KONSTANTIN FISCHER, HANIA, CRETE
DEFINING WESTERN VALUES
The scientific method –
defining the specific field of a problem
before attempting to find a solution –
is usually ascribed to Aristotelis,
384 – 322 BCE
In 2016, the international year of Aristotle,
the European Union redefines the specific conditions for political asylum:
middle-class Syrians, well-educated scientists
or skilled workers whom we need, all these are welcome.
The rougher Afghans have to return home: our European leaders decided,
after forty years of war brought in by the West,
by the Soviets, by US-supported Taliban, by the Western Alliance;
after forty years of war, they decided, there are still pockets of peace
– nobody can tell you where, but there must be, in such a vast country.
The Bangladeshi are not to stay either: it isn't war,
it is rising sea levels following decades of Western pollution
that is drowning their country – not ours.
And soon, under populist pressure, our European leaders
will redefine Turkey as a safe country of return,
to keep all of them from coming here, to keep them
from undermining our Western values.
Konstantin Fischer, 2016 / 2017