Matthew Fisher: Syria is hell, but let’s not mistake that some who are escaping are country shopping

Not since the Battle of Vienna in 1683 have so many Muslims tried to make their way to Europe at once.

The difference between that conflict, which pitted the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation against the Ottoman Turks, and the drama unfolding in Europe today is that this time it is to escape war that hundreds of thousands of Muslims, and perhaps hundreds of thousands more, have flooded the continent.