Barbarian invasions

The word "barbarian" comes from the ancient Greek, and originally meant a person or peoples who spoke a foreign tongue. The Greeks considered a barbarian to be an alien or outsider, one who was not of their language or culture.  This term was later applied to the Germanic invaders of Rome, who would eventually overrun the Empire and usher in the Dark Ages.  These invaders did not come as warriors so much as peaceful immigrants — some legally, most not.  They did not see themselves as Romans, and they made no effort to adapt themselves to Roman customs and laws. Within a few hundred years they had destroyed the Western Empire. Here in the United States we are experiencing our own invasion; millions of illegal immigrants are crossing our borders, speakers of another language who do not see themselves as Americans, and who have no intention of adapting themselves to American customs and laws.  Our response, much like the Romans, has been timid and...(Read Full Article)

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