Prague, Sept 17 (CTK) – Europe is experiencing an invasion of refugees that can hamper the operation of social systems within a few years, Bohumil Pecinka writes in Czech weekly Reflex out yesterday, adding that it is a conflict, unparalleled in the recent past, that threatens the character of European civilisation.
He writes that critics of anti-migration moods tell people that they should remember the Czech emigration waves after the communists seized power in Czechoslovakia in 1948 and after the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 who were accepted by the West.
The critics say this makes Czechs morally obliged to accept current refugees, Pecinka writes.
He writes that the critics also say that not uncontrolled migration from the disintegrated countries in the north of Africa and in the Middle East, but the Czechs’ own resistance to being different, a hangover from the times of communism, is the biggest danger the Czechs face yesterday.
Pecinka dismisses these arguments and writes that Czech society experienced several migration waves in the past 25 years as a result of which some 200,000 Ukrainians, 80,000 Vietnamese, thousands of Chinese and members of other ethnic groups live in the country.
There have been no demonstrations against them during the 25 years and no one has challenged their huge contribution to the Czech economy and to the country in general, Pecinka writes.
He writes that the Ukrainians and Vietnamese’s motivation fundamentally differed from that of immigrants from Muslim countries. The former have accepted the European culture of mutual toleration and tried to integrate with the majority society while they significantly enriched it with their traditions.
The experience of western Europe shows something entirely different. The Muslims are coming to countries where religion is a private matter of every individual, but they are bringing along something like political religion, Pecinka writes.
He writes that this means that Islam is not a mere theological teaching, but mainly an integral idea of an entirely specific operation of the state and relations between people.
Every Muslim, unlike Ukrainians and Asians, has the duty to actively change the surrounding world and unbelievers according to their own ideas, he adds.
That is why the majority stream of Muslim migrants tends to create parallel worlds within European democracies and the Muslims push through their Sharia law that returns Europe’s struggle for equality between men and women several centuries back, Pecinka writes.
He writes that most European governments that are oversensitive to any political prisoner anywhere in the world are passively looking on as hundreds of thousands of women in their own countries are denied fundamental human rights.
This is only one of many similar examples where Europe is looking on the destruction of its own civilisation, Pecinka writes.
The European elites have been paralysed for many years by the fear of telling a clear NO that is a condition of survival of certain values and systems, Pecinka writes.
He writes that every NO ensues from certain preferences, but people are afraid of pronouncing it because this would be considered politically incorrect.
It would be also deemed politically incorrect to say, for instance, that immigrants from Ukraine and Vietnam are a blessing for the Czech Republic, while those from Islamic countries are not, Pecinka writes.
To say this is prevented by the ideology of multiculturalism according to which every culture is equally valuable and that the cultures can parallelly develop on one territory, Pecinka writes.
The European experience of the past decades has shown that this is really possible, but it leads to big social conflicts within society, Pecinka writes.
He asks whether those who do not wish these conflicts are really xenophobes and says that some of them may be. But a majority rather feel that the European character of the European territory is at stake.
Mandatory refugee quotas imposed on countries that have a rather reserved stance on immigration may only give birth to small Hitlers, Pecinka writes.
Pope Francis believes that the opening of borders to Muslim migrants will partially redress the socio-economic injustices of capitalism, Pecinka writes.
He writes that German President Joachim Gauck and a part of the European left dream of that “even more people will cut themselves off the picture of a nation that is homogeneous, in which the mother tongue of almost all is German, in which the Christian religion and the light colour of complexion prevail. We must newly define a nation as a community of different people.”
Pecinka writes that the Czech political elites should instead of dreaming of a new Europe increase the budgets of the defence and interior ministries, they should not allow themselves to be taken by surprise at states closing their borders without consulting others and introduce standard asylum proceedings.
Not every war is declared. Not every war needs to be waged amid the roar of tanks and aircraft, Pecinka writes.