Written by Samir Zakaria | Living in a global city like Rome, in the middle of one of the most predicted but uncontrolled exodus in modern history, with people coming from all over third world mainly to Italy through southern costs, forces us to ask a simple question; will this country survive for the next ten to fifteen years of social and demographic changes?
To explain how easy it is to reach Italy, the best example is to think of a famous circular road in Rome called Grande Raccordo Anulare, which is nearly 70 kilometers long. This distance is, more or less, the same between the Italian’s 20-miles international waters of Lampedusa Island, and Tunisian cost of Chebba, at northern Sfax. In other words, it is enough to take a small boat, a compass, navigate a couple of hours and you’re in Europe.
With the exception of Greece, almost all European countries have enacted, in a relatively short period, major changes to shortlist all illegal people living in each country, dividing them initially into two categories, economical and none-economical migrants, then to sub-categories, treating them in any case as a humanitarian problem, and finally establish the correct plan to accept them (or not). This has still to be implemented properly in Italy.
The neocon President of the Middle East Forum Daniel Pipes wrote, in a recent article titled Italy’s Apocalypse approaching the argument from a terrific perspective ; “A major jihadi attack in Rome … will make Italian wake up and deal with the demographic and civilization catastrophe facing their unequely attractive culture”.
The Washington Times graphic accompanying Daniel Pipes article dated November 2017
While everyone hopes that such an event never occurs in Italian land, it is quiet predictable that an unpleasant event such as a terrorist attack often leads governments (and citizens) to take decisions based on fear, anger and willingness to enact drastic changes that, often, go beyond the logic of solving the initial problem.
This is starting to be a habit in different countries, from GB’s Brexit, wrongly motivated as fear of foreigners, to Trump’s Muslim ban, issued with unclear security reasons, to the need of
constructing walls as borders within some eastern-Europe countries.
Russia, from the other side, has enacted a unique way to keep Syrian refugees away from it’s lands. The government made it relatively easy to get a temporary permission to stay in the country for a certain period of time, but impossible to get the refugee status. This is because the applicant has to prove the he/she has ties to Russia, and this is not possible in most cases.
As a result, only one Syrian national has been granted refugee status in Russia since the Syrian war started in 2011, as mentioned in this article written by Al Jazeera’s journalist Mariya Petkova.
Although migration issue seems to be on top of all Italian Partie’s agenda for the next general election, to be held on 4th March 2018, still it seams that no one has in mind to react firmly, as if the country is under a serious jihadi attack.
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