The Real Refugee Problem – And How To Solve It
By Ron Paul
September 07, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - "RPI"
- Last week Europe saw one of its worst
crises in decades. Tens of thousands of migrants entered the
European Union via Hungary, demanding passage to their hoped-for
final destination, Germany.
While the media focuses on the human tragedy of so many people
uprooted and traveling in dangerous circumstances, there is very
little attention given to the events that led them to leave their
countries. Certainly we all feel for the displaced people,
especially the children, but let’s not forget that this is a
man-made crisis and it is a government-made crisis.
The reason so many are fleeing places like Syria, Libya,
Afghanistan, and Iraq is that US and European interventionist
foreign policy has left these countries destabilized with no hopes
of economic recovery. This mass migration from the Middle East and
beyond is a direct result of the neocon foreign policy of regime
change, invasion, and pushing “democracy” at the barrel of a gun.
Even when they successfully change the regime, as in Iraq, what is
left behind is an almost uninhabitable country. It reminds me of the
saying attributed to a US major in the Vietnam War, discussing the
bombing of Ben Tre: “It became necessary to destroy the town in
order to save it.”
The Europeans share a good deal of blame as well. France and the UK
were enthusiastic supporters of the attack on Libya and they were
early backers of the “Assad must go” policy. Assad may not be a nice
guy, but the forces that have been unleashed to overthrow him seem
to be much worse and far more dangerous. No wonder people are so
desperate to leave Syria.
Most of us have seen the heartbreaking photo of the young Syrian boy
lying drowned on a Turkish beach. While the interventionists are
exploiting this tragedy to call for direct US attacks on the Syrian
government, in fact the little boy was from a Kurdish family fleeing
ISIS in Kobane. And as we know there was no ISIS in either Iraq or
Syria before the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.
As often happens when there is blowback from bad foreign policy, the
same people who created the problem think they have a right to tell
us how to fix it – while never admitting their fault in the first
Thus we see the disgraced General David Petraeus in the news last
week offering his solution to the problem in Syria: make an alliance
with al-Qaeda against ISIS! Petraeus was head of the CIA when the US
launched its covert regime-change policy in Syria, and he was in
charge of the “surge” in Iraq that contributed to the creation of
al-Qaeda and ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The idea that the US can
salvage its disastrous Syria policy by making an alliance with
al-Qaeda is horrific. Does anyone think the refugee problem in Syria
will not be worse if either al-Qaeda or ISIS takes over the country?
Here is the real solution to the refugee problem: stop meddling in
the affairs of other countries. Embrace the prosperity that comes
with a peaceful foreign policy, not the poverty that goes with
running an empire. End the Empire!