I’m going to have to be careful on this subject. So far, I have tried to stay away from the subject of the Middle East, the involvement of the west, the situation of thousands of political and economic refugees desperately trying to get into Europe. The last time I wrote about this French weekly was when most of its staff were brutally murdered by a gang of gunmen.
I do believe that the way we are informed by the media about the immigrant “crisis” is mostly propaganda and manipulation. I have tried to form as objective an idea about it from reading websites and blogs from all points of opinion and political ideology. I do consult “alternative” news sites with a fairly “conspiracy theory” perspective, and also the mainstream news to get as balanced a view as possible. Between the wild conspiracy theories and rumours of an imminent third world war, a picture begins to emerge in my mind of this whole situation in Irak and Syria being the result of bad foreign policy of Washington and its European vassals. Saddam Hussein was a murderous dictator, but a hundred times more humane than Daesh / ISIS. Obama wants to topple Bashar Hafez al-Assad of Syria in the same way. If I am to believe what Putin has expressed here and there, Assad is the only obstacle to the complete domination of Syria by the barbarians whose way is extortion, rape, torture and destruction.
The more things go on, the more I become pro-Russian in my sympathies and opposed to the post-war pro-USA “orthodoxy”. The answer to the Syrian situation is to annihilate Daesh as had to be done to the Nazis in 1944-45. Russia and any western country that is serious in this cause of ridding the world of this barbarian curse have the technology to take the whole lot of them out in very short order. They don’t need to use nukes and cause mass destruction of innocent people. They can just use technology and elite commandos, and the enemy would be gone before they knew what had hit them. According to what I read, it is happening right now, though Washington is getting very up-tight about it. Russia is getting on with the job.
That is the global view, the context in which we have to view the misery of thousands of people now trying to migrate from the third world into Europe. There are certainly many Christians and Muslims who are desperate to get away from Daesh and flee for their lives. Unfortunately, there are many more who are simply trying to get into Europe – lured by the prospect of free or low-rent housing and social benefits. Their misery too is largely caused by bad western foreign policy in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. They began with a trickle, then hundreds of thousands. Next year, it will be millions – and we just don’t have the housing, resources or money. Let them in en masse – and we will be finished culturally, financially and everything.
We were all moved by the photo of the little Syrian boy lying face-down on a beach, dead because the rubber dinghy his family was using to escape Turkey for Europe sank. It is a vast humanitarian problem. We can see the historic parallel in 1945 when there were as many Germans displaced from their bombed cities, and the Allies had to find out how many SS torturers from the concentration camps were hiding among the innocent. Until that can be established, it would be very foolish to let them through the borders. If I as an Englishman tried to immigrate illegally into the USA, I would be in big trouble with the immigration police in very short order. I’m harmless! At least I think I am… What can be done? Maybe some can be housed for a few months in large camps and fed with food from big humanitarian organisations, and then sent back to countries cleansed from the murderous monsters occupying them. What else is possible?
This cartoon came up in Charlie Hebdo. Yes, that trashy rag that stops at nothing in its twisted satire. Since the atrocity last January, I looked at a few issues and informed myself what it was all about. It is satire that stops short of no one and no amount of offence caused to religious and political figures. There are limits that have to be enforced by the law to preserve public order and respect for all.
The dead three-year old boy lies prone in the sea and the sand. The caption reads “So near to the goal…” On the shore is an advertisement from a well-known fast food chain facing towards the sea (towards people in boats) promoting menus for children. This more than transparent implication shows the symbol par excellence of globalism and consumerism. At first, the association is trashy and shocking. After that comes a whole notion of the absurdity of a desperate and broken Syrian family headed for a Europe that they perceive as an El Dorado paved with gold and hope. The fast food advert shows the trashy and pallid consumer world I and millions of others live in here in western Europe. Is this what those wretched people want? A consumer society that is spiritually sick and on its last legs economically? Those people come from a culture in which religion and spirituality are the backbone of their culture, even though now they are driven to destitution by the barbarians persecuting them for being the wrong kind of Muslims – or Christians. Do they really want the crap we would push on them, our nihilism and triteness? This clash of cultures is at the core of this shocking cartoon, and thus I decided to write this posting.
We seem to be at the brink of another Holocaust and the death of thousands, perhaps millions of innocent people. We also fear a Trojan Horse type invasion by jihadists mixed in with the refugees and those desperate for a mobile phone, Facebook, housing no one can afford and crap food. How real is this invasion? I leave my readers to scour the internet for information and decide for themselves whom they want to believe. Our European continent is lost for any number of reasons. We have thrown out God and a spiritual vision of life. We have embraced materialism, but that will become just as failed a god as Hitler and Stalin in their times. We do seem to be going towards financial collapse and war, then a load of us will want to find somewhere to go and live. In such a paradigm, who would not vote for right-wing nationalist politics? The problem is that propaganda is not based on truth but what serves the ideology. That is the danger of nationalism, socialism too.
If we are pushed out of our home lands, where do we go? Russia perhaps? Would we be prepared to learn Russian and become Orthodox? They haven’t much use for continuing Anglican priests, unless perhaps many of my countrymen flock for the Steppes and plains. I have always found Russia fascinating, but I have never been there, and I would be quite afraid. How long will it be possible to live in England or France? It is always best to stay put and make the most of the worst. Would western Europe be so foolish as to allow such a build-up of Muslim masses of people that it would take over and annihilate what little is left of our Christian culture? Personally, I don’t know where I would go if push came to shove.
Again, like last January, I have my doubts and I don’t know whom to believe. I am inclined to listen more to Putin than our western politicians or the various nationalist reactions. There seems to be a balanced judgement that is as critical of jihadist Islam as western consumerism and nihilism. The question is whether we in England, France, Germany, Italy and elsewhere see sense and take our lives back from those who are lying to us and sucking us dry as they have done with Greece. I could get emotional and carried away, but then I would say things I would later regret – and I am a priest.