When human rights champions become xenophobic

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IN recent news, European states have been putting up razor wire curtains against the influx of unarmed African and Middle-East refugees into Europe.
The use of razor wire by the self-proclaimed champions of human rights to bar victims of alleged human rights violations is peculiar; especially given that the unarmed refugees genuinely believe that Western media and European-sponsored human rights non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that encourage armed insurrections against alleged non-white dictatorships have sincere humanitarian motives.
Unlike a concrete wall which a really desperate and determined asylum seeker can scale and get away with his life intact, razor wire is a blind and savage sentinel.
It is specifically deployed not to simply keep out, but to rip life out of an already traumatised asylum seeker.
The mute message of a razor wire barrier is unambiguous: ‘Go back and be killed by whatever you are running away from’.
Before this migrant crisis, no such curtains existed, and it is needless to say that the European champions of civilisation, human rights, rule of law, tolerance and Christianity were perfectly comfortable with the free movement of Europeans between European states and the world.
In that context, the razor wire curtains become racist, and a brazen contravention of Article 14 of the United Nations Universal Human Rights Charter which says: “Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.”  
Europeans don’t seem to understand that it is only natural for those who believe Western human rights and democracy rhetoric to run to them for protection from any threat that fits the definition of human rights violations peddled by Western media.
It is curious that the European champion of the oppressed does not like them in his home and, it is even more curious that no European has dared call it ‘xenophobia’.
There is a Western media conspiracy that xenophobia is only when South Africans torch Zimbabwean, Mozambican, Malawian, Nigerian and Somali economic refugees.
It is estimated that this year, the number of refugees who have arrived in Europe mostly from war-torn Libya, Syria, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan is 300 000. 
It is reported that Germany’s Angela Merkel has called it ‘the biggest challenge’ she has seen in European affairs during her time as chancellor.  
And, Italian Foreign Minister, Paolo Gentiloni has reportedly warned that the migrant crisis poses a major threat to the very ‘soul of Europe’.
The remarks are, of course, as ridiculous as they are ominous.
The Auschwitz gas chambers where Merkel’s predecessors sent over six million Jews are certainly much bigger than the current refugee crisis.
Migrants who read a bit of European history will remember that Italy’s Benito Mussolini was Adolf Hitler’s partners in the horrendous crime.  
In Africa, Namibians are still trying to come to terms with the apocalyptical genocide wrought upon their Herero ancestors when the Germans considered them a challenge.
Curiously, in spite of her alarm, Angela Merkel has ironically offered to accommodate some of the migrants.
But, in historically xenophobic and genocidal Germany, one is forced to wonder how sustainable the Chancellor’s offer of safety to African and Muslim migrants is?
One is forced to wonder if it is not in all Christian migrants’ best interests to remember that the Pharaoh who offered Joseph and his brethren asylum in Egypt is not the one who enslaved Moses’ generation.
The figure of 300 000 migrants in nine months invites further curiosity, especially with regards to Merkel’s alarmist view that it is ‘the biggest challenge’ she has seen in European affairs during her time as chancellor.   
It is sickening that she should say so when she was herself a zealous supporter of the 2003 US-led NATO illegal invasion of Iraq, even before she became Chancellor.
Germany was part of the coalition that poured over 380 000 armed foreign troops (not unarmed migrants) into Iraq in an invasion that was not sanctioned by the UN.
And, it is those 380 000 invaders who reduced Iraq to the rubble that it is today.
Close to two million Iraqis have since lost their lives and millions more have been displaced and a tiny, tiny part of these constitute part of the estimated
300 000 migrants against whom xenophobic Europe has drawn razor wire curtains.
Before the invasion of Iraq, hundreds of thousands of NATO forces had also been deployed to raze Afghanistan to the ground in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
It is also worth mentioning that a century earlier, at the end of the Zulu War, a total of 500 000 British troops had been variously deployed against a mere 70 000 Zulus.
That invasion in time spawned ‘Apartheid’, a gross crime against black humanity which Mandela described as, “an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long.”
Given this historical context, is it therefore not unreasonable that those who have arbitrarily deployed hundreds of thousands of troops as occupation forces into UN member-states should themselves cringe from sheltering just a handful of the victims of those displaced by their sponsored violence?
In the same historical context it is, especially important for Africa to remember that this is not the first ‘desperate journey’ Africans have travelled to Europe and the current drownings in European oceans are not the first.  
The majority of Africans in the Western Diaspora went there as slaves stolen from Africa in their millions and taken to Europe where they slaved to build Western economies until made redundant by the Western industrial revolution.
The lie that it was the ‘Abolitionist Movement’ that freed the African slave was exposed when it was, ironically, the white slave master who was compensated for loss of slave labour and not the slave.  
Villain-authored history has tried to hide the crime in terms such as ‘Evangelising and Civilising Missions’ but it is no longer possible to sanitise the colonial exploitation and exclusion of the black converts from their own God-given resources as Christianity and civilisation.
‘The desperate journeys’ is the sad pattern of the children of African men and women who commendably broke the chains of colonial bondage now ironically sacrificing hard-earned savings to pay for the dangerous passage back to servitude.
It is critical for Africans and Middle-Easterners to ask why European champions of human rights who have expended billions of dollars and deployed hundreds of thousands of troops to protect them from alleged ‘dictatorships’ should now exhibit xenophobia and refuse to shelter those whose rights they have sacrificed so much in championing.
It is even more critical for the African security sector to remember that the Africans who were used to front the European invasion and destruction of Libya were Africans who had been curiously ‘sheltered’ by xenophobic Europeans.
After being used to destroy their own homeland, their European sponsors have erected razor wire curtains to bar their return to Europe.
Saka yabva yaita mufakose.

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