This week’s headlines reveal Europe, Middle East, Africa in a state of transition regarding refugees and belligerence in those areas of the world. What’s happening and why?

Migrants trudge from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Africa into Greece, Germany, Austria, Italy, France...

Migrants trudge from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Africa into Greece, Germany, Austria, Italy, France…

Germany expects to receive 800,000 migrants in 2015 at a massive cost of $6.6 Billion. You can’t really talk about Dollar and Euro amounts when it comes to families, kids, babies … migrating in inhumane conditions. People uprooted from their home countries, torn from their birthland and heading off on a trek for 1000’s of kilometers to they know not where.
This unprecedented flow of humanity from numerous sources around the Mediterranean moving from South to North has taken on proportions no-one even remotely imagined.
It has posed, poses and is posing questions that defy humanity at this particular juncture in time.
  • How did we get into this situation?
  • How are we going to solve this situation?
  • How long is the outflux of refugees going to go on?
  • How can Europe absorb this influx?
  • How will these refugees fit into the societies of their welcoming countries?
  • How will the welcoming countries adapt to these massive arrivals?

And 1001 other such questions.

Just a few months ago, Syria and Basher El Assad were the big news as Basher was consider the ‘basher’ of his own people in order to remove, or in computer terms, delete opposing, controversial forces. That news has fallen off the map.

It was replaced by news of Daesh, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant that has caused such turmoil in Syria and Iraq and is becoming a real terrorist threat in the heart of N. African countries, other Arab countries, Turkey, Europe and who knows where else. The spotlight is still on Daesh but another one is apparently shining even brighter.

In Europe

Over the last few days, the migration issue has taken the limelight. Especially since the picture of a the dead body of a three year old Syrian, Aylan, was washed up on a beach near Bodrum, on a Turkish shoreline stunning the world. Hundreds and thousands of other babies, kids, women and men have lost and unfortunately will lose their lives in their trek for a little bit of peace.

Today’s headline:

Germany to Spend $6.6 Billion on 800,000 Refugees and Migrants

European migrant crisis: Austria, Germany near tipping point

Each day this saga continues. Today alone, some 20,000 more refugees arrived in Hungary via the Balkans and a few thousand more on the Greek island of Kos.

At the same time the European Commission is talking about distributing 120,000 refugees amongst European countries over the next TWO YEARS, with France receiving 24,000. This is a start and may sound positive… but with the accelerated arrival of refugees, these kinds of numbers over two years are ludicrous.

When people are forced to migrate, nothing will stop them. When the flow opens up, and it looks like the tap is wide open now, the water will flow.

Germany has said it can absorb 500,000 refugees a year, which is an astonishing amount. Hats off to them but even announcing that will encourage more to hurry out of their native countries. On the other hand violence against refugees is on the rise… not only from the local population but between rival groups of refugees. There are new stories breaking almost hourly regarding what’s happening. They aren’t always pretty but you can get a glimpse of the migrant crisis by clicking on this link.

In the Middle East

On September 8, 2015 there’s a conference, in Paris, about the persecution of religious minorities. It is co-presided with Jordan and welcomes delegates from about 60 affected governments. The goal of this conference is to allow ethnic and religious groups to return home.

This isn’t going to be easy given sexual slavery, pillaging, rape, plundering and murdering these defenseless groups have had to go through.

France has pledged air surveillance over Syria, added to areas they were already patrolling over Iraq. Will this change the fundamentals? No, even American officials say.

Caught between a rock and a hard place

On the one hand refugees are pouring into Europe, oftentimes into the poorest nations who can’t even support their own people, let alone this influx. I’m thinking of Greece, but Italy is in the same boat.

On the other hand the awful situation of these refugee’s home countries is not improving, to the contrary, they might be getting worse.

Everyone, especially the politicians, is giving their point of view regarding refugees and home countries.

But the bottom line is HOW to solve this issue.

I’m not about to tell ‘the’ solution and how it will come about. But it is clear that the only way to stop water coming out of tap or at least, reduce it to a manageable flow, is to start turning it off.  No mystery here.

This means creating favorable conditions in the home countries whether it be in Eastern Europe, the Middle East or Africa so that people can live and return to their own countries knowing they can live there in a state of relative peace and harmony.

Can and will Europe be able to do this? We can talk about the ‘European UNION’ but so far, each country is divided on what steps to take to strive to solve this issue. The European Commission and Parlement have been deathly silent on these subjects.

How much longer can Europe tolerate this state of affairs?

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