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12208626_10153176198846641_7816030940353918374_nThe bombing of Syria by UK forces has begun, killing innocent people, just so that we can tell ourselves that we have done at least something.
Sadly, in the case of many supporters of the air strikes, this is done so that they can justify their heartless position not to let any more refugees in, not even temporarily until the war is over.
However, bombing is not going to solve the problem.(Apologies for this ‘political’ / humanitarian post. Please be assured they will remain the overwhelming minority on this book blog.)

The Kurds are good at fighting IS but supporting them goes against Turkey’s interest who deny the Kurds the freedom of self-determination. Yet Turkey is well received by the Free Syrian Army fighting the president Assad.

I don’t claim to have the answer for the conflict but I feel strongly that the air strikes are not the answer either and a grave mistake.

The Economist suggests better police work. It is allegedly producing good results in Turkey, where many cells have been caught in the space of just weeks. I overheard someone suggesting to bomb Brussels, where so many cells are located. Over the top but a fair point. We wouldn’t do it in Belgium but we’re doing it in Syria.


I 12063788_10153008964297132_9040451728543986812_nwould like to repeat my personal experience with Syria.

In 1990 I’ve been on a month long holiday in Syria. This was long before ISIS started to behead people, imposed its inhumane laws and before its own president Assad started to shoot at ‘his’ people. 

The country was peaceful, modern in many ways and not at all poverty ridden. I remember specifically women in burkas walking hand in hand with women in modern clothes, jeans skirts and with long open hair.

Their ‘Islam’ is not the one people fear. Their situation is not an economical crisis or migration.

The refugees, who happen to be Muslims, are actually fleeing a perverted version of Islam.

Friends (of friends) of mine in Germany have taken in 24 Muslim refugees into their home and their guests have no problem with living with a male gay couple.

Political inaction has caused this crisis, not greed and opportunism on the refugees behalf.  Nobody choses the dangers on the road and on the water unless they have to. As fellow humans we owe them. We need to help.

What is happening is our problem as one human race.

We can’t watch and let them freeze to death on our European soil. History will judge us for how we handle this.

Syrian refugees walk in a makeshift camp covered in snow on February 20, 2015 on the outskirts of the Lebanese town of Baalbek. Blizzards dumped a blanket of snow over Israel, Jordan and Lebanon, with many residents urged to stay in their homes because of blocked or icy roads. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

And besides: even the right leaning “Economist” says that the refugees are good news for Western Europe and not a threat to the economy.

If they were integrated right away and allowed to work, instead of being ghetto-ed up in camps with no purpose, they would earn money and pay taxes and on statistical average pay back the handouts they received really quick.

A Syrian refugee family from Aleppo, stay under a shelter during a rainy day on March 8, 2014, at Uskudar in Istanbul. More than 136,000 people have been killed in Syria's brutal war since March 2011, and millions more have fled their homes. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)


If you want to do something in the meantime, try to help those on the road. https://www.gofundme.com/humansasone

My friend Rando Wagner’s hands-on humanitarian work for the refugees in Europe goes on. To catch up, read my article about his gofundme page

12271205_10153124241826035_1547184021_oHe keeps collecting clothes and anything that the refugees can use, from toothbrushes to socks and other supplies and then sends them over to Germany in the “Berlin Air Bridge 2015” side of his activities. He also keeps flying to Lesbos at other times to help more hands on. Supporting his campaign is money well spent. No overhead costs, everything is transparent and your money goes directly to the refugees.