West vs. West (Part II B)

My previous post (West vs. West Part II) highlighted the discourse over the Syrian refugee crisis within European society -Germany in particular. I left my 1.2 readers with a cliff-hanger after addressing the possibility that the near-obsessive German regard for refugee absorption might be more than just a method of absolving residual guilt. I questioned the validity of Europe’s sudden awakening to the realities in the Middle East and elsewhere, summarizing with the bold statement (if I dare): True compassion isn’t limited by borders. 

In the following paragraphs I’ll conclude this section of West vs. West.

What has developed of this inherent need to be “good” is a silencing of the “bad”. What constitutes as “bad”? Today in Germany, if you so much as utter the questions I asked in the previous post, you’re going to ostracized and bullied. You will be silenced, and accused of being right wing (code for neo-Nazi). But these are questions that beg to be asked. Where will you put the refugees? How much money is in the budget? Why not the UAE? What are you planning to do about Africa? How will German society adjust? Do you have the proper integration experts? Is there any kind of real plan? How will you teach German culture? How will this impact the current Muslim society in Germany? And the most important question, which I will get to later. These things need to be discussed openly. Asking questions does not make you a Nazi-esque, silencing people does.

Someone [German] recently said that the ability to argue, discuss, and then accept differences, remain friends and continue to view a person as an equal despite their difference of opinion is not a cultural characteristic of the German society at large. They continued to add that it’s almost impossible to change, and that in Germany, when you disagree with the majority it will reflect in others’ perception of you negatively. This sounded too familiar. The only thing I can conclude here is that you should be very careful of where this ideology can take you.

I mentioned before that there is a question of utmost importance that needs to be considered, and it can be summarized as “security”. This is perhaps the most disputed subject in the western world today. Despite the tone of the previous paragraphs I must clarify that I am 100% in favor of absorbing refugees, where ever they may come from, and where ever they may be going as long as it’s a reasonably safe. That being said, you’re not doing anyone a favor if you absorb terrorists with them. I don’t know what kind of happy love drugs Europe was on when they decided to welcome foreigners from a tumultuous war-torn country full of guerrilla fighters who are masters of living under the radar, without at least attempting to screen them, when just a few months beforehand many of the same EU countries were strictly limiting and scrutinizing  every single citizen who came and went to and from Syria. One photograph and suddenly it’s a freebie.

Here in Israel there’s a joke that if you want to move to Berlin (a hot-spot for young Israelis) all you have to do is say you’re Syrian.

As dark as our humor may be, there’s truth to it. I have to say this openly; how stupid and naïve can you possibly be? Let’s set aside the well-being of European citizens right now, because sadly until recently most of them couldn’t grasp how real and present terrorism is. How do you think these refugees will feel after they left their homes destroyed, with nothing but the clothes on their backs, traveled over land and sea for weeks or months without end, hungry, tired, scared, and confused to arrive in Europe with nice people clapping and cheering, and the next day they are cowering in staircases in fear again, as ISIS-affiliated terrorists carry out suicide bombings and massacres in Europe? You might as well send them back to Syria.

Don’t. That’s not what I’m suggesting. However, Europe and any other country absorbing refugees must execute caution and implement high security measures to ensure everyone’s safety. Black, white, brown, red, purple, yellow, LGBT, woman, man, child, adult, etc. If you prioritize refugee lives equally or more than your own, do them a favor and keep your country safe.

(to be continued…)

About the Author
Hila Karmi holds a BA in English and an MSc. in Environmental Science. She has written many things.