The political games surrounding “unaccompanied minors” in the Czech Republic: A “humanitarian gesture” or a reckless “political stunt”?

The political games surrounding “unaccompanied minors” in the Czech Republic:  A “humanitarian gesture” or a reckless “political stunt”?

The political games surrounding “unaccompanied minors” in the Czech Republic: A “humanitarian gesture” or a reckless “political stunt”?

In our opinion, this whole drama is a false debate. The question is not whether or not to help the truly needed; few would not want to assist. The most relevant question revolves around the most efficient method and ideal location to help the refugees, while first providing the necessary security for Czechs.

Months ago, PM Andrej Babis claimed the Czech Republic would not take a single migrant. Today, the failed Top09 leadership and others opposed to Babis are shamelessly playing on emotions in an effort to pressure him into breaking this pledge. Whatever one thinks of Babis, the opposition in the Czech Republic is truly bankrupt and “bottom-shelf” material.

We are not sure of where this idea originated from, but some political opportunists are demanding that Babis accept 50 so-called “unaccompanied minors” from the migrant camps.

There is little information available regarding the demographic make-up of these “unaccompanied minors”, including their ages, sex or country of origin.

In addition, who will take the responsibility to conduct the serious background checks needed and the verification of birthdates? Czechs, who will be receiving the migrants…or the authorities of other countries, who will be distributing them?

For those following the events in Europe, the overwhelming majority of “minor migrants” have been aggressive teen males, some who have lied about their age. Sweden, for example, is having all kinds of problems with this “demographic” group (teen males), who can be violent and volatile. One can also look at the “minors” in Calais.

Czechs must not succumb to the pressure of others to repeat the naive mistakes of Sweden or Germany. This would be negligent. Once that door is open, it becomes almost impossible to close. As Germany and Sweden are discovering, it is virtually impossible to deport a minor migrant, regardless of their crimes.

“We want the government to accept the unaccompanied children in the refugee camps in the Czech Republic as a humanitarian gesture,” said Marketa Pekarova Adamova, the First Deputy Prime Minister. This is about a gesture?

“A civilized country should be capable of this gesture. We are obliged to help people who are in difficult conditions,” she added.

“We do not want us to make the Czech Republic a disgrace to the whole world with our policy towards refugees,” said TOP 09 MP Miroslav Kalousek.

It is somewhat ironic to hear Kalousek, of all people, talking about disgraces. He is not well-respected in the Czech Republic and he has no credibility.

As far as the Czech Republic, the V4 Report has detailed over the past several years just how much the Czechs and others in the V4 have assisted the true refugees in or closer to their homes. This assistance has proven to be much more efficient than the EU’s “relocation” schemes, which have been a disaster for all.

Pavel Belobradek, chairman of KDU-CSL, said, “The Czech Republic is a confident country that does not have to worry about accepting 50 children.”

Well, yes, the Czech Republic has been confident enough so far to avoid submitting to the misleading propaganda of the open-border networks. Instead of political “gestures”, they have chosen to provide direct assistance to the refugees inside the camps of Jordan.

Gestures can be a nice theatre for the media, but targeted action can assist far more refugees.

The problem: Some politicians are intoxicated with delusions of grandeur and are vain enough to believe that their solutions are morally superior to those offered by others.

One can debate the merits of “relocation” versus assisting the refugees in their home countries without the self-serving proclamations of political opportunists claiming to be “the most morally superior of all”.

The Czech Republic has been clear regarding its solutions for the past three years: The best way to help those in need is not the mayhem of open-borders or relocation, but by aiding the true war refugees closer to their homes. Someday, they will be needed to rebuild their own countries.

Babis should not fall for this reckless trap. There are much better ways to help those truly in need, including the establishment of supervised, separate and specialized camps outside of Europe designed to meet the needs of unaccompanied minors.