Here in the Fifth Circle

Gstaad—The locals here in the beautiful Saanen valley are split over the migrant crisis. Switzerland does not belong to the E.U., but the fascists in Brussels have pressed good old Helvetia to open its doors to those streaming out of Africa and the Middle East. Switzerland, a tiny country of 8 million, has already taken in 40,000, and I have personally seen about 30 Eritreans billeted in our old peoples’ home nearby. Now, it takes a heart of stone to be against poor refugees, especially Syrians, unless they’re North Africans or Somalis who are over here in order to find white women or live off our welfare system.

The Eritreans I saw were nice-looking, a jolly group, certainly not a criminal bunch, but I don’t know what if anything they will end up doing high up here in the Alps. They are economic migrants, not refugees, and the Swiss are being very polite about them, but the bottom line is they have about as much business being here as a Saudi accompanied by four bodyguards had lunching at the Eagle Club last week. (I wasn’t there, otherwise there would have been a diplomatic incident, as he is of the ruling family.) Speaking of the Saudis, they are threatening to put boots on the ground in Syria, a threat on a par with the mouse that roared, such is the incapability of the Saudi army to do anything except bomb hospitals and shoot civilians in Yemen.

Mind you, Gulf troops were an inspiration to the Spartans, to Alexander, to Napoleon, to Robert E. Lee, and, of course, to the greatest fighting unit ever, Rommel’s 25th Panzer Regiment, of the 7th Panzer Division. Just the threat alone has Assad jogging to Siberia. But let us go back to the Swiss Alps and arriving migrants. In Zweisimmen, a nearby town, the locals announced that they had more room for migrants, so more were allotted to them. What I’d like to know is how many migrants have asswipes like Jean-Claude Juncker or Angela Merkel taken? In their homes or nearby environs, that is. Up here in the Alps we all live close to one another, so new arrivals are as easy to spot as the proverbial fly in milk. And they do look just like flies in milk, even if they’re Saudi rulers. I asked a local editor why the Swiss should be taking in migrants when they never had an empire down south—or anywhere, for that matter. “Well, we have the Red Cross, and that gives us responsibility,” he answered. He must have been on LSD because the Red Cross is a humanitarian body, which has helped people since the Battle of Magenta.

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