Serafim P. Kotrotsos: Dangerous games with in-security ..
One can disagree with periods of Jean-Claude Juncker’s political path, however his European sense is hardly debatable, as well as his ability to recognize and identify the risks for the European project.
When, after the new terrorist attack in Brussels, others were quick to declare that “Europe is at war” and others self-vindicated the policy of tightly closed borders, Mr. Juncker hastens to point out the obvious but, apparently, it is by no means obvious.
“It looks like the terrorism which strikes us today, has been imported, but those who commit these acts were actually born here, often their parents too. They passed through our schools and took an active part in our social life. They only give the impression that they come from elsewhere, while they come from here, “he said in a joint interview in« Die Welt », the« La Repubblica », the Spanish« El País », the« Le Soir », the« Le Figaro »and the «La Tribune de Genève» und «Der Tagesanzeiger».
He concluded by saying that “none of our countries has been very successful on the topic of integration. This responsibility is ours and of those who continually resist national efforts and refuse to integrate those who really come from elsewhere, but have been with us for a long time. It is about a battle on both sides about integration issues.”
And this is the case. A conflict of totally opposing views. And I fear of “different worlds” as well.
The one side nearly ignores the responsibilities of the Western world for the firing of an -either way- explosive mixture of “clash of civilizations” with the wars in Iraq and especially Syria, and attempts to equate the refugee issue (goes with these wars but also the inherent socio-political differences) with the jihadists terrorism in the centers of European cities.
The other side notes that the hatred is incubated in the “greenhouse” of fanatics of the Caliphate, however, finds devotees in Paris or Brussels neighborhoods, ready, indeed, to wear vests with explosives and sow death and terror.
It isn’t ISIS that sends “suicide bombers” to the Schuman Square or Bataklan, it is European citizens who adopt the fanaticism of the Caliphate and wreak havoc and death.
The first aspect is rushed to be embraced by extreme European voices. First Poland joined in this view and said they do not intend to accommodate 7,000 refugees who incur to them (based on European decisions) after the terrorist attack in Brussels.
Unfortunately, many are moving toward that direction in Greece as well. The request, for example, of NEA DIMOKRATIA’s- agenda for debate in the House for security, connects directly (do not bother to read the reasoning request) to refugee terrorism supporters of ISIS, which, however, as aptly as Mr. Juncker states, are European citizens and a problem of (non) “integration”.
This connection simplifies the underlying causes of the major problems and tends to equate refugees (who themselves in their majority left their homes fleeing from the ISIS) to terrorism.
For Greece this connection becomes even more dangerous. As a first host country of the refugee stream, it is even more vulnerable and such notions give food to those who in order to “protect” Europe want our country to become an “Ellis Island” and an endless hot spot.
If terrorism is “booming” among refugees, in this respect, then each Orban is entitled to seek the security of Hungary and by extension Europe.
If, however, the Islamic fundamentalist enclaves already exist and are intensifying because of hatred reinforced by wars, then the refugees are victims, not perpetrators. This obviously does not mean that neither Europe can accommodate all these people, nor, that by keeping them out it slams their ideological religious fanaticism of Molenmpek’s killers.
And one more thing: a public debate about the fact that Greece is not safe because 50,000 refugees are stranded -with the responsibility of Europe and Turkey- on its territory, doesn’t create the impression internationally that our country is not a safe destination, and that, a month before the start of the tourist season?
No one would argue that within this highly unstable European environment also Greece needs to upgrade the level of security. To the highest level possible.
This is, however, a debate that must be done discreetly, among experts primarily, and among political leaders. With due seriousness and the necessary confidentiality.
The distribution of the image of an unsafe country and the connection of in-security with the refugee crisis is an extremely dangerous mix.
There are, so many issues for some to create opposition …