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Originally Posted by Kimon View Post
Iran is useful, and is far more similar to us culturally than many of the nations in the Middle East with whom we are currently at least nominally allied. Unfortunately, their neighbor, Turkey, another "ally" has gotten progressively scarier under Erdogan's direction. Erdogan is also a bit more topical to this problem, as he is the one who controls (controls is a bit too strong of a definition, but he at least has more sway here than anyone else) much of the movement of these refugees, and he recently fired his PM for trying to stop Erdogan from declaring himself essentially Sultan, and is planning to push through a "terrorism" bill that will allow him to arrest and execute all the Kurdish MPs in his Parliament, or anyone else who stands between him and absolute monarchy. Yet, he is still also a NATO member, and is holding Europe hostage due to the refugee crisis. Iran isn't the problem. Turkey is.
precisely.

You know, I was thinking today, those Syrian refugees who don't want to move to Eastern European countries: I kind of understand *them* - it's much too close to an already aggressive Russia. EU or no EU, if you come from a conflict zone where Russian forces have done at least half the damage, you don't want to be settled next to Russia again. It's not necessarily the most rational response, but it's a very understandable one. On the other hand, those Syrians who do decide to go to, say, the Baltic states or Finland or Poland, they'd probably be more of a security asset than potential danger. Nothing unites better than a common enemy, after all. Now, the rest of them (Iranian, Tunisian, etc) refugees I have no sympathy for refusing to move to the poorer countries.
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