Two stories in the news today: 70 or so dead refugees found in a truck in Austria; and an equal number in one of the seemingly endless supply of unseaworthy boats trying to cross to Europe from North Africa. Meanwhile thousands try to sneak through the channel tunnel to England.
What interests me is the almost invariable reporting of this as a European story. People seem to have so given up on any hope that the people generating this problem in Syria, Iraq and North Africa have the capacity to ever deal with the problems that they are deliberately generating every day. And let's just be blunt here: most of these people are not economic migrants, they are refugees from Islamic sectarian wars. This is not a European problem, although Europeans are bearing the cost. Of course, it is not a good idea for people whose own inability to control their viciousness killed fifty million less than a century ago, to act too ethically superior, but that was then, and this is now. Moralizing about the past does nothing to solve the problems of the millions who are being displaced now.
It is time for the rest of the world, particularly the people in Europe and North America, to stop treating Muslims as some sort of subhuman savages who cannot be expected to live in peace with others. This problem is never going to be solved inside Europe; only when governments and lunatic religious cults in the Middle East and North Africa give up the notion that it is right to kill in the name of God.
Well, that is easy to say, but how do you make them behave? I don't have a clue, unfortunately, but certainly, it isn't by pretending that this is just a refugee resettlement problem to be borne by someone else, far from the endless conflicts. The nations of the world are so held in thrall by Saudi oil, and the damage the Saudis can do to their economies, that they are petrified of the truth. Maybe they need to think twice about the price they are paying to avoid a temporary pain at the hands of the Saudis. Maybe it needs to be made clear to the Saudis that if they do to Europe what they recently did to Russia, their leaders will be stripped of their rule. Maybe it's time that someone else control the flow of Middle Eastern oil, so nations are free to do the right thing without subjecting their citizens to economic sabotage.