The Past and Future of the Refugee Crisis

By Thomas Sowell

Muslim Refugee Crisis
Migrants fall as they rush to cross into Macedonia after Macedonian police allowed a small group of people to pass through a passageway, as they try to regulate the flow of migrants at the Macedonian-Greek border . (photo credit:REUTERS)
Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell

California –-(Ammoland.com)- The refugee crisis in Europe is one of those human tragedies for which there are no real solutions, despite how many shrill voices in the media may denounce those who fail to come up with a solution.

Some options may be better than others, but there is nothing that can honestly be called a solution. Nevertheless many countries, including the United States, could do a lot better.

The immediate problems are the masses of desperate men, women and children, fleeing from the wars and terrorism of the Middle East, who are flooding into Europe. But the present crisis cannot be dealt with as if it had no past and no future.

The future is in fact one of the biggest constraints on what can be done in the present. Anyone with a sense of decency and humanity would want to help those who have been through harrowing experiences and have arrived, exhausted and desperate, on the shores of Europe. But the story will not end there, if they do.

With refugees, as with all other human beings, the current generation will pass from the scene. Those who may be grateful to have found a refuge from the horrors of the Middle East will have a new generation of children in Europe, or in any other place of refuge, who will have no memory of the Middle East.

All the new generation will know is that they are not doing as well as other people in the country where they live. They will also know that the values of their culture clash with the values of the Western culture around them.

And there will be no lack of “leaders” to tell them that they have been wronged, including some who will urge them to jihad.

Europeans have already seen this scenario play out in their midst, creating strife and even terrorism. Most of the Muslims may be peaceful people who are willing to live and let live. But it takes only a fraction who are not to create havoc.

No nation has an unlimited capacity to absorb immigrants of any sort, and especially immigrants whose cultures are not simply different, but antagonistic, to the values of the society in which they settle.

The inescapable reality is that it is an irreversible decision to admit a foreign population of any sort — but especially a foreign population that has a track record of remaining foreign.

The past, as well as the future, casts its shadow over the current refugee crisis. It may be no accident that President Obama is up in Alaska, talking about changing the name of Mount McKinley, while this massive human tragedy is unfolding in the Middle East and in Europe.

Barack Obama's decision to pull American troops out of Iraq, with happy talk about how he was ending a war, turned out to be a bitter mockery when the policy in fact opened the doors to new wars with unspeakable horrors in the present and incalculable consequences for the future.

The glib rhetoric that accompanied the pullout of American troops from Iraq was displayed once again when the rise of ISIS was dismissed as just a junior varsity team trying to look like a serious threat. But now that ISIS controls a big chunk of Iraq and a big chunk of Syria, it is the Obama foreign policy that looks like the work of a junior varsity team.

Undermining stable governments in Egypt and Libya that posed no threat to Western interests in the Middle East was another rhetoric-laden catastrophe of the Obama administration. No wonder President Obama does not want to get involved in the refugee crisis that his own policies did so much to create. Talking about renaming Mount McKinley seems far safer politically.

Middle Eastern countries might have been expected to take in more refugees who are their Muslim brothers — especially oil-rich countries like Saudi Arabia. But the West, including the United States, could at least send more financial aid to Middle Eastern countries like Jordan and Egypt, to ease the burden of the refugees they have already taken in.

Sending money to Middle Eastern countries that are taking in Muslim refugees makes a lot more sense for the West than taking in more refugees themselves. It may even encounter far less political opposition at home.

But a real attempt to deal with the underlying causes of this human tragedy will probably have to wait until Barack Obama is gone from the White House.

About Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, as well as a prolific author including Black Rednecks And White Liberals. His website is www.tsowell.com. To find out more about Thomas Sowell and read his articles visit his website above.

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Eric
Eric
5 years ago

You forget to add Hillarys Libyan arms thru Qatar that put 400 Stinger missiles in Taliban hands. That downed a chinook helicopter in 2012.
Then some idiot tells 30000 troops to withdraw from Mosul , with 1000 DAESH attacking. The arms depot there was looted including 2300 humvees , m1a1 tanks , night vision and other small arms. Talk about aiding the enemy.
There are videos on the net showing 5 humvees at a time being trucked back for DAESH. Search net and videos sites you’ll see its’s true.

Mikial
Mikial
5 years ago

It is true that Obama’s weak leadership contributed to the chaos in the Muslim countries. Helping the “rebels” in Libya and pushing Mubarak out were both foolish and perfect examples of someone who has no clue about foreign policy. Likewise, his weakness in dealing with Syria has helped prolong the fighting there. But having said that, I have worked steadily in the Mideast, North Africa and Asia for the last 11 years, so I have had a lot of exposure to the Arab mindset. They will not assimilate, they will demand that we change to accommodate them even though they… Read more »

oldshooter
oldshooter
5 years ago

Anyone who looks at the history of Muslim immigrants into Europe will see that, despite the efforts of European countries to help them, those immigrants have typically remained culturally distinct, living in their own separate communities, eschewing the country’s culture in favor their own, etc. This has resulted in the inability of many of those immigrants to better themselves within the new culture of the European country into which they have come. This has led, and continues to lead, to dissatisfaction with their “new” country, and that dissatisfaction has been expressed in violence, riots, criminal behavior, and a continuation of… Read more »

Aminah YAquin Carroll
Aminah YAquin Carroll
5 years ago

So the American way is debate and discuss persuade and influence, advise and consent, etc. So where is the comment I entered on this article two hours or so ago? Surely it wasn’t censored for content? because it was CLEARLY appropriate and no bad language

Me again
Me again
5 years ago

well it finally came up LOL Sorry to doubt you all’s integrity in publishing comments

The Dude
The Dude
5 years ago

Perfect example or people remaining foreign is the cuban’s. When they landed in Hialeah they thought we should all become part of their culture not simulate into American culture. Got the hell out of there 30 years ago but I’m guessing it’s the same.

jeffie
jeffie
5 years ago
Reply to  The Dude

The culture in Cuba is Iberian conquistador and has Islamic roots. It is a culture that is used to dominating and absorbing other groups. Spanish speaking people do not assimilate well due to their history in the New World and in Spain.

Aminah Yaquin Carroll
Aminah Yaquin Carroll
5 years ago

This is an most unbelievably ignorant and bigoted article . There have been millions of Muslims Black and White, completely integrated, unremarkable and absolutely patriotic, supporting the United States through good times and bad, since the earliest years of this nation. To allow nationalist death cults like the Taliban and Daesh (called ISIS by culturally illiterate chauvinists) that our country and its allies armed and empowered through our own blundering in other people’s nations, to usurp the actual and beautiful reality of Islam and Muslims who live it faithfully, to co-opt the fact that thousands and thousands of Muslims died… Read more »

rappini
rappini
5 years ago

If islam is so great then why and the hell don’t they just stay in their own country and practice Sharia and remain foreign.

John
John
5 years ago

AMINAH- You’re really wanting me to feel sympathy for their plight when you are accusing me of being culturally bigoted. I used to be neutral to pro protection of the refugees. You have clearly shown me that Islam is incapable of policing itself, and destined to murder all those not aligned with their particular religion or even sect. The goal is obviously to have only one person left alive in the world. Congratulations on creating another convert

D. Michael Cullen
D. Michael Cullen
4 years ago

Aminah, your notes fail to note the conflict within the Islamic sects that also led to the conflicts after the US pulled out of Iraq and Afghanistan..between Sunni, Shia…et al. What was wrong about that when nobody wanted us there? You know as well as most that Sharia law is “mandatory” to be a true muslim and it conflicts directly with our Constitution in all respects. You cannot “sanitize” the Quran except to lie about the moderate muslim outlook. If Islam is true to its foundation, then why are there so many immigrants today escaping to Europe with socialistic governments?… Read more »