As European Union ministers in Brussels on Friday accepted a controversial plan described as a direct assault on the "very principle of international protection for those fleeing war and persecution," advocates for refugees and human rights condemned not only the deal's specifics but the deplorable deterioration of values it represents.
What is arguably the most important component of the Syrian Crisis is rarely mentioned - the five year drought that sent farmers into the cities demanding relief, only to be met by Assad's repression.
We all know what happened next - the Neocons and their allies seized the opportunity to realize the final step in their agenda "A Clean Break - A New Strategy For Securing The Realm" by attempting to oust Assad.
Thereafter the entire conversation about Syria has been dominated by the war narrative, obscuring the deeper underlying problem, the drought. First and foremost the Syrian refugees are climate refugees. The situation has been exacerbated by the vile warlords who rule Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, Israel, the US and NATO, but the underlying problem is climate change.
My point? There will be wave after wave of climate change refugees in the coming years. This is only the first. The worst is yet to come. Are we human beings up to the challenge?