By Slavoj Žižek
This day, hundreds of thousands of individuals, desperate to flee battle, violence and poverty, are crossing the Mediterranean to hunt shelter in Europe. Our reaction from our protected ecu standpoint, argues Slavoj Žižek, bargains versions of ideological blackmail: both we open our doorways as broadly as possible; or we strive to drag up the drawbridge. either solutions are undesirable, states Žižek. They purely prolong the problem, instead of tackling it.
The refugee challenge additionally provides an opportunity, a special likelihood for Europe to redefine itself: yet, if we're to take action, we need to commence raising unpleasant and difficult questions. We should also acknowledge that giant migrations are our destiny: in basic terms then will we commit to a carefully prepared process of switch, one founded no longer on a community that see the excluded as a hazard, yet person who takes as its foundation the shared substance of our social being.
The purely approach, in different phrases, to get to the center of 1 of the best matters confronting Europe this present day is to insist at the international solidarity of the exploited and oppressed. possibly such solidarity is a utopia. yet, warns Žižek, if we don’t interact in it, then we're relatively misplaced. And we are going to need to be misplaced.
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There were no particular demands made 37 A G A I N S T THE DOUB LE B L A C K M A I L by the protesters in the Paris suburbs. There was only an insistence on n o itgcer based , on a vague, non-articulated ressentiment. Most o f those interviewed after the event talked about how unacceptable it was that the then inte rior minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, had called them ‘scum’. In a weird self-referential short-circuit, they were (also) pro testing against the very reaction (by Sarkozy) that their protests inspired.
But none o f the usual humanitarian uproar followed, as if some kind o f filtering mechanism had blocked this news from achieving its full impact. To put it cynically, Time had picked the wrong victim in the struggle for hegemony in suffering. It should have stuck 45 A G A I N S T THE D O U B L E B L A C K M A I L to the list o f usual suspects: Muslim women and their plight, oppression in Tibet, and so on. ) Why this extraordinary lack o f response to reports o f such massive loss of life? Back in 2001, a U N investigation into the illegal exploi tation o f natural resources in Congo found that the conflict in the country is mainly about access to, control of, and trade in five key mineral resources: coltan, dia monds, copper, cobalt and gold.
17 What we should do, however, is unambiguously reject the direct use o f these passages as a legitimization o f contempo rary politics. Moreover, we should ignore them not only because they are not essential to the immanent content of the religion in question, but also because their oppressive use is conditioned by specific historical circumstances. Unfortunately, though, the Israeli government is being sucked deeper and deeper into this mire. In a speech to the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem on 21 October 2015, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu suggested that Hitler had wanted only to expel Jews from Germany, not to exterminate them; and that, rather, it was Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Palestinian grand mufti o f Jerusalem, who somehow persuaded Hitler to kill the Jews instead.