Feb 15, 2016
Sweden is preparing to expel 80,000 refugees, as its government declared. The refugees are fleeing wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. And others are fleeing wars and poverty in Africa. They want to find a land on this earth where they can live.
In this pursuit of the basic wish for survival, more than 170 were killed while making the dangerous crossing from Turkey in January of this year. They drowned in the Aegean Sea, a very beautiful, warm, welcoming sea for other people – such as rich tourists from Sweden who visit every year.
These wars and poverty are the products of capitalism. The drive of big Western companies to exploit the resources of the Middle East, Africa and Afghanistan is the culprit of this misery. And the armies of these rich countries, above all that of the U.S., are the tools of this drive.
Sweden, unlike the U.S., may not be sending its armies to these wars and conflicts. But it exports machines and guns for violence and oppression. It is a major arms exporter in this world. It sells arms to 55 countries, many of them dictatorships, and it makes billions of dollars out of these sales.
These countries, strongholds of capitalism, are directly responsible for this blood and misery bath. Of course they would expel or refuse refugees – who stand as a reminder of the imperialist countries’ crimes.