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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Turkey's Malign Agenda Against the EU

"We can open the doors to Greece and Bulgaria anytime and we can put the refugees on buses. What will you do with the refugees if you don’t get a deal? Kill the refugees? The EU will be confronted with more than a dead boy on the shores of Turkey. There will be 10,000 or 15,000. How will you deal with that?"
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ankara, Turkey

"I maintain my belief that, god willing, we will have the visa exemption in June [with visa restrictions for Turkish nationals going into Europe lifted]."
"In the absence of that, then of course no-one can expect Turkey to adhere to its commitments."
Turkey's prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu


While the European Union succumbed to Turkey's blackmail intended to hasten and pave the way a trifle more expeditiously for Turkey's final entrance into the European Union long delayed by Turkey's poor human rights record, and has reluctantly but helplessly agreed to pay an extravagant amount of extortion money to 'compensate' Turkey for what it has laid out in expenses to host almost two million Syrian refugees in refugee camps, it cannot yet breathe easy.

It's not just that human rights groups are hugely critical of the deal, but the conscience of Europeans sizzles in the fires of conscience-hell, that they are no longer welcoming the unending flow of migrants from North Africa and the Middle East, along with the Syrian refugees among whom there is always the reality that Islamic State jihadis will make good their threat to continue infiltrating Europe. The late March agreement between Turkey and EU leaders to stem the migrant flow by deporting people back to Turkey from Greece has resulted in a cessation of the flood.

The EU has agreed that it would undertake to voluntarily settle one Syrian refugee from Turkey for every one that is deported back to Turkey. Since the scheme's launch in mid-March, abut 96 Syrians have been resettled, leaving plenty yet to go to reach the agreed-upon cap of 72,000. The cost for that was to agree to Turkey's demand that expedited negotiation for EU accession, along with €6 billion of EU funds to be transferred to Turkey and that short-term visas be waived on visiting Turks before the end of June.

To fully qualify for the above Turkey first has to meet some 72 technical requirements before the short-stay visa restrictions are removed in the passport-free Schengen zone, and it is this matter that is once again a sore point between the negotiators, leaving Turkey's president and prime minister the option of making threatening statements of their intent to abandon the agreement should it in reality fail to satisfy their demands.

The malice behind the suggestion that should Turkey withdraw from the agreement leaving the EU at fault, is palpable; it would be Europe's responsibility should another ten to fifteen thousand refugees drown at sea.The very prospect of which has the desired effect, since Muslim authorities themselves appear to be fairly sanguine about the loss of masses of people whom they obviously consider to be expendable, leaving Europeans to nurse their horror at the situation on their very own.

It is the European consciences that are stricken at the thought of more people drowning at sea and how their consciences will be forever impacted if they fail to do all that they could and should to prevent further tragedy. That this conflict in Syria is one waged by Muslims against Muslims is irrelevant, seemingly.

That it is Muslim nations who fail to deliver the most basic of human subsistence needs to their populations whom they oppress and threaten and simply aren't much exercised over since that famous Western conscience appears to be absent in the Muslim world where Allah oversees all, is responsible for whatever occurs, and governments may do what they will, since Allah obviously wills it, seems to be a reality that Europeans are oblivious of. Or incapable of ingesting without choking.

As far as Europeans are concerned they have no option but to respond humanely when desperate people place their plight in the hands of Europeans, not their own governments who take no heed of the human tragedy their actions have resulted in. That great social/religious shrug of indifference is not a feature of European civilization. And nor can the Europeans hope to ever persuade the migrants and the refugees that they will be turned away, so the effort is meaningless, and not to continue challenging that resolve, so readily dissoluble when a photograph of a drowned child emerges.

The simple fact is that people are desperate to leave the places where they have been repressed, oppressed and violated. Their historical deprivation and abuse has made them inured to the dangers they face in attempting to reach Europe. And they are willing to take those risks that lie before them and which threaten the escape enterprise they commit themselves and their children to. Among the families are hordes of young men taking advantage of opportunities opening for them. Many legitimately desperate to find haven and a future, but many among them rank opportunists prepared to exact revenge in violence.

The failed states, on the other hand, from Eritrea to Afghanistan, Syria to Pakistan, Yemen to Libya, appear not to consider it the least bit alarming that their nationals are leaving in desperate droves and dying in appalling numbers in their efforts to reach Europe. That they are inundating Europe beyond its capacity to cope is of little concern to the desperate, and appears to be of mordant satisfaction to some in the Muslim world seeing mighty Europe falter.

Turkey, growing increasingly more Islamist under the influence of Erdogan's Justice and Development Party, newly engaged in bloody conflict with its Kurds, is malevolently engaged in a power play with Europe. Turkey appears to have facilitated much of the current blight on humanity's incapacity to settle into a system of societal functionality.

Its Islamist government seems quite content to watch as a Europe which has humiliated its attempts to join the European Union citing its lack of humanitarian concern representing an ill match for the European dedication to human rights has earned its spite. Turkey also appears to have turned a deliberately blind eye to the passage of Islamist terrorists into its territory from where a relatively easy transition on to Europe represents an additional, and dangerous infiltration.

It's the Islamic way.

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