Humanitarian Crisis – Middle East/Africa

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I sent this letter to

I have a solution for those who wish to flee oppression in Africa and the Middle East. I’m sure that the US could get the Europeans who don’t want all of the immigrants flooding the countries to agree:
  1. Rent the Island of Rhodes (Greek Island off the coast of Turkey)  from the Greek Government, which is bankrupt and in need of cash. It could be any Greek island, I picked Rhodes because of its size and close proximity to the theater of combat.
  2. Create a massive relocation camp on the Island of Rhodes and ship them all there based on their willingness to sign a contract. Feed the women, children, old and infirm, train the men.
  3. Military age refugee men and women willing to serve would be trained and sent into the Levant (Iraq/Syria) to fight ISIL. Since most of the refugees are Christians, I don’t think that they’d mind.
  4. Group them by nationality into battalions that are brigaded for the purpose of military campaigns. Have experienced NATO officers lead them with military support for the same (US/Canadians support the Syrian refugees, Germans the Iraqi refugees, France for the Africans, for example, etc.)
  5. Allow service of say, five years under arms, to equate to what is substantially citizenship to live in the (formerly ISIL-occupied) lands that they liberate. Give them land as a reward.
  6. Pay them a nominal fee possibly from the IMF, World Bank, or a separate fund for service and feed/house their families on Rhodes while they’re under arms.
This allows boots on the ground at reasonable cost, averts the immigration crisis in Europe and feeds the starving. The victorious displaced would get a home, ISIL would be eliminated and stability would be restored to a war-ravaged area of the world.

I don’t know whether this is politically correct or not.

I’m almost positive that this won’t get any traction because it’s not “progressive” — but allowing the hundreds of thousands of refugees (around half of whom are military age males and females) to go back and fight for their homes and smash ISIL seems to make sense. They will get what they want and the world will get what it wants. Normally I don’t sent my gripes to Fox News, but I did this time because I’m “mad as hell”. 

The refugees who are not willing to fight for a place to live should be turned back from every port of debarkation. If you want it, you need to take it. As I see it, the plan has a good chance of succeeding and it’s a good use of taxpayer/military funds.

For the record, I spoke to some of my friends including one, who is Greek and is considering forming a new political party in Greece, regarding this plan. He liked it and said that he felt that Rhodes would be for rent if anyone asked. He points out that 80% of land in Greece is owned by the Greek Orthodox Church and anyone interested in implementing the program should speak to the Patriarch. He said that the Church is always willing to help with humanitarian needs (particularly where there is rent involved).

One More Thing (a P. S.)

The headlines today read:  Vatican will shelter 2 families fleeing war

Castle Gandolfo
While it’s big of the Pope to take in two families, he could clearly do more. The article cites the small size of Vatican City, however it fails to take into account the other Vatican State properties that could be turned into refugee camps. I’m talking about Castle Gandolfo, etc. You could bulldoze the ancient gardens and put up tent cities, housing tens of thousands in the new Gandolfo Ghetto. Instead of 2, the Pontiff could house 20,000, feed the wastrels, clothe them, etc. I realize that this is just my idea, not the Holy Father’s — but I’m trying to point out the hypocrisy. Usually the popes are fond of Gandolfo, which is an ancient and beautiful retreat. Maybe he can give it up in advance, for Lent?
Don’t hold your breath.

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14 thoughts on “Humanitarian Crisis – Middle East/Africa

  1. Make sure that that rape and pillage rights are included in the service contacts. Then once they're finished with the ISIS, turn 'em loose on the Saudis, Kuwaitis, Qatarians, etc. This ought to keep those savages busy for about the next twenty years.

  2. When I spoke to Greeks about it, they felt that the people on Rhodes would end up gaming the system and getting filthy rich behind whatever scams they'd execute. Given that Greek mindset, they might not be all that upset. And it doesn't have to be Rhodes. There are LOTS of Greek Islands. As with all Greek Islands with the exception of Corfu, it's a desert island. The interior is just dirt. Put the camps there.

  3. Nothing that I come up with (by default) is politically correct. However it's a way to put the refugees to work in a way that is functional and would remove ISIL without a lot of undue loss of American lives.

  4. The Greeks would be all over it for the profit (not prophet), but as others pointed out, it's not politically correct to expect that refugees would be expected to work to reclaim their country from ISIL.

  5. Not to pick nits, but exactly who would be the group putting up all the dough to pay the Greeks? These refugees don't have a pot to piss in, or a window to throw it out of.

    I doubt the US would step up to fund something like this. The countries who are getting swamped with refugees (Hungary, Austrria, Germany) should be the ones who pony up the bucks to pay the Greeks.

    But they won't.

    So there goes your plan, LL.

  6. There are two ways to fund this effort. I suggest that we use the "nuke their ass and take their gas" philosophy in that for every drop of oil that is liberated, the bankers that fund the effort to defeat ISIL get half – forever, as the ground is pumped dry. Sell stock in Iraqi futures, with the World Bank fronting the seed money.

  7. That would work, since it is based on capitalism.

    If the world thinks that we all cough up the dough because its the right thing to do, nothing would happen. Global altruism just ain't up to it: figure $10K per refugee for the cost, and then calculate the refugees who sign up: 10 million of 'em? The math comes to, uh, let's see….hmmm: a TRILLION bucks? As a clown on "In Living Color" might say, 'Homey don't play dat.'

  8. Most of the refugees want hand-outs from Europe, free housing, free KrautPhones or whatever. Most wouldn't want to relocate to Rhodes and actually risk their lives to take their country back. Those who would opt for it would be the right sort of risk-takers and capitalists that would be likely to hold the country, once taken.

    If I suggested any sort of welfare or altruism in this undertaking, that was not my intent. However, there is enough oil under the sand to pay for the effort. And it would tick off Iran, Russia, and so forth. The Refugee Army would actually be politically correct (at least in my twisted mind).

    The first time we took Iraq, I thought that we'd pump the place dry and THEN hand it back. We didn't do that. I can't explain why except to suggest that America has lost its edge all the way around.

    Iraq would have held together if we'd shot a few thousand looters. I realize that's not politically correct…but it was the only way. As it is many tens of thousands have died in the civil war — as we killed them off by peaceful means.

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