While not mentioning President Obama by name, the official newspaper of the Workers World Party squarely blamed the U.S.-led intervention in Libya and what it calls “subversion” in Syria for the illegal immigrant crisis currently facing Europe.
“What drove this crisis to unprecedented heights was NATO’s bombing, invasion and subversion of Libya and Syria, starting in 2011,” stated the Workers World Weekly newspaper in an editorial.
The Workers World Party is a Marxist-Leninist communist party in the United States.
The rhetoric on the immigration issue in Europe is a departure from the standard leftist claim that so-called global warming is the major factor driving migrants toward the West.
Stated the newspaper: “Libya’s economy had employed a million workers from sub-Saharan Africa before 2011. U.S.-NATO bombs and the arming of elements similar to the Islamic State overthrew the stable and relatively prosperous Libyan government of Col. Moammar Gadhafi, killing him and making the country hell to live in.
“In Syria, too, the U.S. and its NATO allies, especially Britain, France and Germany, as well as Turkey, provided arms to elements that consolidated into the Islamic State. To overthrow the Damascus government, the imperialists provoked a disastrous war that has torn apart the country, creating a mass exodus.”
The communist publication implored workers in Europe to not be “misled by demagogues who make migrants scapegoats for the problems these workers face in their own countries.”
Instead, according to Workers World Weekly, the European workers’ enemies are “the imperialists who have systematically undermined postcolonial governments that have been trying to exercise their independence and autonomy after at least a century of bondage.”
The international immigration crisis received worldwide attention last week when an abandoned van on the Austrian-Hungarian border was found containing 71 illegal immigrants who had died days earlier in a failed attempt to reach the West.
This year alone, about 300,000 people have tried to enter Greece and Italy by crossing though the Mediterranean and along the Balkan coast, according to United Nations Human Rights Council statistics.
From January through July this year, 102,342 people crossed into Austria via the western Balkans, documented Frontex, the EU border control agency. The number was more than 10,000 higher than the total number of illegals who entered Europe via Mediterranean route.
Progressives blame ‘global warming’
Last month, a report with contributions from more than 40 experts from 11 countries warned food and water shortages from so-called global warming may cause mass migration and lead some to resort to terrorism. The report, titled: “Climate Change, A Risk Assessment,” was co-authored by David King, the U.K. foreign secretary’s “climate change” representative, and Daniel Schrag, a member of Obama’s council of advisers on science.
Similar rhetoric was evidenced in an extensive January 2012 research paper from the highly influential Center for American Progress titled “Climate Change, Migration, and Conflict: Addressing Complex Crisis Scenarios in the 21st Century.”
The CAP tome blamed “climate change” for such varied world events as the “Arab Spring” and mass migrations, while pushing the transfer of enormous U.S. assets to the developing world.
A closer reading of the report shows it concedes in several instances that there is no actual proof for its contention that climate change is responsible for dramatic world events. Yet CAP urges massive transfers of U.S. wealth anyway.
The “Arab Spring” – a series of Islamist coups bolstered by short-lived democratic uprisings – is viewed by CAP through the lens of climate change.
“The Arab Spring can be at least partly credited to climate change. Rising food prices and efforts by authoritarian regimes to crush political protests were linked first to food and then to political repression – two important motivators in the Arab makeover this past year.”
In one section, the report admits:
Climate change is among these newly visible issues sparking conflict. But because the direct link between conflict and climate change is unclear, awareness of the indirect links has yet to lead to substantial and sustained action to address its security implications.
On migration and climate change, CAP cites United Nations data to warn:
In the 21st Century the world could see substantial numbers of climate migrants – people displaced by either the slow or sudden onset of the effects of climate change.
In the same section, the report concedes:
In fact there is major disagreement among experts about how to identify climate as a causal factor in internal and international migration. But even though the root causes of human mobility are not always easy to decipher, the policy challenges posed by that movement are real.
Spread the wealth using U.S. military
CAP uses its unproved claims about world events to call for the United States, its allies and key regional players to “work together to create a sustainable security situation to deal with climate change, migration and conflict.”
Recommendations include an increase in funding for the Global Climate Change Initiative, the Climate Adaptation Fund established by the parties to the Kyoto Protocol and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, adopted by more than 190 countries.
The U.S. is singled out as one “of the few global powers capable and willing to act in the common interest.”
In 2011, meanwhile, the Institute for Policy Studies progressive think tank released a 40-page CAP-endorsed report titled “The Green Dividend,” a term the IPS defines as “a major shift of resources from the military budget to sustainable energy.”
IPS and CAP also author a joint annual “Unified Security Budget,” parts of which reportedly were adapted by the Obama administration.
In their “Green Dividend” report, the think tanks complain of what they call an excess of military spending, which should be used, they argue, to fight so-called global warming.
“The obvious solution is to reduce military spending and apply those savings to a green technology initiative that reduces our dependency on fossil fuels, shrinks our carbon footprint, and creates jobs. Such a ‘green stimulus’ could pull our economy out of recession.”
Convert military installations to ‘green job’ incubators
The IPS research paper identifies the Pentagon as the “largest institutional energy user – and greenhouse gas emitter – on the planet,” arguing that if it undertook a “crash program” to convert to renewable energy sources and clean vehicles, it could make a significant impact on global emissions.
It recommends redirecting much of the U.S. military budget from defense toward creating a Pentagon that is energy efficient and stresses “designing and implementing a U.S. transition to a low-emissions future.”
Astonishingly, IPS calls on the Pentagon to contribute to a green world “by simply getting out of the way, by handing over unneeded military installations to be converted into green job incubators.”
There is little doubt the Obama White House is ready to embrace CAP’s recommendation of filtering world conflict through the lens of climate change and transformative global engagement.
The Obama White House Interagency Taskforce on adapting to climate change previously recommended the government develop a strategy to help poor countries contend with purportedly climate-induced challenges.
The Obama administration also already has overseen the release of four official defense and engagement reviews specifically designating climate change as a major consideration in planning global development and security strategies.
The acknowledgment was prominently featured in the congressionally mandated National Security Strategy of April 2010; the Defense Department’s Quadrennial Defense Review, the administration’s first-ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review; as well as the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development.