How Vladimir Putin weaponises refugees – UnHerd

For the last three decades, Europe’s leaders have pursued a noble strategy to prevent conflict using trade, aid and diplomacy. But their reliance on soft power has had an unintended consequence: it has left them divorced from reality.

Soft-power tools are honourable and often pragmatic methods of conflict prevention and, at times, resolution. Just look at America’s Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after the Second World War, or the foreign aid provided today by the wealthy West to smaller and poorer nations.

However, as we are now seeing, it is deluded to conclude that evil men can be stopped by soft power alone. In the days since Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Europeans have been reminded of the necessity of having a well-funded and well-trained military. It has also become clear that we need to abandon our irrational energy policy, which imagines meeting Europe’s energy needs exclusively from ‘renewable’ sources.

Nevertheless, a key battlefield in the conflict playing out in Ukraine continues to be overlooked — and that is immigration policy. This is, of course, nothing new: just as soft power has been divorced from hard power, so immigration policy has been divorced from national security, even though it has been a destabilising factor in Europe for at least a decade.

Read the rest of Ayaan’s article here.

1 Comment

  1. Kathleen says:

    Another great article!

    We need to invest in renewable energy, sure, but in the meantime, we need to be realistic. The laws of physics don’t yield to politics.

    Re immigrants, why can’t people recognize that there isn’t ONE immigrant story? We need to be intelligent.

    Re Putin… Nothing about him has changed. He’s a lying, manipulative, gaslighting worthless psychopath. I don’t know how the world can be educated about psychopaths, but it seems like, given the history of humankind, it should be a required Psychology 101 course.

    Thank you for cutting through all the nonsense!

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