An interesting dichotomy is evolving across our northern border. It is doubtful Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau grasps the realities of what is occurring as it will take several decades for the impact of his initiatives to fully manifest themselves. Of course, by then, a new prime minister will have to face that impact at a time it will be too late to reverse the damage Trudeau’s immigration policies have wrought.
Trudeau believes President Donald Trump’s immigration and visa policies generate an opportunity for Canada.
Places like Vancouver are magnets for attracting domestic tech workers. A cell of 75,000 such workers, employed by the likes of Facebook and Google, reside in the Vancouver suburb of Gastown. Trudeau would like to bring in international tech workers as well.
Trudeau sees Trump’s policies, despite efforts to keep jobs in the U.S., as threatening employers relying on international talent to look elsewhere to set up shop. The prime minister wants to use that fear as a draw for Canada. This fear has already resulted in Google investing $5 million in a Canadian government-backed artificial-intelligence lab.
But, as Trudeau excitedly looks to establish a Canadian equivalent of Silicon Valley – a center of intellect and creativity – he is simultaneously embarking upon a policy totally anathema to it. It is his open arms policy for Middle Eastern refugees and, more worrisome, his welcoming jihadis after their failed effort to establish a caliphate in that region under the ISIS banner. To provide a “kinder, gentler” welcome, Canada has even removed any condemnation of barbaric Islamic practices such as honor killings and female genital mutilation from citizenship tests.
To better understand how Canada’s future generations will suffer the consequences of what Trudeau’s policies will have wrought, we first need to reflect upon a 2002 study – updated periodically since then – conducted by the United Nations to identify why the Middle East suffers from economic depression.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) issued the “Arab Human Development Report,” seeking to answer the question why Arab states lagged behind the developing world. It was UNDP’s first-ever effort to focus on institutional shortcomings of a single region of the world. To make the analysis more palatable to Middle Easterners, it was prepared by Arab, rather than Western, intellectuals.
The report confirmed that for the last 20 years in the Middle East, income growth averaged a stagnant 0.5 percent per year – lowest in the world except for sub-Sahara Africa – with unemployment at three times the world average.
Three institutional deficits were cited and remain just as pronounced today as they did 15 years ago. These included: 1) freedom (the Freedom Index ranks the Arab world last); 2) empowerment of women (half cannot write); and 3) education (its absence breeds terrorism).
While Western analysts focus on poverty as a factor in creating Islamic extremism, the report refutes this, giving Mali as an example. It is one of the poorest in the world yet is considered one of the most democratic among Islamic nations. The positive influence of the latter effectively works to offset the negative influence of the former – with the end result Mali does not produce terrorists.
A central theme of these studies is the lack of creativity within most Middle East states that rely on the teachings of Islam and rote memorization of the Quran as their source of an “enlightened” education. This explains why various listings of the top 500 world universities rarely identify an Arab university. Meanwhile, as small as Israel is, several of its universities appear on the list.
The significance of a meaningful education spurning creativity and economic stimulation is evidenced by comparing the economy of Israel to that of all its Arab neighbors. Despite Israel’s move to the Middle East neighborhood only seven decades ago – well after centuries of existence by its Arab neighbors – its robust economy puts the economies of the entire Arab bloc to shame.
As Muslim immigrants stream to Canada in response to Trudeau’s open arms policy and as jihadists see Canada as fertile soil to plant the seeds of Islamic dominance, logic suggests their assimilation with native Canadians might take some of the sharp edges off a Shariah-compliant lifestyle that has inhibited their ability to improve their living standards.
But Canada will learn – as France and Germany already have – assimilation does not occur. In fact, Muslim leaders forbid it, instructing followers to remain pure – untainted by non-Islamic thought. Such non-assimilation has resulted in Muslims populating certain areas where life reverts back to their days in the Middle East as they continue living under the creed of Shariah law. Each of these areas effectively becomes a “Fort Apache” – a foothold in “Indian country,” during the early days of Western civilization’s expansion, having its own rule of law. And, just like these forts became conduits for eventually taking land away from the natives, so too do today’s Muslim population centers in democratic states. Their forts are known as “no-go zones” – areas so dominated by Muslims that non-Muslims dare not pass.
The 2002 report and updates underscored a clear message about life in the Arab world: Where Islam and Shariah reign supreme, life is a hellhole. Western democracies, by turning a blind eye to these no-go zones as France has done (in 2015 saying none existed while trying to reclaim hundreds), allows them to multiply like cancer cells that one day will unite and destroy the corpus host. Falling victim to the cancer too will be the tech centers Trudeau sought to establish as life in a Muslim-ruled Canada loses not only its creativity but its freedoms to even exercise it.
Most assuredly, if a statue of Trudeau is ever erected, there will be a future generation of Canadians suffering under his immigration policies who will seek to tear it down.
Meanwhile, for America, whether a wall along our Mexican border is ever built, we may find the need even more imperative to build one along our northern border in the years ahead due to Trudeau’s naïve immigration policies.