Rewarding Turkish Blackmail is a Dangerous Game – My Thoughts on Nigel Farage’s Speech

Rewarding Turkish Blackmail is a Dangerous Game – My Thoughts on Nigel Farage’s Speech
24th March 2016 Barry J. Murphy

Here are a few points Mr Farage seems to miss.

He talks about letting refugees drown in the sea so as to stop them trying to cross the water in the first place. Is he going to stand on one of the patrol boats and watch families drown and do nothing about it to teach them a lesson, or he will expect some navy personnel to do it on his behalf?

Did he ever stop to think that if you treat 100% of the refugees with dignity and respect, 98% of them will assist in identifying the 2% who are bent on terrorism, but on the other hand, if you mistreat 100% of the refugees and view them all with suspicion, you will make it easy for the 2% who are bent on the terrorist route to go on and recruit a large percentage of the 98% and lure them in the wrong direction.

Does he understand that the majority of refugees (i.e. our fellow human beings!) are fleeing a fierce war where there are bombs dropping all around them every minute of the day and night? If they are economic migrants, why didn’t they move towards the west 7 or 8 years ago, and why if it’s only for economic reasons they are moving, is the whole population of Africa or India not heading for Europe?

At least 90% of parents would never dream of putting their kids in a boat to cross a dangerous stretch of water unless they felt they had absolutely no choice.

Anyway, he is entitled to his opinions, but thankfully the British people had enough decency and common sense not to vote for his party as he thought they would!

For sure the European handling of the crisis has been far from perfect, but Mr Farage’s proposals are a hell of a lot worse, in my opinion.

Would it not have been better to set up temporary accommodation camps in Greece, where every refugee would have shelter, food and proper sanitation at least? They could learn the language, as well as participate in some training courses for job vacancies in the country they were bound for, where necessary, before they were allowed to leave the temporary camp. The real problem here is that Greece was left by and large to deal with a massive influx of refugees without the support of other EU countries right from the start.

If every EU country contributed financially, and in other ways, to setting up and maintaining these temporary camps so that they were as comfortable as possible, when the crisis in Syria began, would that not be a far better organised way forward for everyone concerned?

I would love to hear your comments and opinions on this after watching the video.

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