The American Spectator, by Victor Gaeten, August 1, 2017
Soros in the Balkans
The makings of a “humanitarian challenge.’
By now, we recognize fake news, dragging citizens down endless rabbit holes.
What about “deviously misleading” news, especially coverage of far away problems?
The American public has been subjected to international reporting grievously one sided — namely, left sided — forcing us to wrong-headed conclusions based on false assumptions.
An excellent case in point is the European migration crisis of 2015-2016.
A new book by Christopher Deliso, Migration, Terrorism, and the Future of a Divided Europe (Praeger, 2017), piles fact upon fact to show the massive movement of Middle Eastern and African people into Europe was no cataclysmic wartime event.
It was a deliberate and avoidable phenomenon facilitated by the Turkish government, globalists — including, prominently, George Soros and European Union (EU) leadership — and criminals. The result is a perilous ongoing security threat to the West.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was “generous” toward refugees from a crisis he helped foment: Some three million Syrians displaced by the Islamic State’s violence found sanctuary in Turkey, living in camps managed by the United Nations or on their own around the country.
But Erdogan banned refugees from taking permanent residence or working (until last year), which created economic pressure as the Syrian war dragged on. A study in 2015 co-sponsored by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Federations found 78% of displaced Syrians in Turkey wanted to stay.
Through 2014, the Turkish and Greek government collaborated to prevent migration across the Aegean, blocking some 11,000 from crossing the border and arresting another 30,000 undocumented people who made it to Greece that year.
As Deliso points out, Turkey has “total leverage” over Europe regarding migration from the East.
By the end of 2015, 1.1 million migrants and refugees arrived in Europe by sea, 80% via the Turkey-Greece route — and little about the war in Syria had changed to explain this mad increase in volume.
Rather, Erdogan used migration to extract concessions from the EU: By March 2016, desperate to make him turn off the spigot, the EU gifted Turkey with 3 billion euro for refugee hosting expenses and visa-free travel for Turkish citizens.
Open Border Agitation
Globalists in various guises agitated for open borders long before there was a Syrian War to blame.
Christopher Deliso calls George Soros a “globalist mastermind behind the European migrant crisis of 2015.”
Soros simultaneously trumpeted the human rights of asylum seekers over the security of borders; lobbied the United Nations, European Union, and U.S. Government to see the world his way; and financed a legion of pro-migration NGOs, think tanks, academics, and activists to facilitate this movement.
Soros is part of the “migration deep state” that helped engineer Greece’s about face by supporting Alex Tsipras, elected in January 2015 as leader of Syriza, the coalition of the radical left.
Prime Minister Tsipras’ government opened the border between Turkey and Greece.
With resentment of the EU and Germany in particular boiling over — because German-imposed austerity conditions crimped Greece’s overspending style — the Tsipras government literally threatened to send a flood of migrants in Berlin’s direction if Germany didn’t back off.
Greece made good on its threat and Germany reacted… with a welcome mat, declaring undocumented newcomers eligible for resettlement regardless of what European country they first entered.
Money and Criminals
Migration, Terrorism, and the Future of a Divided Europe explores the money surrounding and enabling the crisis, a key driver rarely addressed.
Deliso observes that the migration economy “while fundamentally nonproductive, exists to further a mass migration of wealth,” creating a symbiosis between legal and illegal transactions.
The price of caring for over one million impoverished people, borne mainly by taxpayers, was a boon to industries ranging from housing to policing.
Mainly, it benefited criminals.
As one senior European intelligence officer muses to the author, “Angela Merkel activated every single illegal network between Syria and Germany. Why did she do this?”
Human trafficking, weapons and drug smuggling, antiquities theft, and document fraud were all exponentially mobilized to facilitate and finance illegal transit.
Criminal revenue from migrant smuggling in 2015, to and within the EU, was an estimated 3-6 billioneuros according to Europol.
Corrupt diplomats got in on the act: The author interviewed the former employee of an Athens-based, Muslim-majority embassy who said the consulate sold passports to migrants for 1,000 euros each.
And fraudulent passports get to the heart of what this book exposes: because it was dressed up as a humanitarian challenge, the migration crisis of 2015-2016 did not even register as the security disaster it really is.
Christopher Deliso, an American-born analyst who’s been living in Skopje, Macedonia for many years, reveals that Greece failed to properly register hundreds of thousands of the undocumented people who passed through and… evaporated.
To satisfy the Left’s ideological demand for open borders, Western Europe’s bureaucrats forfeited an obligation to protect citizens — a reality that indirectly imperils the United States to this day.
(Our series, “Soros in the Balkans Under the American Flag,” will continue.)