The current issue purportedly facing the West is hordes of Syrian refugees. The present crisis is being called the greatest refugee crisis since World War II, and papers in both New York and London calling for Europe and America to “do something” about this crisis. This has become particularly true in light of the tragic drowning of Syrian child Alan Kurdi, shown to the world in a photograph which has gone viral.
With potentially as many as 10 million Syrians seeking refuge from the horrors of their homeland’s civil war, many nations are wondering what, if anything, can be done for the unfortunates. The response of some nations in Europe thus far has been to allow them to flood in, but this is starting to change, given that the current influx of refugees has increased far beyond what it has been in the past.
But this crisis appears, on the surface, to have little to do with us in the West. So why are the chattering classes across the West demanding that the United States does its “moral duty” towards the refugees? Because we alone possess the resources to ameliorate the situation? This is unconvincing: after all, shouldn’t our resources first be used to meet our own needs, rather than those of others? Aren’t other nations closer to the crisis better positioned to respond?
Syrian refugees have so alarmed their fellow Muslims that the 5 wealthiest Gulf States–Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, Saudia Arabia, and Qatar–have taken in no Syrian refugees at all. This concern cannot be brushed aside lightly: as Daniel Greenfield has cogently argued, many jihadis and would-be jihadis have claimed refugee status to gain lawful entry into their target nations. Douglas Murray has argued that, if Islam is a community, called the Ummah, then why is it that Muslim nations are doing so little to aid their Syrian coreligionists? This does not speak well of the intent of these refugees.
Some EU nations are taking the same stance as the five Gulf States, and are strongly criticizing the influx of refugees. Poland is arguing that Muslim refugees will not assimilate into their culture. Brits are also protesting the influx of ever-more foreigners coming to their shores. Additionally, the story behind the now iconic dead boy photograph has now been subjected to considerable criticism.
The refugee crisis is far from being as simple as it appears to us. Arguing that we must “solve” this Syrian crisis would leave us with a problem we didn’t create, didn’t ask for, and frankly shouldn’t bear the burden of solving. This is an Islamic problem, so let the oil-rich nations of Islam deal with it.