…and by the hundreds of thousands, aside many drownings (and deaths in transit)…
As the ‘civilised world’ complains of refugees fleeing to European countries, it prefers not to ask why they are coming, and in such droves. Somehow the rest of the world already knows these answers. We sample reports on the trials and tribulations of people who are victims of whimsical destructiveness – a shredding of Sykes-Picot for a new order of utter chaos, of destroyed states and plundered resources, where ever possible.
AJE would give a report on yet another spate of drownings, after those of toddlers, Aylan and Galip, and their mother Rehan, that shook the world, even the instigating countries.
AJE reports, Refugees drown as boat capsizes off Greek island And this time the tragedy is even worse, but receives less coverage from the ‘legacy’ media of the countries directly responsible. Read the rest of this entry »
…the famous US ‘newspaper of record’ at its finest…
We let the NYT reporter summarise the daunting challenges of a nation traumatised by two (?) wars – the US, that is.
In the United States, there is little appetite for allowing large numbers of displaced Syrians to settle in a country still weary from two wars and struggling with its own immigration problems.
What else can one add, aside Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Syria for starters? El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras? ‘So on and so forth’? Horrendous death and destruction inflicted elsewhere on hundreds and hundreds of thousands can surely tire those that inflict such unappreciated generosity.
…a classic example of unbridled cynicism…
…nothing like the photo to tell the tale…
The US MSM trots behind the US President as he heads north to Alaska. There he would dance with Native Alaskans. There he would flounder holding a salmon handed to him by a fisher woman. Grins all round. Priceless moments captured of a thoroughly engaged US President for the enjoyment and relaxation of the patriotic US viewer.
As such frivolities were being captured for posterity, life served up grim contrasts and stubborn history in abundance, all during the same week.
Those photos of a drowned toddler, and of the stunned and sombre Turkish official, all provide evidence to the world of the cavalier attitude of the ‘community of civilised nations’ (all Western) to its destructive policies, especially toward Moslem countries. The principal and exuberant supporter of the US would naturally ‘identify’ the culprits responsible for the tragedy of refugees forced to flee their homes, forced into homelessness and despair – having escaped death.
The father of that now ‘famous’ family that drowned did return to bury the victims in the same village from which they had been forced to flee. His tale would serve to provide further distinction between civilisation and barbarism, as the Independent would report, Aylan Kurdi: Little boy whose tragic death changed Britain’s response to the refugee crisis laid to rest in Kobani. According to the father,
“I was holding my wife’s hand. My children slipped away from my hands,” he said. “We tried to hold on to the boat. Everyone was screaming in pitch darkness.”
No life vests, pitch darkness. Little to no hope. Again, why is this family in this predicament?.
The quintessential British Imperialist, the incumbent UK Prime Minister would haughtily observe that ISIS (IS) and Assad are responsible for the toddler’s death.
The opportunities this confidently uninformed PM offer the observer are boundless. And the takers are many. Who can forget his denigration of migrants and refugees (to a large extent spawned by his country’s unfailing acquiescence to US policies), as he categorised these unfortunates as a swarm.
More emphatically, Robert Fisk at the Independent (complimentary views, then paywall) shows no recourse to history is necessary to reveal cynical policies with, Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia – will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi? Fisk gets to the point,
Yet at the risk of catching the Daily Mail cancer, there’s a bit of a wider picture here that we need to be aware of. Europe and the West – what was once called Christendom – are supposed to be the bad guys in the Middle East. It is we who bomb, corrupt and invade the Muslims of the Middle East. It is we who support the vicious dictators of the Middle East (unless they are disobedient to our wishes). It is we who suck out the fossil treasures of the Middle East, its oil and its natural gas. We are, are we not, the infidels?
[Fisk sees no need to mention the US President scurrying off then to Saudi Arabia to offer his condolences, and to even do some marketing for Post-Presidential ‘philanthropic’ services.]
The President of Turkey, whose country numbers among those ‘first overwhelmed’ with refugees fleeing the consequences of brutal Western policy, shows little patiece. President Erdogan serves up the scorn in heavy doses, Erdogan says West only interested in oil in Iraq & Libya, slams refugee crisis response – an observation on what has long been blatantly obvious, no thanks whatsoever to the corporate MSM.
And to remove any doubts as to the unabashed sense of Western superiority and supremacy, especially over the Moslem ‘unworthy’, the Hungarian Prime Minister does his duty, as we learn from The Guardian, Migration crisis: Hungary PM says Europe in grip of madness. We learn, from his subtlety that matches Cameron’s own, of valiant Crusaders against the invading hordes (‘swarm‘) of infidels, clearly Moslems.
Hungary’s nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has claimed Europe is in the grip of madness over immigration and refugees, and argued that he was defending European Christianity against a Muslim influx.
[bold added for emphasis]
That sense of the march to 21st concentration camps hovers eerily over the tragedy – the behaviour of security forces leaves little to doubt.
And for a bit of context. Who can forget the ecstatic celebration of the slaughter of the leader of Libya by the then US Secretary of State? Or the victory ‘lap’ of two of the three Western war heroes, as reported by RT, Cameron, Sarkozy milk premature Tripoli triumph, as it offers some prescient words of caution to the preening leaders,
The French president and British PM have visited Tripoli to declare victory over Muammar Gaddafi’s regime and reap the benefits of his fall, but it appears the celebrations are somewhat premature.
[der Spiegel would have similar fun with these fearsome armchair warriors.]
And premature it would prove to be to these two war heroes and to the then absent leader of the pack, the Nobel Laureate US President. Earlier in 2015, the conservative Telegraph would observe, Special report from Libya: How Nato’s toppling of Gaddafi has turned to disaster. And utter disaster it would be, and not just for the Libyans, that the three war Western heroes and their allies had unleashed.
As the ebulllient US President concludes a successful Alaskan visit, where he danced a jig, did some reality TV, caught a spawning salmon handed to him, his US Secretary of State, not to be upstaged, would, ever sagely, have his own fun with the people of the Middle East, Kerry ‘Convinced’ of Need for Syria Ground Invasion. Of course, the Vietnam war hero does promise no official US ‘boots on the ground’, but certainly assured death and destruction rained down from aloft. Yes, this is the self-declared leader of ‘the free world’.
Understandable is the failure of the corporate US MSM to investigate or mention those culpable, liable for the widespread plunder and death and destruction, and for the plight of millions of refugees, from El Salvador to Honduras to Guatemala to Nicaragua; to Afghanistan to Iraq to Libya to, well, on and on.
…the more things change, the more…
…there but for good fortune, or the grace of God…
The MSM have chosen the euphemism, migrant, to describe the despairing refugee made homeless and vulnerable by the chaos, death and destruction unleashed on non-cooperating Middle Eastern countries. The sundering of Libya failed to yield its hydrocarbons to the Nato crowd, but did produce refugees by the thousands. Syria, another secular and relatively advanced country, while proving a tough nut to crack would pay for its stubbornness – widespread death, destruction and displacement. Syria, which would earlier provide refuge to tens of thousands fleeing the US assault on Iraq, is now a country whose many citizens seek survival through flight with few, if any possessions. Read the rest of this entry »