“Sudden” refugee crisis?

 

photo of civilian victims in Syria

Civilian victims in Syria

Over the last five years, millions of Syrians have been displaced by their government’s savage war on its own citizens.  They constitute the largest migration since World War II.

With a small change to a law, Germany recently opened a new window for Syrian refugees to scramble for.  The news spread like wildfire.  Predictably, a stampede of tens of thousands immediately ensued.

EU leaders and imbedded cronies were poised and waiting, with a seamlessly well-rehearsed media campaign.

What does it all mean?
This suspiciously sudden PR bombardment, deserves a closer look.  Just lifting a corner here & there, reveals an uglier picture.

Are these compassionate, noble leaders reacting responsibly out of the goodness of their hearts?  Or is it a cynical election year publicity stunt?

Certainly this past week’s PR campaigns go far to camouflage some EU governments’ vicious records on migrant rights; dominating and confusing public discussion of refugees.

How many die in the chaotic crush?  Is that entirely immaterial to the political beneficiaries of this mass media blitz?

Aerial photo of Syrian refugee camp which is Jordan's 5th largest city

Syrian refugee camp – Jordan’s 5th largest city

This is no “sudden crisis”

The number of displaced people in the world has been catastrophically snowballing at a horrific pace for several years.  Most dramatically in the past year or so: leaping from 26 million (at which point no government was calling it “a crisis” (only we at Just-US said that.)  To over 50 million in 2015. Syrians are a huge portion of that.

Nigeria, where one of every five Africans live, has been driving its citizens away  with rampant human rights abuse, for decades.  While power elites (some reaping huge profits from the rape of Nigeria’s oil & mineral wealth,) wink, shake hands, and agree that Nigerians are not “real” refugees, and that Nigeria is a “safe” country.

Photo of migrants struggling out of the sea to shore

Millions of other displaced people are victims of wars and death squad regimes, both official and unofficial, overt and covert, targeting the third world, and driven by multi-national profit agendas.

Crimes committed by governments
We so easily forget what refugees are: victims of crimes committed by governments.  Under international law, you’re not a refugee just because you’ve left your country.  Only if you’ve left it because of human rights abuse.

These millions are being driven from place to place by governments.  Their movements are predictable and logical.  Governments force them to flee, and governments determine what happens to them thereafter. Government actions have caused tens of thousands to throw themselves into the sea, and caused Syrian people to surge toward Europe en masse.

photo of Syria refugees camp - women & childrenWho tells their story?
Few of us realize how far our information on refugees is influenced, when not dictated, by government sources.  Even most well-known charities, (or “non-governmental organizations” / “NGOs”),  receive substantial government funding these days; which can reduce watchdogs to lapdogs.

This is to say, that the perpetrators are defining our investigation of the crime: they decide what evidence we will or will not see.  Even more frightening, they are in charge of victim/witness protection.

Governments, culpable in human rights abuse themselves, routinely use their asylum systems to make victims and their testimony disappear.  Except where there is some kind of political capital to be gained.

Displacement: a strategy to undermine human rights
Many in Europe, while acknowledging humanitarian issues, point out that thousands of EU citizens lack shelter, adequate food, access to medical care, etc.  And that they are refused assistance, which is being generously doled out to some immigrants instead.

photo of homeless people sleeping in the street

Homelessness in wealthy Western countries

The truth is that homelessness and refugee displacement are twin crises: two sides of the same coin. The victims are essentially the same.  The perpetrators are fundamentally the same.  One happens to you in your own country.  One becomes official (or unofficial) when you are driven from your own country.

And, although the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) now includes a category “living in refugee-like conditions”,  millions of homeless people are disregarded in those statistics.  (Notably those in the USA: which furnishes the lion’s share of the UNHCR’s annual budget.)

Both homelessness and refugee displacement deprive us of human rights.  This is not without advantages for some powerful elements; who always welcome a reduction in human rights.

It’s easier to control the lives of people who are begging just to be allowed to stop under a doorway somewhere; who might be imprisoned for merely falling asleep.  Easier than negotiating with people who have jobs, incomes, homes, unions, a voice in their community, etc.  It’s vastly easier still, to control people who don’t even have the right to breath in and out, to walk down the street, in the country where they find themselves.

Homelessness and displacement are not merely crises.  They are a strategy to deprive masses of people of basic human rights.  It is a strategy being aggressively pursued by governments.  Often with covert cooperation from so-called advanced democracies.  Frequently while cutting a fine figure as “humanitarian” heads of state.

This is why the crisis continues to get worse, instead of better.

We are the real people of the world.
We are refugees.
We are the displaced.

Please sign this Petition from goalglobal.org:
Help Syrian people / Find political solutions to the conflict
https://www.change.org/p/8-children-a-day-are-killed-in-syria-this-must-stop

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https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/address-the-concerns-of-us-citizens-who-are-now