People whose cities are not being defaced, whose daughters are not being raped, whose children are not being brainwashed into submission to Islam and physically threatened by Muslims each day they attend school, whose social services are not being cut, whose culture is not being rubbished, whose freedom is not being eroded, whose sleep is not disturbed by calls to prayer at ungodly hours, who do not fear for their safety from terrorist attacks when they walk in the street, such people have the luxury of not liking "walls or barbed wires on our external borders," even if those borders are not actually theirs. Those unsightly walls and barbed wire fences protect not only the border and the citizens behind it going about their lives, but also the border guards. Perhaps those so offended by Poland defending its borders would rather see a patrol vehicle ambushed, the border guards killed, their weapons taken and the invaders speed deeper into the European Union. I rather suspect their sentiments would, in such an event, not be with the murdered border guards.
Green Party MEP Viola von Cramon-Taubadel "agrees" that further sanctions should be imposed on Aleksander Lukashenko and even extended to the companies leasing their planes to his regime — those are EU companies based in Ireland! — but then she hastens to add:
We have heard there was a survey in Poland [asking] whether the Polish government should help the people in need and the refugees—the migrants—on the border. 82% were actually in favour of this. Only 13% were against and 5% didn't have an opinion on this. So I think we should also take into consideration that the public opinion is not generally against people in need, against people on the border, and I hope we'll find a European approach where not just Frontex is invited and being active there and looks for scrutiny and transparency, but also [European Asylum Support Office] EASO, the European asylum organisation from Malta, because we have to find a solution that also puts the focus on the humanitarian aspect. We should also take care of the people—I would say the majority of the people. If we do not just show the pictures and use military rhetoric, I think we will find places and we will find enough people who show empathy and who would be ready to take care of the people who ask for asylum in the European Union.
The Polish government is quite correct to keep Frontex, the EU's border agency, well away from its border, seeing Frontex's involvement as a ceding of their sovereignty. Frontex's job, I suspect, is not about securing the EU's external borders, but about enabling safe passage across it. Similarly, Poland has done well to deny NGOs and the toxic media access to the border. As Italy learnt to its cost, the media, NGOs and the EU 'asylum policy' agencies are hybrid war instruments par excellence. Not for nothing does Viola von Cramon-Taubadel tout EASO. It exists to facilitating illegal entry into the EU. Hybrid warfare this certainly is, but who is fighting on which side?