The countries of the right-wing Eastern European “Visegrad group” – Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia – have all promised to help Greece deal with the recent wave of migrants assaulting its borders, with Austria joining the effort as well.
The crisis was instigated near the end of February when Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened his country’s borders to migrants for passage into Europe, in an explicit attempt to pressure the EU into financial concessions.
The Turkish move appears motivated at least partly by frustration after their occupying forces were thrashed in northern Syria by the legitimate Syrian government supported by Russia. In addition, Erdogan has accused the EU of not living up to its obligations from a 2016 treaty that promised Turkey financial aid to deal with millions of refugees from the Syrian war and keep them out of Europe.
Mainstream sources have reported that the Turkish government and military appear to be actively facilitating the movement of tens of thousands of people (Erdogan has claimed as much as 100,000), by providing transportation, instructing migrants, and even attacking Greek border guards.
Greece has denied a claim by Turkey that they are responsible for the death of a migrant.
Despite Erdogan explicitly stating that the invasion was meant as a punishment for Europe, some leftist politicians have chosen to ignore what is happening in order to virtue signal or continue the war against their own populations. In Germany, which took in over a million people during the crisis of 2015-2016, resulting in a wave of crime and social unrest, politicians, artists, and journalists started a hashtag meaning “we have space” to pressure Merkel to throw open the doors once again. Similarly, Finland’s feminist-led government stated that any personnel they deploy would help migrants claim asylum.
In contrast, the Visegrad alliance of conservative-led Eastern European nations has promised to support Greece’s territorial sovereignty and defend Europe from invasion, with Poland and Austria both sending police to assist. The Greek border is currently defended not only by official forces but also reportedly ordinary Greek citizens who have taken it upon themselves to patrol. The EU, which appears to have at least partly learned the lesson of 2015, also sent a small force.
Creatively, Bulgaria, at the request of Greece, opened a dam on the Evros River to cause flooding and make it harder for migrants to cross.
While the Greek government is for now holding its ground at the border with Turkey, it has already lost the confidence of many Greeks due to its previous mismanagement of the situation. In late February, tensions on the islands of Lesbos and Chios boiled over into violence as natives attacked riot police sent over from the mainland, forcing them to retreat. The islanders were protesting the government’s decision to build new migrant camps, a policy they have not reneged on.
The current party in power is the ostensibly center-right New Democracy, which won a landslide in mid-2019 by taking votes from the hard right through promising to defend Greek sovereignty and crack down on illegal migration. Yet again, as has happened many times in Greece and the West as a whole, they appear to have betrayed their voters and instead intend to spread out containment of tens of thousands of migrants throughout the country.
Lesbos, which has a population of around 85,000 natives, currently also houses over 21,000 migrants in overcrowded conditions, with rampant strife between them and the locals. The islanders are now insisting that no migrants should remain. Other locations on the mainland, however, are no more eager for the government to relocate them there.
What this crisis makes clear is that while it may have appeared that things were calming down, none of the underlying political problems in Europe have been solved, and the EU will at best continue to inadequately band-aid situations to try to keep the right out of power. Until Greeks, and all Europeans, are represented by right-wing parties that genuinely put their interests first, they will continue to fall prey to malicious outsiders and traitors within their gates, and the people will continue to lose faith in their system and its corrupt leadership.
Biden Authorizes Attack on Syria, Kamala FURIOUS It Wasn’t Her Call
Will Biden do a regime change in Syria?
AMERICA IS BACK BABY!
You didn’t seriously think that after four years of peace in the Middle East, things were gonna stay that way, did you Jack? Well of course not! On Thursday afternoon, the Pentagon confirmed that the United States military had carried out airstrikes in Syria against facilities used by Iranian-backed militias. These groups have been operating in Syria for some time in their fight against the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda.
Pentagon Press Secretary Kirby gave the following statement:
This proportionate military response was conducted together with diplomatic measures, including consultation with Coalition partners. The operation sends an unambiguous message: President Biden will act to protect American and Coalition personnel. At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to de-escalate the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq.”
According to conservative commentator Jack Posobiec, Vice President Harris was not included in the discussions about the bombing and is very upset that she wasn’t.
Kamala Harris was not informed prior to the Syrian bombing and is very upset about being left out of the loop, per WH official
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 26, 2021
Many Twitter users are also pointing out the fact that Biden had fully condemned unannounced military action in the Middle East when it was Trump doing it.
— Biden Voters Posting Their L's Online (@BidenLs) February 26, 2021
According to the New York Post, the airstrikes were in response to recent attacks against US forces in Iraq. The militia groups targeted have denied any involvement in the attacks and there has been no confirmation as to whether or not they were involved. The New York Post wrote:
The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
It was not immediately clear if there were any deaths or injuries caused by the US strike, or the extent of damage it may have caused.
On Feb. 15, a rocket attack against a US military base at Erbil International Airport in Northern Iraq killed a US-led coalition contractor and left others wounded, including an American service member.
Two days later, a base hosting US forces north of Baghdad was targeted in another rocket attack, wounding at least one contractor.
On Monday rockets hit Baghdad’s Green Zone, which houses the US embassy and other diplomatic missions.
Earlier this week, the Kataib Hezbollah group, one of the main Iran-aligned Iraqi militia groups, denied any role in recent rocket attacks against U.S. targets in Iraq.
Some Western and Iraqi officials say the attacks, often claimed by little-known groups, are being carried out by militants with links to Kataib Hezbollah as a way for Iranian allies to harass US forces without being held accountable.
Fox New’s Tucker Carlson, who seems to be the only host on any cable news network that has been unquestionably anti-war for the past four years, gave a monologue Thursday night about his take on the attacks:
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