Syria in the Rear-View Mirror; Welcome to Europe إن شاء الله

Image result for refugees in europeThe flash mob that is now Europe has at least reached a pleasant plateau, if not exactly a Happy Ending, Feliz Final—whatever. So while we die-hard Liberals all get a feel-good moment and a pat on the back, for being so generous, and kind, and understanding, you have to wonder what everyone else is thinking…

…and while I certainly don’t want to give credence to the racist ideology of the Hungarian government (ironic in that they are the least European of all Europeans, at least in origins, likely from the far Uralic northeast, language related only to Finnish and Lapp), still it might be worthwhile asking a few questions:

  1. Most obvious: why are these ‘fugees (no, not the pop music group) risking even a five-mile boat ride, complete with kids, when Turkey has a European land border, not only with Greece, but Bulgaria, and not counting Georgia and Armenia far to the east near Russia. I mean: what’s so special about the island of Lesbos? (Please don’t go there)…
  2. What exactly is the role of ‘human traffickers’ in all this drama? Do they now have a green light, good to go? And while I’m glad the phrase is no longer a silly synonym for prostitution, it’s still unclear exactly who they are and how they operate…
  3. What exactly is the role of Turkey in all this drama? Are they indeed honest brokers, they with their long porous border with Syria, with ISIL fighters coming and going seemingly at will—mostly coming—and they reluctant to assist or fight in that battle, they with mixed Muslim and Christian and Asian and European origins? Just exactly whose side are they on anyway? Just exactly whose line is this, anyway?
  4. Just why do Saudi Arabia and the Arab brother Gulf States refuse to help out?

One unspoken truth to all this drama is Europe’s declining population, the fact that it is indeed a dying continent. Now, not only is that a bad bizniz model—bad capitalism, no growth—but it’s not sustainable, either. Populations will flow into empty spaces, especially when they’re rich and developed and resplendent with possibilities. Now, the most over-populated continent—by far—now that AIDS is largely under control, is Africa, especially the sub-Saharan region, poor and violent and—wait for it—black.

Now, with the possible exception of France, most of Europe would far prefer Arabs to blacks, Islam notwithstanding. It’s not as strange as it might first appear. After all Germany has an extensive anti-Jewish history with Islam, and has long hosted Turks as guest workers. And European Bosnia, Sarajevo especially, is a model of Islamic moderation and cultural diversity. Islam, Inc. once pushed past the borders of France and to the outskirts of Vienna, after all, with little ill effect, in fact once helping to revive a moribund medieval Europe.

Bottom line: it’s complicated. And we’re probably not as altruistic as we pretend. And we probably love our capitalism more than our racism. And we probably love light-skinned Arabs more than blacks. And then there’s another obvious question: what will happen when the snows set in? Stay tuned…

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