…that the “tired, the poor, the huddled masses” we Westerners in our mercy have allowed to come to our shores in staggering numbers include many who, if the situations were reversed, would not hesitate to kill us:
Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard — killing them — because the 12 were Christians, Italian police said Thursday.
Italian authorities have arrested 15 people on suspicion of murdering the Christians at sea, police in Palermo, Sicily, said.
The original group of 105 people left Libya on Tuesday in a rubber boat. Sometime during the trip north across the Mediterranean Sea, the alleged assailants — Muslims from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal — threw the 12 overboard, police said.
Other people on the voyage told police that they themselves were spared “because they strongly opposed the drowning attempt and formed a human chain,” Palermo police said.
The boat was intercepted by an Italian navy vessel, which transferred the passengers to a Panamanian-flagged ship. That ship docked in Palermo on Wednesday, after which the arrests were made, police said.
Thousands of people each year make the dangerous sea journey from North Africa to Europe’s Mediterranean coast, often aboard vessels poorly equipped for the trip. Many of them attempt the voyage to flee war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.
More than 10,000 people have arrived on Italian shores from Libya since last weekend alone, according to the Italian coast guard.
What will happen when people from these lands become demographically significant enough they no longer feel they need to hide their enmity for all things Christian? And might we be closing in on that point rapidly, due to leaders who steadfastly refuse to recognize that “good fences make good neighbors?” It’s one thing to be sympathetic to people who are trying to escape to a better life. It’s quite another to tolerate those who are merely bringing the rest of the world’s problems here to the West.