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Deaths in the Mediterranean – je suis migrant

Writing in the Irish Socialist Worker Memet Uludag argues that we must support refugees, oppose the imperialism that drowns them at sea and build a political alternative that embraces our humanity, not hatred. Among other things Memet explains the deaths this year in the Mediterranean are the result of rotten racist anti-immigrant policy changes by the EU. Memet says:

Despite the fact that the total number of migrants crossing the sea hasn’t increased from 2014, why are there now more deaths than ever?

Towards the end of 2014, Britain and other EU countries led the way in ending the EU search-rescue mission called ‘Mare Nostrum’. Defending this decision British Foreign Office minister, Baroness Anelay, called Mare Nostrum  a “pull factor” and said “such operations can encourage more people to attempt to make the dangerous sea crossing to enter Europe”, as if there were not enough “push factors” for people to risk their lives and try to cross the sea into Europe.

Mare Nostrum was replaced by ‘Triton’ – an operation led by EU border force Frontex.  Frontex and Triton are not rescue missions but typical military style border control operations.

The ending of Mare Nostrum has had disastrous results. Since then, the numbers of refugees dying at sea have increased dramatically and the EU is directly responsible for these deaths.

Laurens Jolles, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative in Italy has warned that “anti-immigrant rhetoric from politicians across Europe, including Britain, is blocking attempts to introduce large search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean that would save large numbers of migrant lives”.

Memet finishes off by saying:

We must oppose all imperialist military interventions and the involvement in or assistance to these operations by our governments. Each military plane taking off from Shannon airport means the death of more civilians and more migrants having to cross the Mediterranean

We need to build a mass radical political force to create a different world – a world with not one migrant child, not one migrant man or woman left behind.

Migrants are our brother and sisters

Je suis migrant!

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Comment from Kay
Time April 22, 2015 at 7:27 am

All the combined Australian and European asylum seeker experiences show me is that once you really put people smugglers in business by opening your borders, as Italy did, what results are widespread deaths from drowning.

We saw it in Australia when Rudd opened our borders – around 1200 deaths. Now Italy has finally woken up to the disaster its similar policy has wrought. Abbott’s solution definitely puts people smugglers out of business and saves lives – like it or not! Around 1200 deaths under Labor versus one death (Manus) under Abbott.

The cot-case that is the Middle East has to sort itself out. I mean, how can any other part of the world absorb all the people fleeing barbaric, sectarian violence – Sunni versus Shia? It can’t. Especially as it is clear that many fleeing Muslims subsequently become a threat to the lifestyle and culture of their new countries.

So how come the Left just weep self-interested tears over Muslim asylum seekers? Asylum seekers the Left hopes will eventually help fuel a revolution against the tolerant and prosperous political system that has cossetted it for decades. Too hypocritical for my taste.

I would prefer to see the Muslims sort themselves out in the Middle East before they spread their poison to the rest of the world. It probably requires the borders to be redrawn in the Middle East so that Sunni and Shia Muslims can be separated as they apparently can’t co-exist – after all, the current borders were drawn by colonial powers and paid no attention to sectarian divisions. God knows where the Christian or other non-Muslim people will go. I would rather try to resettle them in the West somewhere as they are a better fit with their new countries – and I’m not a Christian. Sunni and Shia Muslims have had difficulties in co-existing since 632AD. Tolerance is definitely not Islam’s long suit these days.

Comment from John
Time April 22, 2015 at 7:43 am

I am sorry Kay but I cannot reason with a person like you who has abandoned rationality and the search for truth and repeats the lies of Abbott and Shorten.

Comment from Kay
Time April 22, 2015 at 8:06 am

No, you cannot actually argue in detail. Your ideology trumps all else. Thankfully there are more people in the non-extreme-Left world who agree with me than would support your self-serving faux-humanitarian Left wing bleatings that show no consideration for the long-term impacts around the tolerant democratic world.

Comment from John
Time April 22, 2015 at 10:37 am

Crawl back into your racist sewer Kay. I am tired of your Islamophobia and reactionary neo-fascist bullshit.

Comment from John
Time April 22, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Just a note Kay. Fuck off, and you too Peter Piper. Go and masturbate your reactionary nonsense somewhere else with the rest of your reactionary mates. My blog is no longer going to be an outlet for your Islamophobia and racism. This is a place for serious discussion of issues not one for trolls to spread their filth.