The Devils of Calais and the Great Escape

The Devils of Calais and The Great Escape

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Desperation is wide-spread. These people have been stuck there with nowhere else to go – the French don’t want them! Human dignity is to us paramount, but not to those the rule where they come from, yet their wait in this encampment seems interminable, akin to a prison / detention camp, especially when they thought they were escaping to freedom from abuse and oppression.

What seems reasonable in our culture may not be so in theirs, and vice-versa, as was clearly shown by the scandal of French police having to arrest Muslim women from the beach if they were wearing a Burka.  Western feminism  as yet has no place in the societies and culture from which these women come from, though even in the developed world we would all be better off without Feminazism.  The issue revolves around whether the Burka is seen as an emancipating development for Muslim women is  flaunted in our faces like a flag as a cultural and religious provocation that bites the hand that feeds it. This is as much an emotive issue as it is a logical one and clearly there are genuine and decent people on both sides all be they out-flanked by extremists into whose hands they are playing. Much depends on where you are living at the time, for the need to adapt and integrate is an everyday social group issue and skill as well as a cultural one on more international scales. Yet for integration to happen, we must help it along with understanding and compassion. As is usual in any social setting, the new arrivals must make the initial effort to adapt and then integrate, after which the host group may try to ‘meet them half-way’ as the saying goes.

The UK is already overcrowded and suffering yet another identity crisis (third or fourth in my living memory), just as EU is now beginning to due to the volume and speed of migration, nevermind the cultural and religious issues that have dogged this clash of civilisations, modern and ancient. It takes several (4 or 5) generations for migrants to adapt and integrate but, in these large numbers it is more likely they will just form insular ghettos leading to further civil unrest and trouble further down the line. The UK experience with Indian immigrants as well as with Muslim communities has clearly highlighted these risks and related problems long since, having taken in millions of them, so, by comparison the Brexit vote over a few hundred thousand culturally related Europeans seems quite ridiculous and ignorant, if not churlish. It is poignant that much of modern racism and inter-community problems in the UK these days is between the various immigrant communities themselves, having brought all their old and redundant cultural baggage with them. Even so, as we seemingly drown in non-adaptive third world cultures, attitudes and politics that drag us back down into the quagmire our ancestors spilt blood, sweat and tears for centuries to overturn and drag our society out of,  much of what we see today as modern liberal civil society is relatively recent and the result of increasingly rapid social developments since the last two world wars, and that includes our dress codes and sense of decorum in public places.

One hundred years ago we were not so different than Muslim and other developing-world cultures, at least in this superficial aspect, my own grandmother even, always wore a head scarf when she went out and probably never wore a bikini in her life, as full body swimwear was the accepted norm in her day.  In the public swimming pools however, the issue is more of a practical one related to hygiene and equality. If we cannot wear certain types of swimwear because of hygiene issues, for which, our own culture, religions and churches have already had to adapt, then why on earth should  anyone else be allowed because of theirs!? In the UK, the Sikhs already tried to use their first high court judge (appointed under ethnic and cultural equality and integration promotion policies) to get a legal exception made for their national costume which, includes the wearing of a dagger – something that is clearly unacceptable in British society, especially with all the knife related crime problems in inner cities and their schools in particular. Clearly (legal) education was not to rid him of his pecuniary interests and prejudices, let alone truly understand and comprehend the rules and values of our culture and society. If we opened the doors (borders)  indiscriminately, the whole world would try to come into UK and EU, then the lifeboat will capsize and sink. The problem is not just about the economics of financing these people whilst they get established here, but of social and cultural absorption. People are fearful of and slow to change, so just how much slower will a whole society and culture be!?

The Syrian migration is not a political asylum issue so much as an exodus of war refugees that has been hijacked by a multitude of others for their own pecuniary interests and geopolitical power purposes. Can’t say as I blame any of them, though the organised crime and human traffickers we could do way with for starters. Without a major military effort and ongoing guerilla warfare style policing and border control operation, this will only happen when the demand dries up – prevention is always better than cure, so we must help ‘solve the problem’. The ultimate and more lasting solution however, can only come from within, so the affected people must find a way to stand tall and put their own house in order, just as our forefathers had to and we too still have to do today lest the entropic forces of crime and prejudice dismantle everything our society has achieved so far. The EU immigration and asylum system (The Dublin agreement) was already straining at breaking-point from just the more normal migration flows from under-developed countries in crisis beyond the EU borders. This is where the root cause of the problems are and where it should be contained (quarantined) and solved if possible – this is basic health, safety, security and risk management principle and practical process for anyone working in the emergency services. Those countries that had the power to do this, conspicuously failed to act and do so, despite repeated warnings and requests for intervention by other local allies ‘in the know’.

The richer EU countries also selfishly dumped all the duties and costs of border protection on the poorer outlying states and still do little to share the burden more fairly. Talk of greater integration and common EU forces misses the point, i.e. the immediate threat and issues! The question is, how many is too many? How many can we absorb and at what rate of influx? How many have actually come over? How many actually stay permanently or return to their homelands once it is ‘safe’? We know that some migration is needed to replenish our stock of young people now depleted by years of economic success in which we cannot afford, cope with or even want large families anymore whilst all the time we live longer. However, no one has been able to or can at present answer these questions. We can’t stand by and leave people to suffer but, we can’t roll over like a welcome mat or we will get walked all over and swamped. The US and others talk much about how EU should accept them all, whilst, they themselves, having stood by and done little to prevent the problem or even in part caused it, cherry picked the refugees they are willing to accept – hypocrites that they are!  Funny how some countries can apply criteria for doing this but, the rest of us are not allowed to use such broad categorizations and criteria lest we be labelled  racists or otherwise heartless & inhumane whilst, at the same time are seemingly incapable of effectively screen asylum applicants because of practical capability constraints. There is no magic perfect solution here, so as usual, we need to draw a  line somewhere, all be it an arbitrary one, based on practical solutions that give an optimal solution under the  circumstances. That’s the reality of life!

Although Hilary Clinton, a seemingly genuine moderate, chooses to side with the brow beating ‘Political Correctness’ camp, whatever PC is politically or technically defined as,  the attempts to silence and suppress Donald Trump, the feelings and the arguments he voices and even conduct vilification campaigns without actually listening to them let alone answering the questions and issues raised, does them little credit, nor does it help solve the underlying problems. Again, innocuous and narrow if not biased partisan interests are clearly at play here which, should rightly raise strong suspicions about this political camp, or at least some of the driving factions within it. However, this in no way means that I agree with or support ‘Donk’ Trump in any shape or form, my feelings and attitudes towards his politics or him as a person and  a politician are in no way  favourable. Then again, I am not too enamoured with EU politicians and ‘

Then again, I am not too enamoured with EU politicians and ‘Commissionairies’ right now either! This whole episode has been the biggest farce and screw-up of modern western political times. Furthermore, the constant arguments and barrage of character assassinations over issues which, absolutely no one has the facts and figures for makes the whole debate nothing more than a futile load of bigoted speculation. This is precisely why the EU is trying to install automated border control mechanisms with finger printing and other biometric identity systems that have been long resisted for fear of abuse, not by hackers and other criminals so much as the governments and regulating authorities themselves.  For some (the older and wiser members of society), the memory of what happened in Germany when Hitler and his Nazis seized control of the country and started the second world war still looms large. What chance of overturning such a dictatorship would we have now with all this biometric and other high-technology in place and in the hands of similar people?  The EU may have been kick-started by economic issues (the  Transport strikes triggered by border queues between France and Germany), but, the EU has never been purely a business club. The foundations on which it’s success rests, as for the rest of us, is security, largely achieved through common culture and values.

Rampant political correctness has now exacerbated the problem of ‘mission creep’ and cross-linked electronic systems by trying to use the crisis as an excuse to extend the scheme from immigrants and criminals to the whole EU population. This poses a severe challenge and threat to the principles of privacy and data protection so cherished (so they tell us – they keep compromising on it under pressure from those whose business interests it serves) by the EU. Even before this there was resistance to biometric tagging of immigrants even for fear of being ‘shot by association’ when their information is kept in the same fingerprint database (Eurodac) as real criminals. Migrants are not criminals and UN human rights law and principles mean that even illegal immigrants should not be labelled as ‘criminals’ despite the attempts of some interest groups (governments) to have them treated as such. Even with these massive and hugely expensive systems, there are and always will be huge holes in the net, not to mention the loss of lives at sea by those desperate to escape their lot elsewhere, with or without life jackets even for their young children. Despite the emotional distress such occurrences cause, not to mention the emotional blackmailing conducted by some ‘interest groups’, this is not sufficient reason in itself to simply open the floodgates. The situation management and solution lies elsewhere.

Despite all our history and learning, it seems we keep making the same mistakes all over again with each generation (the price of forgetting history), This is the original message and true meaning of ‘to each generating is born’ the great Sah’tan (Miss-translated as ‘the Devil’) –  I.e. YOUR Ego! Yes, not an other-worldly fearful being hell-bent on our destruction, but our own innate over inflated egos! It is basic human psychology that we try to externalise the cause of our problems, rather than look in the mirror, in order to make them easier to cope and deal with, a fact that along with our fear all the churches and their religious doctrines have used and abused against us for their own interests since the beginning. So what does this tell you about the Devil’s counter-part and the original and true meaning of the concept of ‘God’!?


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About Pahkis

An academic and professional educator, specialising in security and risk management. 50 something, but still able to run circles around my much younger students. A student of the martial arts, not a master stylist. (30 years in practice, 25 years as an instructor). Open minded with a policy of continual learning in both my personal & professional life. Understanding and respectful of establishments, traditions and conventions, but not a follower. Somewhat balded but unbowed. Bearded, but not a 'goaty'. Often been seen imitating a store mannequin (Experience security supervisor and guard / store detective) Not religious (more of an atheist / agnostic really) , but do engage in 'spiritual practices' and believe in 'Live & Let Live', mostly by doing unto others as I would have done unto myself.

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