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Dutch Wrote: At present the flood of refuge's trying to enter western Europe is getting out of hand; just an old ship with 700 plus migrants sunk. In the EU there are discussions on how to stop this tidal wave.
As always there is a cause and effect; people in N-Africa are lured by scrupulous "greedy" transporters that for a "fee" which they sometimes also can pay later once they are in a "social" environment where they get Government money and a "roof" above their heads, pay then or get killed. Things at present are unbelievable considering the total mess in the middle east and Africa. While the US actually "pushed" for reforms and their actions and wars, they are absorbing only minimum of these refuge's. While thousands are invading Europe, only about 185 were accepted here as I was told. What is wrong with this picture? Also millions are in camps in Jordania, Turkey etc. Our need to get rid of Kadafhi created a new mess; let alone in Mali, Somalia etc. which people also found means to flood Europe. This thing is getting to be such a serious issue and will impact Europe in a huge way; most of these people do not fit into those countries since they have very little skills or education, as well are very poor with lots of kids who want food. medical etc. Indeed a terrible situation. The US likely will take their hands of this issue and shove it into the hands of the UN. Again this shows the hypocrites we are; we create the mess; let others clean it up. Go to church and "god" will take care of it.
The law of unintended consequences is rearing its ugly head. Much of this can be traced back to the 2003 Iraqi invasion and the Bush Administrations total incompetence and lack of a plan to rebuild Iraq after destroying it. The war in Iraq forced the mass migration of millions of Iraqi's, which in turn caused instability in countries throughout the entire region.
I would push back against your claim that thousands are 'invading' Europe. The term invasion connotes a military exercise, which is not what is happening. What's happening in Europe is refugees are risking life and limb to flee their war torn countries. Mass migrations are commonplace during wars and this time is no different. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
We also must divorce what's going on in Libya with what's going on in Iraq, Syria, and the greater Middle-East. And we can't conflate what's going on in Somalia and Yemen with what's going on in Pakistan and India. There are multiple regional and single state conflicts and each of them have their own unique challenges.
While the flux of Libyan refugees trying to flee to Europe garners the most attention, the truth is that the vast majority of these refugees are actually fleeing to neighboring countries. Tunisia has upwards of one million Libyan refugees within its borders, while Egypt currently has more than 500,000. Those numbers dwarf the numbers of refugees who are attempting to flee to Europe.
I do agree that the number of refugees the United States has agreed to take in is shameful and against what we stand for as a country, but I don't think that has anything to do with the influx of refugees who are attempting to flee to Europe or neighboring countries. A simple look at a map shows that it's much easier for Libyan refugees to cross the Mediterranean Sea than trek through Algeria and Morocco and then board a boat to cross the Atlantic Ocean. It's a lot more complex than just saying that everything is America's fault and the world would be a better place if we only accepted more refugees.