Where Europe was once a happy home, it now finds itself deep in trouble.
It all started with the civil war in Syria. Rebels and militant organizations were trying to overthrow Assad’s government, a notion that the United States share and Russia does not. The civil war turned into a crisis, and a solution is still not foreseeable in years to come. The Syrian crisis has led thousands to their deaths, and millions to other countries giving rise to a migrant crisis in Europe. The civil war started over four years ago and has achieved nothing yet. Assad is still in power but the terrain of the country has changed completely. Syria has now turned into a failed state with several alleged militant organizations operating within. Where Syrian citizens are fleeing the country trying to escape from the barbaric organization that is ISIS, the latter is plotting terror, a recent result of which was the brutal attacks in Paris.
The attack in Paris left over 129 dead and hundreds critically injured. It was a devastating attack. It shows how dangerous the impact of having military control over neighboring countries is; utterly disastrous. This particular attack in Europe comes at a time when the entire continent is somewhat divided. The prolonged financial crisis, and Russia’s annexation of Crimea and her intervention in Ukraine have all critically injured Europe. On top of all that, millions and millions of refugees are entering Europe from Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan. Anand Menon, a professor of European Politics and King’s College London said,
Islamic State is pushing at an open door. If their intention is to divide Europeans, this is happening already. You take what they did: That this attack is retribution for French intervention in Syria. This infects the British debate about getting involved in Syria, and will make the Germans more allergic to using force. Europe is very fragile right now.
Europe indeed is fragile. If the attacks on Paris were because of French intervention in Syria, the other European countries will definitely think twice before sending force to Syria. There is no consensus in Europe as to whether the use of force against ISIS or any military organization is Syria is a good idea at the moment or not. There is no consensus on how to deal with the alarming number of migrants, which by the way, is expected to rise. Reportedly, the attack on Paris was all planned in Iraq and using the chaos caused by the migrant crisis, at least one ISIS militant may have made his way into Europe. The fact that Europe has open borders and people are free to move from country to country is what EU is all about. ISIS is now challenging that. France has already opted out as one of the Schengen States. It may last only for a month, but after the Paris attacks, the duration may increase. The fact is that the entire continent faces extreme risk. More than 700,000 people have entered Europe this year and so far, there is no consensus over how to handle them. The chaos in Syria is causing chaos in Europe. The crisis has started echoing throughout the entire continent.
Seemingly, the only possible policy for Europe to implement would be to make sure that everybody stays out, a view which is shared by the far-right leaders. After the attacks in Paris, this is something for the refugees to expect; a furious backlash. Unfortunately, the acts of a few effectively puts hundreds and thousands of innocent lives in grave danger. Of course any and all action against immigrants and Muslims is something that suits these militant organizations. This fuels their own agenda. It allows them to radicalize people and grow their own ranks, that too at an exponential rate.
But all this is just the tip of the iceberg. As Syria continue to crumble, more and more people will be displaced, even more will flee with the Europe being the immediate target. Who is to bear the costs of sudden housing and resettling of all these immigrants? Such numbers effectively disrupt the entire function of a society. Then there are security risks, and even if things go smoothly, there are medical problems, schooling, employment and anything one may need to survive. Moreover, there is the language problem, and the cultural shift all of which are major issues that will need to attention in the near future. Future that is not that far along now. To top it all off, there is now the issue of security. People fear for their lives now. All of which will add up to utter disaster in Europe in the coming years. Of course, being humans, turning the immigrants away is easier said than done. What’s most unfortunate is, that where Europe was once a happy home, it now finds itself deep in trouble.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.