The European migrant crisis is a massive human tragedy, but it is not an isolated, unconnected phenomenon. It’s the end result of many decades of intervention, invasion, manipulation and domination by the economic and military might of the big Western imperial powers, mostly the United States and Britain.
It started most strongly right after WWI and continued through many covert regime changes, propping up dictatorships in the service of imperial interests and looting oil and other resources of the region, and in recent decades through the Gulf War, Iraq War, attacks on Libya and Syria, and other moves.
This meddling by big Western nations led to power vacuums and deep resentments among the people there, leading over time to movements such as al-Qaida and ISIS. Indeed, al-Qaida was a direct result of U.S. intervention in Afghanistan from the 1980s on.
Now, hundreds of thousands of desperate refugees are fleeing in panic from this warravaged region as factional disputes and the expanding fanatical ISIS movement tear nations apart.
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These developments are a stark illustration that interference by imperialist powers has nothing to do with “democracy” but everything to do with greed and lust for power over the world, especially the part of the world that holds most of Earth’s petroleum reserves.