Refugee: someone who has been forced to leave a country because of war or for religious or political reasons
“Speaking yesterday, David Cameron described migrants as a "swarm". He was criticised by human rights groups for ‘dehumanising language’”. Siobhan Fenton., The Independent, UK, July 31, 2015.
These displaced people are refugees from various countries around the world. Their homes, cities and countries have been decimated and destroyed by wars and civil wars. Many of these wars have been caused by western leaders who invaded and bombed these countries. Some of these countries were also ruled by dictators who were supplied with arms from some of these western leaders and multi- national corporations. Carnage, chaos, killings and death have been the outcome. Now those who are still alive and who escaped from the hells on earth created by the “respectable leaders” of the international community are now showing up on the shores of some western nations and their sea ports. In the news at the moment is Calais.
“Calais is in chaos as both British and French authorities struggle to cope with growing numbers of migrants and refugees desperate to enter the UK.
Many are fleeing conflict, persecution and famine and are often at the mercy of human traffickers. The UNHCR has reported that 137,000 people crossed the Mediterranean between January and June 2015 and 1,867 died making the journey - more than triple the amount of the previous year.”
Years of endless wars has created this terrible human tragedy. Now these unfortunate people from a number of countries, who have lost everything they ever had, are now showing up on the shores of the perpetrators and financiers of wars. One could call them, “people seeking peace and justice.” Unfortunately, there is no peace or justice for these wandering, desperate people who have nowhere to go and nowhere to live. Instead, they are beaten, harassed, tear gassed, and could have dogs set upon them for daring to try to enter the countries of some of the “respectable political warriors” responsible for the bloody wars in some of their countries.
“Migrants are set to face more dogs, fences and desperation after David Cameron vowed to take on the ‘unacceptable’ situation in Calais by plying the border with resources to stop migrants attempting to cross into the UK.” Michael Segalov, The Independent, U.K., July 31, 2015.
I believe it is criminal what is happening to these displaced and desperate people. The peoples’ tax dollars in the western world have been and are still being used by those in power to bring devastation and destruction to the countries of some of these refugees. Now we continue to punish them for daring to arrive on our shores. Many of our so-called leaders created these helpless victims; now like Pontius Pilate they want to wash their hands of them. Therefore, I ask the question are we ruled by well dressed war criminals that created these hells on earth for these wretched refugees?
The refugees in Calais are just one example of the many millions around the world. Who are suffering immensely from this bloody war business, they are some of the victims still alive. Millions of others are dead or in refugee camps around the world. Calais is “only the tip of the iceberg” as the saying goes.
“The shocking events in Calais this week are a reminder that we face the greatest refugee crisis since the Second World War with 55 million people in need of help.” Mary Creagh, The Independent, U.K. July 30, 2015.
I believe it is time these warmongering governments, the arms dealers and all others who profit from this bloody obscene business of wars were put on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Instead we protect them, when, I believe we should be arresting them. Now some of them are raging at the refugees they created.
Stephen J. Gray
August 1, 2015.
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