From various sources around the globe – on and off the Web – the signs are growing that there may be at least something to The Slog’s charge of yesterday that opportunism is in play in the migrant refugees crisis – in the sense of a ‘second wave’ having succeeded the first.
Go to Google and look at ‘Refugees in Berlin’ images’. There you will see migrants leaving the social welfare buildings having applied for residency. Some have carefully packed suitcases and smart-casual shoes in near-perfect condition. They have not just trekked 950 miles. Nor, according to contrarian site thesaker, did they start in Syria this time. It seems they were already in Turkish camps.
Ghassan and Intibah Kadi write, ‘And now, four and a half years into this war…how did they manage to get on the boats out of Syria en route to Europe? The fact that [baby] Aylan’s body was found in Bodrum Turkey and that four people’s smugglers were arrested in Turkey, not to forget the proximity of Turkey to Hungary, is all indicative that those refugees had settled in Turkey for some time before making their exodus to Europe. We must remind ourselves that while staying in refugee camps in Turkey, Syrian refugees were not allowed to leave them. This background and logical assumption stipulates two questions: Why were the refugees suddenly allowed to leave their camps?”
The charge being made there is that Erdogan has been very happy to make 100,000 of his refugees the EU’s problem.
The European Commission estimates that 75% of the migrants are male, most of them under thirty: why would Turkey let the men go but not the women and children? Perhaps there never were any families attached to the Second Wave; perhaps some of these men are members of various armies.
With tensions now rising among locals and the genuine refugee victims from the First Wave, several trusted Greek sources emailed me yesterday and this morning to ask how these new ‘refugees’ managed to get into Hungary so quickly, and get processed at top speed – when tens of thousands of stateless Syrians have been on islands like Lesvos for months.
Some in the MSM like Wolfgang Munchau confirm the degree of showboating by the EU in general (and Merkel in particular) in terms of the numbers involved. He writes:
‘The EU has 500m inhabitants. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) puts the number of refugees and migrants who crossed the Mediterranean at 300,000 between January and August, compared with 219,000 for the whole of 2014. If you extrapolate this year’s number to the whole of 2015, you get to around 450,000, an extra 230,000 people compared with last year. Net immigration this year may thus well end up being the highest in recent years, but still tiny compared with the EU’s total population.‘
Give that man a goldfish: using his UNHCR figures as a base, the total of extra EU immigrants this year is indeed likely to be c 70% up… but that is almost exactly 0.05% of the EU’s 27 member population.
Last but not least, I have had suspicions from the start of posed, faked and borrowed photographic and footage ‘evidence’ that is really nothing more than propaganda. All sides in all events in the Middle East use this technique of ‘persuasion’ which is of course sheer falsification. A shot that appeared widely in the MSM earlier this week of a couple canoodling on either side of the wicked Hungarian fence turned out to be a stock shot from the US/Mexican border. Many others are obviously cynical set-ups worthy of the UK TV media satire Drop the Dead Donkey. And as a Greek source writes,
‘Why does the 17 year old bodybuilder (who “convinced” the Finnish PM to turn over his home to refugees) speak perfect totally idiomatic California type English? Why does the Syrian woman under a German tree in the heat [how and why are they there!] talk German to the German lady who gave them a lift to the camp? Where are these tens of thousands in Athens?’
None of it adds up suitably. As always, I suspect political opportunism on all sides rather than conspiracy. Meanwhile, the press has moved on. The Daily Telegraph no longer lists one of the most baffling events in recent history as a ‘Hot Topic’. No dead babies today, nothing to falsify or glorify, demonisation of Orban moves forward, no questions credibly answered – Situation Normal.