CAN WE STOP CALLING THE FORCED MIGRATION OF PEOPLE FROM SYRIA AND IRAQ AND EASTERN TURKEY INTO EUROPE THE 'EUROPEAN REFUGEE CRISIS?
It is not a crisis.
At least not in the sense we tend to believe it to be.
Calling the movement of people from Syria and Iraq and Eastern Turkey a 'crisis' is the West's way of manipulating and perpetuating our
1) Fear of the unknown/other cultures/Islam
2) the belief and feeling of the White Man's Burden
IF every country in the European Union (and USA) had 'open borders' to these people we call 'refugees', (forced migrants), no singular country would feel overwhelmed (like Germany presently does), 'taken over', or especially economically responsible for these new comers.
The migration of people from a war-torn country is only a crisis for those people- the ones leaving their homes, their familiar culture, their belongings, and sometimes their very own family.
This wave of people have resulted in a situation most closely related to a crisis in three countries:
1) Turkey. The country that's taken in the vast majority of forced migrants, despite staggering on it's own civil war
2) Jordan. This TINY country has taken in the second largest amount of forced migrants. How much news have you read about that?
3) Germany. Yes, this European country is dealing with now, over a million people from an area completely foreign to their own. What this means for Germany and for these newcomers, only time will tell.
Other than that, most of Europe and the USA has done next to nothing.
This is just not a crisis for any other country.
This is fear and mis-managed, manipulative media telling us that we are all part of this struggle.
I tend to think that this whole 'crisis' has only become a struggle because countries have decided to invest in building walls instead of issuing work visas.
I could say a number of other things. Like...
1) Europe, in general, has an aging population and actually needs new people.
2) Europe has taken in 'refugees' that amount to about 1% of it's population.
3) Islam is not a national security threat and that is the most racist argument I've ever heard.
IT IS NOT A EUROPEAN REFUGEE CRISIS.
It's Europe and the USA being unprepared and unwelcoming for a neighboring situation.
And while I'm at it...
Let's stop calling ISIS, ISIS!
The Islamic State DOES NOT represent Islam.
It just doesn't.
This would be like if we called the Klu Klux Klan, the Christian State.
It's just actually hella incorrect.
It relates Islam to this terrorist organization.
While ISIS is Islamic, it's extreme Islam.
Which, all religions have.
All religions have extremists.
One more time for the people in the back:
All religions have extremists.
This 'Islamic State' is an extremest terrorist organization and it only adds to this ridiculous fear of 'different' we have here in the West when we call them 'ISIS'.
Let's start calling ISIS what people in the Middle East (the people in this crisis call them):
"...essentially an Arabic acronym formed from the initial letters of the group's previous name in Arabic - "al-Dawla al-Islamiya fil Iraq wa al-Sham". Although it does not mean anything as a word in Arabic, it sounds unpleasant and the group's supporters object to its use. Daesh also sounds similar to an Arabic verb that means to tread underfoot, trample down, or crush something"
Maybe a more fitting name?
Or at least a more thoughtful name?
Just a few brief things and thoughts that drive me to the brink. Language is important.
For more information about the Syrian refugee crisis, check out one of my favorite explanation videos here
Cheers, loved ones.
Thanks for reading my political rant.
(And thanks to Gary and Nancy for listening to my constant issues with the world and helping me form my ideas into something more concrete and less hysterical. Love y'all)