As tens of thousands of young, healthy Muslim men stormed the gates of Europe in the fall of 2015, touching off a migrant crisis financed and encouraged by billionaire globalists like George Soros, then-United Nations refugee czar Antonio Guterres “demanded” that the E.U. nations open their borders and “welcome” the migrants.
He said Europe “must accept up to 200,000 refugees” as part of a “common strategy” to replace their “piecemeal” approach to the migrant crisis, the BBC reported.
Guterres, who headed of the U.N. refugee agency, said the E.U. must mobilize “full force” for the crisis, calling it a “defining moment.”
As it turned out, the 200,000 was just a small downpayment on what the U.N. high commissioner for refugees had in mind for Europe. Nearly 2 million “refugees” would eventually come — almost none of them from the persecuted Christian communities in Syria.
The same trend occurred in the United States, which took in 12,587 U.N.-selected Syrian refugees in fiscal 2016, and only 0.5 percent were Christian. Most of them were selected by Guterres, who served 10 years as high commissioner for refugees up till Dec. 31.
And the outcome was every bit of the “defining moment” that Guterres predicted, but not in a good way. What unfolded was horrific terrorist acts by two Syrian refugees involved in the Paris and Brussels attacks, a mass knifing by a 17-year-old Afghan refugee on a train in southern Germany, and an epidemic of sexual assaults by Muslim migrants in Germany, Austria, France and Sweden.
Now Guterres, 67, has been rewarded for his good work by the same globalists who hold sway at the United Nations. He was promoted this week to the U.N.’s highest post, secretary general, replacing Ban Ki-moon.
So exactly who is Antonio Guterres?
He started climbing the ladder to international politics as prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002 as leader of that country’s Socialist Party.
He started out wildly popular but ended up resigning in disgrace in 2002 after his party suffered a humiliating defeat related to the nation’s failing economy.
After being run out politics in his country of Portugal Guterres found a new home as president of the Socialist International, a global network of national socialist parties seeking to establish “democratic socialism” around the globe.
The Socialist International was formed after World War II, and helped fund socialist movements in Spain and Portugal. In the late 1980s, the SI funded the communist Sandinistas in Nicaragua.
He stayed at Socialist International until 2005, when he joined the U.N.
He is perhaps most famous for presiding over the worst refugee crisis since World War II. All told, some 2 million migrants have poured into Western Europe over the last two years, forever transforming whole villages, towns and cities in Italy, Greece, France and especially Germany.
The migrant invasion was sold as a humanitarian catastrophe driven by the Syrian civil war, when in actuality less than 50 percent of the migrants were from Syria. While there were some true war refugees, most were economic migrants seeking to make it to the wealthy welfare state of Germany where Chancellor Angela Merkel had offered an open invitation.
All the while, the most severe victims of persecution and genocide, the Middle Eastern Christians, were left to deal with ISIS on their own.
Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal Thursday, laid much of the blame for this abandonment of Middle Eastern Christians at the feet of Guterres.
In an interview with WND, she said Guterres bears “99.9 percent” of the blame for the abandonment of Middle East Christians.
Not only are the persecuted Christians not being resettled in the West, very little aid is getting to them, said Shea.
“I just got an email from an Armenian Protestant church in Aleppo, and they had photos of all the churches receiving a shipment of humanitarian aid this week from the government of Armenia, which is this impoverished country,” Shea said. “Why aren’t we doing this? Why aren’t we at least airlifting aid into Aleppo and other cities where Christians are in desperate need?”
Shea said she has first-hand information from sources on the ground who report the U.S. and the U.N. have delivered scarcely any aid to the Christian communities in Syria. The only thing received were some initial supplies of tents and tarps delivered in August 2014.
“So they haven’t gotten any aid form the U.S. but this little country of Armenia is able to get aid into Aleppo,” Shea told WND. “We should be doing that.”
Shea said most of the responsibility for the failures of the U.N. to rescue Christians from what has officially been deemed a genocide falls to Guterres.
“I think he bears 99.9 percent of it because he was director of that office for 10 years until December and this is a longstanding problem. It’s the worst period of persecution at least in this century,” she said. “Throughout the Middle East, the minorities, especially the Christians, cannot take shelter in the U.N. camps because they’re not hospitable to Christians, they’re so poorly policed and the U.N. just doesn’t care.”
‘Rampant mismanagement’ of U.N. aid to refugees
The U.N.’s own internal audits provide a devastating indictment of mismanagement within the refugee agency headed by Guterres.
As Fox News reported in June, the audit revealed that the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees office “handed over hundreds of millions to partners without monitoring” what the money was used for. The audit found vast over-payments to private organizations with little to no oversight over how the money was actually spent or whether the contractors were qualified to carry out the required task.
“They did a sampling of the field offices in 16 countries and found rampant mismanagement, where they didn’t’ do the required paperwork and made no attempt to trace moneys misspent, and the audit also condemned the top management and that’s his doing,” Shea said. “That’s what he is in charge of.”
Yet even with this official stain on his resume, Guterres was able to outmaneuver nine other candidates for the top job at the U.N., replacing Ban Ki-moon as secretary general. The U.N. General Assembly approved his appointment Wednesday.
Weeks before he stepped down from his post at the UNHCR in December, Shea approached Guterres at a conference in Washington and questioned him about the troublesome lack of Mideast Christians being resettled in the West.
“He seemed relatively unconcerned for a group that had been officially designated as victims of a genocide,” she said.
James Simpson, a researcher and writer affiliated with the Center for Security policy, was also at the same conference, put on by the Migration Policy Institute’s annual immigration law conference at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., last October.
“I asked him about the Christians. I said that virtually all of the Syrians being resettled in the West are Sunni Muslims and the U.N. was sending us almost no Christians and why is that?” Simpson recalls.
The answer he got from Guterres was that the Syrian Christians were not being oppressed by the Assad government as the Sunnis were.
“In a sense that is true, because the Christians aren’t rebelling like the Sunni Muslims, who were rebelling to the point where Assad sent in the Air Force to obliterate Homs. The Sunni majority in Syria was giving him trouble for years, so that made sense, and I have since heard from other people that Christians who are displaced, they don’t go to the U.N. camps.”
Several other sources, including the Catholic Aid to the Church in Need, have told WND that the primary reason Christians avoid the U.N. camps is that they are considered highly unsafe for anyone who is not a Muslim. This, again, is a problem that befell the U.N. refugee agency under Guterres’s watch.
His connections and his interests have always been more on the Muslim side, say observers.
“I remember him saying that yes a lot of the Syrian Christians don’t feel threatened by the government but he didn’t mention at all how they feel threaten by ISIS, which is cutting their heads off,” Simpson said. “And the [Obama] administration has finally acknowledged after years that what is happening in Syria and Iraq is a genocide, though still not doing anything to stop it, and the UNCHR certainly didn’t do a thing. He admitted he wasn’t doing enough and needed to do more, but he never did.”
As Shea reported in the WSJ, persecuted Christians also found no help from the U.N.-established Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria in its only report on ISIS genocide.
That report focused solely on persecute Yazidis. The commission — an influential adviser to the UNHCR – dismissed in a short paragraph the notion that Christians also have been targeted for genocide.
“Echoing ISIS propaganda and without citing evidence, the commission report declared that ISIS recognizes their ‘right to exist as Christians . . . as long as they pay the [Islamic] jizya tax,'” Shea reports.
This is not true, according to the Patriarch Younan and the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Aphrem, who told Shea in August that no intact Christian communities or functioning churches remain in the parts of Syria or Iraq under ISIS.
“Genocide is the most heinous human-rights violation. For America to entrust the survival of communities on the brink of extinction to a U.N. operation that routinely fails them is the height of cynicism.
“The administration should ensure that American aid reaches these displaced minorities, including refugee visas for the neediest.”
Shea said Congress can make sure that happens by quickly bringing to a vote the bipartisan Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act, introduced Sept. 8 by Reps. Chris Smith (R., N.J.) and Anna Eshoo (D., Calif.).
As for the U.N., if its new secretary general runs the global body the way he ran its refugee agency, critics say we should expect only more mismanagement and cavalier attitudes toward the historic genocide in progress.