Monday, April 24, 2017

The Real Inhumanity Of The "Refugee" Crisis

It is generally understood that if you are pro-"refugee" and mass immigration, you are a good person. If you question this policy, you are a bad person. It really is often that blunt and lacking any sort of critical thought. You aren't allowed to question climate change, you aren't allowed to question "transgenderism", you are not allowed to question "Black Lives Matter" and you certainly are not allowed to question mass immigration.

However, thanks to endless name-calling and general intellectual dishonesty from the opinion making elites in this country, I am even less concerned about being labelled than ever and I am a lot more interested in the truth regardless of the implications. I have been concerned for a long time about the impact of massive numbers of "refugees" on the receiving countries and I am increasingly convinced that the entire refugee/immigrant system is inhumane to precisely the people it is supposedly helping.

When you look at what is going on in Europe, it appears that the vast majority of "refugees", who are often more properly classed economic migrants, end up perpetually unemployed and reliant on the state. No attempt is made to assimilate to the culture. In Germany it is reported that a tiny fraction of a percentage of these newcomers are gainfully employed. Most of them are wards of the state and a lot of them dwell in perpetuity in "refugee camps", camps where they are given shelter and food paid for by the generosity of the host country but somehow they still are equivalent to concentration camps according to Jorge Bergoglio, aka "Pope Francis". I don't doubt that there are many of these "refugees" and others who are perfectly content to move to Europe and leech off the workers there for the rest of their lives but I have to assume an awful lot of them want to work and be productive. The reality is that a lack of assimilation leads to ghettoizing of many groups that move to Europe and this leads to resentment and radicalization. Often the terror attacks, rioting and other criminal activity that results from this situation stems from second generation immigrants. It would make a lot more sense and be a lot more humane to find ways to allow people to stay in their home country rather than moving somewhere else where they don't fit in and don't seem to want to fit in. 

Meanwhile the journey to Europe is incredibly dangerous although it is very lucrative for criminals. As the Guardian notes: "This year is proving the deadliest yet for the central Mediterranean migration route, a billion-dollar industry controlled by criminal networks." in a piece titled: Refugee women and children 'beaten, raped and starved in Libyan hellholes'. The criminal networks that facilitate the movement of "refugees" takes full advantage of the vulnerability of those fleeing their homelands.
Women and children making the dangerous journey to Europe to flee poverty and conflicts in Africa are being beaten, raped and starved in “living hellholes” in Libya, the United Nations children’s agency, Unicef, has said.
Children are being sexually abused, coerced into prostitution and work, and held to ransom for months in squalid, overcrowded detention centres, as they flee war and poverty in Africa to undertake one of the most dangerous journeys in the world to Europe, the agency warned in a new report.
Last year, more than 181,000 refugees and migrants, including more than 25,800 unaccompanied children, arrived in Italy via the central Mediterranean smuggling route, through Libya. Thousands of people died on the way.
The Ron Paul Liberty points out, in light of the renewed push to overthrow the Syrian government, that the last time we removed a dictator we created a worse situation, The Last Country We “Liberated” from an “Evil” Dictator Is Now Openly Trading Slaves. Gaddafi was a bad guy but at least we could contain him. Now Libya has slave markets. What do you suppose will happen in Syria if Assad is removed?

This is not restricted to Africans travelling to Europe. It happens on our own southern border. Smugglers who traffic Mexicans and others into America often rape women and kill others, leaving bodies and "rape trees" in their wake. As Breitbart reports in 5 Border Horrors Establishment Media Mostly Ignore, young women being travelling to America illegally are fully expecting to be raped on the way:
Women and young girls from Central America are routinely given birth control or morning after pills by their mothers in anticipation of the likely sexual assaults that will occur on their illicit journey to the United States.
These females are often raped immediately upon making it to their first stop once they arrive in a Mexican stash house from Guatemala. They then are shipped to the U.S.-Mexico border, usually to Reynosa, Mexico, immediately south of McAllen, Texas. In the process of making it from the first stash house to the second, the women and young girls are often sexually assaulted or raped again by the smuggler–or group of smugglers–taking them between the two locations. The sexual assaults and rapes then often happen again in the second Mexican stash house of their journey.
They are then trickled into the U.S. across the porous border and brought to a third stash house in a U.S. border town, usually in or near McAllen, Texas. They are often sexually assaulted or raped again by the operator of the stash house, if they are deemed attractive by the criminals operating the clandestine facility. They are stockpiled until the cartel wants to send a large load of narcotics across the Rio Grande. The cartel then sends a large load of humans across in one area and then a drug load across in another.
Why do women and young children make this perilous trip where thousands regularly die and many more are sexually assaulted or sold into slavery by human traffickers? Because they are promised a better life, a promise that often seems to be based on a lie. 

By promising a better life, which looks a lot like living in camps or ghettos, Europe (and America to a lesser extent) is providing the bait for these criminals to exploit refugees and migrants while at the same time gobbling up humanitarian funds. A report by Breitbart, Report: Who Is Profiting from the Multi-$Billion Business of European Immigration?, suggests that there are many groups who profit from the "refugee" crisis and have a financial incentive to keep the flood of refugees flowing. Another report looks at the role of "Christian" aid groups that make big money from the "refugee" resettlement business, Unholy Alliance:Christian Charities Profit from $1 Billion Fed Program to Resettle Refugees, 40Percent Muslim. Even the BBC just ran a story about charities working with smugglers to keep the refugees (and refugee aid dollars) flowing: Italy migrant crisis: Charities 'colluding' with smugglers.
An Italian prosecutor says he has evidence some of the charities saving migrants in the Mediterranean Sea are colluding with people-smugglers.
Carmelo Zuccaro told La Stampa (in Italian) phone calls were being made from Libya to rescue vessels..
"We have evidence that there are direct contacts between certain NGOs [non-governmental organisations] and people traffickers in Libya," Mr Zuccaro is quoted as saying in La Stampa.
He said that telephone calls were being made from Libya and rescuers were shining lamps to direct smugglers' vessels and turning off transponders so boats could not be traced.

How humanitarian of them, of course thousands are killed, raped and sold into sex slavery....It is always my policy to follow the money trail because sadly the end of the trail is where the truth is all too often to be found.

I don't have all the answers here but I do have some suggestions.

1. Stop dangling the promise of a fresh start and a comfortable social safety net for people who refuse to assimilate and overwhelmingly end up unemployed and resentful. Most Western nations are deeply in debt and facing near-future financial crises that cannot be ignored and certainly cannot be compounded by adding benefit recipients.

2. End foreign meddling that creates the conditions that lead to refugees. If we don't want to see refugees flooding Europe and America, we should stop toppling governments in our paternalistic effort to force freedom on people who don't want it. From creating a new Jewish homeland in the Middle East to orchestrating the Shah of Iran to Iraq to the Arab Spring to Syria, our foreign policy in the Middle East has without exception made things worse. 

3. Focus humanitarian aid on keeping people in their homeland instead of taking a perilous journey to a new nation. As is often the case, it appears to me that the West, motivated in part by genuine altruism, is actually getting fleeced in the name of charity and is in many ways causing more human misery rather than alleviating it. It isn't charitable to destabilize nations and then destabilize other nations with the refugees from the original country.

It is our duty as Christians to help those in need but that doesn't mean putting on a blindfold and throwing money at problems. We need sober decision making coupled with compassion or we end up making things worse.

1 comment:

Jeremy Myers said...

Yes! This is a common sense approach to refugees. Thanks.