September 19, 2019
BY THOMAS TASS
The BORDERPOL team is preparing for next annual Global Forum that will be held and cohosted with our colleagues from the Government of India and the Gujrat Forensic Science University in February 2020. Much discussion in the corridors will revolve around the fact that the world is in turmoil as one migration related crisis after another is being created by what can only be described as evil people.
They are evil because they profit from the misery of human beings who are in economic, social or political straits looking to escape that which torments them. The profit is most often financial, but it can be associated with the retention of power. These wicked opportunists range from criminal gangs to narcissistic or corrupt leaders. They offer the poor, the wretched and in many instances the alleged oppressed with dangerous means and ways of escaping their predicaments.
Since the end of the cold war, the negative impact of the evil class on the very fabric of world society is metastasizing at rate that is truly astonishing. It appears that racism, elitism and other economic and societal ills have emerged from a generation of decline in hitherto civil respectful communities because of poorly managed migration mobility concepts and the wanton disregard of various laws and conventions.
As wrote briefly in my introduction we generally know who the evil class is, but why are they seemingly so triumphant?
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke (in a letter addressed to Thomas Mercer) 200 years ago it was as appropriate but like everything else in 2019 there needs to be an update.
In today’s world evil triumphs when good is naïve, myopic and careless.
The good are those people in leadership roles who suffer from wishful thinking syndrome. The syndrome currently affects a large swath of decision-makers along with the formation of their beliefs based on what might be pleasing to imagine, rather than on evidence, rationality, or reality. They believe that resolving conflicts can happen with ample doses of belief and desire.
Naming the various international leaders that fit into this category is not the point of this writing. That is up to the reader. It is more important to think about the impact of the decisions of these folks on such concepts as open borders, post nation states and what that approach has on the stability of the international community.
The good are also terribly myopic. Myopic behavior by many leaders is all about is acting in accordance with what they want to see happen immediately with absolutely no consideration of how the action might affect society in the immediate future. For example, mass migration of poor folks from a monoculture or a theocratic society into a secular and affluent community is an ongoing trend. For the myopic its votes that count while the cost to both the migrants and the host communities is of no long-term concern.
The good are also sometimes careless. By definition careless means not giving enough attention or thought to avoiding harm or errors. By not keeping within the lines of legal and administrative convention, the security and well being of the global community is at risk. Criminal gangs and terrorist organizations have the best intelligence mechanisms to find the security lapses and loopholes through which they can squeeze through.
The purpose of this brief article is intended to ignite conversation and solutions-based ideas when BORDERPOL convenes the 8th BORDERPOL Global Forum as well as the planned workshops.
It is unlikely that the global migration crisis will decline between now and then.
My colleagues and I look forward to welcoming law makers, practitioners, stakeholders and of course friends involved with border security and migration management from around the world in Gujarat next February.