Κυριακή, 25 Σεπτεμβρίου 2016

Terrorism and immigration have strong ties. West needs a new approach


Radicals use immigration flow to attack Hungarian police. Photo source: AFP

25.9.2016

There are many "experts" and politicians who claim that terrorism is on decline and West has suffered the lowest rate comparing to Asia and Africa.This of course is far from truth and the only existing  "half truth" in the above thinking,  is in the comparison of Western world to Asia and Africa. This is half true because in reality , if someone compares data from year to year then he will probably get a very different picture which presents a rapidly increasing wave of terrorism.







Data do not lie. It seems that from year to year we are experiencing a rapid increase in terrorism all over the world. The question then is simple. What are the causes? .. how is this possible to have such an increase in terrorism hits?

Answer is simple however wont be political correct and will hurt some peoples' eyes and ears. The only rating that goes up since 2012 and spiked within 2014 , 2015 and 2016 is the one that is showing immigration movement.


There are many people who claim that what is going on in Syria and Iraq are the causes of this phenomenon, and i will agree upon this, as long as they set the next question in line. How this wave of terrorism spread since 2014 to 2016 levels from the parts of the world shown on map of 2014 to the ones on map 2016?

source: FRONTEX Risk Analysis report 2016.

Point here is to prove that immigration has serious ties with terrorism. Of course i am not to say that every immigrant is a terrorist. That would be extremely stupid. But we need to understand that these flows have the following characteristics.

1) They are people from affected areas in those regions who might be trying to escape from a war, but they are also being used by terrorists as ways to mix and conceal, while they are trying to make entry into the west.

2) Most targets were hit by second or third generation immigrants acted on behalf of islamic radicalism. This means two things. One is that they were not able to adjust and adapt the ways of the life in their new area of residence as a family. Two is that within west there are people who are playing the role of recruiting and radicalization.

3)Many people claim that these are the aftermath of an imperialistic operation by the West in order to control regions for oil and power. Would not doubt this, but i will set two questions for some thoughts. In those regions there are Kurdish people who fight for their land (women, children, elders, men). Why dont they also run away?... second question is based upon FRONTEX data which gives only a 20-25% of those flows, to be of true Syrian and Iraqi origin. Rest of them are coming from countries who are in a state of peace (officialy at least). Pakistan, Afghanistan, Algeria, Nigeria and others.... so they are not refugees of war but rather economic immigrants. How are they affected by these "imperialistic operations" ?

4) Clash of civilizations. This is a very serious issue. Whoever has travelled to the M.East and countries of the Gulf, is fully aware that if he does not comply with customs there , the least he will get is a brief jail time in their prisons. Wont mention what will happen in a great offense of their customs. In the West now, some states support that culture of immigrants should have a first say over the ones that legal residents and natives have. I think that reader here can comment on his own.

So what can be done?

We need, first of all, to overcome the view that narrows down things and is all about how to deal with terrorism and immigration in order to break down their ties. The weak link here is that all who are accepted to live within countries of the west are to accept , by default, that law of the state is superseding all other personal beliefs and opinions. No religious or ideological dogma is to doubt local laws and constitutions. Law is for all and not just whenever serves everyone best.
If that comes in play, as a doctrine and gets enforced upon all residents and immigrants, most of the problems will be solved in an automated way, to my opinion. Because, laws do predict who has a right to stay, leave, how to comply, how to live and respect society and more without amplifying the sense of discrimination.

Unfortunately today, there are governments and politicians that alter these laws in order to serve best their interests (there are much to gain in profit by these flows). These leads to what is visible on maps, but also to a humanitarian issue which is not there.

Immigrants by default will be identified by the crowd as potential terrorists no matter their origin. Racial profiling is on the rise because these ties between  these two phenomenons ( islamic terrorism and immigration) are not dealt with the law as they should be, but rather as a way to profit by politicians, NGOs and others. This causes some serious ripples within populations in the West which should be expected to react (and they do). UK, Austria, Germany, Polland, Hungary and others already are feeling this. So unless we want the ending of an armed conflict spread from West to East, things need a new approach that will focus more on security, law applying and preservation of order , so there will be room enough to support humanitarian efforts then.

Alexandros Niklan
Sr. Security Consultant

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