No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.
John Donne, Meditation XVII
English clergyman & poet (1572-1631)
Theo Sommer, a leading German intellectual and columnist, has now connected the dots between the wars Europe sought to ignore and the flood of refugees now streaming across their borders. Walls will not keep the refugees and other migrants out. The problems must be dealt with at the source, he rightly maintains.
Theo Sommer (Kolumne), “Die Kriege kommen zu uns; Der Ansturm der Flüchtlinge lässt sich nur stoppen, wenn die Konflikte im Mittleren Osten und in Libyen gelöst werden. Bis dahin ist europäische Solidarität gefragt,” Die Zeit, 15. September 2015 (7:34 Uhr).
Sommer quotes Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EU Commission, who said in a speech to the European Parliament last week, “So long as war rules in Syria and terror in Libya, the refugee crisis will not end.”
The Trenchant Observer