“Where is the Humanity?”
“Europe, what happened to you?”
This is the mantra, repeated again and again every time I hear New Europeans, talking about their situation here, in Greece. They appeal to the conscience of Europe. They appeal to humanity.
Dear new neighbors, I will tell you a secret. There is no Europe. There is no Humanity. There is no one big — happy or not — human family. Continue reading There is no Europe, no Humanity.
A distant friend asked one of his usual — deceptively simple — questions. I like his questions, as they make me re-evaluate things that I already checked off as obvious. In his view, nothing concerning me is apparently obvious (and yes, it goes the other way as well )
Why do I struggle to help refugees?
Continue reading Why do I do what I do?
Remarks on change of Europe
“People who live in glass houses
shouldn’t throw stones.”
„In 2014, detections of illegal border-crossing reached a new record, with more than 280 000 detections. The unprecedented number of migrants crossing illegally the external borders has roots in the fighting in Syria that has resulted in the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War. Indeed, most of the detections at the borders concerned migrants from Syria, who later applied for asylum within the EU”
In 2015, however, between January and August, this record is no more. 344 000 people at least entered EU area, in the illegal attempt to preserve their Life, Freedom and – even more frown upon – pursuit of Happiness.
The Europe is trembling. Even those, who firmly stood together when it came to the public bollocking of Greece, now parted European solidarity, refusing to serve rich states’ needs as voluntary (or not) filtration camps, let alone to assimilate newcomers.
Facing possible influx of people at the level of 3% (of total population) within the next couple years, the European Union seriously claims it is a huge danger for its identity and integrity. To me it is a sign of grave internal problems, not of an external threat.
Let us try to see what is actually wrong with Europe, why it is so and what are possible scenarios for the future – and what we can do for ourselves to make it a bit better.
Continue reading House of Glass
Ante, my new friend and reader, was really surprised seeing thousands and thousands of young and strong people going North from the war-torn Middle East. Why don’t they stay — he asked me — and defend their countries and their freedom?
In 1991, when Serbs started occupation on Croatia, all men fit for military service joined in defense of their country, even students. I understand that many men have to defend their family and children, but what kinda people are they if they don’t protect their freedom and their country?
Well, let’s look at the facts.
1. When you write “country”, you — I guess from the reference to Croatia and the military service — mean in fact a state. Country is an area and possibly a society (people connected with the history and culture). State is a government, army, politicians etc. etc. Normally we use these terms as synonyms, but sometimes it is important to see a difference. And this is the case. So, we have a situation that your question concerns those, who have their own state (country) with some kind of army and at the same time it is under some attack that could be repelled. Continue reading They have no cause left but their families