Sunday, November 01, 2015

The Unending Migration Crisis

"We are in deep trouble. The migration crisis has the potential to destabilize governments, countries and the whole European continent...."
"What we have been facing is not a refugee crisis. This is a migratory movement composed of economic migrants, refugees and also foreign fighters. This is an uncontrolled and unregulated process.... I also want to underline that there is an unlimited source of supply of people, after Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Africa is now also on the move. The dimension and the volume of the danger is well above our expectations...."
"Our moral responsibility is to give back these people their homes and their countries. It can't be our objective to provide them with a new European life. Right to human dignity and security are basic rights. But neither the German, Austrian nor the Hungarian way of life is a basic right of all people on the Earth. It is only a right of those ones who have contributed to it. Europe is not able to accept everyone who wants a better life. We have to help them to get back their own lives with dignity and we have to send them back to their own countries...."
"We cannot avoid speaking about the quality of our democracies. Is it freedom of information and speech when the media usually show women and children while 70% of the migrants are young men and they look like an army? How could it happen that our people feel that their opinion is not being taken into consideration? And we have to address the question of whether our people want what has been happening. Did we get authorization from them to allow millions of migrants to enter our continent? ... No, distinguished delegates, we did not."
"We cannot hide the fact that the European left has a clear agenda. They are supportive of migration. They actually import future leftist voters to Europe hiding behind humanism. It is an old trick but I do not understand why we have to accept it. They consider registration and protection of borders as bureaucratic, nationalist and against human rights. They have a dream about the politically constructed world society without religious traditions, without borders, without nations. They attack core values of our European identity: family, nation, subsidiarity and responsibility."
Viktor Orban, Hungarian Prime Minister

"It is totally irresponsible that tens of thousands of people are flowing into the country uncontrolled and unregistered, and we can only unreliably estimate exactly how many of them are Islamic State fighters or Islamist sleepers. I am convinced that no other country in the world would be so naive and starry-eyed to expose itself to such a risk."
Former Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich

"We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab anti-Semitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other peoples, as well as a different understanding of society and law. German security agencies are unable to deal with these imported security problems, and the resulting reactions from the German population."
Leaked German intelligence document
A local man helps a Syrian refugee who jumped off board from a dinghy as he swims exhausted at a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos September 17, 2015. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

That is the part of Islamist dysfunction that is impolite to mention in a critical tone. To begin with, to cast aspersions on Islam as a source of human suffering of unimaginable dimensions is to reveal oneself to be 'Islamophobic' and this is a charge to be avoided at all costs. Islam celebrates itself as a religion dedicated to human empowerment, but not at the expense of devotion to its prophet and its god, both sublime and irreproachable.

It is the human element, the transcribing of the Koran and the Hadiths, the interpretations of Sharia law that are responsible for the pathology of vitriolic hatred between the major sects of Islam that sees Shiites slaughtering Sunnis and Sunnis gathering to inflict total annihilation on the heretics pretending to worship Islam. Both, needless to say, focus their shared ideological detestation on the West, the insults to Islam represented by non-Muslims, and particularly by Jews.

While the international community and most particularly Europe, agonizes over a) the plight of desperate people fleeing conflict, vulnerable to the vicissitudes of human greed evidenced in human smugglers that place them in grave situations of danger resulting from sub-useful rafts and ships, and b) the expectations of refugees that the countries they flood into have the resources to satisfy their immediate needs, much less their long-range aspirations, it is not merely refugees alone that threaten European stability.

It is the hordes of young men who visualize no future for themselves in Eritrea, Somalia, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Palestinian Territories who obtain fraudulent Syrian passports, presenting them as authentication that they too are refugees, not merely economic migrants seeking to take advantage of the empathetic wave of sympathy for conflict-fearing refugees that swell the ranks of the hundreds of thousands bursting the system of verification and visas.

How to stem the tide? Particularly when faced with the very real situation of fleeing people facing hostile elements of nature and weather, risking their lives in a spreading virus of risking the present to gamble with the future, counting on resistance to melt when faced with the desperation of people begging to be rescued from an abyss of fear and threat of death.

Diplomatically, politically, the heads of nations flail about with the need to task their emissaries to represent their interests at conferences called to discuss alternatives leading to ceasefires in hopes that a lull in hostilities will convince those whom the Syrian regime targets for revenge that they will be safe remaining in their own country. A country soon to be liberated from the deadly tyranny of a slaughter-minded leader.

But all of this is based on hope that the combatants; the regime bent on slaughter, and the rebels determined to prevent it and retire the slaughterer, will agree to cease their hostilities. One group, the militias whose set task is to put an end to a government's mission to destroy its own, knowing that if they stand down, it will be taken as a signal to the regime that it can simply resume its depredations, cannot stop; the other, knowing that if it halts its loathsome killings, it will leave an opening for its defeat, refuses to stop.

With the introduction of Russian forces bombing the rebel positions, the civilians see their defences crumbling and seek escape from the government advance that will target them with the assumption that they support those who support them. With the advent of an increased American presence now on the ground to meet the increase in Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah ground support for the regime, it is a guarantee that Syrian Sunni civilians will continue to flee in their hundreds of thousands.

And Europe grimly awaits further inundation. From refugees and from migrants alike.

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