Between the Syrian National Army; ISIS; al-Qaeda; Hezbollah; Iranian Revolutionary Guards and al-Quds fighters; Hamas; the al-Nusra Front; Russian Navy and Air Force troops; Palestinian Liberation Army; a host of lesser known armed groups but with impressive names such as The Jihad in the Path of God Brigade, and The Falcons of Mount Zawiya Brigade, suffice it to say Syria is a very, very dangerous place. Even Britain’s venerable BBC has estimated the total number of armed rebel groups in the 1,000 range.
While Auntie Beeb also estimates the total number of fighters to be somewhere around 100,000, these numbers were from late 2013. With the likes of ISIS reportedly pulling in 1,000 new recruits a month, the total numbers have undeniably ballooned. As reported by Donna Rachel Edmunds of the Breitbart.com news portal on Sept. 5, 2015, somewhere between 10 to 12 millions Syrian civilians have been dislocated during the current revolutionary war against the Damascus government.
While Edmunds did specify that the majority of those uprooted by the war have remained within the borders of what at least is technically Syria, roughly four million have fled to neighboring predominately Muslim nations or to Europe. Interestingly enough, the five wealthiest Arab-Muslim nations in the region have refused to accept a single Syrian refugee, Muslim or otherwise.
As Edmunds penned, “Yet amidst cries for Europe to do more, it has transpired that of the five wealthiest countries on the Arabian Peninsula, that is, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain, not one has taken in a single refugee from Syria.” Also noted by the Breitbart.com reporter, the five cited nations have argued against accepting any Syrians due to their concern that “terrorists could be hiding within an influx of people.”
Edmunds also added to her report a tweet from Raheem Kassam, the editor-in-chief of Breitbart-London. As Raheem noted, the following listing of neighboring countries and how many Syrian refugees they’ve accepted:
- Lebanon – 1.2 million
- Turkey – 1.8 million
- Iraq – 247,861
- Jordan – 624,427
- Egypt – 133,000
- Saudi Arabia – 0
- Kuwait – 0
- Bahrain – 0
- United Arab Emirates – 0
- Qatar – 0
While Edmunds did note that Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE have written sizable aid checks to assist the mass of humanity displaced from Syria, she also cited that Great Britain alone has contributed more than the three oil-soaked nations combined. But Edmunds shouldn’t feel alone from the inevitable blow-back she’ll receive for calling out the richest Arab-Muslim nations. For his history of working with conservative politicians and publications in Britain, Raheem Kassam was named by the London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission as winner of the 2014 “Islamophobe of the Year” award.
Meanwhile in the United States, Breitbart.com’s Ian Hanchett reported on Sept. 5, 2015, that despite his rhetoric of too many low-skilled illegal immigrants edntering the country, GOP front-runner Donald Trump was interviewed by Cokie Roberts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” When asked for his take of the human tsunami of refugees flooding Europe, Trump stated, “There’s only so much we can do. We have to fix our own country” but the US should “help as much as possible.” When asked specifically if the US should accept any of the refugees, The Donald plainly stated, “And the answer is possibly yes, Cokie, possibly yes.”