I think Ron Paul got it almost right:
The reason so many are fleeing places like Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq is that US and European interventionist foreign policy has left these countries destabilized with no hopes of economic recovery. This mass migration from the Middle East and beyond is a direct result of the neocon foreign policy of regime change, invasion, and pushing “democracy” at the barrel of a gun…
Here is the real solution to the refugee problem: stop meddling in the affairs of other countries.
Well, there probably wouldn’t be a refugee problem if we hadn’t meddled. But that’s in the past. Stopping meddling now won’t solve the immediate refugee problem.
But that aside, in the face of headlines like this,
Britain pledges to help thousands of refugees – but rich Arab states have taken in NONE
I expect to see more headlines like this:
Britain wants to quit Europe: Shock new poll shows EU ‘no’ camp ahead for the first time as Cameron prepares to face down Tory rebels
If a referendum was held tomorrow, 51 per cent would vote to leave the EU
The threat of a tidal wave of immigrants “of biblical proportions” , along with calls by Angela Merkel for EU partners to share the migrant burden, looks set to divide Europe’s elites, and make Britons more rather than less likely to vote to leave Europe. Immigration was already a big issue in Britain before the latest tidal wave started, and looks set to become an even bigger issue.
The EU is already struggling, largely thanks to the failure of the eurozone. Now, on top of all its unemployment, it’s being asked to absorb countless thousands of unemployed and unemployable Muslim immigrants (complete with murderous IS infiltrators), so changing the entire character of the continent. Something is likely to snap.
Everywhere the political divide is going to be between those (mostly on the left) who are more than willing to absorb millions of immigrants – precisely because they want to destroy traditional culture and replace it with a ‘multicultural society’ -, and those (mostly on the right) who wish to preserve the traditional culture and values of their various European countries.
The problem is worse for the European mainland than it is for an offshore island like Britain, which doesn’t actually have a ‘border’. If Britain so decides, it can raise the drawbridge across the English channel, and slow immigration to a trickle.
But since the problem has been caused by destabilising a number of Middle Eastern and North African states, the long term solution can only be to re-stabilise these failed states, and in due course return the refugees that are now fleeing them. And that will almost certainly entail more meddling rather than less.
In fact, maybe a lot more meddling. Fifty years after Europe gave up most of its colonies, it should perhaps now begin to consider re-colonising a few of those regions it so precipitately abandoned – something with which I recently found myself agreeing with Chris Mounsey (aka the Devil) and his 10-year-old essay on Recolonising Africa.
At one point the tribal elders were all gathered in a big tent with Cook sitting at a table in the front.
“What can we in Britain do for you? Ask us and I am sure that we will everything in our power to provide it.”
The chiefs went into a huddled discussion discussion with lots of waving arms and nodding heads and a couple of minutes later one, rather impressive old man stood up as their representative.
“We have thought about this before this time Minister, and we agree. We would like Britain to recolonise our land.”
Cook spluttered out something like, “Ach, that’s not possible, ask something else.”
“Then leave your army here for as long as you can,” was the reply.
I don’t expect any EU leaders to suggest anything like this, of course – they’re obviously already far too busy meddling in Ukraine.