All these displaced persons - the refugees – why? Who, exactly, benefits from making displaced people?
Today, the misery caused by the ravages of war is much worse than ever before because it is never ending. Our wars have become continuous. So much so that, “one in every 113 people on earth is an asylum-seeker, internally displace or a refugee”.* Now totaling more than 65.3 million people, more than 51% of the refugees and displaced persons are children.
In fact, the number of refugees now exceeds those created during WWII… more than the entire population of France.
Yes, each year millions of people are forced to leave their homes because of natural disasters, such as hurricanes, typhoons, drought. And, internationally, we already do help alleviate the ill effects of natural disasters via world relief programs. They are not perfect but relief programs do help.
Yet the overwhelming reason people become refugees is because of war. The stream of refugees fleeing for their lives because of our wars has become never ending.
The answer to the refugee problem can not to be found internally within each western nation. No, the problem is much bigger than any nation’s xenophobic political party can solve. It’s an extra-national problem that is not solvable by building walls and security fences.
To eliminate our internal “immigrant” concerns we must go to the root of the problem and remove the reasons people become refugees or immigrants. Only then will the refugee / immigrant challenge all nations are facing be successfully resolved.
So, then what is the first step?
Well, first we must come to terms with who benefits from war.
Personally, I believe we must first determine which Americans benefit from war. Then take the political and monetary profits out of endless war making.
Each nation must also do the same.
The European Refugee Crisis and Syria Explained
* UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency, http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/figures-at-a-glance.html