Alan, Ghalib, and Rehanna Kurdi, and the Cynicism of the West

Brian Mon, 2015-09-07 18:01
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The mainstream media in the "West" have their R2P knickers in a twist. All of a sudden, the refugee crisis in Europe must be solved.

Photographs of the body of Alan (in some reports Aylan) Kurdi, we are told, have changed things. They have presented us with one of those "tipping points" that will inspire us to demand our leaders do something. The Western mainstream media, until now pretty much debasing themselves and their profession with lie after monstrous lie about Syria (and a lot of other issues), are now leading the charge. Our leaders are falling all over themselves to call for action.

But notice something very important. While the refugee migration currently taking place consists of refugees from all over northern Africa—Libya, Mali, Southern Sudan, etc., as well as Syria and Iraq—all the cries for action are reserved for the ones from Syria. Those other refugees have entirely disappeared from view.

In Canada, both Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau and New Democrat Party leader Thomas Mulcair are calling on the federal government to take in more Syrian refugees. They're both running for Prime Minister right now, so the skeptic in me says they want to catch that media wave before it rolls right on by. Also, to say the reactions to the crisis from the federal "Conservatives" have been ham-handed would be being too kind.

But why just Syrian refugees?

What we know in the West about Syria is that Bashar Assad is a really bad guy, and he's supported by Russia and Iran, who are also bad guys. He's been bombing "his own people," we're told, so he must go. We also know there's this group of other bad guys, called Daesh, ISIL, ISIS, or the Islamic State, depending on who's talking, who came out of nowhere last year, much to the surprise of the "West," who are so concerned about the area they've got satellites tracking everything, but somehow they missed those long caravans of ISIS pick-up trucks heading across the desert to Raqqa and Mosul. So not only do we support the "moderate rebels" in Syria, we're also at war with the Islamic State, and bombing the bejeezus out of them.

And it's true the Kurdi family fled the violence in their town Kobane, in the Kurdish area of northern Syria, which was under attack from the monsters of the Islamic State.

They fled to Turkey, and were reportedly trying to obtain refugee status so they could get to Canada, where some of their relatives live.

But they couldn't get that status. Why? Because Turkey is pretending to be fighting the Islamic State, while actually supporting them, and is actually attacking Kurds, not only in Turkey but also in Syria. So Turkey doesn't recognize Kurds as refugees. That meant the Kurdis couldn't possibly get the documents that Canadian authorities require to prove their "refugee" status.

And that's why they got into a ridiculously un-seaworthy "boat," which promptly capsized, and little Alan, his five-year-old brother Ghalib, and mother Rehanna, along with several other people, drowned.

Photographs of the dead little boy have sparked a maelstrom of breast-beating. Apparently no one knew three-year-olds died in wars until now. Apparently no one realized there were refugees who'd fled the fighting in Syria, and needed countries of refuge, until they saw the photo of a little dead boy on the beach.

But it wasn't the Islamic State that killed Alan and his two family members. They were reasonably safe from ISIS in Turkey. No, the Kurdis were unsafe because of the Turkish government's discrimination against Kurds, pure and simple. Not only has Turkey provided support and housing for Wahhabist fighters, they usually prevent Kurdish fighters from passing from Turkey into Syria to defend the Kurds from the Islamic State.

But with the proper documentation and sponsorship, the Kurdis could have been flown out of Turkey. So, really, the people we should be really upset about are the Turks.

But despite the inanities, the focus has been on Syrian refugees. Something must be done, and now!

Migrants are suffering unbelievable journeys through the Sahara to reach Libya from various African countries. The route from Turkey to Greece is used by not only Syrians, but also by Iraqis, Afghanis, and Pakistanis. There is substantial agreement that these "migrants" are actually in most cases refugees fleeing war and abject poverty. Thanks to NATO's alliance with al-Qaeda of Libya, and their successful campaign to assassinate Moammar Qaddafi and destroy Libya's social system and infrastructure, Libya has become a hub for these escapees.

It's estimated that around 2,600 have already drowned in the Mediterranean so far this year. It's also well known that many die before they even reach Libya's coast.

But now you can win a freaking humanitarian award, and win votes, by caring about Syrian refugees alone. Why?

If ISIS is the problem, presumably we'd care about Iraqi refugees as well, no?

At my advanced age, having watched other such phenomena, when all the mainstream media line up to agree about something, especially when there are heart-strings to be tugged, it's really all about something else. One has to suspect something like that is going on here.

Given that ISIS is widely suspected to be a proxy force for NATO ambitions in the Middle East, and the battle against the Islamic State is really a figleaf for destroying Syrian infrastructure, the calls for more action against them to avenge the Kurdi family—screwed by Turkey—ring just a tad hollow.

I'm expecting the blame soon to fall on Assad and Putin, though they are two people we can be assured had nothing to do with the deaths of the Kurdi family members.

Doing so will help us to miss the most important point in this situation, that is, that these refugees are running away from a war, a war that's funded by the Saudis, Qataris, and others (possibly us), and whose "rebels" are trained and supported by us, that is, "the West." If we stopped paying these monsters to rampage through the Syrian countryside, the war would be over in two minutes—they'd have to go home and get decent jobs.

Much the same can be said about the North African countries—the West's stepped-up interest in the region, its land, and its minerals, and our increased military activity there (not to mention our tacit alliances with various groups of Islamist dragoons), are driving people away from their own countries.

If the wars stopped, the refugee crises would very quickly melt away to the usual—refugees fleeing their autocratic leaders. That would be a much more manageable problem.

People, any time we go after regime change with bombs, or start a war of any kind, three-year-olds will die. That's a fact, and you don't need a photo to prove it.


(One of the things that really bugs me about the deaths of the Kurdis is that in most news reports it's only little Alan that gets named, because he's in the photos. His brother Ghalib, who was only five, fer Chrissakes, and mum Rehanna are largely ignored. I've tried to address that here.)