You’d be hard pressed to come up with a man more synonymous with the concept of fairness and compassion than the spiritual leader known as the Dalai Lama, but when it comes to the plight of refugees and the future of the European continent, even he can see that there is a disaster looming for liberals who don’t recognize reality. In a conference in Sweden last week, the Dalai Lama said that it was time for hundreds of thousands of refugees to begin making their way back home.
“I think Europe belongs to the Europeans,” he said. “Receive them, help them, educate them, but ultimately they should develop their own country.”
This is hardly an echo of right-wing, “close the borders” ideology, but it goes to show you just how far from reason and logic the pro-immigration leftists of Europe have traveled. They utterly fail to see what’s right in front of their eyes: The culture clash that threatens to turn a once-great continent into a haven for crime, terror, and poverty. That isn’t compassion, it’s idiocy. It’s suicide. And it is chiefly – if not solely – responsible for the right-wing backlash that has so many globalists scared for the future of Western liberalism.
This is not the first time that the spiritual exile has weighed in on the complex matter of incoming Islamic migration. In 2016, the Dalai Lama cautioned against those who would condemn the West for shutting its doors to unrestrained refugee intake.
“Europe, for example Germany, cannot become an Arab country,” he said. “Germany is Germany. There are so many that in practice it becomes difficult. From a moral point of view, too, I think that the refugees should only be admitted temporarily. The goal should be that they return and help rebuild their countries.”
No one in the EU is going to give the Dalai Lama a run for his money when it comes to compassion and caring for their fellow human beings. That’s what we’ve been saying all along, though. You aren’t demonstrating any greater degree of moral clarity when you throw open your borders to every Islamic refugee in the Middle East. You are simply demonstrating your own cowardice in the face of tragedy. No one – not even God – forces his people to sacrifice themselves on the altar of stupidity. Refugees are escaping to these countries precisely because they are better by every imaginable standard. But what happens when you let everyone in the door and, before long, those countries aren’t any better? Is that compassion? Is that making the world a better place?
No, it’s foolishness, and compassion and foolishness make poor bedfellows. It’s not compassion that Europe needs right now – it’s wisdom.