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Open Letter on the Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean

[Ed: in view of the continuing invasion across the Mediterranean, of so-called ‘refugees’ from Sub-Saharan Africa, aided and abetted by NGOs, we publish this Open Letter which the MSM did not publish. It is by our reader Roger Gough.]

To whom it may concern –

In January 2016, a letter of mine was printed as an opinion piece in the Western Daily Press, with the heading “Merkel’s migrant policy will mean more deaths”. In it I drew attention to what appeared to be relatively simple measures that could be implemented to stop completely the drownings of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe at the invitation of the German Chancellor, Ms Merkel.

Since that letter appeared an estimated further 5,000 migrants have drowned whilst attempting the crossing – at least 100 in two sinking hulks on 23.12.16 (UN figures).  Inaction coupled with a lack of vision and enthusiasm on the part of the EU; national Governments; the UN; and other NGOs during the past year shows a collective and determined resolve not to address the problem effectively. Are they impervious to the misery caused by the death toll?

A sticking-plaster solution to the crisis had been proposed by the EU and Turkey in late 2015 when it was agreed that the EU should pay Turkey an initial € 3 billion to lessen people- trafficking and help stem the flow of migrants to the continent. The deal was bedevilled by arguments in respect of which countries were to foot the bill. Notwithstanding this agreement, Guy Verhofstadt – an impassioned supporter of the EU, one of its chief negotiators, and a former Belgian Prime Minister – was prompted to claim: “This Turkish deal is illegal and betrays Europe’s values”.

It was known before the deal was completed that part of what was proposed – the forced return of economic migrants to Turkey from Greece –  was indeed illegal, having been outlawed by the 1951 UN convention on refugees which has been signed and promoted by the EU. He bemoaned too the fact that the EU was aligning itself so closely with Turkey “given the deteriorating human rights situation there and its brutal clampdown on the free press”.

In an interview with the BBC correspondent Lyce Doucet conducted on 2nd February – still available on the internet – King Abdullah of Jordan comments on the matter of aid promised to his country by “the international community” to assist in the care of the 1.4 million Syrian migrants his Country has taken in: “… there has been a tremendous shortfall”.

The interview prefaced a conference in London when the subject of aid to Jordan was to be discussed. Later, on March 31st, it was reported that “Nearly half the $12 million dollars pledged for Syrian refugees (at the London conference) is still unpaid”. The King had called the EU’s bluff by telling them that, “If you are going to take the higher moral ground on this (migrant) issue, we’ll get them all to an airbase and we’re more than happy to relocate them to your countries”. He was asked, “Has anyone taken up your offer?” He replied, “Of course not”. The King’s proposal was blindingly simple and would have solved the ‘deaths at sea’ catastrophe in short order had it also been adopted in all non – EU countries affected by excess numbers of migrants. It was such a simple and obvious solution, based on previous emergency procedures, that even I was able to suggest it in my January letter published in the Western Daily Press.

In May, 2016 the Greek asylum service ruled against sending a Syrian refugee back to Turkey and threw the whole deal between the EU and Turkey into doubt. “At its very first test, the EU-Turkey deal crumbles” said Amnesty International’s deputy Europe director.

By September, 2016 Ms Merkel had recognised the folly of her ways and admitted to making mistakes whilst dealing with the crisis: “I wish I could turn the clock back many, many years. I could have prepared the Government and the authorities for the situation which hit us out of the blue”.  Out of the blue – really?

By October, 2016 the situation appeared not to have improved. ‘Save The Children’, in a newspaper advert headed “Stop Children Drowning” asked for funds to provide blankets for children fleeing in boats claiming, “…we are pulling them out of the water to safety.”

Whilst discussing the fallout of the terrorist nightclub massacre in Turkey on New Year’s Eve, a Turkish representative commented on BBC 4’s ‘Today’ programme the following day that his country was becoming increasingly annoyed at the reluctance of the EU to pay the full € 3 billion that it had promised Turkey (in the ‘illegal’ deal). Only € 380 million has apparently been received.

But the greatest example of a rescue mission to save imperilled people was, surely, the evacuation under heavy fire of 338,000 allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940 during the 8 day period of May 26th and June 3rd. Perhaps the most astonishing aspect of the operation was that the plan – Operation Dynamo – was, by necessity due to advancing enemy troops, thought up by Vice Admiral Bertram Ramsay on the hoof. This utterly remarkable episode revealed bravery of an exceptional kind by both military and civilian participants. Can the EU not take inspiration from this historic scenario in their future attempts to solve this appalling, continuing and entirely misjudged humanitarian crisis of their own making?

Yours sincerely, Roger Gough

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11 Comments on Open Letter on the Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean

  1. This video by Paul Joseph Watson discusses the migrant crisis in Sweden. What is the Swedish government’s solution to the exponentially increasing. brutal and savage problem of rape by migrants? Shut down alternative media, make it illegal to report ethnic crime statistics: what else?

    Western governments have no solutions, they are very much part of the problem.

    You should all watch this video, it’ll make you mad.

  2. Aid where necessary should be provided in their own countries. All those young fit males fleeing the various wars should be sent back to fight against the aggressors as our own did in the wars of the last century.

    Allowing them here has put our own country at increased risk of islamisation.

  3. Apropos Liz Milton’s comments regarding population. The BBC4 ‘Today’ programme (11.07.17) carried an item regarding Bill Gates’ attempts, announced today, to bring more concentrated measures towards contraception to Africa. A female African NGO commented on the problem. “On average (?) – in Niger where the problem (ignorance?) is at it’s most acute, a woman can expect to produce nine offspring”. Hmmm, some problem. Some average.

  4. I suepect that most of the politicians know it’s all crazy but that they won’t have careers unless they go along with it. Same under communism once an orthodoxy took hold.

  5. Toby Micklethwait // July 10, 2017 at 3:40 pm // Reply

    Refugees used to mean refugees from persecution.

    Now I am hearing “refugees from poverty”.

    Toby, 01932-873557

  6. All those who support the move of economic migrants from Africa and beyond willfully ignore one of the most crucial aspects of the whole ‘continents on the move’ narrative. Of course Globalists do it on purpose because it suits their Open Borders agenda – but why are the rest of the virtue signalers doing the same? I saw a program somewhere, which showed the Head Teacher in an African school begging those young lads who were graduating not to leave their country, but to stay and help build it into a country with opportunity that they could be proud of. They followed those young men, and not one of them heeded the plea of their Head – they were all convinced that if they undertook the migrant journey they would receive houses and cars when they arrived in Europe. This was the propaganda they had been fed by Soros funded agencies – that Europe truly was the land of milk and honey.
    Whole villlages are empty of all their young men – who willl build the future there?

    Of course Jihadis have a very different agenda from the start, but one can easily see how, when these disillusioned young men find that nothing is as they have been promised, they can be persuaded that actually Mohammed was right – they are ‘owed’ they very best of everything if they help to conquer the rich unworthy infidel. It is a very frightening scenario into the future, I cannot see any way out.

  7. #1. Put a NATO military expeditionary force into Libyan to close its Southern border to the Sub-Saharan migrant flow.

    #2 Tell the Turkish Government that if it doesn’t stop the boats being organized & sailing from the coast of Asia Minor the eu will place severe economic sanctions upon it in retaliation.

    #3. Any stray boats that still get thru after this, the occupants should be put into highly spartan prison facilities in Southern Italy & Greece, until they identify who they are & what their countries of origin are, to whence they should be deported. If that country refuses to accept them back or co-operate with the process or repatriation of its citizenry, all “aid” being provided to it by the eu & nations of Europe should be immediately stopped & economic sanctions placed upon it by the eu & European nations, until it complies.

    Problem solved, it’s not rocket-science.

    Unfortunately, Europe is bedeviled by a decayed political order(s), which won’t do this because it wants these African & Oriental masses in …

  8. Eventually our politicians and Lefties are going to have to wake up to the reality that we can’t absorb the Third World, it’s population is out of control and set to explode by another three billion in the next thirty years or so. We’re being asked to commit suicide.

    As for the drowning illegal immigrants, I’d sailed around this world in a small yacht by the time I was twenty five. I’d done most of this sailing without a radio or any other form of communication. When asked: “what happens if you get into trouble?” I replied: “if I’m daft enough to sail across oceans in a small boat, it’s my responsibility, I’m not asking anybody to waste resources trying to rescue me, I’ll look after myself.”

    If people want to leave Africa in small unseaworthy boats to illegally invade us, then it’s their choice and responsibility, let them face the consequences. People leaving Africa in small boats are not our responsibility.

    • Jan 2000 Population Division Review of the UN in New York – ” Immigration replacement: a solution to an declining and aging population “…. Europe will need 159 million migrants by 2025.

      Remember how in the 60’s/70’s we were urged not to have more than two children because of over population of the world? How The Pill was welcomed as helping to control this population?
      I fear this was all to set the scene for the present population replacement.

      The Lisbon Treaty makes it very clear the European youth will be conscripted into the EU army. The only ones with an opt out are the Irish, which they negotiated when they were forced to vote again on the Lisbon Treaty…
      Migrants are not allowed to join the EU army, according to the Treaty. Clearly, those drafting the Treaty knew in 2007 there was going to be a migrant crisis…why else have the clause?

      Think about it…with all the able bodied conscripted, who will protect the women and children? Kalergi plan achieved in a generation.

      You might to read Gavin Cooke’s book…free on kindle…”The auto genocides: Europe’s Immigration Armageddon ” and “2030: your children’s future in Islamic Britain” by David Vincent…
      There is some overlap between the books…

      I fear it is not suicide…it is all planned by our governments… you might like to google
      ” The Moronification of Western Man: are we becoming more stupid?” If Mrs May has not managed to have it removed from the internet just yet….

  9. “Economic migrants” – newspeak for ‘illegal immigrants’

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