FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE - Raymond Ibrahim - DEC 6, 2022
No, but what’s happening is much worse.
The secretary of the United Kingdom’s Home Office, which regulates immigration, recently caused a scandal by referring to the nonstop immigration of mostly Muslim migrants as an “invasion.” On Oct. 30, 2022, Suella Braverman said:
The British people deserve to know which party is serious about stopping the invasion on our southern coast and which party is not… Some 40,000 people have arrived on the south coast this year alone, many of them facilitated by criminal gangs, some of them actual members of criminal gangs. So let’s stop pretending that they are all refugees in distress: the whole country knows that that is not true…. I’m utterly serious about ending the scourge of illegal migration and I am determined to do whatever it takes to break the criminal gangs and fix our hopelessly lax asylum system…
Needless to say, such frank assertions “sparked an instant backlash from all sectors of the globalist establishment in Britain, from the legacy media to politicians in both the Labour Party and the Conservatives.”
Meanwhile, and seemingly confirming Braverman’s concerns, outrageous numbers of migrants, the overwhelming majority arriving from the Muslim world, have indeed flooded the UK. According to one report, in just the first half of 2021, “an astonishing 1.1 million visas [were] granted for people to come and live in the UK… It is the highest number of visas for people to come and live here ever issued in one year, suggesting that, despite repeated promises to control and reduce immigration, the government are delivering the opposite.”
Then there is the huge “number of applicants awaiting decisions on asylum” in the UK, which has risen by 300% in four years.
According to yet another source, “In 2021, the top five most common countries of nationality of people who applied for asylum in the UK were Iran, Iraq, Eritrea, Albania and Syria.” With the exception of Eritrea, which is roughly half Muslim, half Christian, every one of these nations is overwhelmingly Muslim majority.
Incidentally, these numbers are separate from the pre-existing Muslim population of the UK, which, in 2017—before the recent migrant influx—was well over four million, or 6.3 percent of the entire, formerly Christian, population.
Little wonder that the name “Muhammad” is the most popular name for newborn baby boys in England; little wonder that Muslims in the UK and other Western European nations with large Muslim populations, regularly boast of demography as destiny. As one report explained in 2008, “Muslim hate fanatics plan to take over Britain by having more babies and forcing a population explosion… The swollen Muslim population would be enough to conquer Britain from inside, they claim.”
Despite all of this, is it correct to refer to this Muslim migrant explosion an invasion?
In fact, it is not. Consider some authoritative dictionary definitions of “invasion”:
Merriam-Webster: an “incursion of an army for conquest or plunder… an instance of invading a country or region with an armed force. … an unwelcome intrusion into another’s domain.
Cambridge: “an occasion when an army or country uses force to enter and take control of another country.”
Oxford: “the act of an army entering another country by force in order to take control of it.”
Now, to be sure, and as chronicled here and here, Muslims have, for over a millennium, launched countless military invasions into Europe that very much conformed to these definitions. They came as an “army,” used “force to enter and take control” of various nations, and all “for conquest or plunder.”
While some of these invasions saw the long term conquest of European nations—Spain, the Mediterranean islands, the Balkans—jihadist invasions that did not lead to conquest but acquired much by way of booty and slaves were habitually launched against virtually every corner of Europe, as far as Iceland. Indeed, from 1627 to 1633, Lundy, an island off the west coast of Britain, was actually occupied by Muslim pirates from North Africa, who pillaged England at will.
Moreover, many of today’s Muslims who migrant to Europe harbor the same motives of “conquest and plunder,” which in Rotherham, England, for example, saw thousands of young British girls turned into sex slaves.
Even so, the all-important ingredient that would qualify what is happening today as an “invasion” is missing: Muslims are not entering the UK by “force,” against the UK’s will. They are being welcomed in by the government and authorities of the UK—those most charged with protecting and maintaining the national character of the UK.
This is why, Eastern Europe—which, thanks to its geographic proximity to Islam, has historically bore the brunt of and suffered from invading Islam—is not suffering now. Unlike the UK and many other Western European nations, Poland, Hungary, and their like have simply said no to migration from Muslim nations; and their native citizens are thanking them for it.
In short, if you’re invited in, you cannot be called an “invader”—regardless of your intentions. Thus, and at the risk of appearing to quibble over semantics, what is happening today all throughout the West in general and the UK in particular must be seen and called out for what it actually is: not an unstoppable invasion, but an assisted suicide.
This article is reprinted from The Stream.
Raymond Ibrahim, author of Defenders of the West, is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.