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If it’s not Apocalypse Now, it’s Real Soon Now:

We haven’t witnessed this level of refugee flight since World War II, or possibly even the Great Flood, leading us to question what may have changed so radically and so powerfully, to produce such movement on so massive a scale.

Well, we don’t have to look far. The fact is, conditions endured in their homeland by most of these folks are so starkly horrific that even the prospect of death by drowning, or suffocation, or from slow-roasting in the packed-to-the-hatches holds of barely-floating derelict steamers, does little to deter them. They reason, quite properly, that whatever hell may await them in their transit, or however miserable the conditions they will encounter as and if they actually find whatever foreign shore they seek, these can be no worse than those they flee.

This cannot, however, inform their new host nations what actions they may take to absorb them. The result has been abysmal: tens of thousands dying en route, hundreds of thousands camped in filthy shantytowns, angry altruists demanding justice for the refugees and angrier citizens demanding an end to the torrent of strange people speaking strange languages and insisting on their right to asylum.

Here, no words of solace issue from our leaders — only a growing perplexity about how to address both the compassionate and the frightened sectors of their electorate. Which leads us to the final indicator that the apocalypse is indeed upon us.

We have pestilence and famine, we have war and certainly we have death. All that is now required is the emergence of the Antichrist — someone who, like P. G. Wodehouse’s Lord Ickenam, “would be up to some kind of hell that would ultimately stagger civilization and turn the moon to blood.”

And who, then, will be our Uncle Fred?

Enter Donald Trump. Has any figure in memory risen so swiftly and so far in the eyes of the enlightened from harmless notoriety to a height of infamy rivaling Lucifer himself? Certainly the progressive element of society loathes him with almost breathless vigor, falling over itself in a concerted attempt to snuff out what started as a brushfire and has now erupted into a full-fledged inferno. Where his actual remarks themselves seem insufficiently outrageous, the righteous are pleased to infer or openly invent interpretations more scurrilous still.

Keep in mind that Frederick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton’s singular talent was impersonation. What’s to stop him from putting a hedgehog on his head and buying a microphone?


  1. fillyjonk »

    6 September 2015 · 12:40 pm

    He SAYS not to panic, but it may be time to start carrying a towel around at all times….

  2. ETat »

    6 September 2015 · 12:58 pm

    Don’t recognize characters you referring to; as to a flood of so called “refugees”, this is a problem of Europe’s own making.
    For some reason, all those thousands of Syrians left Turkey (not their “horrific homelands”) – country with “brotherly” muslim population, where they were legally permitted to work and were given shelter. Why?
    Would the fact that Germany and Austria pledged to give everyone of them 1200eu right away have something to do with it? Or the truth is even uglier – and judging by the fact that absolute majority of these people are young fit MEN, who demand, not ask – makes it very plausible.

    I don’t know what else needed to make the willfully shut eyes to open.

  3. ETat »

    6 September 2015 · 1:35 pm

    they do not “flee”. they invade.
    and leave tons of garbage and free food they received from “altruists” along the roads in Hungary.
    That tear-jerking story about Abdulla Kurdi and his drowned family, that makes all “humanists” is Europe open their wallets and homes to barbaric invasion, that story is outrageous – for different reasons

  4. CGHill »

    6 September 2015 · 4:08 pm

    The presumed hope of the EU is that this flood of new bodies will eventually put enough back into the tax system to cover the initial demand. (This seems doubtful to me, but whatever.)

    Taking the long view, though, eventually this patchwork Caliphate will have to be bombed out of existence, in which case we’re just removing some civilians in advance. The West resists this idea for reasons of, um, bad optics.

  5. ETat »

    6 September 2015 · 4:42 pm

    Well, unfortunately, we too are becoming part of this patchwork Caliphate – with our pledge to re-settle about 17000 of these people in the US. (August’ data)

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