Vatican: “Saving the Identity of the Nation” OK (in Italy)

Brimelow writes
: Is the
Pope Catholic? Not much longer, if The
Street Journal Editorial
Page has its way. Cardinal Biffi`s
humble suggestion that Italy ought to
limit Muslim immigration ("we have
to be concerned about saving the
nation") drew an hysterical
response this morning (September 25,
2000) – even before we had time to post
Steve Sailer`s analysis below.
"Dark Temptation … nativism and
intolerance … discrimination against
Muslims … an anti-Muslim crusade"
– all this because someone suggests
Italy has the right to control its own
immigration policy? Note that Biffi did
not mention racial balance (which VDARE
thinks is a legitimate issue). He stuck
entirely to culture – something the
immigration enthusiasts usually claim
will trump the risks of importing ethnic
diversity. But now it turns out that
even cultural identity is not
acceptable. Combined with the absurdity
of the factoids dredged up in a frantic
effort to allay Christian concerns
("the Sultan of Oman recently
allowed Catholics to start four new
parishes" …!!), the conclusion is
unmistakable: what motivates the WSJ
edit page writers is a pathological,
very peculiar hatred of nationhood.
"I think the nation-state is
finished," Editor Bob Bartley told
me in an unguarded moment some time ago.
Nation, Round 2
.) What he didn`t add
is that it is the WSJ Edit Page
itself that intends to finish it.]

Italy is shaping up as an interesting test of
whether anyone can advance the “National
Question” without being lynched by the
international "tolerance" jihad.
Silvio Berlusconi`s center-right coalition,
campaigning primarily against illegal
immigration, swept local elections several
months ago. Now, with Vatican backing, a
cardinal has called for a
"Catholics-only" immigration policy
for Italy. Cardinal Giacomo Biffi based his
argument on a trenchant analysis of the cultural
(not racial) roots of the Italian nation. The
London Daily Telegraph (September 16,
2000) quotes him:

"The criteria for admitting
immigrants can never be just economic.
It is necessary to concern oneself
seriously with saving the identity of
the nation." Italy was not an
"uninhabited region" lacking
in history and traditions, which was fit
to be "indiscriminately
populated." While it could admit
anyone it wanted, no one had a
"right of invasion." He urged
politicians to heed his words, since
"not all of the cultures of those
newly arrived are in favor of living
together." …

He said he had recently aired the
same views with a government minister.
"I said, `If you really have the
good of Italy at heart, and want to
spare a lot of suffering, then you can`t
allow all the immigrants in.`" He
said he had warned the minister that
civil unrest would be one of the
consequences if immigration was not
religious-selective. He told the
minister: "I`m surprised you still
haven`t thought things through." He
added: "I don`t know how you`re
going to cope with Friday as a holiday,
polygamy, discrimination against women,
and the fundamentalism of Muslims, for
whom politics and religion are the same
thing. Do your sums properly."


From a global PR perspective, Italy is a
particularly favorable place for immigration
reformers to advance the "National
Question." It`s so much harder to use the
"Nazi!" slur there. Italy`s handful of
gestures toward racial expansionism under
Mussolini are now viewed as more farcical than
threatening. The spectacular talents of the
Italians in the arts of joyful living are
combined with an unthreatening and even
endearing lack of efficiency in the military and
economic realms.

All over the world, Italians are much better
liked than the French, much less envied than the
Anglo-Saxons, much less feared than the Germans.
That may be why Berlusconi`s recent victory
elicited almost none of the hysterical reactions
that Haider`s advances in Austria did. Italians
in other countries get along fairly well with
other races. For example, Little Italy and
Chinatown in NYC peacefully rubbed shoulders for
a century. There are many articulate people
around the world who very much want to see
German culture overwhelmed and ultimately
eradicated by masses of immigrants. But there is
little sentiment in favor of destroying Italian
culture, which has probably given more beauty to
the world than any other.

Of course, if the Italians don`t get their
extremely low birthrates up, Italy eventually
will be an "uninhabited region," fit
only to be "indiscriminately
populated." So immigration restriction may
have to be combined with encouraging more

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September 25, 2000