From A World to Win News Service:"This week was a massacre," said a spokeswoman for the NGO Save the Children, after at least 800 migrants drowned in the
The reasons and responsibilities were multiple. The vessels carrying them were death traps. But even now, after one unbearable tragedy after another in central Mediterranean waters, the European powers refuse to initiate a systematic search and rescue operation. Thousands of refugees have been picked up by NGO vessels, passing freighters, the Italian navy and a few other EU military ships, but the main Western effort remains criminally focused on Operation Sophia, designed and equipped to interdict and arrest smugglers, destroy their boats and deter further migration, not to save people from drowning.
If thousands of people who left from
This indifference to humanity is further demonstrated in the way they treat those refugees who do survive. It would be only a slight exaggeration, at most, to say that the EU has turned the Greek government into a prison subcontractor. The stubborn resistance of refugees demanding to be admitted into the EU in Idomeni, at the border with
Save the Children says that new government-run camps in northern
The political choices at work became even more apparent with the establishment of a Western-backed puppet government in
It is true that there are smugglers with no concern for human lives – no more than, say, finance capitalists invested in tobacco companies, the weapons manufacturers at the heart of Western economies, the big Western clothing brands whose suppliers' factories in Bangladesh are even bigger death traps, or any of the owners and political representatives of finance capital that is destroying the planet and its people. Whatever the responsibility of these small-time opportunists, that is not the basic problem.
The basic problem is a globalized imperialist system of economic exploitation and political domination that makes the risk of death the best available option for so many people in countries dominated by this system. What does it tell you about the way the world is organized when many people in
The European powers' reaction to this "crisis" is to make it their priority to keep people out – to use their police and militaries to enforce the present world order at a time when the "migrant" crisis shows just how much today's division of the world is unacceptable and unsustainable.
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