- Nov 15, 2016
"Sometimes it feels that history repeats itself and only the names change. This is certainly the case with the current refugee crisis which parallels many previous refugee crises and migrant waves. People fleeing war and poverty in the search of a better life is not a new occurrence, in fact you could say it’s an eternal issue. Many writers have drawn attention to how current attitudes to Muslims resemble that towards Jews in the 30s and 40s.I foresee the Balkanisation of europe, whites will retreat into their own enclaves to escape the moslem and african hordes. National boundaries will cease to be important. With a population replacement almost complete will the non-whites be able to keep a first-world society functioning or will it resemble the countries of Africa and the middle east?
I can also see a strong resemblance between Muslims and my own people, the Irish.
Leaving the country and migrating to another country is a huge part of our history, more so than practically anyone else. In fact emigration has had such an influence that the language of emigration, English, even replaced Irish as the main language of Ireland.
For centuries, we’ve been going abroad to find a better life and in the process facing sometimes hostile reactions. There are tens of millions of people with Irish heritage around the world, which is very impressive for a small island with only 5 million inhabitants. The foundations of America, Canada and Australia were laid by Irish people.
The Great Famine (referred to as the Irish Potato Famine by non-Irish people, for us, the Irish and potato part is goes without saying) caused the greatest exodus of Irish, as more than a million people (out of a total population of eight million) fled the country.
This was not a planned migration of skilled workers, prepared for a new life, for the most part, they were poor unskilled, illiterate people with no savings or idea what they would do when they arrived abroad.
Their religion seemed strange and superstitious, almost pagan.
Many of them didn’t even speak English or spoke it with an incomprehensible accent. Even the transport was desperate, the ships were so awful and conditions were so bad that they became known as “coffin ships”.
Nor were the destinations ready for them. Britain and America already had plenty of poor people and not much social services to provide for them.
Instead the Irish mostly crowded into already overcrowded slums in the cities. Some say that the situation was different because America had space for them, but this ignores the fact that most of the land belonged to Native Americans and that the vast majority of the initial wave of Irish stayed in the cities. They simply didn’t have the capital to travel west, buy land and farm equipment.
The reaction of the British and Americans is very similar to the modern reaction to Muslim immigration. They feared they would be drowned by the waves of foreigners and their alien culture. Many explained the multiple ways in which Irish culture simply couldn’t mix with English culture, they were just too different.
How could ignorant peasants from such a backward culture possibly cope in a modern industrial society? Most of them didn’t even speak English!
Many warned that it would be the end of civilisation as we know it and high barriers must be built against them.
Their religion also was a cause for concern as Catholicism was treated with a sense of suspicion that seems bizarre today. Catholics were seen as superstitious and untrustworthy as their first loyalty was supposedly to the Pope instead of the government. Catholicism was seen as backward, a religion that censored what believers were allowed to read and even think, that restricted their right to choose even about crucial life issues like divorce and contraceptives.
It was hostile to other religions, insisting that it was “The One True Church” and all others were false. To marry a non-Catholic, permission was needed from the bishop and only given on the condition that the children would be raised as Catholics.
There was also the host of stereotypes: they drank too much, they were violent, always fighting, and even wife beating somehow became a stereotype. There was always the whiff of dynamite, a suspicion that the Irish were supporters of terrorists and would aid foreign enemies like the French and Germans. There was anti-Irish riots and job advertisements that explicitly said “No Irish Need Apply” (and a lot more which did so more discreetly).
Of course, there was also the threat of terrorism. The Irish were infamous for their rebellions against the English which occurred at least once a generation. Arguably the first modern terrorist campaign was launched by Irish revolutionaries when they planted bombs across England in the 1880s. In fact, up until 9/11 the stereotypical terrorist was more likely to be Irish than Muslim (especially in Britain). During the Troubles, a lot of pressure was put on the Irish in Britain and many were infamously arrested for crimes they didn’t commit. Many presumed that Irish and IRA supporter were the same thing. In fact, loyalist paramilitaries would kill random Catholics because they presumed that by definition they supported the IRA.
Muslims Are The New Irish
Sure them Muslims are just like us.