Refugee v Immigrant v Invader
In this age of turmoil the Americas, Europe and Scandinavia are confronted with a dilemma of unprecedented and urgent need thrust upon them from several directions by fanatical religious organizations and corrupt governments that are brutally competing for control in the Middle East. All to what end?
On the battlefields and city streets opposing forces strive for dominance by killing, maiming and butchering other combatants and innocents – so called collateral damage. In some instances, the murder of innocents is choreographed for sheer terror effect. For what reason?
These are not battles for water or food nor are they for land and resources! These are battles for power, control, dominance and supremacy over minds and bodies, the greatest treasures I can think of.
There are those who would try to equate events of today with those during the Nazi era and WWII. They may be correct up to a certain point, after all in the beginning Hitler was adulated as the savior of Germany but it ended when the German forces suffered defeat after defeat against allied powers. But before that happened, he was able to systematically murder millions of people he felt unworthy of life. His motivation? He saw them as inferior and there, at least for me the similarity starts to come apart.
The radicals on both sides of the coin in the current Middle East conflicts are using precisely orchestrated and publicized murder and mass murder as a psychological weapon to defeat the minds of both their enemies and the innocents. Terror, pain and horrible death awaits those who would defy the new order.
Thanks to the ineffectiveness of governments who have declared against this evil tide but done very little a tsunami of humanity is on the move. Daily, thousands of innocent people rush towards safe borders to escape the pain and suffering of starvation, thirst and brutality. Risking everything for a better tomorrow they walk carrying their young, infirm and aged, perhaps to reach the green horizon before death overtakes them.
These people are refugees: “A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.” Refugee Council, PO Box 68614, London, E15 9DQ. They’ve fought the hard battle to get to the hope of safety and a future but there is still one more step – asylum.
The Oxford Online Dictionary defines asylum as: “the protection granted by a nation to someone who has left their native country as a political refugee.”
Another term often heard if “Asylum Seeker”. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees position is:
“The terms asylum-seeker and refugee are often confused: an asylum-seeker is someone who says he or she is a refugee, but whose claim has not yet been definitively evaluated.”
I strongly believe in this position so long as it’s a women, children, elderly
and the infirm first formula but from what I’m seeing and reading it is tragically not.
“Senator Cruz speaks to the makeup of the so-called refugees, noting that one estimate pins the percentage of military/terrorist age males among the population at 77% and notes the likelihood and reports that there are a significant number of ISIS terrorists included in their ranks.”
Do we stop this influx by adopting an immigration only policy?
“Immigration is the movement of people into a destination country to which they are not native or do not possess its citizenship in order to settle or reside there, especially as permanent residents or naturalized citizens, or to take-up employment as a migrant worker or temporarily as a foreign worker.” Wikipedia
Immigrant is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “a person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country.” Although there is a difference if duration of residence between the definition of Immigration and Immigrant both would seem to apply.
I believe that immigration is an earned privilege and the only people with a legitimate position against it are the First Peoples – indigenous people. Unfortunately for them, they had a non-existent immigration policy, a misfortune that has cost them dearly over the centuries. That is my fear now!
Certain members of our government have determined that we should accept illegal immigrants, forgive them their crime and offer them the same benefits our needier citizens get. Furthermore, they want to import “refugees, asylum seekers” and immigrants from the Middle Eastern conflicts and do the same sans any legitimate form of vetting process. As part of that process they are bowing to the questionable demands for religious exceptions such as not wanting to be fingerprinted, no photographs and no background checks. This making a complete mockery of our national security and lawmakers.
What is my point?
Is this an infiltration of invaders? If so, covert identities are important.
“Invader”, the last word in my title is defined by the Oxford Online Dictionary as: “a person or group that invades a country, region, or other place…”
“As a member of the true religion [Islam], I have a greater right to invade [others] in order to impose a certain way of life [according to Sharia], which history has proven to be the best and most just of all civilizations. This is the true meaning of offensive jihad. When we wage jihad, it is not in order to convert people to Islam, but in order to liberate them from the dark slavery in which they live.” Saudi legal expert Basem Alem, March 2009.
How many of these “refugees” are answering this call?
One of the national news TV stations just showed another video of what they referred to as “refugees” landing on the shore of a Greek Island in a large, inflatable rubber boat similar to ones I’ve seen in military training articles. What was most interesting to note was that with the exception of two healthy looking young females the boat was filled with several well-built and healthy appearing young, healthy men in their late teens to early thirties. I got a little jealous of the nice clothing and expensive looking cell-phones they were using to take selfies but that stuff is for younger people not us old guys.
I have to admit, I did start to wonder what I would do if I met one of these people on the street. I like to be polite so I’m wondering do I call him Sir, Mr. Refugee or say welcome immigrant or do I report an invader? It all seems so confusing to me.
My fear is not making the correct choice before it’s too late.