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Migrant crisis: West reaps what it has sown

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The tide of migrants arriving in Europe has not emerged from nowhere, writes Simon Tisdall

It reaches back to the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and colonialism before that, he says

European leaders need to recognize their responsibilities, Tisdall says

Editor’s Note: Simon Tisdall is assistant editor and foreign affairs columnist at The Guardian. He was previously foreign editor of the Guardian and The Observer and served as White House correspondent and U.S. editor in Washington D.C. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely his.

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There is something almost Biblical about the mass exodus of desperate people fleeing Syria and other war-torn and impoverished countries. For European governments, struggling to manage the crisis engulfing their borders, the Bible has a succinct lesson they might do well to ponder: “For whatever one sows, that will he also reap.”