What is to be done? Europe should begin to co-ordinate its asylum and immigration policies to accommodate as many refugees as possible, rather than continue pretending the problem will not arise. Second, it should start giving massive amounts of aid to countries like Egypt, and to relatively secular organisations like the PLO, to prevent similar situations from arising elsewhere. Unfortunately, this is not going to happen.
As usual, Europe will do too little, too late. Thus it is quite possible that, within a decade, we may face a string of impoverished Islamic states in North Africa and the Middle East, all of them considerably more hostile towards Europe for half-heartedly backing their opponents than Iran is today.
Yours faithfully, GEORGE STADLER Ponteland, Northumberland 2 FebruaryReuse content