Refugee madness in Europe: Chaos as measured in verse

Our resident poet takes a crack at the “World War Z”-like surge of Middle East refugees—some clearly hostile to the West—that’s hitting Europe like a tsunami.

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WASHINGTON, September 19, 2015 – I’m glad I’m not a refugee in Europe right now. All those folks who have crossed over from Hungary into Germany or have taken to the sea in leaky boats to reach France – well, according to a recent issue of the Wall Street Journal, they are about as welcome as another invasion of the bubonic plague:

“A welcoming culture is an expression of naive and illusory thinking,” a spokesman for Alfa, a recently founded opposition party in Germany, said Sunday. “What we need, instead, is realism and a sense of proportion. We shouldn’t go beyond providing the basics for asylum seekers, like food and shelter, because it will attract more people.”

In France, far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen, speaking at her party’s annual gathering in Marseille, said:

“Germany has a heavy responsibility for inciting at the level of the European Union a passive acceptance of this crisis. Germany is probably thinking about its declining demography. It is probably looking to lower salaries again and recruit slaves through mass immigration.”

Meanwhile, Pope Francis—who visits the U.S. this week—is asking Catholic institutions to take in these refugees as if they were some long-lost relatives. Likewise, he implored Catholic institutions throughout Europe to show mercy to the flood of often-hostile refugees arriving on their shores by offering them shelter.

“May every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe host a family, starting from my diocese of Rome,” Francis said at the end of his Angelus prayers in Rome last Sunday. “The two parishes in the Vatican… will welcome two families of refugees.”

Good luck with that.

This whole megillah leaves me speechless. But not without a verse or two:

Say, who will stop this madness rushing from the Middle East –
those felons with their families who in Europe now will feast?
What makes them think that Europeans care about their plight?
What right have they to flee from even minor firefights?
Charity begins at home, and so does civil war.
So, Europe, show these vagrants right back out and bolt the door!
Above all else, do not attempt to ship them overseas.
When Trump is president, he’ll send ‘em back as deportees.
So stay home, you illegals, strive to keep your noses clean
in countries that are like some nightmare out of “Halloween.”

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