Hundreds of thousands of migrants are fleeing from refugee camps and war zones. They are trying to get to Europe. This past Saturday, thousands of Europeans marched in support of the migrants.
Europe is divided. Hungary, for example, is hostile to the migrants. The Hungarian president said the migrants do not come from the war zone, but rather from refugee camps where they are safe. They do not flee out of fear for their lives. They flee for a better life. He said he understands this. He says there is no fundamental right to a better life. There is only a right to security and human dignity.
The humanitarian crisis is real. Germany is taking in 800,000 refugees. Other European countries are increasing the number they are willing to receive.
Two parts of the world are said to be doing too little. They are the Arab nations and the United States. Both have the resources to absorb many thousands.
Germany is a country of 80 million. It has said it will accept 800,000 refugees. That number is about one percent of the German population. The United States is a country of 320 million. The U.S. recently said it would accept 10,000. Do the math.
Many have argued that the U.S.did a lot to create the crisis. The war in Iraq ended with repression of the Sunnis. The U.S. failed to manage events in Syria. These failures led to the rise of the Islamic state. The flight of the refugees followed.
Many in Europe and even the United States worry that, with so many Muslims coming in, their culture will change. Some worry that terrorists are going to hide among the refugee crowds. Screening has to be a part of any entry process.
Great leadership has not been forthcoming.
Source: The Wall Street Journal September 12, 2015
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