Left wing media is freaking out today over the emerging coalition Italian government, whose first major announcement is that half a million migrants are getting the boot from Italy. You might think the first announcement would be to name a Prime Minister, but this is Italy, and the rules simply do not apply. The Prime Minister will be a figurehead with no real power, and the Italians will continue to be the same old ladri di biciclette they always have been. I have great affection for Italians – I think of them as the good-natured but disabled, potentially dangerous children of Europe. I like Italians because underneath their theatrical passions and hyperbole, they are quite menacing, and once you provoke them, hell breaks loose, generally to the utter surprise of whomever has issued the provocation.
I have been watching the Hungarians, expecting the New Crusade to emerge in the Eastern states of Europe, but it may turn out to be the Italians who begin the Second Great Ethnic Cleansing of the continent. I think the world tends to look on Italians as lovers, cooks, artists, painters and poets, but make no mistake – this is the country of the mafia, too.
I am rather in awe of how the Italians are pre-managing the optics of the purge, before it even begins. Buried in their declarations about removing illegal immigrants is this little chestnut, which no one in the American media seems to be making much noise about:
A citizens’ basic income of €780 a month, a fiscal stimulus, a national investment bank and a defiant middle finger to the European Commission should it dare stand in the way. There is a lot in the coalition agreement of the new Italian government for the left to like. But it comes laden with racism, nationalism, a commitment to conservative “family values” – and the promise of a war on undocumented migrants and the Roma community.
Did you catch it? Here it is again:
On Friday, Salvini and the Five Star leader, Luigi di Maio, unveiled a joint policy document containing plans to build more detention centres to accelerate the deportation of an estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants and review migrant rescue missions at sea after they arrive on Italy’s shores. The agreement also calls for a renegotiation of the Dublin refugee treaty, and for “unregistered” Roma camps to be shut down.
The Italians are going after the Gypsies first, and this is a remarkably clever thing to do, because even progressive, left-leaning Europeans hate Gypsies, to a degree few Americans can appreciate. It’s polite to call the Gypsies “Roma” now, but really, only the newspapers do. And for whatever reason, for centuries untold, Gypsies have continued in their ways, their culture essentially unchanged, no matter what purges and indignities rain down on their dark little heads.
What is Gypsy culture? Nomadic, prone to violence and allergic to work, with a terrific fondness for sparkly things other people pay for. It’s funny, because many Gypsies came to Canada with various waves of immigration, but even after generations, Gypsies are still Gypsies, even in Canada. Most of them are too ashamed to admit they are Gypsies, claiming Hungarian or Romanian heritage instead, but their attitudes have persisted over time, so it’s not hard to notice they are, in fact, Gypsies. They don’t work, have at least one family member in jail for violence and tend to steal whatever is not nailed down. They also tend to have this weird obsession with billowing curtains – perhaps a throwback to their nomadic tents?
Italians have little fondness for Gypsies and neither does the rest of Europe, but the challenge here will be: where are the Italians going to send the lazy, shiftless, violence prone, Gypsy thieves? Illegal African immigrants will go back to Africa, whether Africa likes it or not, but where are they Italians going to send the Gypsies? My guess is they will try to force Hungary to take them, as many Gypsies speak Hungarian and claim to be Hungarian, even though they are not, and good luck with that, Italy! Hungary is not going to take the Gypsies. No one will. Historically, when no one wants a particularly dysfunctional and/or hated group, genocide happens.
The reality in Europe is that no one cares what happens to the Gypsies, and if the slaughter begins in the Roma camps, it’s likely that no one will flinch. And once it begins …. the European continent is going to go through a blood-letting. The radical Muslim population is going to be purged, one way or another. It is simply impossible that the European nuclear arsenal will be turned over to Muslim majority governments, now or any time in the future. Russia is not going to let that happen, and neither will China. If Europeans do not take up the task themselves, someone else is going to step in and do it for them. There is no other way. Will it begin it Italy? That will surprise me, but only just a little. And whatever happens, Italy will go out in a blaze of glory! The Emperor will fiddle while Rome burns. European markets are already faltering after a glance at Italian spending plans.
But hey, at least those damn lazy Gypsies will be gone!
Lots of love,