Refugee caravan of the U.S.’s own making
It is the basis of sound foreign policy to understand that world events do not occur in a vacuum: there are causes and conditions behind every war, social upheaval or mass migration in human history, if we have a willingness to honestly look.
The caravan of refugees approaching the U.S. border with Mexico is one case in point.
The U.S. has bombed, invaded and overthrown Central American governments more than 14 times during the past century, and in every case the intervention has resulted in increased violence and corruption, insecurity, death and torture, soaring inequality and a soul sapping lack of economic opportunity.
In every case, America’s purpose was to silence unionists, church leaders and elected officials advocating land reform, health and education, fair taxation — policies that might have compromised the flow of wealth to American corporations — and to replace them with despots serving U.S. interests.
This is what Central Americans are fleeing today, ironically seeking refuge in the very nation that oppresses them.
From Latin America to the Middle East, the United States, Canada and other western powers must admit ‘mea culpa’ if they hope to ever solve the refugee crises they themselves have precipitated.