by: the Common Constitutionalist
The Middle East is admittedly a mess. It has been a mess for a while. There has been some sort of war going on over there for decades. However, at least for the time being, the advance of ISIS, or the Islamic State, appears to have been halted.
Yet still, thousands more “refugees” arrive in Europe everyday to escape the fighting. But with no evident uptick in violence, why are these “refugees” still streaming into the west?
There has been armed conflict and war in that region of the world for quite a long time. Why now is there this overwhelming flood of these “refugees?” And why travel all the way to Western Europe? Why not go to Russia, or any of the “Stan” countries that aren’t currently at war or under some sort of siege? Heck, they are a least closer.
For the answers, one only need recall the very words said to us all by the leader of the new Islamic State, the self-appointed Caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He said from the beginning that ISIS could never hope to defeat the west, Europe in particular, militarily, in a straight up fight.
His plan all along has been to overrun the European Union and conquer it from within. His plan, it seems, is working like a charm. In their effort to show the world how truly enlightened and tolerant a society Western Europe is, their countries’ marshmallowy, myopic, passivist leaders are falling right into Baghdadi’s trap.
Europe has accepted one and all, indiscriminately allowing anyone who is able to walk, ride or float into their countries. And amongst the “refugees” are thousands of ISIS jihadists.
And more than any other to date, their destination has been Germany. Many have said, me included, that this is merely due to the generous German welfare system. To be sure, that is a big incentive.
But there are other reasons Germany is the destination of choice for al-Baghdadi’s jihadists. Germany is the most powerful, economically, of all the E.U. nations. Therefore, by default, it is the de facto head of the Union. Baghdadi knows that in order to conquer Europe, they must first overwhelm its strongest member. Also, Germany is one of the least defended European countries.