Border Poland Belarus: Once again, the people | Opinion

Migration processes have been the suspended subject of Europe for two decades. The inability to confront the conflict has served as a political fuel. Every time a candidate took photos of himself on protection fences, at border crossings, or waved miracle solutions based on authoritarianism, voters ran to grant him trust. It was about sleeping soundly. But when the Continent is surrounded by other territories destroyed by war, poverty and helplessness, the days of tranquility are numbered. Also isolation. Inequality is an engine of escape. The new political strategies have gone through providing European funds to some border countries to act as a containment screen and filter. There it is not necessary to attend to human rights or to the moral precautions that European countries demand for themselves. That outsourced impunity worked as a patch for lack of better ideas. But it has been a year now that what we expected has begun, that the new bombings and war attacks are not carried out with weapons, but simply by dumping emigrants on the enemy. Spain has lived its singular episode in Ceuta, but now the eastern borders suffer the same indecency.

No one would have ever thought that the forests of Belarus were going to become the scenes of a migratory war. However, as communicating vessels, if you plug one end, you cause the other end to burst. The dictator that Belarusians have suffered for decades has found in the migratory flow a weapon to defend himself against political pressure and economic sanctions. Chartering Syrian and Afghan immigrant planes to European borders is evidence of an endless escalation in human indignity. The reception at the Polish border has not been better. The Government of Poland has spent years in an unsupportive pulse with the rest of Europe, playing to ignore club politics, with contempt for understanding and the laws of acceptance and respect. He did it with the same stroke that advances in other territories to sell your country as an empire in search of recovering the lost greatness, subscribing to that dull illusion that a fictitious past is the solution to a complex future. That is the banality that fills opportunists with votes.

Rarely does a speech hide a more resounding failure. In the conflict on the Polish and Belarusian borders, once again, it was the private people who have risen to the occasion. Those who have voluntarily shown their solidarity and lit reception lights, have distributed food and shelter to people in dire need. They do it in a personal capacity, against the strategic indications of their governments that have no other plan than to pay for the cruelty. And while people offer a humanitarian face, all political balances strive to make the situation worse. Poland now joins the fence project that Hungary also embraced. He claims for the new engineering work another 350 million euros to add to the budget of obstruction, an industry without sense but that does not stop growing. We no longer have sides to look at in our endeavor to look the other way.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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