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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.

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