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Insofar, I think the refugee crisis and the events of 2015 have been politically a catastrophe on the scale of 9/11. We all remember how meshugge the US became and still is. And now we're seeing how ugly we can be.
The governments can't let the xenophobia go - it's a major source of power and a surefire way to rile up the masses. Culturally, it's even more difficult to dislodge. I hope I'm wrong but I fear it's already split the EU too much.
Though not too much when it comes to handling the UK.
Titanic approaching the iceberg. Of course it's the iceberg's fault.
Schengen is toast!
Brits think immigration is good for the UK economy and culture. Astonishing turnaround in attitudes - for the better - over last five years. From the latest British Social Attitudes Survey. https://t.co/ZyB7m0qt3D pic.twitter.com/ZmClqSFwkt— Jonathan Portes (@jdportes) July 10, 2018
Brits think immigration is good for the UK economy and culture. Astonishing turnaround in attitudes - for the better - over last five years. From the latest British Social Attitudes Survey. https://t.co/ZyB7m0qt3D pic.twitter.com/ZmClqSFwkt
Anyway my comment wasn't really about Brexit.
Schengen is toast!
I don't know whether or not it can be seen as a hopeful sign for central Europe : quite likely, xenophobia lingers longer if you don't have many actual foreigners to measure it against. Just as fear and hatred of homosexuals works better while they stay in the closet.
It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue
- Queen Elizabeth II
If you attack a dog and starve it, it becomes anxious and vicious.
Voting populations are no different.
Using FEAR to equate the Saudi attack on the twin towers as sourced by all Muslims, especially the Palestinians in occupied territories of West Bank and Gaza. Misinformation and propaganda, plus the necessary funding by Israel or one of the many NGOs established to support populist right-wing parties fearing a "Clash of Civilizations".
Xenophobia and Islamophobia
This has been a main theme of my diaries during the past decade.
From my recent diary - EU Takes Measures to Protect Business with Iran.
Creation of chaos has been a tough lesson for Europe where Islamophobia and Xenophobia give rise to populist right-wing parties. These undermine the long-time status quo between conservatives, centrists and socialist oriented political parties.
Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
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