(This originally started off as just a comment to Skink’s last post, but in my usual rambling way progressed way beyond comment material, so I thought I’d just pot it up here, as it goes way off his topic.)
I think that most people in this country are unwilling to make the connection between our foreign policy and the refugee crisis. I come to that conclusion through observation far and wide, and through conversations locally and through social media. And it is exceedingly difficult to get people to look beyond the domestic propaganda mill and look at the evidence in a more objective fashion — leading a horse to water and all…
Given that these people believe that the refugee problem is a foreign and organic problem — that is to say, something that has happened “over there” — it makes sense to want to be supportive of refugees. Now, I’m a feeling person, and have as much empathy for refugees as I do, say the homeless on the streets here in Montana. Both groups equally a victim of the powers that be. And equally deserving of our help.
So the issue for me, that Skink’s post brings up, is just what is going on here at home? Who benefits when a refugee crisis spills over politically, domestically? In other words, to what use is a domestic political battle over refugees? Why have our domestic conversations, blog battles, and social media revolved around the simple element of either you’re with the refugees, or you’re against them — and we all have to state our preference in some sort of moral litmus test –right and left. Take sides, so to say (pure Bushism at work here).
Obviously it becomes a new wedge issue for the upcoming elections. It serves to divide bleeding heart liberals who don’t challenge the status quo from those of us with more radical views, but that is collateral damage. Dems will lose a lot of votes when people like Skink and I refuse to vote for democrats who do not take a hard line stance against our current foreign policy. For many of us, that is the predominant issue driving so much of the other critical issues — energy policy and climate change, and domestic budget issues (reduce military budget to focus on domestic priorities) i.e.
What it really does is to continue to feed the hype about fear — that the scenes portrayed in Paris (whether true or faked) will come home to America. Even though there is far more domestic violence here than what occurs in Paris and Europe. And this encourages the populace to acquiesce to a continued state of reduced liberty and increased surveillance. Snowden has been scapegoated as being the cause of the Paris event. And it works to the detriment of the EU, as border and transit arrangements are restricted — it breeds nationalism. And who benefits from nationalism in Europe? Same as it ever was — the military-industrial-cabal.
And when the populace is held in a place of fear and political disarray, then much can occur unnoticed and unchallenged — like the Saudi Arms sales, which are basically just a pass-through conduit for arming our terrorist proxies in Syria, Egypt, and Iraq, and to assist the Saudis’ repression in Yemen. Like the U.S. and NATO countries trying to take the lead away from Russia and Iraq in fighting terrorism. Like how Ukraine has become a new weapons conduit to the middle east, as the coup there installed elements amenable to creating another CIA/private business/government cabal. This isn’t conspiracy, the elements are all documented and in place — Biden, Archer, Kappes, Kolomoisky all form the basic elements utilizing Burisma and other faux corporations to extract intelligence and funnel deep state manipulations, strategy, manpower and materials into east europe, the middle east, and northern africa.
It is so weird — once you’ve examined the channeling of funds, weapons and intelligence from the U.S. to middle east terrorist groups — to see the same characters talk about fighting those same elements. It is so obviously corrupt and evil. And to the degree that people at home don’t take the effort to discover that and acknowledge it in domestic battles (like refugees and arms sales), that’s the depth of pliability of those people when serving to further the deep state.