an argument in favour of immigration from outside of Europe.
Briefly put, the argument is as follows; Germany has low unemployment, but also low birth rates. With Germany’s current birth rates their population size will decrease unless migrants take their place. It is deemed necessary that the country’s labour force remains the same size. That way it can pay taxes needed to sustain the ever increasing group of retired Germans. Hence, migrants should not only be tolerated, but basically welcomed as Germany’s saviors.
If we were to assume that Germany does indeed need people from outside its borders to fill those positions… Is this the most sensible solution?
It was the year 476 when the Western Roman Empire fell and the Ostrogothic forces sacked the city of Rome. Odoacer was the new ruler of the greatly diminished city of Rome and surrounding lands. We have here an example of a great Empire that collapsed and was taken over by the “barbarian” hordes. (i.e. people not belonging to one of the great civilizations: Greek, Roman, Christian) The question then becomes, what happened to life in Rome with these invaders usurping the throne?
Turkey joined NATO in 1952 and has been a member ever since. The treaty specifies that whenever a member is attacked, it is seen as an attack on all nations in the treaty. It is due to NATO that after 9/11 a multitude of countries supported the attack on Afghanistan. However, what happens if a rogue member will abuse this safety to provoke its neighbors? Does the rest of Europe and North-America really want to support Erdogan if for example Iran would attack Turkey? Why is Turkey still in NATO? Let us take a moment to review why Turkey was a useful contribution to NATO in the first place.