Everybody agrees that the Holocaust was and is a horrible crime. I mean I suppose every decent person would see it that way or at least speak of it as so. Of course there are those who deny the Holocaust, claiming it did not happen or was greatly exaggerated; but I’m not talking about that, I’m just saying that everybody would agree that genocide, or any kind of discriminated mass killing is an awful act if not a crime against humanity.
On the other hand, what you call genocide is debatable. It may be so, I’m not going to discuss that here either; what I wish to do is use the Armenian issue of Turkey as an example.: without taking sides. Thing is… We, the Turkish, may not have killed Armenians in furnaces like the Nazis but as far as I know, we have driven them out of their homes in the dead of winter. -When I say we, I’m not taking it as a personal issue, I have a problem with such pronouns identifying with a crowd. I believe We to be the Biggest Lie and the Most Dangerous Word in the World. So I use it cautiously, I’m just using it as a way of saying here. Going back to the main point…- What happens to people who are pushed out on the road in the snow without any provisions? They generally die of exhaustion, cold and hunger, or diseases. So the Turkish government of the time may not have killed the Armenians directly but have certainly caused their death by its action, i.e. sending Armenians in exile.
In the first case of the Holocaust there was a direct killing; here, there is an action causing deaths indirectly. Now let’s come to what is happening today with migrants… As this website is devoted to freedom of movement on the world we are born, you know I’m going to connect the topic there somehow. So… What happens to people who are trying to move from one place to another in the world? They either succeed, or they suffer and go back, or worst case scenario: They die. And why do they die, why has the Mediterranean turned into a graveyard?
Because borders block their movement. Because there are invisible lines being protected. Because countries apply visas according to people’s place of birth and citizenship. In short, because “Western” “modern” governments are not doing anything to actually stop the deaths. By going on with the status-quo, instead of changing the Political Construct of the world and by resting and falling on the safety net of convention… Convention of the Refugee Convention. This Convention is really convenient for them, they save face. It’s just not so convenient for the people it was supposed to be written for: Refugees
Yes, our “civilized” governments and society may look like it’s saving its face and keeping its respectful image… But they do not fool me or the people who can see through their hypocrisy. I’d like to emphasize that they are just as much responsible and guilty of “killing” these people like Hitler. (And just as deplorable if I may say so.) What’s the main difference? Hitler did it on ethnic grounds, the states of today are doing it on the grounds of nationality or rather on wealth of a person. Because you sure can get away from the confines of your nationality if you have money. Even European citizenships are for sale. The most popular is the Portuguese. People with money get away with many things. So it’s not only Birthplace Racism or Global Apartheid, it is Economic Racism and Economic Apartheid as well.
Let’s be honest here. It’s not only the politicians, it’s also us, it’s all of us who “kill” these people. They are dying because our politicians are “protecting” us.
Well… I don’t want to be protected if it’s going to mean the death of so many innocent people whose only crime is to wish to move around the world they were born on. I don’t want the responsibility of their blood on my hands.
I don't even know why we are helping the poor, saving orphans or dying children when we let them die in the end because they don't have enough money and we don't care about them. Or we don't care about them enough. But we still save them, perhaps it's because we like this white-savior feeling, it makes us feel special, so we can gloat in our glory. But we let them die if they try to get into our territory. No no no no, we don't want those poor uneducated people around us, they are inferior. Their inferiority is only good if it serves to boost our egos, awful when they want something better for their lives and go searching for it. Oh, they are going to get our wealth. They are going to get our jobs. That's not okay. What is more than okay is if they do the tough, unpleasant, thus unwanted jobs for dirt-cheap for us. Then we approve, then they get a big thumbs-up from us!
If I need to summarize:
Holocaust: Direct murder
Exile of Armenians: Indirect murder through an action
Migrant Deaths: Indirect murder through inaction
I don't know the law exactly but if Holocaust is First Degree Murder, and Exile of Armenians is Second Degree Murder, then migrant deaths, be it at sea, in the desert, in a detention center or wherever, it is Third Degree Murder; i.e. it is murder after all.
And we are all complicit in these murders. It's only a matter of degree. In the end, we are all Hitlers.