The depressing sight of the endless exodus of migrants attempting to enter Europe raises serious questions as to why the sudden but spontaneous mass movement of thousands upon thousands of people coming from Turkey’s refugee holding camps and why now?
The tide of more than 45,000 migrants entering EU crossings each day appear well organized and displays that the crowds know precisely where to go and how to get there. Most are landing on the shores of Greece and Italy where both of those nations are at the forefront of a refugee invasion. Is this intrusion one of desperation for survival or opportunism? Probably a bit of both!
Many of the Syrian and Iraqi refugees however, do not seem to be the war and famine victims one has been exposed to in the past. The majority of them are young, well educated and equipped with the latest mobile communication devices. They also paid a lot of money to human smugglers to join the various routes so they can enter Europe. Costs range between 1500 to 6000 euros and the meaning of “refugee” has now taken a new interpretation. Never in the history of mankind has such a mass movement of despairing people has been experienced before!
Is this simply a coincidence or a strategic plan of refugee dumping on others to undermine western values, social and political order? Whatever the reasons, it’s working! Member-states of the EU are now split and countries affected, are openly accusing other member states for dumping thousands of migrants on their borders.
As civilized nations Europeans have responded positively to the unrelenting human tragedy with humanitarian aid and support but devious minds have also taken advantage of the situation. Turkey, the Islamic State (IS) including smugglers are certainly at the helm of this human chaos for their own ends; be it political, economic or religious fundamentalism!
Could it be conceivable the IS has triggered a clandestine Islamic invasion against the west? Or, could it also be plausible that some of those healthy young men and women are embedded terrorists to unleash Jihad deep in the heart of Europe? Such questions are not isolated but heads of states are now seriously debating and questioning the legitimacy of the tide of Muslim refugees in Europe. Phobia or not, MI5 and other agencies are on the alert and defensive measures are being put in place to combat the likely Jihadist scenario for an attack.
In response, Hungary has closed its borders with razor wire and has instructed its army to stop the multitudes of entering its borders. That decision is in direct contradiction to the Schengen Accord principle – open borders. This demonstrates that EU policy is a shambles when dealing with a crisis.
Why thousands of young men refuse to remain behind and defend their country against the IS evil? And, why are those young mothers risking the lives of their children climbing aboard rickety boats and crossing dangerous seas at the risk of drowning? Are they not afraid of losing their lives and if so why? That’s not normal; not unless they believe in martyrdom! If that’s the case, then a new monster is being unleashed against Europe; one that may be difficult to contain!
Destitute refugees would normally be grateful for given safety and protection but not the current migrants! Three hundred were recently saved from drowning outside Cyprus waters, and yet, ungratefully refused to remain on the island by demanding to be transported to Italy; in Denmark they objected 700 Euros allowance as being too low; in Greece they angrily yelled “jihad”. Such questionable behaviour raises more questions than answers.
Screening thousands of those migrants at border crossings has become a nightmare and Turkey is at the epicenter of this nightmare. It is estimated that there are over three million Syrian refugees stranded and scattered throughout Turkey and most are being exploited as cheap slave labour in the farming industry. Others are trapped in holding camps across the Syrian/Turkish border. Ankara has now decided not to stop refugees leaving the camps and turned a blind eye to the trauma of tens of thousands of people on their way to the Greek islands.
Greece the poorest EU member-state has been bearing the brunt of this refugee human tide, which has destabilized the entire region. It appears that Ankara’s refugee dumping is politically motivated and the UN including the West have failed or refused to condemn and rebuke Turkey’s behaviour for triggering the current dehumanizing tsunami.
Greece has found itself in the centre of the eye of the storm. Human smugglers have systematically targeted the Aegean and the Greek islands have become the frontline of the current tragedy. The humanitarian task is enormous, so enormous in fact that over 4.000 refugees keep landing each day in Lesbos alone. Providing food, shelter, and services to the swarm is becoming not only intolerable but also unsustainable.
In fact Greece should be praised for its humanitarian contribution and support to those in need and the EU as well as the USA should start sharing the cost burden. Meanwhile, the islanders’ tranquil lifestyle has now been disrupted beyond recognition with no end in sight!
With Turkey’s scrutiny, smugglers have now outlined a new and a much safer route to northern Europe. This is a land route that would continue to dump thousands of refugees at the Thrace/Evros Greek border crossings! The destitute have been instructed through the social media to gather at the outskirts of Andrianoupolis along the Turkish-Bulgarian borders until it’s time to make the invasion into Greece and then Europe.
Greece for one more time singlehandedly finds itself at the frontline of this tragedy!
All considered, there is a clear evidence of sheer hypocrisy on behalf of the United Nations when it comes to aggression. Without legal justification, they have been influenced to allow destabilization and destruction of ancient nations in the name of “democratization” and “regime change”. Starting with the Iraq war, the USA-led coalition military onslaught has been one of the major contributing factors for the current plight of millions of refugees in the Mesopotamia.
Yet, the United States, which in fact should have behaved more civilized and mare humanely, failed to act and initiate a humanitarian programme to accept its share of Syrian/Iraqi refugees in the USA. Instead, they are “passing the buck” to Europe – out of sight out of mind!
It is absolutely incomprehensible and most brutal to allow thousands of Syrian refugees, women and children to crisscross arduous journeys across countries on foot instead of picking them up at the point of origin with safely and transport them under a well-organized UN humanitarian operation. There are solutions to their plight but certainly not the mindset to do so!
The UN has in fact broken the fundamental principles of international law to prevent “crime of aggression” as defined by the Nuremberg Principles of “planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression”. A war of aggression is defined as a war fought for the purpose other than self-defense defined in articles 33 and 51 of the UN Charter. Wars initiated in Iraq, Syria and Libya can be considered wars of aggression and are mostly responsible for initiating the current refugee pandemonium.
The Nuremberg tribunal described aggression “the supreme international crime”, and the Iraq/Libya/Syria war has caused the death of nearly one million people and has triggered the biggest refugee crisis ever seen in a civilized society. Instigated by US ambitions for “regime change” those wars rank amongst the greatest crimes the world has ever seen.
Casus belli* has been used to justify those wars of insanity; a lunacy that nurtured and saw the rise of the Islamic State now set on a jihad against the rest of the world! If civilized nations can act so brutally, why not petty dictators or fundamentalists! Human lives simply have now become insignificant and “collateral damage” to be disposed at will because there are those who believe that: Might is Right!
Helping nations to negotiate conflicts rather than using aggression would certainly help to defuse wars from starting. Foremost, helping refugees to stay in their own homeland by ending the support of rival factions would be a giant leap forward to peace and security. Stability and economic growth in one’s own country would certainly eliminate the need of the young to migrate abroad other than education for greater knowledge and understanding.
Meanwhile the merchants of death finance wars for profit by providing credit and weapons of destruction to combatants to kill one another as long as they can guarantee the loans of the loser. The current policies incite strife-torn regions to become a cesspit of brutality and the cradle of a new crop of refugees. When people have nothing to lose or aspire to, fundamentalism through hopelessness it’s the end result.
Under those conditions the exodus of refugees into Europe would not stop but would escalate unless radical changes are initiated. Unfortunately, the current problem of refugee dumping by nations has taking a new meaning; one that nobody knows how it would end! Europe has now become the new playground…
Casus belli*: an act or event that provokes or is used to justify war.
Andreas C Chrysafis
Author – Writer – Artist