It is a disgrace to the world to see the Syrian refugees wandering around with no clear path to ultimate safety. They need to be helped and we have a moral requirement to help them! We do this because we are fellow human beings and we hope that, should the roles ever be reversed, others would do the same for us. As the saying goes, “There but for the grace of God go I”.
It appears that a lot of the Syrians will be settled in Germany. Does anyone really think that at some future day, when the fighting is ended, those Syrians will willingly go home? Just where would that be? For the Syrian children who will be born in Germany, German culture will be their culture. Germany will be the only home that they ever knew. Their language will be German and their culture will be German. Should they be forced to go to Syria, a country that they never knew? I would say, “No”. I am sure that Ms. Merkel, the German prime minister, knows very well that those people she is inviting will be the new Germans. All we have to do is look at the Turkish Gastarbeiters or “guest workers” of the 1960s and 1970s. Today they are black-haired, brown-eyed Germans. When there was no more work, the guest workers didn’t go home. They stayed in Germany because, after all, that IS home.
Within the past 100 years, this isn’t the first time that a readily identifiable group of people had to leave a country for fear for their lives. Maybe you remember that little thing about the Jews of Germany in the 1930s? Some had enough faith in humanity that they opted to stay where they were. After all, anti-Semitism was nothing new to the Jews of Europe. Where are those people today? They are the fertilizer of German, Polish, Ukrainian farms.
Between 1919 and 1941, a span of 22 years, Jewish immigration to Palestine was about 380,000. As the population balance from Arab to Jew changed, there were conflicts and some riots, but, mostly, the people actually got along.
Now, in Germany we see that 800,000 Muslim migrants arrived THIS YEAR ALONE. The total Arab population in Germany is now 6 million and is growing by 1.6% (77,000) per year. This is causing a rape epidemic, a public health crisis, and German citizens purchasing weapons at an unheard-of rate.
A January 8 survey published by the Bertelsmann Foundation found that 57% of Germans believe that Islam is a threat to German society; 61% believe that Islam does not fit in to western society, and 40% feel like foreigners in their own country.
German leaders, such as Ms. Merkel probably feel that they have a special moral obligation to help the refugees. Truly, in view of their history, I think they do, too. The Germans are a very thorough people. If they set out to do something, they will do it. In this case, I am afraid that if the rest of the world doesn’t provide more help, Germany will cease to exist as a typical European nations.
A lot of my Facebook friends who support the Syrians refugees tell me that everything that the Jews of the 1930s did is wrong. The German-Jews, just like the Syrians of today, were a desperate people trying to save their lives. The Arabs in the middle east had nothing to do with the holocaust, the Germans had nothing to do with the revolt against Bashar al-Assad. All that is rather irrelevant. Desperate people do desperate things in order to save their lives. It has traditionally been up to the rest of the world to deal with the mess afterwards.
Using 20/20 hindsight was there a solution? Of course, the world should have stopped Hitler. The world should have stopped Mr. al-Assad. Easy!