In times such as these, people should recognize that evil knows no borders, knows no limits and knows no compassion. Those around the globe that value freedom must continue to persevere even in the darkest of times – Michael Burgess
Firstly I’m going to make a disclaimer. There will be some that read this post and believe that I should not politicize the immense tragedy that unfolded on the streets of Paris last Friday. I do understand this wholeheartedly. The horror and loss of last week in France is unimaginable and the idea of using those poor people who lost their lives to further a political argument seems crass and in poor taste.
Please understand I am not attempting to do any such thing, but this discussion needs to be had, either now, or later and since the first rule of those we elect is to safeguard their citizens, this is about an important political situation that will ever take place.
We were warned. We were warned by our own security services, we were warned by politicians such as Farage, when he stated opening our borders to millions of people means we are heading for disaster
Most worryingly we were also warned by ISIS themselves, that they would use the refugee crisis to smuggle in jihadists to cause death an mayhem on the European continent. We, and importantly our politicians ignored those warnings.
Calls for the tide of refugees to be stemmed and proper procedures to be put in place fell on deaf ears. Statements by certain politicians to stop the boats, both for the migrants safety and ours, were shouted down as callous. Those suggesting that borders needed to be respected and you couldn’t just let millions of people roam unchecked through the EU were lambasted as uncaring and cold.
Many people gladly held up placards stating #refugeeswelcome, calling for all countries to open there borders to anyone and everyone, to fast track entrants. Indeed I saw many a debate about how the modern world doesn’t need borders at all.
People wanted to open our countries to all of those in need, either genuine refugees or economic migrants. They wanted to do this because the migrants needed our help. I get that, I genuinely do. For some part of the reasoning the people asking for unfettered access were right. We do need to be compassionate to our fellow man, we do need to help those that need it.
But on the subject of ignoring ISIS threats and allowing the tide of people to go were they wished, they were wrong. Immensely wrong.
As the terrible details of last weeks tragedy unfold it has been revealed that one of the terrorists posed as a refugee and gained access to Europe in Greece using a Syrian passport. From Greece he made his way through the EU to France where he then detonated a suicide belt, killing himself and innocent people outside the Stade de France.
Now of course, the other evil people who committed the atrocities that night were indeed residents of various EU countries, this cant be ignored. But when Nigel Farage said on live TV earlier this year that there is a fifth column amongst us that wish to kill us, he was vilified across the press and pretty much every left-wing politician and voter as proof of his racism. It was seen as an attack on the Muslim population as a whole, the words twisted to indicate he meant that every Muslim wants to do us harm.
He actually said this:
“I think perhaps one of the reasons the polls show an increasing level of concern is because people do see a fifth column living within our country, who hate us and want to kill us.
“So don’t be surprised if there isn’t a slight increase in people’s worries and concerns. You know, when you’ve got British, when you’ve got people, born and bred in Cardiff, with British passports, going out to fight for Isis, don’t be surprised if there isn’t an uptick in concern. There has been an uptick in concern, but does it make us a prejudiced people? No.” – Nigel Farage
Again, the lefts intentions were in some way noble. There is always an atrocious back lash against Muslims when a terrorist act like this is committed. Some people do, wrongly tar all of the Muslim population with the same brush, which is of course as ridiculous as it is stupid.
But the evidence of this attack and others across the world, prove that there is indeed a small minority within our countries that want to do us harm, hate us, and what we stand for and will stop at nothing to cause us pain, misery and untold grief.
We can’t just continue to sit here with our fingers in our ears and pretend that isn’t the case. We can’t just ban all discussion on this particular problem just because it’s an uncomfortable subject, but most of all we can not continue to allow our compassion for others to imperil our own security. Because as ISIS proved on Friday, they are quite happy to use that compassion against us.
Until we learn this valuable lesson, until we all band together, all faiths, all creeds all colours and nationalities, and accept that there are evil people in this world, that our security and borders needs to be tighter and certain discussions need to be had in order that these problems are solved, then innocent people in their hundreds will continue to die.
And if this continues to happen, peoples compassion for others will dissipate very quickly indeed, and that is a situation that would be very grave for us all.