Patrick Cockburn – The West Helped Create the Conditions That Force Iraqis, Iranians and Syrians to Cross the Channel

The same civilians we spend trillions on to “save and provide with democracy”, then become our enemies following our failure to provide them with the promised security and stability, when they come to us in search of the same.

Patrick Cockburn is the author of War in the Age of Trump (Verso)

Cross-posted from Counterpunch

A pan-European solution is needed to prevent Channel deaths

This is a Government, more than any in British history, that thinks in terms of slogans and headlines. The silliness and impracticality of its proposals to stop desperate people crossing the Channel in overcrowded dinghies is the latest proof of this.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel owe their political careers to exploiting xenophobia, so their failure to cope with a complex problem like the Channel crossings, requiring international cooperation, is not unexpected.

Even by the dismal standards of the past few years, Johnson’s and Patel’s flight from reality would be comical – if the outcome was not so tragic.

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