George Soros warned Europe on its refugee problem. He is a far left billionaire, somehow convinced that his monetary accumulations entitle him to prescribe the lives of all who lack his wealth. He appears unaware of how his wealth insulates him from the realities others must face. In our opinion, of course.
Mr. Soros seems to think that the needs of Middle Eastern and other refugees trump the needs of Europeans; that the Europeans somehow owe the Moslems rescue. Given that the European governments have abetted the U.S. destabilization in the Middle East that is not entirely unreasonable.
But neither is it entirely reasonable. The region has been unable to govern itself well enough to provide its folk lives comparable to those in the West, though it has had longer to do so. That is no fault of the West. The Middle East was originally a Christian society like Europe; it chose to swap that for Islam. That is no responsibility of the E.U. But yes, the U.S. and the E.U. have stirred the pot over oil and bear responsibility.
The problem is how to weigh those responsibilities. Refugee inflow is one thing; invasion is another. Moslems are currently incompatible with post-Christians by all appearances. That says that the numbers of Moslem refugees succored in Europe must be limited in some way so as not to create civil disorder. Add that as Europe is experiencing its own segment of the world’s generally declining economic wealth, its ability to fund floods of desperately impecunious refugees is limited. As the numbers of arrivals increases, so does the likelihood that they will only convert their hosts to a like status. That risk is exacerbated by the financial mismanagement already imposed by local governments that have spent beyond their ability to pay in search of votes. How many of the poor can be saved by more of the poor?
These questions Mr. Soros, secure in his billions, does not address. Thus we are advised that he is a politician, not a statesman. He chooses to ignore inconvenient realities in order to pursue what he desires for himself. In out of date Biblical terms, a whited sepulcher, attractive on the outside but full of dead men’s bones. Yeah …