Swords Into Plowshares

We never seem to learn as a nation.

The Syrian refugee crisis is the perfect example.

Thanks to some clever politicking and a lot of media manipulation, David Cameron has been strong-armed into accepting refugees into Britain. In one stroke, the closed door policy toward immigration has been smashed to pieces. By immigration I include refuge since it is so difficult trying to differentiate between the two and they amount to the same thing, anyway.

From now on, any humaniarian crisis will no doubt see Britain once more being urged to follow the example and precedent Cameron has now set himself. His lack of backbone will now be a rod he will be beaten regularly with.

I am not saying we should not have compassion on the poor souls fleeing war-torn Syria. It is evident that they are genuine victims and refugees. And that is where the real root of this problem must be addressed.

The real issue is not that there is a refugee crisis – it is that we created it. Our meddling in Syria as America’s wingman and our refusal to abandon geopolitical chess games is the reason why Syria is a boiling cauldron and why there are literally millions of people in an extremely distressed state.

We may indeed have a duty of care to the fleeing people of Syria but it is precisely because of our own shameful actions in trying to destabilise the country and play the old imperial game of regime-change.

There is a mounting problem that Europe is failing to address and that is the mounting tsunami of people fleeing the Third World and other poorer areas trying to get to Europe – specifically Britain. Since it is patently evident that Britain will be unable to accommodate all these people – David Cameron’s lack of backbone notwithstanding – this will be a very real problem for the EU.

Cynics might say that this mass exodus into Europe is one which our EU partners have helped bring about as a warning should we vote LEAVE in the coming EU Referendum. The problem for them is that we live on an island and so they can’t just “let these migrants through” the border. It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to imagine a hostile EU allowing boatloads of people to try and cross the Channel.

The migrant crisis is growing. It is understandable that people living in poverty or under oppressive regimes would seek a better life. It is a testament to our own illustrious past as a nation and Empire that Britain is still seen as the place where people can find peace, prosperity and safety. If we do continue to meddle in international affairs, it should arguably be done using our power and influence to help poorer nations and peoples rather than use them as chess pieces in our power games.

People from these countries have nothing to lose. They know if they show up, they become OUR problem to deal with. They also know they will not be executed or treated badly. The irony in this Syrian situation is that these people are fleeing to the very nation which helped make them refugees.

Here is a vision of a better Britain, where rather than fund and weaponise terrorists, we are a peacemaker influence in the earth:-

And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. ISAIAH 2:2-4

Neither shall they learn war anymore.

This is what will really help solve the refugee crises on our planet.


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