Avoiding the “Why” of the Refugee Crisis

by William Skink

In Montana, the refugee crisis is a polarizing wedge issue eliciting xenophobia from the right and moral righteousness from the other side of the political spectrum. With all the media attention being thrown around, there continues to be an information vacuum when it comes to explaining WHY there is a refugee crisis.

In Europe, the refugee crisis is literally undermining the EU project:

Norwegian PM Erna Solberg doesn’t want to have to skirt her country’s responsibilities under the Geneva Convention and she doesn’t want to trample over human rights either, but she will if she has to.

“It is a force majeure proposals which we will have in the event that it all breaks down,” Solberg said, in an interview with Berlingske, describing new measures she believes Norway may have to take if Sweden buckles under the weight of the refugee influx which saw some 163,000 asylum seekers inundate the country last year.

Solberg is effectively prepared to turn everyone away and go into lockdown mode should everything fall apart completely, causing Europe to descend into some kind of lawless, Hobbesian, free-for-all.

If that sounds far-fetched or hyperbolic consider that on Thursday, EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos warned that the bloc has just 10 days to implement a plan that will bring about “tangible and clear results on the ground” or else “the whole system will completely break down.”

While Europe is dealing with the dire consequences of a refugee crisis the world hasn’t seen the scale of since WWII, thanks to American foreign policy in the region, America’s NATO ally, Turkey, is exploiting the refugee crisis for political benefit:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has threatened to send the millions of refugees in Turkey to EU member states, as Nato agreed to deploy ships to the Aegean Sea to ease the migrant crisis.

In a speech in Ankara on Thursday, Erdoğan stepped up his denunciations of western policy in the refugee crisis, confirming he had threatened EU leaders at a summit meeting in November that Turkey could say “goodbye” to the refugees.

Understanding why there is a refugee crisis doesn’t seem to be a big priority for the supporters of bringing refugees to Montana. Instead, it’s a chance to STAND AGAINST VIOLENCE, STAND AGAINST FEAR, STAND AGAINST HATE.  That link provides information about rallies happening March 1st across the state because:

Over the last few weeks, a dangerous anti-refugee, anti-Muslim, and xenophobic narrative has taken hold in Montana. It’s time to come together around our values of dignity, respect, and security!

I’m not sure how the Intelligent Discontent campaign of mockery and ridicule fits in with the values of dignity, respect and security, but that cognitive dissonance will probably not bother the morally righteous in their efforts to further traumatize refugees by relocating them to a western state hostile to foreigners.

I also wonder how many Montanans marching on March 1st are planning to vote for Hillary Clinton when she snatches the nomination from Bernie. This article offers a great summation of Hillary’s six foreign policy catastrophes and should be read in full, if understanding why there is a refugee crisis is important to liberal do-gooders.

If Democrats truly understood the destruction wrought by Hillary they would realize that wanting to help refugees and voting for Hillary is tantamount to wanting to help victims of child abuse while voting for a pedophile.

So have fun feeling superior to bedwetting, hateful Montanans, liberal do-gooders. If you stay focused on them, the rot of your own ideology can go unscrutinized and you can vote for a sociopathic monster with a clear conscience.

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About William Skink

I'm a poet and political cynic living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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5 Responses to Avoiding the “Why” of the Refugee Crisis

  1. steve kelly says:

    All the signs of another presidential election season. If you remain very still you can almost feel the astroturf growing under your feet.

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  2. steve kelly says:

    Some supplimental context.

    “Europe Created the Refugees, Europe Must Take Responsibility for Them

    Without doubt, along with the US and many others, Europe is responsible for the refugee crisis. Every nation that voted for or contributed military assets to operations across North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia are directly responsible for the subsequent instability that has inevitably followed.

    It was in “humanitarianism” that the West justified these wars, and now that is time to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees created by these same wars, there is now inexplicably a debate on whether or not to render aid, and to what degree.

    Citing international law is moot, since one would have expected international law to have made the extraterritorial aggression that precipitated this refugee crisis in the first place an impossible proposition. But the inescapable question remains – if Europe is not to take in the refugees its own wars created, nor will its collaborators – the US, Turkey, Israel, and the Persian Gulf – who should?” – Tony Cartalucci
    http://journal-neo.org/2016/02/24/wests-wars-domestic-storms-fascists-terrorists-multiculturalism/

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  3. Big Swede says:

    I don’t think this response will end well.

    ““In response to the infidel group Soldiers of Odin patrols, we Muslims have chosen to create a group that will patrol the streets, first in Oslo, to prevent evil and encourage the good,” a source within the Islamist environment told VG.
    The group is officially calling itself Jundullaah, translated to English as ‘Soldiers of Allah’ or Norwegian as ‘Allaahs soldater’.
    Someone claiming to be a member of the group sent VG what they said would be the Soldiers of Allah’s official uniform: a black hoodie decorated with the black flag of terror group Isis.
    The Norwegian Police Security Service (Politiets Sikkerhetstjeneste – PST) declined to comment on the group, but Labour’s deputy leader Hadia Tajik strongly condemned both of Norway’s new self-declared ‘patrol’ groups.
    “Vigilantism does not belong in Norway, whether they do it in the name of Odin or Allah. I assume that the police, who are the only ones who have the authority to patrol the streets and use force, are following these groups as closely as the circumstances require,” she said.”-The Local.

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  4. JC says:

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