The channelling of Muslim migrants, be they refugees or just people from Muslim countries looking for a better way of life in Europe, by Turkey to the Greek Islands, is not a new idea. It was discussed by successive Turkish governments long before Syria and Iraq were targeted by the West for destruction. Long before the refugee flows flooded Europe.
“We don’t have to invade the Greek Islands to occupy them, all we have to do is send over enough Muslim immigrants and then we can sail in wearing nothing more than our swim-suits and take them over.” Boasted former Turkish President Turgut Ozal in the late 1980s.
After the substantial initial intake of refugees and immigrants by Western European countries, succumbing to internal political pressure they all began closing their borders to them. Even non-EU countries bordering Greece received EU funds to put up barbed wire fences to prevent these human flows from leaving Greece and crossing borders to more affluent European countries. They have in effect been trapped in Greece; a country that is having trouble coping with the needs of its own citizens after years of inhuman austerity measures imposed on it by the wealthy western European states.
The flow of Muslim immigrants to the Greek Islands, which are impossible to fence-off with barbed wire, has not stopped. On any given day, boat-loads of these people arrive on Greek shores and they are no longer Syrian refugees, but they are Muslim. One such boat that recently landed on Lesbos contained 48 souls; only one of those 48 was Syrian; the rest were African and Asian.
The Islands are inundated and the Greek government cannot lighten their load quickly enough to keep up with new arrivals.
Some European political animals believe they have the solution to this particular problem that Greece is facing. “Shoot them” or “Throw them back in the water” are just two suggestions that are coming out of the mouths of “civilised” Europeans.