Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Wave of Immigrants?

The last I heard of Lampedusa, it was the eponymous setting of Giuseppe di Lampedusa's magnificent lament for aristocracy, Il Gattopardo, which Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon then turned into an early Technicolor romp in the hay. Now Lampedusa is back in the news as the destination of supposed "hordes" of refugees from Tunisia and Libya, who are allegedly overwhelming Europe's ramparts. Marine Le Pen has gone there personally to head them off at the pass, and Silvio Berlusconi, between sessions in court stemming from "bunga-bunga parties" with underage Moroccan girls, has called upon Europe to take some of North Africa's tired and poor, yearning to be free, off of Italy's hands and welfare rolls.

But now Patrick Weil says that it's all trumped up, that there are no refugee hordes, and that the drama has been created to serve the propaganda purposes of various anti-immigrant parties.

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