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12 Oct, 2015

Chinese Commentary: West-led Color Revolution in Middle East backfires as refugee crisis worsens

BEIJING, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) — The West-led “Color Revolution” in the Middle East has not only failed to bring peace and stability to the region, but has also eventually backfired as Europe is now struggling to deal with the worst refugee crisis since World War II.

An increasing influx of refugees has poured into the continent by sea or land from Syria, Afghanistan or other countries.

However, the refugees were largely not welcomed with open arms by the European nations, which, instead, are building walls, increasing detention and further restricting access so as to prevent more and more refugees from entering their countries.

After sowing the seeds of the current refugee crisis, the Western powers are now turning their backs on the desperate migrants who have lost their homes, families and dreams.

No wonder many observers regard the ongoing refugee crisis as “a crisis of Western values,” as it reveals the hypocrisy of the United States and some of its European allies in promoting “democracy” in the Middle East.

Their continuous intervention in the region, especially since the Arab uprising, or the so-called Color Revolution, has contributed to the exodus of refugees.

The Arab uprising, which started in Tunisia in late 2010, spread throughout the Arab world and toppled rulers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen in what seems to be a domino effect.

The West led by the United States has directly or indirectly intervened to topple some of the rulers in those countries.

Waving the flags of democracy and freedom, and advocating non-violent protests and demonstrations, they pushed forward the Color Revolution by immensely pressuring ruling regimes and ultimately overthrowing them, creating power vacuum afterward and leading to further political unrest and social disorder.

As Dr. Zoltan Galik, a European integration and security policy expert,has pointed out, their failure to stabilize and truly democratize the Middle East after bringing down governments in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan is a major cause of today’s refugees crisis.

The Hungarian expert said Western powers’ military interventions in the Middle East and north Africa have destabilized Afghanistan and Iraq and, indirectly, caused the civil war in Syria.

Meanwhile, the chaos in north and sub-Saharan Africa was the consequence of the social unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, leading to instability in Libya, Eritrea, Mali and other countries.

The ongoing crisis will be discussed by the EU leaders at an upcoming summit, in which they are expected to heatedly debate over quotas of refugees which EU member states can accept. However, some of them lacked a sober understanding of the root cause of the crisis.

The ripples of the current refugee crisis, a side-product of interventionism, is expected to spread to the rest of the world if Western powers continue imposing their own values on other countries and blatantly interfering in others’ internal affairs.