Did ISIS Cause Brexit? You bet it did!

Yes, ISIS drove the United Kingdom out of the European Union.

What brought on Brexit? Scratch the surface lightly and you will find ISIS.

Voters in the United Kingdom found themselves part of a European Union (EU) set on dividing the responsibility for the world's 65 million refugees and displaced persons among its members in a demonstration of human kindness, as well as in an effort to keep any few member states from having to carry a disproportionate burden of that kindness.

Those 65 million suffering members of the human race facing hunger, thirst, and health problems, with uncertain futures as well as fear and terror, were risking their lives to reach the offered safe havens the EU represented to them.

ISIS caused the massive influx, and as Britons saw the clamor for relief as refugees sought to smuggle themselves into the UK, visions of a mandate from the EU to do their share in this human tragedy was seen as threatening their own jobs and social systems.

Their answer? "We want out!" Brexit prevailed sending the EU and much of the world into a turmoil only ISIS in their wildest euphoria could have imagined.

Was America complicit? Did failing to give early support to the Syrian opposition and withdrawing from Iraq, failing to react to the Syrian dictator's use of chemical weapons against the opposition and a resulting Russian coddling to the dictator's demands, push the mass of Syrian refugees onto the world stage?

There seems little question that the Eu and the USA failed to react as effectively as ISIS did.

Terrorists thrive on atrocities and well chosen, seemingly random acts of terror. They grow in standing by thumbing their noses at established powers who spend billions to guard against a few zealots with a few bombs killing a few tragic figures, while those 65 million flee for the exits or succumb to their wishes.

"Divide and conquer" is as old a tactic as any the world has known.

The unity of the EU has had its first shattering shock with more likely to come.

Americans who increasingly seek a united stand against ISIS, not to mention to control other emboldened super powers, are now finding their traditional alliances in muddled confusion, while those same allies look with growing concern at an America in its own historic struggle with a nascent isolationism chanting "America first!" and reminiscent of Americans' desire to hunker down as World War II was taking shape.

It looks as if Round 1, and Round 2 go to ISIS by default.

The fight isn't over, but there is turmoil in the defending champions corner as reality sets in.

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© 2016 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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Ericdierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Very interesting perspective/proposition. But you stop short in the chain. Yes Middle East conflicts created an opportunity for ISIS to gain a foothold.

We have a interesting mandate not to assassinate leaders of countries. What would have happened if Al-Assad simply did not exist anymore. Not promoting the idea, just questioning.


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Twilight Lawns 5 months ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Thank you for a very sensible and well written observation, Demas.

I voted to remain and although I respect the outcome inasmuch as it represents the wishes of the rest of my country, I am also a person living in Greater London, and as you are aware, Scotland, Northern Ireland and London and other large conurbations desired to Remain. We belong to a Democracy and I uphold the views of others. However, I am afraid that not only Daesh but also an innate British xenophobia and Little Englander attitude rendered the Referendum less than useful.

This country is full of poorly educated, narrow minded individuals who can see no further than their ideas of what is right and what is wrong. Too many blame "Foreigners" for doing jobs they personally wouldn't attempt. Too many think that Brussels is full of Fat Cats, whilst the poor of the UK struggle in council houses or on council house lists.

Mine is a country of complainers who would blame anybody else for their own shortcomings rather than take the bull by the horns and help themselves.

And then Daesh stepped up to the mark and gave those whiners a focus for their intolerance and hatred. Not only did they create an atmosphere in which it is easier to hate Muslims and All Those Funny People who dress differently and speak differently and, Heaven Forbid, dare to have different coloured skin, but they created a situation in Syria and Iraq in which vast numbers of people have been subjected to atrocities unbelievable in any society.

And what did those selfish Iraqis and Syrians do? They dared to escape from their demolished houses in their devastated homelands and presumed that there would be a sanctuary for them and their families somewhere else in the world.

My God, they shouldn’t have asked the average Briton. He is far too bust complaining about queues in Doctors’ Surgeries and Hospital Accident and Emergency units – where strangely enough, there is usually a preponderance of Foreigners, Eastern Europeans and People With Brown Faces speaking in Funny Foreign Accents.


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Perspycacious 5 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Ericdierker - Our history of how we treat foreign leaders we don't like is not spotless for sure; and yes, if we had taken some "executive action" against Assad, today's Syria might be calmer and more democratic with fewer outside consequences. But backing away from our own "line in the sand" stance will bear historical scrutiny when the reasons for our inaction can be fully understood. For now, I chalk it up to a failure of leadership by a president with too little experience to occupy the office.


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Perspycacious 5 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Twilight Lawns - The glaring weaknesses of republics and attempts at real democracy are found in their educational systems failures to educate toward an informed citizenry capable of making well-informed decisions.

Our American politicians are famous for making outlandish promises to win elections (as Clinton, Trump, and Sanders have illustrated quite well this time around.)

Case in point: Google Data has just announced that one of the most frequently posted Google searches by Britons post-Brexit has been "What is the EU?"


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Twilight Lawns 5 months ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

That's the Eurovision Union, Innit?

But yes, you are so right. There was a move for the voting age for the Referendum to be lowered to seventeen or even sixteen. But how could young adults make a decision about leaving or remaining, was the answer.

Obviously, being at school and (mainly) passionate about the workings of such things, it is believed that they would have been more capable of understanding the facts, much better than the wrinklies in their hidebound traditions.

Younger people, on the whole, were found to be for the Remain camp,. rather than Brexit. And I don't know if anyone has realised, but the future is theirs, rather than that of the older citizens.

And I, in case there is an mention of bias, am not one of those young people... Contrary to that, I am well past my sell by date.


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annart 5 months ago from SW England

I can understand that viewpoint but it doesn't address other issues for voting to leave. It is undisputed that the EU is run by unelected persons, that the books haven't balanced in the 40+ years it has existed and that Britain can no longer sustain its own laws. I don't think we can trust an unelected commission who are out for (as most politicians) their own gain and position. Neither do I wish to accept being governed by such a closed committee who override much of Britain's established law. We don't know them, they have no faces, they do not talk to us, and the system is desperately flawed. The original idea of the EEC (European Economic Union) was a great one - free trade amongst us all. They swore blind then that it wouldn't become a political entity aiming for a federal Europe - it has become that and those who run it are (in my opinion) arrogant and out of touch with the common people.

I know many French people who don't think much of it either and there are many other European citizens who would like to follow our lead but they are restricted by the Euro.

The argument is complex, passionate and personal, of course, but the vote has been cast and we now need to move forward to make it work.

Voting to leave does not mean that we don't like Europe! It means many are patriotic and do not want to lose their identity and heritage. They do, however, want to retain the respect and interaction with all nations, just as we used to do before this all got out of hand.

Our youngsters are much better educated these days in the ways of politics. Those I know are not too happy about the way things have been either.

I don't think ISIS is the root cause of any of this though I do understand your reasoning and I condemn them for being the perpetrators of terrible atrocities; no doubt they are looking with glee at the unrest as it will help their cause but I don't see the connection the same way as you do. Immigration is an issue but you only have to look at the NHS (National Health Service) bursting at the seams to see why some are alarmed. It's neither the immigrants' nor the NHS's fault but it's a situation that has to be addressed and money is not available in the status quo. Very complicated!

You've raised an interesting debate. I think Britain needs to forge ahead now and go with what the people have been pressing for, for a long time.

Ann


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Twilight Lawns 3 months ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Hello, my HubPages friend. (Just in case the greeting is misunderstood).

Oh yes, ISIS Daesh and all the crap that went/goes with it has torn this country into almost two halves. And how our economy is going down the proverbial drain, due to the misunderstanding of the Brexiteers who thought that by doing so they would get rid of all those funny foreign folk (I hope you'll excuse the alliteration - it was almost accidental).

We have many instances of complete strangers approaching people of differing ethnicities and demanding to know when they are "Going home/back where they came from". So very sad.

By the way, I note that you have tabled a question: "Will there be a Christian revival in America, and how badly do we need one today?"

What a lot of fun.

Are you a naughty little boy who just loves to stir up the brown smelly stuff? Or was it a question from your heart?

I have read some of your Hubs, and I must say that you seem to be able to see all sides of situations... I suppose that's what makes you such a good writer - such a readable writer.

Cheers

Ian

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