The humanitarian crisis in Europe continues to grow each day. I believe these people are more than migrants. They aren’t moving for jobs or education or even new cultural experiences. They are moving to save their lives. The longer these people are denied refugee status, the longer Europe can put off accepting the inevitable.
The pictures we see now on TV must be the modern day version of what it looked like (see picture above) some 75 year ago, give or take, when Europeans, many of them Jews, left their homes and headed to anywhere they presumed they would be safe. How many of those people were turned away? How many people were not given sanctuary? How many of those people and their descendants would be alive today if some town or country had give them safe harbor.
We sit back on our high-horse, post Holocaust, and disparage those who did nothing. We castigate those who wouldn’t let the fleeing Jews on the St. Louis into our ports. We wring our hands over the plight of those who tried to escape three-quarters of a century ago as we cry out about human rights. We cringe over those who stayed just ahead of starvation and death and who got little help from those who were in a position to help.
What are we, as civilized people, doing about the plight of these middle eastern people? Surely Americans bear some culpability for their condition. After all, we did issue a pre-emptive strike on Iraq which has ultimately contributed to the instability of the region. What are Europeans doing about those attempting to enter their countries? The Hungarians have the refugees blocked. The British have taken in just under 300. The Germans have vowed to take in many. The Germans have made a generous offer and have long memories. Many Germans were themselves refugees.
What is the United Nations doing to help resolve this problem. It is understandable that most of Europe feels overburdened with immigrants already. Each country has its own tale of woe. Many Europeans also fear a Muslim majority within their country. That is also a legitimate fear for any democracy to have.
So what is do be done? The situation is heart-breaking. These refugees appear to be middle class people, not Bedouins. Bedouins seem to now how to blend into the desert. These refugees want to live and escape their war-torn circumstances. Syria has been in Civil War for 5 years. Civilians have been displaced and many have been living in bordering Middle East countries. Now the masses are moving into Europe as IS(IS) and other warring factions further disrupt peace and normal every day life.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.