We live in a world where toddlers are washed up on a beach like bags of trash tossed from a passing ship, and still our local micronazis try to paint these victims as aggressors of some sort. A swarm of Muslim ideologues ready to destroy our culture and our history.
An army of dead, drowned Islamic toddlers trying to destroy our way of life.
We live in a world of utter obscenity.
I apologise for posting this image, but it has to be done. If anyone finds it offensive instead of finding it unutterably sad, I’m sorry for them. I truly am sorry for them. This is the moment when a Turkish policeman discovered a drowned toddler on the beach at Bodrum, a place where many Irish holidaymakers bask in the Mediterranean sunshine.
I can’t speak for you, but this picture tears my heart out. I want to scream. I want to take the pitchforks and the torches to the filthy hovels where our local micronazis cower. I want to drag them out of their lice-infested mattresses and I want to force them to look at this obscenity.
I want to shout at them. Here is your Muslim invader, you ignorant, rabble-rousing arseholes. Your identity is not my Ireland.
Now. Who’s responsible for creating the flood of refugees out of Syria and into Europe?
Well, let’s just hold our horses right there. What flood of refugees?
Of the 22 million people living in Syria before the war, twelve million are now homeless.
According to UNHCR figures, almost eight million are internally displaced within Syria, which is a polite way of saying that they live in fear and squalor in the land they once thought of as their own country.
Another four million are refugees in neighbouring lands, principally Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt, though the numbers in each country are not what you would expect.
The two huge countries in the region, Egypt and Turkey show a stark disparity. Egypt, with a population of 90 million, has taken 130,000 refugees while, in contrast, Turkey, population 78 million, has taken almost half of all fleeing Syrians — nearly two million desperate displaced people.
Down the scale, tiny Lebanon with a population the same as Ireland, has accepted 1.2 million while Jordan has taken in 600,000. Israel, of course, has taken none, by contrast with poor shattered Iraq, destroyed by years of war following the 2003 invasion, which has welcomed a quarter of a million.
What does that leave for the European Union, the world’s richest trading bloc, with a population of half a billion?
Only a tiny fraction of all displaced Syrians — 270,000 people — are seeking asylum in Europe. To put that in perspective, Lebanon on its own is caring for five times as many refugees. So much for swarms. So much for floods of migrants, as some people like to call these desperate people fleeing murder by ISIS, by Jabhat al-Nusra and by Bashar al-Assad, each in their own way created by the West, of which we are a part and from which we benefit massively.
Returning to the question. Who is responsible for the flight of Syrians?
Right now, the major source of fear is ISIS, which, as I have argued elsewhere, was created directly as a result of the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the United States, the UK and Australia, with assorted other participants to lend it legitimacy.
Therefore, it’s possible to make a strong case requiring the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia to carry the major burden of looking after ISIS victims but guess what? That’s not going to happen and in truth, it makes little difference to Europe since the numbers are so small in relative terms.
If Europe accepted every last refugee from the Syrian war, we’d be taking in one person for every 2,000 of us.
Surely two thousand Europeans could afford to rescue a single toddler from death on a Turkish beach?