The Syrian refugee crisis will worsen unless the Islamic world accepts their fair share of the refugee burden and finds the political will to address root causes.
Australia has adopted a two-pronged approach to the Syrian crisis. The first is humanitarian, expanding the number of places for refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war. The second is political, using military means to secure a lasting peace in Syria.
The greatest obstacles allied forces face in their long-term strategy to stabilise Syria are the hard Left media and Islamist regimes. Both refuse to acknowledge regional causes of the Syrian refugee crisis and the role of Islamism in its creation. Their default position is to blame the West.
International institutions too are failing in their duty to identify and counter the regional causes of the Syrian crisis.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation comprises the biggest voting bloc at the United Nations, but its wealthiest members will not accept Syrian refugees. Instead, the OIC issued a press release blaming the amorphous “international community” for the crisis.
The OIC commonly uses the West to shift blame for ongoing instability in the Middle East. The blame-shifting tactic effectively conceals that the foundation of the Syrian crisis, like so many in the region, lies in Islamist governance. Last week, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan blamed Europe for the terrible death of Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi. It later emerged that the family had fled Erdogan’s Turkey for a better life in Europe.
Unfortunately, much Western media has fallen for spin over substance in the Syrian crisis. It has been called the “Western migrant crisis” and the “European refugee crisis”, but it is neither Western nor European in origin.
The mass exodus from the Middle East is the latest in a fifty year flight from Islamist regimes to liberal democracy.
The world is suffering yet another refugee crisis borne of the Islamist world’s refusal to liberalise its social and political systems. Instead, many Islamist regimes continue to assert their rights in international relations without shouldering the coessential responsibilities.
For example, the OIC demands that the “international community” takes responsibility for people fleeing the Islamic world, but many members will not ratify the UN refugee convention or respect its provisions.
Refugees fleeing violent Islamist regimes are not guaranteed equal access to education, health care and employment in refugee-receiving nations of the Islamic world. Under Sharia law, many will continue to be treated as second or third class citizens if they are women, or belong to a religious minority such as Christianity. Consequently, they leave to find better lives in the West which guarantees equal rights of citizenship to genuine refugees.
Despite its failure to provide equal rights for refugees, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation castigates the UN Security Council for failing to act on the Syrian crisis. However, the OIC’s wealthiest Gulf State members are not resettling Syrian refugees. Instead, they send cheques to the UN and expect other member states to do the hard and long-term work of resettling them.
According to Amnesty International, Qatar has not offered a single resettlement place to a Syrian refugee. Nor has the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, or Bahrain. In fact, recent investigations suggest Qataris have played a role in fuelling the Syrian crisis by funding terrorist groups in the region.
The Syrian crisis was not created in a political vacuum and unless the Islamic world acknowledges its role in the tragedy, the temporary flight from Islamist terror will become a permanent feature of European border wars.
Already, some migrants have committed violence against police defending sovereign borders in Hungary and Greece. Rather than defend democratic citizens’ right to secure borders, EU leadership has attacked them.
In June, the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini proposed that “political Islam” belongs in Europe – a declaration of allegiance to theocracy that should sit at odds with her socialist politics, but apparently does not.
The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has come under sustained attack by EU leaders for defending his citizens’ rights to determine the destiny of their liberal democratic country. But the only crime Hungarians have committed is an earnest attempt to find a sustainable balance between economic survival and the long-term financial responsibility that accrues from rapid migrant and refugee intakes.
The EU and world media have shown little sympathy for Hungarian people and citizens of other former Soviet states in their pleas to exercise reason in resettling migrants and refugees fleeing the latest Islamist crisis. There is substantial evidence to support the reasoned approach.
Many central European states cannot afford mass immigration due to decades of fiscal torpidity under Communism.
The much maligned Hungary has a youth unemployment rate of 18% and a national debt at 77% of GDP. Yet the EU and Western media continue to punish it for trying to survive.
Hungary cannot afford to resettle masses of Middle Eastern migrants and Syrian refugees, but Qatar and the Gulf States can.
What does the EU have to say about Gulf States’ responsibility for the refugee crisis? Nothing. Instead, it takes the lazy route of blaming Europeans and sowing PC agitprop.
We will not resolve the Syrian crisis using the same politics that produced it.
Until the Islamic world embraces liberal democracy, or a multi-party variant like the Tunisian model, the West will be left to pick up the pieces of the fractured societies and constant refugee crises that Islamist regimes produce.
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