Global Lessons of A Catastrophe

Publisher:  Against the Current
Date Written:  01/11/2015
Year Published:  2015  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21290

It is doubtful that Syria as a country will survive in anything like its pre-war form, that the millions of its citizens who have fled will have a place to return, or even whether seven million internally displaced Syrians will be able to remain.



We have to begin with the most basic and elementary demand to open the borders of the rich countries of Europe and North America. Is that easy or simple? No. Would it solve the underlying issues of the Syrian and other catastrophes? No. Is it an immediate human and ethical necessity? Yes. How can it be financially and logistically managed? For openers, by diverting the military budgets that have contributed so much to creating these disasters in the first place.

Perhaps at some point, the outside global powers will find it in their mutual interest to find some way to end the Syrian war, which its internal forces cannot do. Perhaps - but if the fiddling and diddling negotiations that never go anywhere over stopping climate change are any example, we shouldn't hold our breath. (We'll come back to that.) Millions of human beings need refuge, asylum and pathways to a new life today.
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