Friday 20 October 2017

Act now on migrant crisis to avoid repeating mistakes of 1930s

Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat gestures as he talks during a joint news conference, in which he says his country is struggling to cope with refugee crisis (REUTERS/Max Rossi)
Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat gestures as he talks during a joint news conference, in which he says his country is struggling to cope with refugee crisis (REUTERS/Max Rossi)
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Joseph Muscat, the prime minister of Malta, has angrily denounced the lethargic reaction of his fellow politicians to the drowning of 700 African refugees by suggesting that "a time will come when Europe will be judged harshly for its inaction, as it was judged when it had turned a blind eye to genocide" (Irish Independent, April 20).

This must surely have awakened memories of Europe's rejection of German Jews fleeing Nazi persecution, which ended in the tragedy of the Holocaust.

I fear that, as in the 1930s, political rhetoric rather than positive action will be the standard reaction of a Europe that is increasingly being enveloped in a siege-like mentality due to the murderous actions of the so-called Islamic State.

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