Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/08/15/how-us-created-central-american-immigration-crisis
The War On Drugs has often been described as a failure as it has done nothing to stop the flow of drugs into this country. But of course, that is not its real aim. The War on Drugs, created under Nixon and continues unabated to this moment was desgned to: domestically, as a way of dealing with the “excess population” (black and brown people), putting them in prisons etc and - internationally as a mechanism to suppress movements of people attempting to chart thier own futures (aka, anti-communism). The Drug War is and has been a tool of empire.
The War on (Some) Drugs has been a screaming success in at least a few respects: disenfranchising tens of thousands of black, brown, red and poor white people, who are statistically more likely to vote D; artifically raising the street price of substances which would otherwise be almost literally dirt-cheap, thus fueling an increasingly violent black market and providing a steady stream of unaccountable funds to the US alphabet agencies; and creating and sustaining an entire industry of treatment and referral non-profits, not to mention triggering the rise of for-profit prison corporations. And don’t get me started on the money to be made by banks willing to launder all that cash.
No, the War on (Some) Drugs is only a failure if we judge its results against its own stated goals.
Finally, someone is spelling out some of the ways that the US has manufactured is “immigrant crisis.” Indeed, a lot of those people would prefer to have never left home. They aren’t just here to steal jobs and rape women. Yet ,the republicans attempt to tell us that the politically correct thing to believe is that they are just here to steal jobs and rape women.
This same thing now goes on in Africa and the Middle East where meddling by the EU in conjunction with their US ally and fellow members of NATO (including Canada) have created a refugee crisis in the Countries in this area.
The EU and Corporations based in the West are extracting all of the resource wealth they can so as to fatten their own coffers leaving the peoples in these regions impoverished.
This is Colonialism at work. This is Corporatism at work. This is Capitalism at work. The Colonialists, the Capitalists and the Corporations destroy all in their path just to line the pockets of some small few members of society. The 1 percent are a Cancer.
There was a beautiful–yet harrowing–poem in this space not long ago, which contained the line,
“Nobody leaves home
Unless it’s the mouth of a shark.”
Those who benefit by the dominant narrative don’t want us talking about why people might want to emigrate, or why somebody might want to strap on a suicide vest and kill some random strangers.
Remember “They hate us for our freedoms, so go to the mall and shop”?
We don’t have to think about any of that stuff, they tell us—it’s already been thought about.
Of course gross overpopulation – due to both the direct and indirect influence of religion – has nothing to do with it . . .
It also funds a lot of black ops.
Still though, this article only scratches the surface and doesn’t mention the Spanish American war and the creation of Banana Republics.
The writer and most other people fail to mention that a huge reason for migration is unwanted, unplanned births.
Abortion and contraceptives are illegal or very hard to procure in the Central American countries where most of the migrants are coming from.
Worse yet, rape and incest resulting in pregnancy are very frequent in those countries.
Women are treated as cattle and unpaid hookers, with unwanted childbearing a form of gestation slavery.
What’s also sad is that Pence and all the other Handmaid’s Tale fetus worshipers want the same situation for American women.
Thanks for your post. It was Abby
Somali poet Warsan Shire:
no one leaves home unless
home is the mouth of a shark
you only run for the border
when you see the whole city running as well
your neighbors running faster than you
breath bloody in their throats
the boy you went to school with
who kissed you dizzy behind the old tin factory
is holding a gun bigger than his body
you only leave home
when home won’t let you stay.
no one leaves home unless home chases you
fire under feet
hot blood in your belly
it’s not something you ever thought of doing
until the blade burnt threats into
and even then you carried the anthem under
only tearing up your passport in an airport toilets
sobbing as each mouthful of paper
made it clear that you wouldn’t be going back.
you have to understand,
that no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land
no one burns their palms
no one spends days and nights in the stomach of a truck
feeding on newspaper unless the miles travelled
means something more than journey.
no one crawls under fences
no one wants to be beaten
no one chooses refugee camps
or strip searches where your
body is left aching
because prison is safer
than a city of fire
and one prison guard
in the night
is better than a truckload
of men who look like your father
no one could take it
no one could stomach it
no one skin would be tough enough
go home blacks
sucking our country dry
niggers with their hands out
they smell strange
messed up their country and now they want
to mess ours up
how do the words
the dirty looks
roll off your backs
maybe because the blow is softer
than a limb torn off
or the words are more tender
than fourteen men between
or the insults are easier
than your child body
i want to go home,
but home is the mouth of a shark
home is the barrel of the gun
and no one would leave home
unless home chased you to the shore
unless home told you
to quicken your legs
leave your clothes behind
crawl through the desert
wade through the oceans
your survival is more important
no one leaves home until home is a sweaty voice in your ear
run away from me now
i dont know what i’ve become
but i know that anywhere
is safer than here
It should be projected on the WH, CIA, Pentagon and other locales engaged in the scurrilous.
Like I said, "Religion has nothing to do with it . . . "
this seems common sense. well said, couldn’t agree more with all of it.
i remember an italian movie from the 50s or 60s. the main character was losing contact with reality. in part of the movie he is driving his car and runs over card board figures of people. he just didn’t recognize them as people, just objects. that’s our donnie. a little boy out of touch with reality.
quite right about overpopulation and unsustainable population growth. For example Guatemala’s population, despite the killing and emigration, has gone from about 7.2 million in 1980 to 17.6 million now. The same issue underlies problems in the Middle East too. And its another problem Trump is making worse by trying to cripple access to birth control worldwide.
This is one problem that you can’t lay just on Tweetle-Dumb. 'Poop-Licken Presidunces for many, many years have gone along with conservative “christians” in their misguided efforts to legislate “morality” by punishing the lustful with unwanted children.
Indeed, those “shithole countries” Trump identifies are a US specialty, delivered along with regime-change wars.