Where did all of those people come from? This past September the world’s conscience was suddenly confronted by an unprecedented stream of migrants and refugees—mostly from Syria, but also from Iraq, Libya, Kosovo and Afghanistan—seeking asylum in Europe. Some countries, notably Hungary, turned their backs on those suffering foreigners.
Others, led by Germany and Sweden, acted more supportively. So did Pope Francis. But most startling was the splendid indifference displayed by the United States, the one nation most responsible for that exodus of biblical proportions.
Recall the wise warning of Colin Powell. As Secretary of State in the George W. Bush Administration, he questioned the rush to overthrow Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein: “You break it, you own it.” But then Powell, a retired general, backed down to the demands of Dick Cheney and other Bushie war hawks to invade Iraq in 2003 under fraudulent pretenses. Massive instability has escalated ever since.