Had to get you gals’ and gays’ attention somehow!
As we lament our “news” media turning into Trump Central, Democracynow.org’s Amy Goodman has been in France covering the COP21 climate change summit. Maybe when all the drama about “What nonsense has Trump spewed now” is done with and he is no longer even in the running, the rest of us will turn to the crises that we can’t escape, like the damage that our leaders’ greed is doing to the planet we can live on. I’m glad that a responsible journalist like Amy is looking at the big picture.
As the summit winds down, Amy visits Calais in this segment. There’s a huge refugee camp there, with the refugees huddle in tents divided in areas divided by their countries of origin. Most are countries the US has bombed. After Obama extended the war in Afghanistan indefinitely, we continue drone strikes in countries we haven’t even declared on war on. Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan and we’re now bombing in Syria. And then we wonder how muslims in the US can become “radicalized.” Well, if I were a kid in Yemen who preferred cloudy days to sunny ones because US drones are less likely to kill me when it’s overcast, that situation might radicalize me just a little bit. To grow up with fear and hatred of the US–yeah, that might make some want to lash out at the US and even ally themselves with hateful ideologies like that of ISIS.
But some just want to escape. Cut to Amy, in Calais, interviewing a gorgeous young Syrian named Majd. He’s a refugee in “The Jungle” camp. He smiles so often during this interview, that it’s a little offputting. It almost makes him look as if he just wants camera time or to become a youtube sensation. That was my cynical take before this 21 year old man, whose family sent him away from them in Syria just to survive, told me his tales in this moving clip. I hope you’ll check it out. Here’s a little of the exchange.
AMY GOODMAN: Do you think the Russian, Syrian, French, British bombing of Syria will save it?
MAJD: No, no, no, it’s not a solution. You can’t protect someone by killing someone else. You know? They can’t stop the bombs here when they bomb in Syria. Yes, it’s not a solution.
AMY GOODMAN: What is the solution?
MAJD: The solution is not giving the weapons to everyone. They’re giving the weapons to the Free Army, to the Assad regime, to ISIS. They just give weapons and money, and just they let them fight in my country. Just stop the weapons.
AMY GOODMAN: Now, Britain just voted. The U.K. just voted to bomb Syria, as well. You want to try to get into Britain.
MAJD: Britain or the U.S.A. The governments or the people? Who votes? Who voted? I’m asking. The government, who—I mean, it’s not the people.