Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Why humanitarians won’t solve the Syrian crisis

Europe sags under the weight of a massive Muslim tide of ‘refugees’ (Tuvia Brodie, “Should Israel accept Syrian refugees?”, Arutz Sheva, September 7, 2015). Some say this crisis will forever change the quality of European life (Minna Rozen, “There's No Stopping a Mass Migration That Will Alter the World”, Haaretz, September 6, 2015). Humanitarians, however, ignore European life. They worry only that this is a humanitarian disaster “of epochal proportions” (Paul Mirengoff, “The Syrian crisis and Obama’s post-American presidency”, powerline, September 7, 2015).

Humanitarians open their arms to this crisis. They call it “the worst humanitarian disaster of our time” (“Quick facts: What you need to know about the Syria crisis”, mercycorps, September 2, 2015). They embrace it.

They turn to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which exists “to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide” (UNHCR homepage, ‘what we do’). They publicise the crisis. They pressure European leaders. They create a world-wide fund-raising campaign to fight the crisis.

Humanitarians are overwhelmed. Since perhaps June, 2015, more than 110,000+ refugees a month have been storming into Europe. No one saw this coming. No one knows what to do about it (Rick Lyman, et al, “A Steady Flow Staggers Into Europe, Outpacing Pledges of Shelter”, New York Times, September 7, 2015).

Humanitarian organizations face collapse. The UNHCR (and related agencies) are approaching bankruptcy (Harriet Grant, “UN agencies 'broke and failing' in face of ever-growing refugee crisis”, The Guardian, September 6, 2015). The UN has estimated it’ll need 4.5+ Billion USD to meet its assistance projections (“Syria Regional Refugee Response - Regional Overview”, Php). But as of August 24, 2015, it’s app 1.4 Billion behind (ibid).

It can’t raise the money. Meanwhile, the refugees keep coming. In 2010, they came at a rate up to 11,000 a day. Now, that number can approach 40,000 a day (“UN agencies broke and failing…”, ibid). The UN can’t supply the water, sanitation, food and medical assistance the refugees need (ibid). Wealthy donors aren’t opening their wallets.

The humanitarian system is broken. It’s helpless. It’s impotent.

Humanitarians don’t know what to do. So they fall back on their established patterns. They demonize Israel.

This week, in the face of a spike in refugees trying to enter Europe, humanitarians demonize Israel because it will—like Greece and Hungary—build a fence to keep out refugees (Sarah Lazare, “At Heart of Humanitarian Crisis, Israel Building Wall to Keep Syrian Refugees Out”, CommonDream, September 7, 2015). Of course, true to form, humanitarians haven’t demonized Greece and Hungary—just Israel.

This is a crisis, all right, in more ways than one. It’s not just a refugee crisis. It’s not just a financial crisis. It’s a crisis that can destroy both the West and its Humanitarianism.

Humanitarians won’t face the obvious questions. For example, this primarily Arab/Muslim problem is being ignored by important Arab/Muslim countries. Why?

The Arab Persian Gulf (PG) states of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE, Oman and Qatar are super-wealthy. But all ignore their Syrian brothers. Why? 

The Muslim Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) pledges unity, fraternity and solidarity among its Member States. Syria and the PG states all belong to the OIC. Why has that unity and fraternity been withheld from Syrian refugees?

Since 2011, the Syrian conflict has created more than 4 million refugees. The Persian Gulf (PG) states have so far taken in 33 of those 4 million (“Social media users slam PG Arab rulers’ inaction on refugee crisis”, PressTV, September 4, 2015).

That number isn’t a typographical error. It’s a total of 33 refugees.

The wealthiest of Arab Muslim states have not helped Syria’s Muslim refugees. Why?  

Humanitarianism fails because it ignores the obvious: Arab Muslims caused this crisis (think about Syria, the Islamic State and the Arab Spring). Arab Muslims will do nothing to solve this crisis. Why?

There’s an answer to these questions. But humanitarians won’t look at it. Instead, they censure the wrong people (Israel). They ignore the causes (Jihad and the Arab Spring). They focus on the wrong solution (forcing the EU to shoulder the burden of ending the crisis).

But if humanitarians won’t answer these questions, the Islamic State will: this crisis isn’t about helping ‘refugees’. That’s why wealthy Arabs won’t help. This crisis is about flooding Europe with Muslims.

This is why wealthy Arab states keep their wallets closed. This crisis is about using Muslim refugees to set the stage for the conquest of the infidel Christian Europe (Brodie, Arutz Sheva, above). Wealthy Arab Muslims won’t help because they don’t want to help. They want a Caliphate ruling Europe and they see this Muslim tide as the vanguard of that conquest.

Humanitarians won’t face that Islamic truth. That’s why they’ll fail to solve this crisis.

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