20 thoughts on “European Refugee Crisis is Product of Middle East Dysfunction, Much of It Our Fault – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Richard, the picture with the train seemed wrong somehow. I searched it and it does not show Jews being deported, but Sudeten Germans being deported from Czecoslovakia in 1945.

  2. Deep Israeli strategy was to subvert the Arab Spring in Syria and convert it into a bloody Jihadi overthrow of Damascus/Assad and turn it into splintered state like the Neocons/Israelis did to Iraq.

    As the Arab Spring overthrew Mubarak , with the Israelis and Saudis screaming bl—- mu—-, the US had to rush troops to Jordan to prop up Abdullah, and it was from their that the CIA/with Israeli involvement was involved in the training of the proto-ISIS groups in the special camp they set up there

    General Allen was working with the Israelis even then to start laying the framework to build the Anti-ISIS wall in the Jordan Valley.

    Israel then aids Al Nusra and other jihadi groups so it’s final Apartheid liferaft is poor Israel, swimming in a sea of ISIS/Islamic Jihad, with a fresh Anti-ISIS wall built including on it’s Eastern border (as it colluded to take down Jordan).

    Israel’s involvement along with McCain, Graham and the rest of the Neocons, plus Saudi and Qatari support, was to subvert the Arab Spring into the new rasion d’etre of the Apartheid state

    The endgame for Israel is it just gets to PAY, SUPPORT, TRAIN AND RUN a few ragtag Nusra /ISIS groups on it’s Northern Syrian border, which it is already doing, while with Egypt’s Sisi and Jordan’ s Abdullah (cue the new Israeli helicopters and coordination) it gets to run the same little game against easily controlled no-threat ISIS units on it’s Egyptian/Jordanian borders, while using THIS as it’s new excuse for neverending US aid and support of Israeli bellicosity against Iran (now off the table, until Obama is gone) for the next 1000 yrs

    This is the future for Israel – painting itself as a necessary indispensible Apartheid in a sea of Jihad – which it itself created along with US Neocons and Saudi Arabia – while the results on it’s strategy wreck havoc on Europe and it’s BDS support

    Israel, ISIS, and Saudi Arabia – The new axis of evil in the Middle East

    What we need to do next is CONTINUE taking down the Apartheid along with the Neocons/Israeli Lobby in the US as is happening with the Successful Iran Nuclear Deal, and then deal with the other supporters and financiers of all the above, the Saudis

    It’s the Saudi Israelia cat, with ISIS teeth – it’s ONE ANIMAL

    1. @Bluto

      “Deep Israeli strategy was to subvert the Arab Spring in Syria and convert it into a bloody Jihadi overthrow of Damascus/Assad ”

      Before you got to sleep, do you look under your bed for Jews?

      1. Do you want the links to the Jordanian camps used to train the Jihadis used against the Assad? – I’ll start with that
        ‘The Pentagon said last October that a small group of US special forces and military planners had been to Jordan during the summer to help the country prepare for the possibility of Syrian use of chemical weapons and train selected rebel fighters.’

        ‘Report: Syrian rebel forces trained by West are moving towards Damascus’

        ‘Inside Israel’s Secret War in Syria’

        Israel Establishes Syrian Rebel Base in Israel, Treats Radical Islamist Wounded

        The UN Sec Council’s Report on Israeli contacts with Nusra

        I’m just googling – google ALL my points – it’s easy, it’s ALL OPEN SOURCE


        1. From your first The Guardian link, especially wrought in view of UK’s big man Cameron announcing participating in anti-IS air strikes in Syria with the coalition of US-Turkey-GCC states and the refugee crisis of today. Big man Cameron willing to accept 4,000 refugees from Syria per year [!!] and is boasting about it in British parliament.

          British officials have made it clear that they believe new EU rules have now given the UK the green light to start providing military training for rebel fighters with the aim of containing the spread of chaos and extremism in areas outside the Syrian regime’s control.

          According to European and Jordanian sources the western training in Jordan has been going on since last year and is focused on senior Syrian army officers who defected.

          UK’s Cameron and France’s Sarkozy received as heroes in Benghazi after Gadaffi’s overthrow | Sept. 15, 2011

          Now onward towards Assad’s Syria … shipments of arms and jihadist foreign fighters send from Benghazi to Syria through Turkey and funded by Qatar. Today, the Syrian militants are returning the favor and have established an IS footprint in eastern Libya. Haven’t the west learned it’s lessons from the Afghan intervention [Brzezinski doctrine under Carter] and the blow-back of 9/11.

          World In Turmoil: Role of Brzezinski and Albright, Our Democrats

      2. here’s two links to the first point – do you want links for every point? – they’re all OPEN SOURCE and Googleable

        ‘Report: Syrian rebel forces trained by West are moving towards Damascus’

        Here’s the famous
        ‘Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations
        Disengagement Observer Force for the period from
        20 November 2014 to 3 March 2015’

  3. @Richard

    “If we can negotiate an understanding to remove Hezbollah and Iranian forces in return for a negotiated political outcome,.. ”

    Richard. The Iran ‘nuclear deal’ is where the West should have leveraged Iran and Hezbollah to remove themselves from Syria.

    Am I wrong?

    1. @Mitcgell: Yes you’re wrong. In WA we have a constitutional rule that initiatives may only deal with one subject. If they stray from this then they’re ruled unconstitutional.

      The more subjects you try to pack into an agreement the less likely you’ll end up with one. The nuclear deal is one thing. Syria is another subject entirely.

  4. Now that Europe reaps the consequences of catastrophic situations in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Africa, the last thing they need is Israel making things worse in Gaza thereby creating another 100, 000 or more refugees needing to flee.

    Hopefully the ultimate outcome is positive in that the more affluent nations of the world will think twice before joining the US in ill advised military adventures and look again at Israel’s treatment of Palestinians which clearly smells like slow motion ethnic cleansing

  5. Part of the US contribution may have been backing down from the “red line” that Obama announced concerning Syria’s use of poison gas. Syria used it and all we got was a negotiated settlement, which seems to have been violated since then. No more “red lines” have been announced.

    Another cause of the crisis is prolonged drought in Syria, most likely a result of climate change, causing people to leave farmland and move to the cities seeking work, resulting in urban tensions that are exploited by all sides of the civil war.

    HIAS (formerly Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) is working to aid refugees in various parts of the world, as well as putting pressure on the US government to admit more refugee here. Unfortunately, despite our Statue of Liberty, the US no longer welcomes refugees.

  6. Jpost reporting Palestinian sources say that 500,000 Palestinian refugees have fled their homes in the Syrian camps, and only 200,000 of that figure still remain in Syria at all, while 100,000 Palestinians are now in Europe, and 1,000 have drowned on the way

    Israeli commentators are besides themselves on the site, figuring this is the end of a significant ‘Palestinian Right of Return’ demographic threat, and that the ones in Europe will never be coming back to Palestine

    If that is true or partially true, and as a result of Syria now being in chaos that Israel will be able to continue to hold onto the Golan forever (or at least until the Apartheid is brought down), then that’s definitely two birds with one stone for Israel

    ‘100,000 Palestinians have fled Syria to Europe, official says’ @ JPOST

  7. “Middle East dysfunction, much of it our fault” – absolutely. We keep giving Israel a blank cheque on which it writes ‘unconditional support from the West’.

    Is it a coincidence that Syria, meant to be the third member of the AXIS OF EVIL, is being torn apart? First Iraq, then Syria (with Libya during the intermission) and Iran if the Israel lobby has its way. Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, Richard Perle, Elliot Abrams, David Frum, Dick Cheney (described by Chis Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong and a key figure in Britain’s Conservative Party, as the secretary of the Washington branch of the Likud Party).

    North Korea was included in the ‘official’ AXIS OF EVIL to make it look like the US had a world view, rather than a strictly Middle East (read Israel) view.

  8. The truth is that if powerful states like the U.S., Germany and others …

    I clearly have a different opinion how the Syrian “protest” evolved into sectarian strife and ultimate war of foreign jihadists against the Syrian Army and, unfortunately, the tribal militants who committed equal atrocities as the foreign terrorist, in support of Assad’s dictatorial rule.

    For starters, look-up the biography and experience of US Ambassador Ford and the Neocon playbook for Syria initiated under George Bush in 2006 and completed under the Obama administration with Hillary Clinton presiding over foreign policy at the State Department. HRC pushed the envelop to remove Gadaffi from power in Libya. The R2P doctrine is a blunt version of a military coup d’etat from earlier decades.

    Germany played a minor role in NATO in support of the FSA and AQ terror groups fighting in Syria. The major players next to the U.S. are the UK (Cameron), France (Hollande) and Turkey (Erdogan). In Syria the political opposition for the Geneve talks were heavily divided between Salafists (SA) and Muslim Brotherhood (Qatar, Turkey and Egypt under Morsi). HRC failed to bring these two groups togeher and all along blaming Lavrov, Putin and Russia in general.

    The Gulf States and in particular Qatar and Saudi Arabia were the greatest powers to deliver arms, munitions and funds to overthrow Gadaffi and afterwards diverted all attention to Syria and the overthrow of Assad. The Lebanon civil war was never really settled as the sectarian divide was a powder keg ready to explode. The Western powers and both Saudi Arabia and later Qatar played a leading role in undermining the governments in Beirut and Damascus.

    Israel played its part in covert action and more from the sidelines, but very effectively to exacerbate the divisions in the region.

  9. An ironic consequence of the refugee crisis is that it does something for Germany’s tarnished reputation. In Haaretz Odeh Bisharat even calls the country “a light unto the nations” ( the function Israel once aspired to have). Bisharat comments that if Germany had an interior minister like Silvan Shalom and a culture minister like Miri Regev the refugees could forget to find asylum there.

    In the first half of the Nineteenth Century Germany was known as the country of “Dichter und Denker” (poets and thinkers) – a characterisation that was not entirely flattering because for some it also pointed to the political absenteism of the educated middle class. In the Twentieth Century the Viennese-Jewish satirist Karl Kraus indicated the change in Germany’s reputation by varying that “Dichter und Denker” into “Richter und Henker” (judges and executioners) – and that was before the holocaust..

    Does a certain collective “Gewissensbisse” (pang of conscience) about that terrible crime play a role in the present comparative generosity towards refugees? In Israel, however, the memory of having been the victims of that crime seems to have led to an absence of “Gewissensbisse” among the majority about making other people victims.

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