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Saturday, August 10, 2013

U.S. hostility, injury, insult: Middle East to the Americas

Create international crisis, patch it, castigate patch ─ U.S. global relations model
Editing and commentary by Carolyn Bennett

U.S. officials execute and provoke war and conflict, destroy lives and place, displace millions and insult them with lectures, condescension and handouts. And if immigrants land on U.S. soil, they are met with xenophobia and more violence.

U.S. in Middle East  

The death toll in Syria continues to rise. During Ramadan this year, the numbers exceeded 4,400.

Syrians’ needs are so great, the Obama government’s Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration, Kelly Clements, admits, “…We cannot keep up”  with the need for “humanitarian” assistance

Of course, most same people know that arming groups to overthrow a nation’s government or to depose a head of state or sending drones onto a country is not “humanitarian” and is not helping the people of Syria or anywhere else.

Deep and lasting injury: U.S. foreign relations model in violence throughout Middle East

3.5 million people are estimated to become Syrian refugees by year’s end and will be in neighboring countries of Jordan (now hosting 454,000 registered Syrian refugees), Lebanon (now hosting 564,000 registered Syrian refugees), Turkey, Iraq and Egypt
…1.9 million are projected to be in desperate need of assistance by year’s end

…6.8 million Syrians are currently in need of humanitarian assistance
U.S. insult tops injury

In the face of another enormous tragedy the United States helped create in and around Syria, the Obama government is reportedly promising to make refugees jump through hoops well into next year and to consider and maybe accept “2,000” out of millions of them.

“Responding to the rapidly deteriorating conditions,” RT is reporting, the Obama government has agreed “to take in 2,000 Syrian war victims who will be given permanent residence status ─ “a fraction of a percent of Syrian refugees in need of assistance.”

U.S. State Department representative Kelly Clements is reported saying, “Referrals will come within the next four months (and) we will need to interview people and perform security and medical checks.” The U.S. application process involves “extensive background screenings” and takes months to complete.

U.S. in the Americas
Immigrants greeted with U.S. hostility
Virulent anti-immigrant acts not seen in nearly 100 years

The U.S.-based Southern Poverty Law Center reports U.S. “anti-immigrant hate groups have proliferated since the late 1990s ─ when anti-immigration xenophobia (irrational fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything different or that is perceived ‘strange’ or ‘foreign’, when strange and foreign and different are themselves deemed bad or deviant) began to rise to levels not seen in the United States since the 1920s.”

The “anti-immigrant” haters, SPLC says, “are the most extreme of the hundreds of nativist and vigilante groups.…
Although many groups criticize high levels of immigration and some (categorized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as ‘nativist extremist’ groups) typically confront or harass individual immigrants and their supporters, anti-immigrant hate groups generally go further by pushing racist propaganda.

Ignorance powers fear, bigotry, hatred
Neighbors, fellow human beings become and create enemies

 In the case of “Americans,’” one salient article reads, “the distinction between Latin America and Anglo-America is a convention based on predominant languages in the Americas by which Romance-language and English-speaking cultures are distinguished.

“Neither area is culturally or linguistically homogeneous. …

Though the SPLC’s frame of U.S. anti’s has mainly focused on anti-Latin Americans, the United States has a hostile, xenophobic attitude toward the world’s peoples.

And considering the United States’ depressed educational and health systems, its corrupt government and inept governing, its neglect of the public good as it drains the country’s energy and wealth in one after foreign war and manufactured crisis ─ the rational course of action would be to recall the current governors and to throw out the entrenched U.S. foreign relations model. Take care of home and stop engaging in and provoking violence around the world.

Sources and notes

“U.S. ready to accept thousands of Syrian refugees,” August 9, 2013,

“U.S. to let in 2,000 Syrian refugees ─ The United States has for the first time decided to let nearly 2,000 Syrian refugees for permanent resettlement in America, a report says,” August 10, 2013  http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/10/318081/us-to-let-it-2000-syrian-refugees/

“Anti-Immigrant,” http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/ideology/anti-immigrant

“Essay: The Anti-Immigrant Movement” by Heidi Beirich, http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/ideology/anti-immigrant/the-anti-immigrant-movement

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society.

Founded by civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. in 1971, the SPLC is internationally known for tracking and exposing the activities of hate groups.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is based in Montgomery, Alabama, the birthplace of the modern civil rights movement, and has offices in Atlanta, New Orleans, Miami, Florida and Jackson, Mississippi. http://www.splcenter.org/who-we-are


Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
El Salvador

“The distinction between Latin America and Anglo-America is a convention based on the predominant languages in the Americas by which Romance-language and English-speaking cultures are distinguished. Neither area is culturally or linguistically homogeneous. …

In contemporary usage, “Latin America refers to territories in America where the Spanish or Portuguese languages prevail: Mexico, most of Central and South America, and in the Caribbean, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico – in summary, Hispanic America and Brazil.…

“In a more literal definition, which remains faithful to the original usage, Latin America designates all of those countries and territories in the Americas where a Romance language (i.e., languages derived from Latin, and hence the name of the region) is spoken:

Spanish, Portuguese, and French, and the creole languages based upon these. Considering this definition, Quebec, in Canada, is technically part of Latin America as well. But this region is rarely considered so, since its history, distinctive culture, economy, geographical location and British-inspired political institutions are generally deemed too closely intertwined with the rest of Canada.



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