Sahra Wagenknecht and Dietmar Bartsch, deputy parliamentary group leaders of Germany’s main (leftist) opposition party Die Linke, have blamed Western countries for being the main cause for the current refugee crisis that Europe is grappling with—its biggest refugee challenge since the Second World War. “Western countries under the leadership of the United States have destabilized entire regions by making terrorist organizations, among other things, possible and exploiting them…. Anyone who turns the Near and Middle East into a hot spot with wars, drone terror, weapons supplies and conscious destabilization, is to blame for millions of humans having to leave their homeland.”
They said, “gangs of murderers, such as the Islamic State (IS), were indirectly supported and supplied with money and weapons by countries allied with Germany, which has brought millions of people into brutal wars and civil wars.” Wagenknecht and Bartsch criticized Chancellor Merkel for her conduct, saying that “if the Federal government just had a minimum of courage, it would demand that the U.S.A., being the main cause of the refugee tragedy, should at least shoulder a share of the cost.”
In addition, the two politicians call for an immediate end to German arms exports and for an increase of Germany’s development aid as well as its contribution to the UN World Food Program—which has warned that it will have to cut aid to refugee camps for lack of funds to buy food and medicine. Against the background of the ongoing refugee streams, the WFP is dangerously underfunded, as are related UN programs in general.
In Austria, the far-right opposition Freedom Party (FPO) has blamed the United States and the NATO military alliance for triggering the refugee crisis. “The U.S.A. and NATO have destroyed Iraq and Libya with their military intervention, bombs and missiles; provided financial, logistical and military support to the opposition against President Assad in Syria, and thus made possible the destruction, chaos, suffering and radical Islamism (IS) in the region,” Heinz-Christian Strache said on his Facebook page. “The U.S.A. for decades has started fires in the Middle East, and then has the chutzpah to claim that responsibility for the flood of refugees unleashed lies with Europe. That’s geostrategic detribalization at its finest,” he wrote.