No one can be left unmoved by the sight of the body bags being filled on the beaches of the Mediterranean, children suffocating in the backs of lorries, humans desperate to reach the promised land of Europe, where there is peace, safety and democracy.
Even if the streets are not paved in gold, at least you are not being shot at, your village or town bombed, your head removed or your antiquities destroyed. The Home Secretary Theresa May has claimed that the migrant crisis had been “exacerbated by the European system of no borders”. May is always trying to divert attention from the failings of the government and refuses to acknowledge that it is her administration, and that of previous governments, that have created today’s migrant crisis.
The neo imperialism of Britain, the EU and the USA has created today’s human tragedies. They have sought to control the Middle East, attempting to guarantee cheap oil, arming and supporting despotic regimes across the region, undertaking regime change when it suited, all leading to the situation today.
This is not to excuse the murdering fundamentalists, or to place Saddam or Gaddafi on some sort of pedestal but we do need to acknowledge that our foreign policy has contributed to the turmoil in the region and without changes in diplomacy then chaos will persist for generations.
The concept of open borders and free movement of labour do need to be abandoned. But to try and claim that these concepts are the root cause of the refugee problem demonstrates a lack of thought and honesty. We require real change in our foreign policy, with political, not military solutions, as well as an exit from the EU and a recognition that human life is priceless.