As the first child was on the opposing side this was a crisis. Knives appeared from socks and pockets and before long six of the former child soldiers were dead.
Extracting child soldiers from dehumanizing conflict is indeed a worthy goal, but what stands out from this account of Ishmael Beah was the ignorance of the well-intentioned UNICEF aid workers. They suffer from one of the biggest blind spots of liberals. They are so committed to their theories on how human beings behave, that they ignore the reality of what actual humans do, or how they behave, often to the detriment of those already in crisis.
Human behaviour, liberals believe, is a construct. Largely ignoring cultural, religious, and evolutionary pressures they insist that they can shape human behaviour definitively. This is more than naivety; it is arrogance and pure conceit. It is an unshakeable belief that the world will all be beautiful if only they – the elites – have control over all the resources, and can plan how people live and think.
Beah’s tragic story comes to mind again when I hear about the stabbings that occurred in a refugee centre in Killarney, and further riots in a centre in Citywest. It is also worth mentioning that the people crammed into these places are not often explicitly escaping situations anywhere in the same category as Ishmael Beah. Some may be escaping a war somewhere, but we have no way of knowing this because this factor is not a filter for selection.
The liberal leftist idea that the rest of the world is some sort of hell hole from which all the inhabitants need to be saved is beyond patronising. Further, the idea that Ireland can become some sort of sanctuary for the billions of people who live in these regions of the world is beyond irrational.
But the liberal left are driven by ideas and don’t recognise limits. Or rather, they don’t recognise limits when their aims are concerned, for if it is any other problem that affects ordinary people, we’ll hear that there is no budget for it, or there is some rare snail that will be impacted and whose concerns matter more than those of human beings.
These elites have infinite desires and refuse to recognise that there are finite resources. This is the clash that is ongoing between the working class communities of Ireland and the middle class virtue signallers and social engineers that drive all social issues.
But humanitarian aid seems to be only part of the official reason for this policy. There is a constant refrain from the media and political class that we need workers. Who is saying this loudest? Well, if we look at the statements of the hierarchy of social planners, this message is coming all the way from the European superstate otherwise known as the EU.
This message and the policies associated with it are, of course, embraced by the Mamaluks that make up Ireland’s elites. Ireland is increasingly a space resource for EU planners.
For years, we were told that Ireland has a housing crisis that is determined by an inability to match supply with demand. Environmental issues, and a lack of builders, and zoning regulations, and a million miles of red tape just mean that when it comes to housing their hands are tied and there’s nothing that can be done. That’s what the great and good tell us.
You can’t even take matters into your own hands if you have the initiative to do so. Recent regulations have determined that lone builds are no longer to be permitted. So, for instance, if a farmer wants to give a half acre to a child to build a house on, in the community they grew up in and have ties to, that child won’t be able to build on it.
However, now, because we have a real emergency – you know one that effects people from somewhere else – much of the obstructions to building houses seem to have melted away.
Houses are suddenly flying up. In Cavan, for instance, 30 modular homes are to be built by April at a cost of €280,000 each.
It’s no wonder the working class and rural communities of Ireland don’t trust our government.