While the left-wing media in the United States claims that Donald Trump is responsible for Muslim riots in Sweden – even though increases in crime in Sweden long predate Trump’s presidency – his general take on multiculturalism in Europe has been proved right once again. On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that Danish Muslims fighting on behalf of ISIS were still receiving Danish welfare payments. Here’s the Times:
About 145 Danes have traveled to Syria or Iraq to fight for militant groups since 2012, according to the Danish security and intelligence services….Last year, the news media reported that more than two dozen Danish citizens receiving unemployment benefits had traveled to Syria to fight for ISIS, even though the law requires recipients to live in Denmark….Officials said that since last year, municipal and state authorities had been trying to collect about $95,000 in welfare benefits that had been wrongly paid to 29 citizens who had gone to Syria to fight for ISIS.
The law in Denmark prevents removal of welfare benefits without a full-scale trial, apparently.
This isn’t the first report of welfare benefits going to terrorists. In December, Der Speigel reported that Berlin ISIS Christmas market terrorist Anis Amri, who killed 12 and injured 48 in his truck attack, was on German welfare. Terrorists in Paris in 2015 and Brussels in 2016 were also receiving welfare. As The Daily Caller reported, “The five terrorists [in Paris] collected a total of $56,000 in welfare, far more than the estimated cost of $37,000 to carry out both attacks.”
This is the danger of combining a welfare system with multiculturalism, then adding free immigration. Welfare systems attract people who are more likely to depend on welfare; multiculturalism ensures that those people never integrate into the surrounding society, making it nearly impossible for them to get off of welfare or adopt Western values. This is a problem now recognized by nearly every major European leader. In September 2011, then-British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke at a security conference in Munich. There, he laid out a vitriolic critique of “state multiculturalism”: the philosophy that suggests that there need not be any assimilation to Western civilization by new immigrants, and that diversity of behavior enriches society. Cameron stated baldly, “Let’s properly judge these organizations: Do they believe in universal human rights – including for women and people of other faiths? Do they believe in equality of all before the law? Do they believe in democracy and the right of people to elect their own government? Do they encourage integration or separatism? These are the sorts of questions we need to ask.” Cameron continued that genuinely liberal countries “believe in certain values and actively promote them.”
Cameron’s perspective has now become commonplace across the continent, given the influx of Muslim immigrants who see no purpose in assimilating to local standards of morality. Even German chancellor Angela Merkel, who supports importing hundreds of thousands of Muslim immigrants into Europe, has said that “Multiculturalism leads to parallel societies and therefore remains a ‘life lie.’” She added, “The challenge is immense. We want and we will reduce the number of refugees noticeably.” She’s been saying that for years, even as she imports unvetted Muslim immigrants, who can then shuttle all over Europe; in 2010, she said, “Of course the tendency had been to say, ‘Let’s adopt the multicultural concept and live happily side by side, and be happy to be living with each other.’ But this concept has failed, and failed utterly.”
Because of Europe’s depleted socialist economy, they’ve been forced between a rock and a hard place: they can either import immigrants and hope that those new immigrants will provide the labor necessary to keep their economy from imploding, or they can utilize austerity measures. They’ve chosen a combination, and the result has been catastrophic.
Multiculturalism has destroyed Europe’s moral fabric; welfare has destroyed its economic fabric. Together, the two forces are a time bomb in Europe’s body politic.