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Refugees as Weapons in a Propaganda War


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: refugees, Empire, scapegoats, political gain, Eritrea, vote wisely, refugees )

Sheryl
- 1326 days ago - counterpunch.org
Their suffering should never be trivialized, nor should they be scapegoated as terrorists. The flow of refugees is an outgrowth of the policies of the Empire and should not be allowed to be cynically exploited for political gain by the West.



   

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Lone F (56)
Friday December 4, 2015, 8:27 am
Refugees should be treated with dignity and respect. Their suffering should never be trivialized, nor should they be scapegoated as terrorists. But equally so, their tragedies should not be allowed to be cynically exploited for political gain by the West"

Great article - thanks for sharing dear Dandelion!
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday December 5, 2015, 12:22 am
Humans should never be used as commodities or slaves. . . THOSE USING would never liked to be treated in the way THEY'RE using others. Despicable.

Shared to spread awareness.
 

Animae C (508)
Saturday December 5, 2015, 6:38 am
So sad....

Thanx Dande
 

Patrick Donovan (344)
Saturday December 5, 2015, 9:47 am
It is disgusting and sad that the US has created this problem and refuses to help the people who are suffering as a result of its actions.
 

Winn A (179)
Saturday December 5, 2015, 10:15 am
I couldn't agree more with Lone F's comments.
 

Leanne B (46)
Saturday December 5, 2015, 12:22 pm
Thanks Dandelion. Also agree with Lone.
 

Janet B (0)
Saturday December 5, 2015, 12:33 pm
Thanks
 

Roslyn M (26)
Saturday December 5, 2015, 1:05 pm
To use refugees as propaganda re terrorists is despicable.
 

Birgit W (160)
Saturday December 5, 2015, 2:12 pm
Lone F., Patrick Donovan, and Darren W. say it all. Where is compassion in our world?
Thanks for sharing Dandelion.
 

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday December 5, 2015, 2:27 pm
I also agree with Lone
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday December 5, 2015, 3:13 pm
Noted. Interesting article. Thanks for posting, Dandelion.
I've learned that the U.S. Empire needs to get its nose out of other countries politics and financial matters when it is working well in those countries. The excuses the U.S. uses to gain control of various countries for our own financial benefit and accumulated power have been disastrous lies. While we grow more arms to extend outward, the body of our own country is dissolving.
 

Joanne D (37)
Saturday December 5, 2015, 3:37 pm
"(T)heir tragedies should not be ALLOWED (emphasis mine) to be cynically exploited for political gain by the West." Of course they shouldn't be. But those who want them exploited are those who have the power to exploit them,which the American people do not have. This has been demonstrated in studies which show that the will of the people has literally nothing to do with what gets passed by Congress.
(the will of the very wealthy, on the other hand, has a lot to do with what gets passed). So my question is, how are they going to be stopped?
 

Judy C (91)
Saturday December 5, 2015, 3:39 pm
This was a very informative article, presenting the facts about a country and area that definitely gets little coverage. It's easy to see why. Eritrea is mentioned little, and when it is mentioned it is quickly dismissed as a hopelessly treacherous country. It certainly is dangerous for them to resist the Empire. Eritrea is rich in certain resources such as metals, minerals, natural gas, and petroleum, which are being extracted and conserved for the country's own use. Eritrea resists "helpful" development attempts by most other countries. Thanks Dandelion.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday December 5, 2015, 3:50 pm
Thanks.
 

Maryann S (114)
Saturday December 5, 2015, 6:00 pm
Great article, thanks Dandelion.
 

Karen Marion (30)
Saturday December 5, 2015, 7:25 pm
Thanks for this info...I will share it with others.
 

Arild Warud (174)
Sunday December 6, 2015, 3:15 am
I don't know how accurate this article is but it's true that Western Imperialism created this problem so we our duty now is to fix this refugee problem with dignity.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday December 6, 2015, 5:12 am
Joanne....as Bernie said a political revolution. There has to be a spokesperson that stays on message, Bernie does, he may sound like a broken record but to reach every ear and to change the ongoing message that has been put out there that is who we need......to obtain the microphone.

Then people have to vote wiser at the lower levels and get them out as soon as they are not doing so. Many people pay attention to the Presidential races, perhaps even the Governor or the Senate, but how many really know who the legislature is? Name them in your State? But that is where the direct influence happens.

Just like with the Affordable Care Act, it was finally passed, yet it's the individual State Legislatures who has chosen to accept this program in it's fullness, thereby, still leaving millions with no health care coverage. So people have to be less apathetic and more hands on from the bottom up.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday December 6, 2015, 5:14 am
Lois: "While we grow more arms to extend outward, the body of our own country is dissolving."

Exactly what happened to the Roman Empire. Seems societies never learn from history.
 

Darlene W (289)
Sunday December 6, 2015, 7:20 am
Thank you for the article--so agree with you Dandelion.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday December 6, 2015, 3:21 pm
Bang on the nail, Dandelion.

For me, this year of anniversaries has left me with an empty feeling of there being a void of genuine feeling within many people and power-possessors. One cannot really turn up to a ceremony with any humility, then in the next breathe be welcoming the bombing of an area to try and resolve ANOTHER situation, when one knows, deep down, that WAR FUELS MORE WAR.
 

Margarita R (24)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 3:44 pm
thanks for sharing
 
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