CHARLOTTE, NC, July 13, 2017 – Thanks in large part to recent terrorist incidents in Germany, Paris, London and Sweden, combined with the steady influx of Middle Eastern refugees into Europe, most people are aware of the problems now confronting many Western countries.
One location that has been relatively free of serious attacks is Italy, which is somewhat of a surprise given that the Vatican is the hub of Catholicism, making it a prime target for Islamic activity one might think.
For centuries Rome has been a prized goal for jihadists, if for no other reason than what it symbolically represents. In Islam, perception is every bit as important as reality.
Some analysts have said the reason Italy, in general, and Rome and the Vatican, in particular, have been terror-free is because Italian law enforcement has been especially vigilant during this time of crisis.
Vigilant, at least, until now.
There are signs that the sea of humanity that has invaded Europe from the deserts of the Middle East and Africa are beginning to show weaknesses which could spell new dangers or repeat threats for other places on the continent.
One recent report claims that Italy is now in a near state of collapse after several days of overwhelming numbers of African migrants pouring into Italian migrant centers. One reason is the proximity of Libya to Italy while another is the welcoming weather which offers a temperate climate for those attempting to “sail” into the peninsula.
Early last week 8,500 refugees reached Italy in 14 ships, adding to 5,000 others that arrived the day before. Local officials, including media, termed it an “authentic invasion” which exceeded Italy’s ability to handle the assimilation process.
As of June 15, as many as 65,000 had been tallied as entering the country since the first of the year. The rise in population is said to be close to 15 percent greater than last year during the same period of time.
While the Italian government and law enforcement officials had received high praise in the past for their ability to control the influx of people, it is now being reported that the surge of humanity has recently been ongoing without action by either the Italian government or the European Union (EU).
Officials believe that initially, the refugee’s plans were to travel into northern Europe, but now the majority of them are remaining in Italy because the borders to the north in France, Switzerland, and Austria are being more closely monitored.
Paolo Ramani, president of the senators of Forza Italy, has requested Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni to add greater security to Italian ports in an effort to provide security for the national interests of the country.
“The government continues to show a worrying powerlessness in the face of a situation that becomes more and more dramatic every day.”
Renato Brunetta, Romani’s counterpart in the House, has also petitioned for more assistance including the European Union to divert incoming ships to other Mediterranean ports.
Franco Roberti, Italy’s national anti-mafia and counterterrorism prosecutor, agreed that the latest surge of African migrants is a major threat to the country’s security.
If the immigrants become trapped in Italy, for whatever reasons, the backlash to the country could become even more serious than it has already been in other European nations.
The conditions could present a perfect storm with a warmer climate plus a built-in hostility against a nation of infidels who cherish Rome in the same manner that Muslims view Mecca.
A third factor is the refusal of Muslims to assimilate into their new environments. It is more likely for Muslims to make demands upon their hosts than it is for Italians to seek conformity to their own culture. In so doing, Islam becomes a parasite feeding upon the weakness of their newly acquired homeland despite being in the minority.
If Rome and the Vatican are tested by the influx of migrants from Islamic nations, that could become the worst of all scenarios by making what has already occurred in Europe look like a pre-game warm-up.
About the Author: Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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