The European migrant crisis presents a great moral dilemma. On one hand, there is a brutal civil war raging in the Middle East, with millions suffering under the barbaric regime of the Caliphate.
On the other hand, Europe is already grappling with the economic, cultural, religious and political consequences of mass Islamic immigration, not withstanding the millions currently entering the EU. Moreover, there is the possibility that Islamic State will start sending operatives over to Europe, to wreak havoc and undermine Western governments. Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnan outlined elements of this plan, stating; “We repeat our call to Muslims in Europe, the infidel West, and everywhere to target the Crusaders in their home countries and wherever they find them. We will be enemies, in front of God, to any Muslim who can shed a drop of blood of a Crusader and abstains from doing that with a bomb, bullet, knife, car, rock or even a kick or a punch” (Brown, 2015).
Whilst I do not necessarily call for a total restriction of refugee immigration from these areas, Germany’s pledge to take in 1.5 million migrants, without any assurances of their legitimacy, origins or their moral and cultural compatibility, is suicidal (the Guardian, 2015). Europe must carry out policies which resemble that of self preservation, otherwise the multicultural utopian dream will result in a total destruction of Western values.
Asides from the numbers to be taken in, and which countries will allocated a certain amount of migrants, there are 2 key stances that must be adopted in this situation.
1. The Islamic State must be degraded and destroyed. For too long, European and North American leaders have had a lack of conviction in ambiguity toward the Middle East. Assad’s regime and the Islamic State are both evil in nature, however when comparing the two, the entity that presents the greatest threat to Western values is indisputable. I would applaud any policies which involve a direct military confrontation of the Islamic State, such as Vladimir Putin’s recent announcement of the entry of Russian troops into the conflict. It is time for Europe to formally follow Putin’s actions, and support this venture in any way possible, because the alternative of Islamic State gaining control of Baghdad and Damascus is terrifying beyond imagination.
2. It is time for the oil wealthy Arab League to show leadership. It is time for leadership to be demanded. In particular, Saudi Arabia’s stance not to take in any refugees, who share similar ethnic, linguistic, geographic, religious and cultural backgrounds, is of great outrage. Some degree of retribution needs to be enacted, in the form of financial or political sanctions. The importance of its oil should not make it bereft of criticism on the World stage, and the overall leadership shown by the Arab League throughout this crisis has been reprehensible. No major plans or policies have been enacted to protect or safeguard neighbouring civilians, as hundreds of thousands are being massacred. It should not be the role of the West or Russia to solve the issues of the Middle East. By all means, these major powers should have some influence and opinions, however the Arab League was supposed to take a greater role in Middle Eastern affairs, and thus should start taking care of Arabs.
The migrant crisis is a very complex issue, however at the very least, Islamic State must be financially, ideologically and militarily destroyed. Furthermore, there must be some kind of international pressure placed on the Arab League to change its inaction, through whatever means possible.