Re: Time to start deporting the problem fast before it gets much worse!
I get the arguments, but there is a genuine question buried under all this hostility - I'll have a go at drawing it out, obviously with the risk that it will be interpreted as a statement of some kind...whatever.
That the UK has always been subject to immigration from external nationalities and cultures throughout its history is pretty much historical fact.
Those cultures have quite often had an influence on how this country has developed and moved forward, I believe this is also an historical fact.
However, one question that arises in my mind is this - what level of external cultural influence are we prepared to accept and assimilate? Is there a line?
Part of the issue (to me at least) is that this country has mostly been extremely tolerant of foreign cultures and influence (although I don't think it has always been an easy ride of course) - but what happens if an external culture starts to gain a lot of influence in a short space of time, especially if that influence is *not* tolerant of other cultures and influence?
Individuals are generally fairly decent people, and easy to get along with. The dynamic changes though once you start dealing with large numbers of people acting 'collectively'. By this I don't mean that everyone following a particular belief system are all of the same opinion, but by small actions, or lack of action, they go along with the 'herd' - this is human nature and pure self-defence - most people are herd animals.
So, take an established body of people, with a general set of goals and beliefs, acting roughly in concert - then add in an external influence that challenges their beliefs in a very confrontational manner.
How would you expect a 'large number' of people would react to that? Do you think they would see it as cultural enrichment or a threat to their way of life?
Now I've written this from a UK-centric perspective, but the I believe the questions would be equally valid if I were living in a middle-eastern country that was under threat from 'capitalist empire builders'.
So, this is how I understand that some people think that western culture and middle-eastern culture are at war - and perhaps they are. That isn't my main question as I think it's fairly self-evident.
My question is this: Who benefits from a cultural war?
The answer is the same as it has always been: Follow the money.