Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Real Issue


The people protesting President Donald Trump's travel ban mean well, and those politicians delivering speeches against it on the floor of the House also mean well. Of course, those protesters and politicians ought to keep making their voices heard. However, it is imperative that they not lose sight of the real issue, namely, the U.S. imperialist agenda, the achievement of which has been sought through never-ending wars and sanctions. These sanctions and wars on the people of the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa have been the cause of the mass exodus of people from the six countries designated in the travel ban. So if those good and well-meaning politicians an protesters desire to make a meaningful impact they should turn out in full force to protest those never-ending wars instead. 

It was the US backed invasion of Somalia by the Ethopian Army in 2006 (and the subsequent civil war) that has caused over a million Somalis to flee their beloved country. It was the US lead NATO airstrikes on Libyia and the subsequent rise of opposing, warring factions there, as well as US armed support for rebel factions in Syria that have caused the massive displacement of people from both those countries. It was US backing of oil rich South Sudan, causing it to split from North Sudan, followed by the eruption of civil war in that newly formed country that has caused the displacement of thousands of South Sudanese. Of course, the devastating and crippling US sanctions on Iran have wreaked havoc on that country's economy, causing thousands of Iranians to take flight. Lastly, it is because of the US supported bombing of Yemen by Saudi Arabia and also the US supported blockade of that country by Saudi Arabia that have turned countless numbers of Yemenis into refugees. One such, is a man I met recently. His name is Mohamed. With tears in his eyes, he said to me, "They have destroyed my country."

Protest the never-ending wars that cause innocent people to flee their lands to come to the United States in the first place.

[photo art by Ric Couchman]