The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Imperialist Wars:
How Many Victims?

May 23, 2016

According to the Internally Displaced Monitoring Center based in Geneva, 40.8 million people have had to flee their country in 2015 due to war. More than half the refugees come from Syria, Yemen and Iraq. This is a record figure, 8.6 million higher than in 2014, and it has been growing for four years. One of the signatories of the report indicated that, “this figure is the highest ever recorded.”

The report gives no explanation for the explosion in the numbers, for that would point to the responsibility of the imperialist powers, who lead wars throughout the world to ensure their domination. This is the case in the Middle East with Syria and Iraq for the control of oil wealth. It’s also in other countries, in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Libya.

The U.S. is currently attacking these countries. Its bombs and its decade-long wars devastated Iraq and Afghanistan. It has created a human catastrophe, with tens of millions forced to leave their homes, living on the roads, trying to scrounge a bit to eat, crossing borders to reach a safer place.

Today the U.S. receives very few refugees from these disasters. This country which claims to be so pious and charitable has given almost nothing to aid the millions of war victims it has created. The richest country on the planet has countless billions for its military and virtually nothing to aid the human suffering caused by its destruction.