Docked alongside Greek fish taverns and cafes, multi-flagged naval vessels unload their human cargo, and their crews’ depleted spirits, onto this postcard-perfect island. Muslim migrants and refugees flow onto Greece’s shores, fleeing troubles at home and looking for a better, European future.
It is the stuff of Steve Bannon’s nightmares.
Humanitarian images on Lesbos’ sunny beaches and camps likely look to President Donald Trump’s chief strategist like the geopolitical frontline in his perceived war on Western civilization. Bannon sees here the starting point for a great Muslim march across Europe – a condition he identifies as “civilizational jihad personified by this migrant crisis.” His boss has picked up on the theme.
Trump went to Poland earlier this month and, in a speech heavily influenced by Bannon’s worldview, challenged the West to muster “the will to survive.” Trump, who actively conflates immigration with terrorism, refugees with sleeper cells, called on Europe and America to determine whether they have the will to defend themselves. “Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?”
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