How to End the Refugee Flood
By Eric Margolis
September 14, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" -
Remember when America erupted in fury over
France’s refusal to support the US invasion of Iraq in 2003?
President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Dominque de Villepin
warned that George Bush’s unprovoked aggression against Iraq would
destabilize the Mideast and inflict untold dangers on Europe.
America’s response to the sage warning was to
change the name of French fries to ‘Freedom fries’ and press ahead
with the invasion of Iraq. President Saddam Hussein of Iraq warned
that an America invasion would ignite the “Mother of All Battles”
and would “open the gates of Hell.”
The French leaders and Saddam were absolutely
right as confirmed by the waves of desperate Mideast refugees
flooding into Europe and the rampaging wildmen of Islamic State.
In 2006, the Bush administration, cheered on by
Israel, planned to invade Syria and destroy Hezbollah in Lebanon.
This was during the period when Bush was boasting to Britain’s Tony
Blair that the US would also go on to invade Pakistan. The
invasion of Syria did not take place because a few intelligent
people in Washington asked who would Washington put into power to
run Syria? The only alternative at the time to the Assad regime was
the underground Muslim Brotherhood. Washington wanted nothing to do
with political Muslims so it deferred the invasion.
But then the Saudis created an alternative to the
Brotherhood: a ragbag of bloodthirsty jihadist fanatics under a
dozen different names, the so-called Islamic State, or IS. These
were unleashed against the Iranian-backed Assad regime in Damascus,
a former US ally, and slated for action against Afghanistan’s
These jihadis were armed, directed and trained by
the US, Britain, and France in Lebanon and Jordan. They were
financed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
– on the strict proviso the jihadis stayed far
away from the Saudi kingdom. US Psychological warfare teams fanned
hatred between Sunni Muslims and Shia, a divide and conquer tactic
that had proved its value in Iraq.
Four years later, the storm broke on Syria which
has been reduced to ruins after more than four years of urban
warfare. Over 9.5 million of Syria’s 22.8 million people have
become refugees: 6.5 million internally displaced and homeless;
three million have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.
Now, wave after wave of mostly Syrian refugees are
breaking on Europe, the majority heading for the Promised Land of
Germany, which has received them with impressive generosity and
kindness. Contrast the German response to that of Hungary,
Slovakia, Poland and the Czechs who have come right out and said
they don’t want any Muslims (though many Syrian refugees are
Christians). Hungary’s callous response recalled memories of the
1940’s. France was not much better.
Also notable for churlishness and anti-Muslim
feelings was Canada, once a beacon for refugees. Its Islamophobic,
rabidly pro-Israel prime minister, Stephen Harper, was finally
forced by public uproar to admit small numbers of refugees. Israel,
which had invited 600,000 French Jews to come and settled last year,
said it had no room for Arab refugees.
Indeed – there are still five million stateless
Palestinian refugees as a result of the ethnic cleansing of
Palestine’s Arab population in 1947-48 which was indirectly
supported both by the United States and the Soviet Union.
How to stop today’s flood of political refugees?
Halt the western-led war against Syria. Today. Cease arming and
funding the anti-Assad jihadis. The United States, France, Britain
and the Saudis can quickly end the Syrian bloodbath by cutting off
arms and money.
Europe – particularly Germany – could use the
mainly middle-class Syrian refugees now pouring in. But Europe
does not need – and should not accept – economic refugees from black
Africa looking for a better life. They must be turned away and sent
home, as difficult as that will be to do.
As we listen to all the hypocritical moralizing in
the West over refugees, just remember the warnings of Chirac and
DeVillepin. There are now 3.1 million displaced people in Iraq as a
result of the US invasion. Add two million refugees in Afghanistan
caused by the Soviet, then US invasions. Add Somalia and Libya.
All the result of western military misadventures.
Eric S. Margolis is an American-born journalist
and writer. For 27 years, ending in 2010, he was a contributing
editor to the Toronto Sun chain of newspapers, writing mainly about
the Middle East, South Asia and Islam.
Copyright © 2015 Eric Margolis