The democratic movement, the “Arab Spring”, which started in Tunisia in 2010 and then affects the Coastal Africa and the Middle East with the domino effect, continued with Syria.
In every country where the Arab Spring wind blows, there has been a change and totalitarian powers have not been able to resist the people’s demands for change, freedom and democracy. The fact that this concept, which was initially presented as an innocent folk movement, was nothing more than a game played in the Muslim geography.
Since 2011, the Syrian theme has not left the pages of the world’s leading news agencies. Unfortunately, in most cases, the reasons for these publications are negative. A virus of terrorism was brought into the once prosperous country from the outside and a civil war was provoked.
The result of many years of civil war was the destruction of a significant part of the country’s infrastructure, a drop in the level of the economy and, worst of all, a large-scale population exodus. Fleeing the war and abandoning property without regard, the Syrians set off in search of a better share in other countries and became the largest displaced population in the world.
According to official data, up to 7.5 million refugees from Syria are currently in the countries neighboring with Syria and in Europe. In addition, 6.6 million internally displaced persons in the republic itself.
Surely, Syria was the only place where the Arab Spring hit the wall in a moderate way. The protests, which started on 15 March 2011 in Syria, spread to the whole country in April. The aim was freedom and democracy. The movement, which started in Syria, is a reflection of the Middle East region with its highly complex religious, ethnic and sectarian structure, brought power and opposition to the opposition. Then, with the participation of ISIS, El Nusra, Kurdish, Turkmen and Assyrian groups, Syria was suddenly dragged into a civil war.
The global focus is misplaced
Since the outbreak of the Syrian war, the international community has been engaged in two distinct debates. The first is a strategic security-focused debate focused on containing the repercussions of the war and preventing instability in the region. As the war evolved, the IS project was added to the security agenda. In parallel, a fierce debate centered on soft security revolves around how best to help Syrians and address the “worst humanitarian crisis since the Cold War. “The de facto separation of issues of solid security and soft security has prompted the international community to prioritize solid security at the expense of soft security. Currently, countries like the United States are spending more than $300,000 per hour on the military costs of fighting the Islamic State, as well as billions on training and equipping Iraqi and Kurdish forces to counter the Salafi-jihadi threat. Given the way in which the bulk of this funding has been spent so far, there is cause for concern that the generally fragmented and short-term focus on solid security issues have limited the international response to a narrow range, at the expense of effectively addressing the broader Syrian crisis and its humanitarian implications.
The repercussions of the refugee crisis
Immigration to EU member countries, primarily Greece, has become a serious problem that Europe can not ignore. Recently held top level meetings and mutual visits of the Prime Minister on the refugee crisis with Turkey, towards a solution.
The main point in the solution of the EU problem was to stop the influx of refugees based on European borders, so the welfare and European societies peace don’t change. Unfortunately, the high Western Civilization and advanced social structure did not tolerate ugly images. Syrian immigrants, who have been forced to leave their homeland, and have passed through seas of death, lived in misery and poverty, are nothing more than visual pollution for European citizens. The most obvious examples of this are the increasing in racism and anti-refugee rhetoric in Europe, attitudes and behaviors towards immigrants, and the fact that AFD voted in the state elections held in Germany.
The refugee influx experienced in the Syrian civil war, which left its 5th year behind, and the subsequent dramas, have long passed into history as a shame document of humanity. No doubt the influx of refugees in Turkey print name in golden letters in history. Having taught civilization at every opportunity, Europe has once again demonstrated that it has built its own civilization on human blood and brutality.
In March 2016, an agreement between the EU and the Turkish government on refugees . The agreement came in response to the special circumstances experienced by Europe with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants starting in 2015 who crossed the Aegean trying to reach the Greek islands despite the risks of drowning.
This agreement carries a lot of defects and ambiguous items, and is not binding on either party and can be circumvented and used as a pressure card when needed.
- After the signing of this agreement, we saw a significant increase in German support for Turkey in terms of armament.
- The flow of subsidies in this way means beyond any doubt that EU governments are appeasing Turkey to limit the flow of refugees through its territory to enter Europe.
The solidarity of these great powers together in the pursuit of their interests without paying attention to the rights of the Syrian people was clear to all, despite official statements that might suggest otherwise.
This is evident by the deliberate media blackout on the real problems of refugees and by highlighting sub-issues. These countries control most of the media platforms that reach the general public.