The world is trying to figure out how to wrestle with the problem of Syrian refugees.
In the U.K., one contingent has taken to posting pictures of the flag and daring folks to re-post it with pride. No problem doing that!
The flag of the U.K. is centered on the cross of St. George.
St. George, of course, was Syrian, and St. George's cross was originally the flag of the Republic of Genoa, Italy. For the record, British flags are now mostly made in China.
On the other side of the fence, things are no less absurd, with Al Jazeera lecturing Europe about their obligation to take more refugees.
This is Al Jazeera - a company financed and based on Quatar, which has taken ZERO Syrian refugees.
Who else has has taken ZERO Syrian refugees?
Along with Quatar, the roster includes Saudi Arabia, Israel, Iran, Russia, Morocco, Algeria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, ... and the list goes on.
It's a perfectly reasonable question to ask whether the solution to problems in the Middle East is relocating them all to France, England, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Sweden.
Western countries cannot take all of the world's displeased and dispossessed -- there are simply too many. And it's not just Syria that will send refugees if allowed; it's Sudan, Mali, Libya, Chad, Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sierra Leon, Iraq, Liberia, Kenya, Eritrea, and Zimbabwe.
The immediate problem, of course is Syria. The real solution there, let us not forget, is not relocating Syria to Salisbury Plain, but in killing Assad and destroying ISIS.
For that to happen, however, the very countries not taking refugees are going to have to do more on the ground. Instead, the Saudi military (one of the largest in the world) is cloud-hidden whereabouts unknown, and the Russian military are Assad's most trusted military advisers and weapons suppliers.
Meanwhile, millions of young Syrian men and women who should be fighting for their country are, instead, fleeing. We used to call that "cut and run," but perhaps it makes sense in the absence of guns and bullets.
But that brings me to the most obvious point. Perhaps the solution is to meet every refugee at the border, give them a bolt-action rifle and a two boxes of ammunition, and turn them around. You know what to do with that gun, right? FIGHT! Fight like you have something worth protecting. Fight like you have no other option. FIGHT!
The era of mass emigration and apologies for cut-and-run fleeing has to come to an end. It's time people in the Middle East stood up to fight for their future. Freedom has never been free; it's high time we told that to the world.
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