We are now out of Afghanistan. This is such a relief after twenty years of futility, Joe Biden has been getting thanks from some surprising peopleAnn Coulter and Richard Spencer, for example.
Im as glad as they are. But I think the appalling mess Bidens people made of the evacuation cancels out any gratitude due to the president. When the Soviet Union, on its last geriatric legs, made a cleaner, cheaper show of withdrawing from Afghanistan in defeat than we have, heads should roll.
A basic atom bomb depends on a mass of nuclear material going into a spontaneous fission reaction. You put two or more subcritical masses into some device, keeping them apart from each other. Then, when you want an explosion, you bring them together to form a critical mass. Bang!
Similarly, the current mess is the result of two subcritical masses of insanity coming together:
U. S. foreign policy insanity; and U. S. immigration policy insanity.
Our foreign policy insanitythese dumb missionary wars we keep getting involved withhas been a constant for decades now. Its possible we have finally learned our lesson; but I seriously doubt it. I look forward to milking that insanity for commentary as long as I can work a keyboard.
So lets see what this week has shown us about our immigration insanity. The focus of concern: the floods of Afghans we have taken in.
The original idea, which seemed reasonable (at any rate to me) was that we should take in and settle Afghans who had trustingly put their lives on the line to help us advance our foreign policy, as insane as that policy was. That would be a fair and decent thing to do.
As its worked out, though, none but a small proportion of the tens of thousands of Afghans weve brought in belong to that category. Most are just random Afghans who got to Kabul airport and bribed or elbowed or threatened their way onto a plane. Far from owning Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) papers to show they have at least claimed to have helped us, many have no papers at all.
Meanwhile, Afghans who are SIV applicants but could not make it to Kabul, are being hunted down and killed by the Taliban. Moral of the story: Put no trust in the U.S.A.
Ann Corcoran has noted that most of the incoming Afghans are likely being admitted on parole, not as refugees. What does on parole mean? If you follow Anns link to the Homeland Security Today website, you get this:
Parole does not confer immigration status and does not provide a path to permanent residency or the ability to obtain lawful immigration status. However, a parolee may be able to obtain lawful status in the United States through other means.
Information for Afghan Nationals on Parole into the United States, Homeland Security Today, September 1, 2021
If you have been following immigration issues these past few years you will be rolling on the floor laughing at that. As Michelle Malkin says in regard to judgements and appeals in our immigration courts: It aint over until the alien wins.
With the two million or so illegals coming in across our southern border every year now and our immigration-control apparatus totally overwhelmed and demoralized, this will be more true than ever.
And our immigration insanity only starts there. It proceeds through the lunacies of Birthright Citizenship and unrestricted Chain Migration to a sort of generalized version of Michelles apothegm:
It aint over until the alien, and all his offspring and relatives, and anyone who can buy fake papers in the local bazaar proving he is a relative, win.
Stateside, meanwhile, odds are we have just acquired a big new set of social problems we could very well have done without.
Afghanistan has a mean national IQ variously estimated as from 80 to 84. This is likely related to extraordinary levels of inbreeding.
Quote from a study published 2012 in the Journal of Biosocial Science:
In Afghanistan, the prevalence of cousin marriages is estimated to be 46.2 percent. The prevalent type of cousin marriage is first cousin marriage (27.8 percent), followed by double first cousin marriage (6.9 percent), second cousin (5.8 percent), and third cousin (3.9 percent). Such marriages became the main reason to get genetically disabled children.
[Consanguineous marriages in Afghanistan, by K. Saify & M. Saadat, Journal of Biosocial Science, January 2012].
Double first cousin, in case youre wondering, means first cousin once removed, which is to say either the child of your first cousin, or the first cousin of your parent.
And they are all Muslimsdevout adherents of a faith not best known for its readiness to assimilate to non-Muslim host cultures
to put it mildly.
As James Kirkpatrick has documented, these Afghans will be settled in small towns in Red States as much as possible.
Twitter is full of people asking why they cant be settled in Malibu or Marthas Vineyard. Stephen Miller and Tucker Carlson discussed it on Fox News:
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