The xenophobic and anti-Muslim approach towards the homeless Syrians by Hungary has given rise to a new low, set a monstrous benchmark.
I am not saying that the Hungarian Government should have opened its borders, sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed the view. They have their domestic issues to deal with, which we don’t need to go into, and are fearful of a situation where Muslim terrorists could possibly slip in.
Hungary is overwhelmed too easily, it appears.
They could have shut the doors on the refugees. Using tear gas and water cannons at powerless Syrians, with their crying, hungry babies and desperate women, already at the end of their tethers and desperate to cross the border, shielded by razor-sharp wire rings, was nothing but an act of criminality! Women were wailing, crying for mercy, but the police had none to show.
It may possibly have destroyed Hungary’s moral identity, forever.
The ‘high income’ country is not obligated to take in refugees, but it does have moral responsibility, a small matter of conscience. Sadly, morality has become dated for some in the multi-cultural world we live in today. How can we be the good, righteous people we need to be, must be, if we, as humanity, carry on making these horrifying choices? And pray, tell, how will the consequences of such actions by Hungary not affect the rest of our society?
A large number of people fainted and one man suffered a heart attack. It’s still unclear whether the man lived to tell his tear-jerking tale.
In the bedlam, at least four children and their families got separated. Imagine their fate! As if enduring weeks of trauma, taking risks in perilous journeys, and police brutality was not enough, they have now lost their parents. And with it, their security.
Hungary’s gumption knew no boundary on this dark day. They were hell-bent on being the nastiest country around. It called up Germany and asked them to stop entertaining any more refugees! Not only did Hungary refuse, it wanted the others to follow suit. Instead of criticising Germany, and then Austria, for their open-door policy, Hungary should reflect on their moral bankruptcy.
The right-wing leader of Hungary, Viktor Orban, has taken it upon himself to wage a war against the Syrian deluge.
A person’s true character is revealed only in crisis, and this is one of humanity’s worst ones.
One of his excuses for displaying country-centeredness is that Syrians, who have managed to find refuge in countries like Turkey, Greece, Macedonia and Serbia, leading into the safety of the European Union, were not actually desperate refugees, but immigrants, lured by the flashy German and European lifestyle.
This was a painful representation of facts, a heartless attack on innocent and desperate human beings, fighting fiercely just to stay afloat. They are surviving one day at a time. There couldn’t be something more obnoxious!
How does one get sleep at night after closing doors on thousands of wailing women and crying children? How will Hungary ever look into the eyes of the world without guilt reflecting in them? How will we ever reconcile with a nation that looked the other way while children and women suffered hunger, cold, disease, and even death?
Time is the best narcotic for pain. We may forgive Hungary one day for being weak-hearted and self-centered in grave times, for acting inhumanely, but we will never forget! The memory of defeated faces and fainted babies will forever be entrenched, at least, in my psyche.
There couldn’t be a more terrible time for Syria. The future looks bleak, too.
The slow, bloody death of Syria
The war in Syria drags on. Militias are killing by the hundreds, ethnically cleansing in the process. Rebels are fighting and killing each other. An estimated 1,00,000 have been killed so far. The monster in Syrian President, Bashar Assad is up and running. They recently used chemical weapons on prisoners, gassing hundreds to painful death. The country has collapsed.
For the uninitiated, Syria is split multiple ways today. The Government, the Assad regime, reins over half the population, about a third part. The local militias, armed and ready to die, are growing in numbers and influence. As a consequence, the law of the State is not followed uniformly, its writ restricted to its own territory of influence.
The Kurds have a piece of their own in the far northeast. However, there is turmoil there, too, due to the disruptions by Sunni extremist groups. Elsewhere, there are smaller factions, but equally disorderly and brutal. In some places, every other village or street may have different defense forces. Syria has turned into a country with multiple tentacles.
A stalemate is an option. The stakeholders are not powerful enough, independently, to claim all of the country. Iran and Russia are openly supporting the Assad regime, but since it’s an internal conflict, outsiders cannot use force openly. Russian weapons, though, are known to be coming into the country.
If all sides realise that neither is strong enough to stake claim over all of Syria, the prospect for peace talks and negotiations increase. But the longer the war wages on, the greater the possibility of Syria breaking up into different parts, forever.
Experts believe this is the best bet for a peaceful future. I do, too.
There could be a decentralised system in Syria. Each local group, occupying different regions, could be allowed to govern themselves. The system would have its own flaws, it would be weak in the beginning, but there would be hope that someday, trust among each would return.
That is when the chances for a more centralized system returning is at its most potent.