The Refugee Crisis
Europe is currently facing an unprecedented migrant crisis. Over 1 million newcomers entered Germany in 2015, roughly 40% of them from Syria. In the Fall of 2015, about 10,000 refugees and asylum seekers entered Germany daily. The January 2016 figures reflected about 3,000 daily, a reduction that can be attributed to the winter climate.
In comparison, as of November 2015, the US had admitted less than 3,000 Syrians, in total since 2011!
Why do people leave their home countries? Unequal global income and wealth distribution, and the subsequent search for better economic living conditions, are both major influences.
However, economic incentives are not the primary motivators driving the Syrian refugee crisis. Syrians are forced to leave their home country to avoid pervasive violence. Since 2011, the nation has served as the main battleground for a raging sectarian conflict, further fueled by outsiders contributing fighters and weapons.
By now, the conflict has left over 250,000 Syrians dead, many of them soldiers, about 1.5 million wounded, over 6.6 million internally displaced, and over 4.6 million Syrians seeking refuge in other countries.
Unfortunately, our own country is a major contributor to this global catastrophe. The US government has been working to ‘destabilize’ Syria since “early 2012,” which was formulated as a policy goal in 2001.
The current war in Syria, in addition to causing a tremendous humanitarian disaster for the many ethnic groups of Syria who had previously lived in relative harmony at a relatively high level of economic development, also causes irreparable damage to the cultural and archaeological heritage of all of humankind present in Syria’s part of the “Cradle of Civilization.”
Escalation and Geopolitical Risks
If the confrontation between Turkey, a member state of NATO, and Russia escalates, there is a considerable risk that the Syrian conflict conflict will turn nuclear! The potential for conflict between Russia and Saudi Arabia, or Russia and Israel “crossing paths” in Syria, only compounds this risk.
Massachusetts Peace Action Policy Positions
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