The Courier-Mail


Destroying ISIS in Syria is vital for the future prosperity of Europe, writes Andrew Bolt


THE Abbott Government says we must destroy ISIS in Syria to save lives. But we must save Europe, too.

ISIS, now ruling half of Syria and much of Iraq, is not only murdering civilians and training Australian jihadists. It has also helped to force four million Syrians to flee their country.

Many have joined millions of illegal immigrants from the Middle East, Africa, Bangladesh and Pakistan now on the move – and especially to Europe, so much richer and safer.

The United Nations says 160,000 illegal immigrants have poured into Greece since January, four times more than in all of 2014. At least 80 per cent are Syrians.

Another 110,000 illegal immigrants have sailed to Italy this year, mainly from Libya, also torn apart by jihadists and operating as a transit point for economic refugees from Africa.

Just last Saturday, 4400 people were picked up off the coast of Libya from a flotilla of 20 vessels.

Europe is in shock. Greek islands such as Kos have been swamped with illegal immigrants coming by boat.

Greece, desperate to get rid of them, hired ferries to ship thousands to the mainland to resume their trek to their real destinatio­n – the richer countries of the European Union, and particular­ly Germany.

Germany has already registered 44,417 applicatio­ns for refugee status from Syrians in the first half of this year, and now expects up to 800,000 applicatio­ns in all by December.

In fact, an invasion army is already on the way, marching up from Greece.

Macedonian police at the border with Greece used stun


grenades and tear gas last week to stop thousands of illegal immigrants from crossing over towards Hungary, the first country of the European Union’s no-borders territory.

But the police were overwhelme­d by sheer numbers.

The Macedonian Government gave up, and arranged daily trains and buses to whisk the immigrants through to Serbia, as many as 10,000 in one day.

Serbia in turn bussed them to the Hungarian border in a giant game of pass the parcel.

Hungary is franticall­y building a huge fence to keep out its latest wave of Muslim invaders, but so many are getting through that it’s received 120,000 asylum applicatio­ns so far this year.

Other European countries

are now contemplat­ing restoring borders pulled down as part of the pan-European dream.

French police closed the border with Italy to stop largely African Muslim immigrants from joining the nearly 10 per cent of the French population that is already Muslim.

Thousands of boat people who landed in Italy reached even the entrance to the Eurotunnel in Calais, forcing Britain this month to erect higher fences.

Britain this week announced it would also punish illegal immigrants with six months’ jail if caught working, with Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warning, “Europe can’t protect itself, preserve its standard of living and social infrastruc­ture, if it has to absorb millions of migrants from Africa.”

There is now something close to panic in Europe.

Denmark is cutting benefits to illegal immigrants. Austria in June stopped processing asylum claims after accepting 20,000 in just five months. Norway is trying to negotiate a deal to return Eritreans.

Europe has not had so many refugees since World War II but this time the danger is greater, since many come from cultures and a faith so alien and sometimes hostile.

That danger is real. The Charlie Hebdo terrorists were sons of Algerian immigrants; the jihadist who tried to shoot up the Paris-Amsterdam train last week was from Morocco; immigrant areas of Paris and Sweden’s Malmo are repeatedly rocked by riots; and about 4000 Europeans, mainly the children of immigrants, have joined ISIS.

True, the number of illegal immigrants this year seem small when compared with the European Union’s population – about half a billion.

But Europe fears that the 270,000 illegal immigrants who have this year crossed into Greece, Italy and even Spain will be followed by millions more.

If Syria, a country of 23 million people, can produce four million refugees, how many more will flee bigger countries on Europe’s rim if jihadism destroys them, too?

What if ISIS manages to take over Iraq (population 33 million) or even Afghanista­n (30 million)? How stable is Egypt (82 million), now battling ISIS in its Sinai Peninsula?

Unless the Islamists are stopped, millions more refugees will join this invasion of Europe, including parents of tomorrow’s jihadists.

And after a decade or two of this, how safe will Europe be for Europeans – and us?

Already Jews are fleeing France and Sweden for the comparativ­e safety of Israel.

The stakes have got much higher. Defeating ISIS is critical.

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DESPERATE: Syrian refugees wait near to cross the border from Greece to Mac
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Picture: AP

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