Is Europe Doomed to Burn in Hell as Gaddafi
By Lyudmila Alexandrova
September 09, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - "TASS"
- MOSCOW, September 9. /TASS/. As Europe’s migrant crisis
grows far and wide, many Russian media are recalling the late Libyan
leader Muamar Gaddafi’s gloom prophecy made several months before
his violent death. "Now listen you, people of NATO. You’re bombing a
wall which stood in the way of African migration to Europe, and in
the way of Al-Qaeda terrorists. This wall was Libya. You‘re breaking
it. You’re idiots, and you will burn in Hell for thousands of
migrants from Africa and for supporting Al-Qaeda. It will be so. I
never lie. And I do not lie now," said Gaddafi in an open letter
obtained by the Russian daily Zavtra and published in May 2011
several months before the Lybian leader was killed.
Since the beginning of the year 500,000 refugees have arrived in
Europe. The migrant crisis has become number one priority for the EU
countries, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told
the European Parliament in his annual message regarding the state of
affairs in the European Union.
"It is Europe today that represents a beacon of hope, a haven of
stability in the eyes of women and men in the Middle East and in
Africa. That is something to be proud of and not something to fear,"
The question what caused the migrant crisis in Europe has evoked a
deluge of comments from the expert community and Russian society in
general. Europe is about to lose its reputation of the most stable
place in the world, largely because the leading European countries
and the United States have been shaking loose the regimes precisely
in those countries whose people are now storming railway stations in
the EU, experts say.
"That the refugee crisis is an outcome of US-European policies is
clear to the naked eye," says senior research fellow Boris Dolgov,
of the Oriental Studies Institute under the Russian Academy of
Sciences. "The destruction of Iraq, the destruction of Libya and
attempts to topple Bashar Assad in Syria with the hands of Islamic
radicals — that’s what EU and US policies are all about, and the
hundreds of refugees are a result of that policy," he told TASS.
"It’s a very serious and multi-faceted problem," Professor Irina
Zvyagelskaya, of the oriental studies department at the Moscow state
institute of international relations MGIMO, told TASS. "The civil
war in Syria and tensions in Iraq and Libya keep fueling the flow of
migrants, but that is not the only cause. I agree with those who see
the current events as a trend towards another mass resettlement of
peoples, which leave the weaker countries with ineffective
economies. There are systemic problems that cause people to abandon
their homes and take to the road. And the liberal European
legislation allows many of them to not only stay in Europe, but also
to live there on social benefits without seeking employment."
"These people are exhausted, angry and humiliated. They have no idea
of European values, lifestyles and traditions, multi-culturalism or
tolerance. They will never agree to abide by European laws," says
Russian author, playwright and stage director Yevgeny Grishkovets in
his blog. "They will never feel grateful to the people whose
countries they have managed to get into with such problems, because
the very same states first turned their own home countries into a
"Angela Merkel vows modern German society and Europe are prepared
for problems… That’s a lie and nonsense! I am certain that many of
those in France, Italy and Germany, who are pretending compassion
and shaking their heads in bewilderment at the news more migrants
have drowned or died of suffocation or fatigue on the way, in
reality are saying to themselves something like this: ‘This serves
them right! That will teach others a lesson!" says Grishkovets.
Political scientist Fyodor Lukyanov believes that the migrant crisis
is just the tip of the iceberg, the gist of the heap of problems
that had kept piling up for years.
"There is a direct link between the migrant crisis and the past
fifteen years of western policies in the Middle East," says Lukyanov
in the Russian government-published daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta. "None
of the attempts at intervention has yielded the expected results. On
the contrary, each such move merely turned things from bad to worse.
But even if the United States and Europe had followed a calmer line,
the erosion would still be going on, although at a lower pace. The
end result, however, would be the same. While 20th century models
were turning irrelevant in the new conditions, no smooth transition
to the next stage followed."
Columnist and blogger Vitaly Tretyakov wonders why the European
Union has walked into this trap which it will never be able to get
"The reasons are many, but all of them are confined to arrogance and
exaggerated self-confidence. In most cases this high-handedness is
never expressed aloud, but the ‘Europeans’ always feel superiority
over everybody else in this world."
"It remains to be seen whether the European Union succumbed to
Washington’s pressures or preferred to manifest solidarity with the
United States when it decided to speed up the so-called ‘process of
democratization’ in North Africa and the Middle East. Whatever the
case, by doing so it helped thrust open Pandora’s Box. Now a vast
territory has plunged into civil wars and armed chaos and millions
of refugees were forced to flee for life," Tretyakov said.
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