Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Looking for Solutions

"The refugee crisis can be brought under control, but make no mistake, it will take a tremendous amount of effort, it will take a long time, and it will take many steps in many areas."
"[...All member states should] respect the outcome [of the relocation plan."
EU Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans

"If people are distributed in Europe, then they can't choose what country they go to. They have to stay in the country they were distributed to."
"[The EU decision's purpose is to curtail] secondary migration [where those seeking asylum move preferentially from one European country to another for maximum advantage]."
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere 
Migrants and refugees queue at a camp to be registered after crossing the Macedonian-Greek border near Gevgelija
Migrants and refugees queue at a camp to be registered after crossing the Macedonian-Greek border near Gevgelija. Photograph: Nikolay Doychinov/AFP/Getty Images

It has become an unreasoning, Lemming-like torrent of humans transiting toward opportunities denied them in their countries of origin. Although the focus remains on Syrian refugees, barely one in three of the people fleeing oppression, poverty and conflict are Syrian; they stream toward Europe from elsewhere in the Middle East, from South Asia, from Africa where dysfunctional governments, tyrannical leaders, and Islamist jihadists all prey on ordinary people. What they have in common is that the countries are Muslim-dominated, and Islam itself is the source of the problem.

It seems reasonable that if the world is anxious to rescue those most vulnerable to the onslaught of violence in the Muslim world, it is Christians and ethnic and religious minorities who should have priority. Then, women and children should be viewed as most vulnerable to the rigours of their escape from impoverishment of spirit and their fraught futures. Indeed, women and children also appear to be in the minority among the flood of humanity trudging into Europe. Mostly, they are young and vigorous men.

Who should be encouraged to remain where they are and fight locally in their own regions for their rights. As it is, young and restless men coming from a tradition of cultural and religion-inspired misogyny bring their attitudes with them, disparaging the very notion of equality for women and human rights trumping their own aspirations to personal fortune, and in the process of the move and mixed-gender encampments, themselves prey on vulnerable children and women.

It makes eminently good sense when faced with an intractable problem that must be addressed, to face the source of the problem. Solving the problem at source goes a much longer way to solving the fallout of the problem to begin with. There would be no need, real and perceived, for people to embark on their perilous journeys toward a hoped-for new opportunity in life if their society as they knew it was restored without the issues that led to their refugee status.

Granted, other nations, themselves struggling in many instances to aspire to a better future for their native populations, cannot solve all the problems of less favoured countries, whose administration seems always to evolve from dictatorship to tyranny and religious and sectarian, tribal and ethnic persecution. Yet these are the countries that are called upon because they are seen as better socially adjusted and more politically advanced and financed than the failed countries.

Migrants and refugees queue to register at a camp after crossing the Greek-Macedonian border near Gevgelija on September 22, 2015. EU interior ministers were set to hold emergency talks to try and bridge deep divisions over Europe's worst migrant crisis since World War II, as pressure piles onto member states to reach an agreement. AFP PHOTO / NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV
Migrants and refugees queue to register at a camp after crossing the Greek Macedonian border near Gevgelija on Tuesday. Nikolay Doychinov/AFP\Getty Images

The European Union is attempting to respond collectively to a disaster that has been brought upon their member countries, striving to contain and to serve the needs of people requiring shelter, food and medical attention. This is not a task, gargantuan in nature, that the European Union has willingly and of its own volition responded to, but one that has been forced upon them by a viciously rogue regime in Syria that has been violating the most basic human rights of its population because of sectarian hatreds.

As Syria writhes in the agony of self-destruction, disintegrating as a  unified country with the majority Syrian Sunnis defying the tyranny of the minority Shiite regime, government warplanes continue to bomb Syrian towns, destroying their infrastructure and slaughtering their inhabitants. The combined action of even a portion of the 28 EU member-states would be capable of militarily removing Bashar al-Assad from the presidency of Syria and in one fell stroke, halting the exodus of Syrians.

This might, at great cost, solve the Syrian crisis for the time being, but it would do little to ameliorate the general crisis that exists in Islamic countries of South Asia and Africa and the Middle East where the bulk of the population are held in helpless poverty-stricken and opportunity-denied conditions to satisfy the ambitions of a wealthy and powerful elite. But it is the destiny of people to remain where they live, to rise en masse and refuse to cower under the jackboot of fascist Islamist powers.

Nowhere is it written that well-functioning states in Europe and elsewhere in the world have any obligation to solve the ills of the Muslim world. It should be a problem for Muslims themselves to solve at every level of their monopolistic Islamist ummah. Countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, the Emirates and Turkey should be beside themselves with self-anger at the desperate condition the world of Islam has presented.

And honestly ask themselves how their demonstrated incapacity to govern themselves and to treat their own with honour and respect describes their fitness to rule the world under global Islam, a primary tenet of Islam's Sharia law which demands that all Muslims commit to jihad for that very express purpose of the global caliphate bringing Islam unfettered control of the globe. Heaven forfend.

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