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World The EU's fault: people flee where the West fails.

12:10  21 september  2020
12:10  21 september  2020 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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Europe argues a lot about how to deal with refugees. She seldom debates how her intervention policy creates the causes of flight. One column.

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The agreement within the federal government that Germany could accept 1,553 refugees from Greece came almost exactly five years after another, historic and lonely decision. It was the night of September 4th, 2015 , when Chancellor Angela Merkel followed the request of her Austrian counterpart Werner Faymann and allowed the refugees, who had almost been chased from Hungary, to enter Germany via the Austrian border.

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The rest is history. Ultimately, 1.1 million asylum seekers were registered in 2015 and 476,000 asylum applications were made. So much for the figures from the Federal Ministry of the Interior.

In 2019, 165,938 asylum seekers applied for asylum in Germany, the largest groups came - as in 2017 and 2018 - from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. In the sometimes very heated and controversial discussions about how many people Germany could take in, what Europe had to achieve, and how to deal with those EU states that allow themselves ample financial support from Europe, but take no responsibility and no burdens themselves want, a completely different question goes completely under: that of the western complicity in the refugee movement from the Middle East that has been going on for years.

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The fact that this topic hardly plays a role in official politics is probably due to the fact that it is very inconvenient to deal with these facts. It would quickly become apparent that most of the refugees come from those countries and regions in which the West, mostly under the leadership of the USA, intervened militarily, but in the end did not commit enough.

There may have been good reasons to intervene massively in both Afghanistan and Iraq, for example to - for example Afghanistan - eliminate the masterminds of terrible terrorist attacks like 9/11 or to overthrow dictators who - for example Iraq - attacked neighboring countries.

In Afghanistan, however, there was a lack of military strength and sufficient support from the population for a long-term successful intervention. In Iraq, the United States sent the entire army home unpaid after a ground for intervention that had been bogus anyway, thus bringing thousands of combatants to the Islamic State, but starving.

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And how was it in Syria? A lack of Western determination to support the fight against a dictator and the cold-bloodedness of Russian President Putin to take advantage of the weakness of the US ultimately stabilized the position of ruler Bashar al-Assad.

To this day tens of thousands of people are fleeing from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. But already in the first months of 2015 an emergency situation arose in the refugee camps in the Middle East, which gave the poverty and emergency migration to Europe, which continues to this day, the dynamic that we are still helpless to face: The UN refugee agency UNHCR had to halve the food rations in the camps because the UNHCR member countries had massively cut their payments.

Anyone who wanted to wait in the camps for peace in Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan until then, was nowhere to be held. To say that this is history would be wrong. The USA, Europe , we are jointly responsible for this refugee movement. That too must determine our attitude towards those seeking protection.

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