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Created by: NeverTheTwain

Refugees… NO THANKS!!!


As with any international crisis such as the recent influx of refugees from war-torn societies, there follows the inevitable spate of contradictory presumptuous comments from people who are either naïve, prejudiced, know the situation but haven’t taken the time to weigh up the odds or are simply ignoring the facts as a result of self-interest.

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Oil – A cliché, but true
Oil extraction from underground is nothing new, and can be measured in millennia, not decades. However, it is in recent decades that it has become the catalyst for one of the greatest levels of unrest our world has ever seen. In the early 1900s, Britain (puppeteered by the USA) explored, invested and built oil extraction facilities in the Middle East. We did not do it to help these countries or to create fair trade with their society; we did it because we wanted to exploit their resources and would typically do anything to get it.

A cliché but true, there is absolutely no denying whatsoever that our thirst for oil is the number one catalyst for unrest in the Middle East.

Syria has nothing to do with oil

If a US citizen gets shot on his homeland by a Muslim (or more specifically a jihadist), understandably there is an uprising of fury and screams for revenge amongst American citizens and military personnel. But the same goes for what we are doing to them, and just like jihadists, we are not just killing the military personnel we call our enemy, we are also killing civilians of all ages.

Furthermore, at civilian level, our military have killed far more of theirs than their military have killed ours creating a huge hatred across the region against the West. So when people say Syria has nothing to do with oil, the reality is that Syria is a wasp’s nest in the middle of a huge contention and oil has everything to do with it. Furthermore, because of Syria being the political hot potato between the West and Russia, it’s the perfect breeding ground for ISIS.

Clear us mud

Are you confused by what is going on in the Middle East?
This explanation may help…

We support the Iraqi government in the fight again Islamic state. We don’t like IS, but IS is supported by Saudi Arabia whom we do like.

We don’t like President Assad in Syria and we support the fight against him, but not IS, which is also fighting against him.

We don’t like Iran, but Iran supports the Iraqi government against IS. So, some of our friends support our enemies and some of our enemies are our friends, and some of our enemies are fighting against our other enemies, whom we don’t want to lose, but we don’t want our enemies who are fighting our enemies to win.

If the people we want to defeat are defeated, they might be replaced by people we like even less. And all this was started by invading countries to drive out terrorists who weren’t actually there until we went in to drive them out. (Or was it because we wanted control of the oil flow, I’m getting confused!!!)

Refugees and the people that don’t want them

Let’s just put some perspective on the situation…

For the sake of argument, let’s assume in the early 1900s that we had the oil and Saudi Arabia invested in exploiting it. The result was the creation of many British billionaires and our oil became the blood life of international greed, all the while the common person was being oppressed and impoverished.

If that had have been the case, the current situation in the Middle East with ISIS and associated refugees would of course be very very different. Nor is it unreasonable to suggest we would be the ones creating masked strivists (Jihadist equivalent).

I’ve heard far too many people jump on the “Britain First” bandwagon. I’m not talking about the vile extremist Britain First movement here; instead using the phrase patriotically.

I’ve lost count of people that post things on social media like “Look after our own homeless first” (or words to that effect). Yet up until the resent media coverage of the refugee crisis, the majority of these people have never once mentioned the British homeless. If anything, were more likely to criticize them for not trying to earn a living! It’s also not uncommon for these sentiments to come from under-achieving “takers” who think they know it all.

These same people are the ones who must have the latest gadgets, expect to pay £5 for a crap piece of clothing made in a sweatshop in South Asia and expect to fill the fuel tanks of their cars for the cheapest possible price. Although I regret having to point it out, but it’s simple maths to say that the average Westerner has taken far more from the countries these people are fleeing than we have ever contributed.

I’m also tired of hearing people say “I’ve worked hard all my life so why should refugees benefit from it?” (or words to that effect). Well firstly, the taxes we pay are not voluntary, they are a legal requirement. But more importantly, the material lives that we’ve been institutionalised with, is the direct result of unparalleled levels of foreign exploitation. If “hard work” is the route to a successful life, then why is it the slavery-driven exploits of many a foreign lands is creating unprecedented levels of poverty?

When one goes into a supermarket and uses their so-called “hard-earned cash” to buy a packet of tea bags, or a little plastic pack of green beans from Kenya, has the average person got any idea of the consequences of those items?
When we queue up at the fuel pumps and fill our tanks, does the average person truly understand those consequences?
Typically no they don’t, but more worryingly, (and more to the point) most people have heard of “Fair Trade” but choose not to give a damn! Sadly, the same goes for almost everything else we take for granted in our material society. These people are the ones that would like to put up an electric fence up at our borders but turn it off when the shipping vessels come in.

Allow me to re-iterate; we take far more from the countries that the average refuge or migrant is fleeing than we have ever given. If we really are getting miffed about being screwed over, then wake up and make a stand against the big corporate elites and the governments that are controlled by them, because they are the ones that pose the greatest threat to our integrity. The problem is, despite the whingers, we live far too comfortably to make such a stand.

Unfortunately, our society has become so indoctrinated. We have become such an institutionalised array of takers that think it’s our given right to take what and when they want. But if one really weighed up all the odds, the reality of the situation becomes pretty clear and undeniable.

So what’s the solution?

I don’t know… maybe it’s gone too far to be rectified!

So, do we open up the borders and let them all flood?
No, absolutely not. That will lead to a perpetual motion that will eventually cause similar civil unrest as seen in some of the places these people originally fled.

So then, should we just say no then to the refugees then?
No, absolutely not. We should help them. But the age-old saying “prevention is better than cure” is never more significant than now. We should of course help these refugees, but similar to an accident in the workplace, the victim of course needs immediate medical care, but the company must also be immediately responsible from preventing it from happening again.

As the author of this article I am the first to admit that I am guilty of the institutional issues illustrated above. The difference is, I am coming round to the idea that there is another way. As I said, it may be too late, but at least I can progress through the remainder of my life knowing I’ve made the effort.

The most powerful thing on Earth is people in large quantities. As the saying goes (paraphrased by George Carlin) “Don't underestimate the power of stupid people in large quantities”. This has never rung more true, but antonymously it also has the power to do the opposite.

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