Czech President Milos Zeman called the current wave of refugees to Europe "an organized invasion," adding young men from Syria and Iraq should instead "take up arms" against the Islamic State (IS) group, the AFP website reports today (December 27, 2015).
"I am profoundly convinced that we are facing an organized invasion and not a spontaneous movement of refugees," said Zeman, 70, in his Christmas message to the Czech Republic.
He added that compassion was "possible" for refugees who are old or sick and for children, but not for young men who should be back home fighting against jihadists. He says that for young men to flee from their countries fighting the Islamic State only increases the Islamic State's ability to achieve its missions.
"A large majority of the illegal migrants are young men in good health and single. I wonder why these men are not taking up arms to go fight for the freedom of their countries against the Islamic State," said Zeman, who was elected Czech president in early 2013.