Aug 29

You Did This.

Here are just a few pictures of some of the 2,400 people who have drowned trying to reach Europe this year. It is easy to ignore these images, or to shy away from imagining the vastness of the death that this is only a tiny snapshot of.

But it is even easier to pretend that we didn’t help cause it.

Since the Arab spring the West has been giving weapons and money to all kinds of groups in Syria and Iraq in their proxy attempts to topple Assad – weapons paid for in part by YOUR taxes. One of those groups later became IS. Going back another 10 years, Britain and America invaded Iraq – beginning the long cycle of sectarian violence that led to the current situation in the Middle East. Going back further, Saddam Hussein was installed by the USA in 1963, and was supported by them and Britain in the Iran-Iraq war. Going back still further, the present day borders of Iraq and Syria were drawn up by Britain and France in the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement, borders that were to be the embryo of future conflict.

Europe and America cannot leave the Middle East alone. We have been implicated in (or directly responsible for) every major upheaval in the region for over 100 years. We helped provide Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons to gas the Kurds just like we gave the precursors of IS the weapons they are currently using in Syria.

YOUR taxes helped fund the deaths of these children. YOUR economy was buoyed up by the cheap oil and the market stability created by these wars. YOUR comfort was bought with murder, and will be haunted by these images forever.




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