The headlines this week ending 6th September have been about the Syrian refugees coming from Syria in to Europe, particularly through Hungary in to Germany. Germany’s Merkel has shown how utterly ineffectual she really is in that apart from allowing passage into Europe/Germany she has no idea how to deal with the flood of refugees.
I wonder what the real purpose of Schengen actually is. Is it to allow the unfettered movement of Europeans around Europe in search of work resettlement, or is it that once someone from anywhere in the world sets food into Europe (any country will do) they have unfettered access to anywhere they wish to go in Europe? This is a much muddied part of the whole idea of Schengen whether deliberately or by accident and needs to be clarified by those who seek to have power over the rest of us, as it is ordinary people who are forced to bear the brunt of what is happening.
The inevitable arguments from socio-intellectuals of whether we should accept the refugees or not, where will they be housed and so on are predictable. Even actress Emma Thompson wrote a poem (ahh, how sweet) and postulated that any hostility was because of downright, old fashioned racism, completely forgetting that in the late 1990s during the conflict in Kosovo, Serbia thousands of white skinned refugees were allowed into Britain whereupon the established press wrote reams of hostile, overtly racist stories all with the same aim of scaring indigenous Brits into thinking they were about to be murdered in their beds and all these bloody foreigners should fuck off back to where they came from.
Such racism has been continued in the established press ever since, leading to the rise of UKIP ensuring those who are easily led by the nose truly think in this manner. Thankfully not all English people are like that, there are those who are happy for foreigners to come to Britain as they recognise they are needed. Even so, some of these have different reasons for such a pragmatic approach.
The turning point came on Thursday 3rd September with the story of a 3 year old boy who drowned and whose body was washed up on the beach in Turkey. The story then stopped being hypothetical and hostile and became emotive.
It’s rarely that I agree with David Cameron on anything, but I agreed with him on Wednesday that simply taking people in from Syria is not the answer to the problem. The same was echoed by Vladimir Putin who chided western governments, particularly in the EU, over their foreign policy in the Muslim world. I certainly recall around 2010 reading in the mainstream press that the USA were pressing for the removal of Bashir Assad because he was not a puppet of the USA and therefore not favoured but that his removal would fuel a vacuum that would be filled by extremists that, at that time were called the Muslim Brotherhood. This is a good few years before the name Muslim Brotherhood was bandied around in the mainstream press. Now there is ISIS/ISIL, both of whom were, I am certain, founded by, funded, armed and trained by the USA and other Western governments.
It is the constant meddling of the USA and UK in the Middle East led by Israel who has its own agenda that has led to this sorry state of affairs. While these floods of Syrian people are running scared for their lives into Europe, there is no policy collectively to be able to withdraw from conflicts in the Middle East, help stabilise them keeping in mind their own cultures and religions may differ from ours. There is absolutely no impact on America for this dreadful nightmare it has allowed to happen. And yet the propaganda machine is in full flow. Assad is the devil incarnate, ISIS/ISIL are “freedom fighters” and so on.
American’s foreign policy is like a child who knows no boundaries but because of its size it wreaks havoc among other adults (older nations) and knows nothing about responsibility. America’s foreign policy has no benign intentions; nothing accidental is allowed to take part. It destroys because it can and it seems the only countries big enough to contain this schizophrenic nation are Russia and China, both of whom are equal in size, population and political clout.
Yet Europe must also share in the blame as the European Union was an American construct from WW2 where Germany was brought back from reparation for the damage it wrought over the rest of the world far too soon. I am pretty certain that had Europe been left to its own devices Germany would be paying the price for such damage until very recently. The flip side of that particular coin was and is that Germany is the pet poodle of America. What the USA requests Germany grants without question. Whether it is in Europe’s interests or not.
One only has to look at the recent “austerity” measures imposed on the poorer EU countries, many of whom are still grappling with this. This is not because of some accident but because it is politically expedient to do so. The trade agreements that are currently being debated in Brussels Pacific and Asian countries are not in their own interests, but in the interests of the USA.
I would propose that in Europe refugees should be housed in the grand palaces of royalty, governments and wealthy individuals who normally benefit from the cheap labour of refugees, that no further burden is placed upon ordinary people. Mostly the USA should open its doors unconditionally to the people its foreign policies have displaced and everyone from the Middle East, Syrians, Egyptians, Moroccans; Libyans and so on should be able to settle for as long as the USA continues to meddle into other people’s lives in other parts of the world. It’s called responsibility and living with the consequences of one’s actions.