Recently I have become quite interested in English history. It seems the Romans who invaded Britain burned, raped, disemboweled, beheaded, castrated, blinded, tortured, enslaved and drowned the local inhabitants, plundered their valuables and brutally put down any resistance. Later they mixed with the natives, meaning the Roman soldiers took native English women as wives.
The same goes for the Vikings and the bands of Saxons who moved in after the Romans left Britain. They were just as brutal. Then came the Normans who stole whatever was worth stealing from the English towns, villages and churches they came across before burning the whole lot to the ground. William the Conqueror then divided up England and gave it to his Norman cronies to rule over. The people of England were thus under the thumb of foreigners who cared nothing for their customs or welfare. About 20% of English people died either during or directly after the Norman invasion, mainly as a result of starvation. All of that strikes me as cruel and my guess is that the history of most countries is equally as gory.
This being the case, I think open-borders fanatics who think it ‘cruel’ that their fellow westerners want to keep their countries from being swamped by immigrants need a sense of proportion. Raping a woman in front of her husband, disemboweling him and then drowning the couple’s children before finally enslaving the woman. Now that’s cruel. Turning away people who are illegally trying to enter a country is not cruel. It’s what societies that wish to preserve themselves do.
Perhaps if progressives read more widely about what went on in the past and what still goes on in some places on Earth they might get a better perspective on what genuine cruelty looks like.