How do you deal with western guilt

The EU's fault : People flee where the West fails

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 4, 2015, when Chancellor Angela Merkel accepted the request of her Austrian counterpart Werner Faymann and allowed the refugees, who had almost been chased from Hungary, to cross the Austrian border into Germany.

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 should do, and how to deal with those EU states that allow themselves ample financial support from Europe, but do not assume any responsibility or burden 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.

The fact that this topic hardly plays a role in official politics is probably also due to the fact that it is very inconvenient to grapple 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 had not been committed enough.

There may have been good reasons in both Afghanistan and Iraq to intervene massively, 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 USA sent the entire army home unpaid after a ground for intervention that had been bogus anyway, and thus brought the Islamic State thousands of fighting but starving fighters.

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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 exploit the weakness of the United States ultimately stabilized the position of ruler Bashar al-Assad.

Tens of thousands of people are still 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 in the 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 had wanted to wait in the camps for peace in Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan until then would no longer be able to stop them. 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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