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Forum Post: Bulgaria on the New Syrian Frontier

Posted 4 years ago on Dec. 16, 2013, 5:55 p.m. EST by JackHall (413)
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Startling influx of Syrian refuges heading toward Europe reported in NY Times. First stop, Bulgaria.

The Bulgarians are unhappy about having an illegal alien problem they can ill-afford. If Syrians believe Europe along the Danube is the land of milk and honey, it won't be for long if all of the Syrian War refugees descend on central Europe like a swarm of locusts.

After spreading turmoil and desperate refugees across the Middle East, Syria’s brutal civil war has now leaked misery into Europe’s eastern fringe — and put a spring in the step of Angel Bozhinov, a nationalist activist in this Bulgarian border town next to Turkey.

Syrians living in a refugee camp at a former military base in Harmanli, Bulgaria. “It is like living in a prison,” one refugee said.

The local leader of Ataka, a pugnacious, far-right party, Mr. Bozhinov lost his seat in the town council at the last municipal elections in 2011 but now sees his fortunes rising thanks to public alarm over an influx of Syrian refugees across the nearby frontier.

“It is like when the Huns came to Europe,” he said, comparing the influx of Syrians to the wild, nomadic warriors who conquered much of Eastern Europe in the fourth and fifth centuries. Amnesty International and other groups that criticize conditions, he said, should stop condemning the Bulgarian authorities and “ask, ‘Why don’t these people know how to use toilets?’ ”

Have Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Qatar opened their borders to Syrian refugees?



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[-] 3 points by Builder (4202) 4 years ago

Literally millions of Iraqis fled to Syria after the illegal allied invasion.

Evidence is mounting that Saudi, Israeli, and US cash is funding the "rebel" forces attacking the Syrian govt.

If anyone is to blame for the refugee problem, it certainly isn't Syria.

[-] 1 points by JackHall (413) 4 years ago

Thanks for the input.

The Iraqis are in Jordan. There's no room for more Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan. Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the Near East. It has more room than any country in the region.

I suppose the optimist assumes Saudi Arabia, home of Mohammed, where the capitals of Islam, Mecca and Medina, are would offer relief and comfort to Muslim refugees of the Syrian War, if not all of the refugees. Saudi Arabia is the richest country in the Middle East.

Syrians only have to travel across a narrow strip of Jordan to reach Saudi Arabia. Why aren't they doing that instead trekking across Turkey to Bulgaria, which is 10 times farther?

WSJ - Saudi Arabia has pressed Jordan to open its border with Syria to allow weapons to reach rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad's regime, officials from both countries say, a move that could buoy Syria's opposition and harden the conflict in the country and across the region.

Here is Saudi Arabia supplying guns to Syrian rebels while the fleeing Syrian refugees cross Turkey on their way to Europe. Pretty complicated.

The key is Syria is a Baathist state, while Saudi Arabia and Jordan are kingdoms. Can anyone understand why the United States is allied with two monarchies against a more secular socialist Syrian government?

50 years of rule by Saudi royal family is acceptable. 50 years of rule by the Abdullah dynasty in Jordan meets approval. Why is 40 years of the Assad dynasty the reason for the Syrian "rebels" to take that government down?

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 4 years ago

You answered some of your own questions yourself.

Would Sauds offer succour to the people they themselves are funding an attack on? Would the refugees not be aware that they'd be in even more peril, by attempting to find refuge with their enemies?

And this from wiki; " Iraqis in Syria are Syrian citizens of Iraqi origin or, more commonly today, Iraqis who are seeking refuge or better opportunities inside Syria. Though there is no consensus on the community's size, most estimates indicate that the number of displaced Iraqis in Syria remains well over 1,000,000 in 2010. "

[-] -1 points by JackHall (413) 4 years ago

It's immoral that Syrian refugees expect to find help in Europe rather than from other Muslim countries in the Middle East, while countries such as Bulgaria, Greece, Spain, Hungary consider austerity policies for their own citizens, Saudis have enough wealth to finance a war.

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 4 years ago

It's immoral to attempt regime change in a stable, democratic nation.

Try focussing upon why Syria has refugees in the first instance.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 4 years ago

partial due to Iraqi regime change

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 4 years ago

We three kings of Saudi Arabia

running weapons to Syria

using in Jordan as a border

holding the refuges in


Oh Oh

war of Syria burning bright

fell the government die and fight

with the arms we gladly share

as long as war is over there

[-] 1 points by JackHall (413) 4 years ago

Merry Christmas, everyone even if the Christians in Bethlehem have fled.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 4 years ago

is it accurate ?