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The goths are coming… time to hide! 12 June 2006

Posted by TwentyTwoYards in Land of Hope and Glory....

I am flabbergasted after reading this in The Sunday Times (that's "The Times of London" for all you yankees):

ONE of Britain’s most senior military strategists has warned that western civilisation faces a threat on a par with the barbarian invasions that destroyed the Roman empire.


In an apocalyptic vision of security dangers, Rear Admiral Chris Parry said future migrations would be comparable to the Goths and Vandals while north African "barbary" pirates could be attacking yachts and beaches in the Mediterranean within 10 years.

Europe, including Britain, could be undermined by large immigrant groups with little allegiance to their host countries — a "reverse colonisation" as Parry described it. These groups would stay connected to their homelands by the internet and cheap flights. The idea of assimilation was becoming redundant, he said.

The warnings by Parry of what could threaten Britain over the next 30 years were delivered to senior officers and industry experts at a conference last week. Parry, head of the development, concepts and doctrine centre at the Ministry of Defence, is charged with identifying the greatest challenges that will frame national security policy in the future.

What do they smoke these days at the MoD? And whatever it is, it seems the PNAC-wallahs should order some. Yes, the Western "civilisation" (or whatever passes for civilisation up there) faces extinction, eventually (who/what doesn't?) but I wouldn't count our ebony-skinned barbarian chickens just as yet, for two good reasons; (a) they are not hatched yet, and (b) D'oh – bird flu, silly!

Anyway, its always nice to see some good old-fashioned alarmist nonsense from a Murdoch rag – kinda reassuring in a way, the third constant to add to death and taxes.


1. the olive ream - 12 June 2006

We seem to be stuck in two bookends of extremes. On the one side are the fear mongers and on the other, the fearful. We are stuck in the middle being squeezed from both sides, shouting, “Hang on a minute, get a grip people!”

It really surprises me how little it takes to scare the general populace. Apparently, gullibility is on the rise along with the oil prices.

Great post, by the way.

2. Abu Abdur Rahman - 13 June 2006

You are absolutely right about there being two extremes – those who want to retain some sense of perspective, or what to empathise with more than one point of view, are definitely in a small and dwindling minority – but perhaps, it has always been thus?

Gullibility is certainly on the rise..but unlike the oil prices, they can’t blame the “greedy oil sheiks” or the opec cartel for that! I am no Marx aficianado, but will bastardise his famous religion quote anyway – the modern “entertainment” regime, or TV in the narrower sense, certainly is the opium of the masses nowadays – the masses/plebs get dripfed their mindless entertainment and meanwhile, the exploitation continues.

Thank you for stopping by – a pleasure hearing from you!

3. orchid - 16 June 2006

Isn’t it a wonderful concept though, this ‘reverse colonisation’? Kind of poetic justice, if only it were to really happen.

I never knew keeping in touch with your roots and having a soft spot for your place of birth made you a possible threat to your adopted homeland. Guess you learn new things each day.

4. Abu Abdur Rahman - 16 June 2006

I never knew keeping in touch with your roots and having a soft spot for your place of birth made you a possible threat to your adopted homeland.

Only if you are Muslim, or at the very least, brown-skinned. If you are, for instance, Irish, to pluck a completely random example, you could organise any number of Paddy-Guiness-fests (aka St Patrick’s Day parades), deck whole cities in green, celebrate your heritage every week of the year in the most blatant way imaginable, continue supporting your ancestral country in Association Football or Rugby, and even support the murder of innocent civilians by IRA terrorists through NORAID in the name of Irish solidarity etc…and despite all that, still be considered the most patriotic of patriotic American etc.

Go figure…

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