The wealthiest Muslim majority nations in the Middle East are still refusing to help resettle the Syrian refugees streaming into Europe. While politicians in the West, thousands of miles from Syria, continue to debate how to care for the millions of displaced Syrians and Iraqis, the wealthy nations of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Oman (countries which border Syria and Iraq) continue to keep their doors closed to the refugees.
More than four million Syrians have been forced to escape the never-ending civil war ravaging their country and the barbaric terror group carving a bloody trail across the Middle East.
The vast majority live in overcrowded refugee camps in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq – all under threat from ISIS – and record numbers are making the perilously long journey to Europe.
Yet, as debate rages between politicians in Europe over how many they should take, nearby super-wealthy Gulf nations of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain have refused to offer sanctuary to a single Syrian refugee.
This hypocrisy in policy between Muslim and Western nations lays bare the danger of the Muslim tidal wave breaking upon Europe’s shores.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has called on the Gulf states to accept more refugees fleeing Syria, saying that a “humanitarian disaster” could erupt in the Balkans if Europe does not control its borders.
“I’ll say it again, Europe cannot accept all the refugees coming from Syria. That’s why we need a diplomatic, military and political solution in Syria,” Valls said Friday evening.
“Every country must play its part; I’m thinking particularly of the Gulf states,” the prime minister said during a discussion with residents of Evry on the outskirts of Paris, focusing on the response to the attacks which rocked the capital two weeks ago.
Most of the roughly four million Syrian refugees who have fled their country since civil war broke out have travelled to neighbouring Libya, Jordan or Turkey.
But Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and other Gulf states have remained closed to them, while Europe struggles to adopt a common policy towards the hundreds of thousands of refugees who are arriving at its borders.
This may be the most frustrating way to understand the refugee crisis, though. Remember this graph when liberals pretend that America isn’t doing enough to help the poor and down-trodden. We are doing our part and it is time for the wealthy Muslim nations in the Gulf region to do theirs…
The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com