By Slavoj Žižek
This present day, thousands of individuals, desirous to get away warfare, violence and poverty, are crossing the Mediterranean to hunt shelter in Europe. Our reaction from our safe eu perspective, argues Slavoj Žižek, deals types of ideological blackmail: both we open our doorways as largely as attainable; or we strive to drag up the drawbridge. either ideas are undesirable, states Žižek. They basically extend the matter, instead of tackling it.
The refugee obstacle additionally offers a chance, a special probability for Europe to redefine itself: yet, if we're to take action, we need to begin elevating disagreeable and hard questions. We also needs to recognize that giant migrations are our destiny: in simple terms then will we decide to a gently ready strategy of swap, one based no longer on a group that sees the excluded as a danger, yet person who takes as its foundation the shared substance of our social being.
The in simple terms means, in different phrases, to get to the guts of 1 of the best concerns confronting Europe this present day is to insist at the international cohesion of the exploited and oppressed. perhaps such cohesion is a utopia. yet, warns Žižek, if we don’t have interaction in it, then we're particularly misplaced. And we'll need to be misplaced.
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Westerners come from a Judeo-Christian background, where the teaching of faith centers on love, tolerance, and forgiveness. They do not understand that the sword of Islam—so glamorized on film—represents hatred, intolerance, murder, and the subjugation of anyone not Muslim. The West’s perception of the mysterious Middle East began to come into focus during the past forty years with the rise of the PLO and Ayatollah Khomeini. The world watched one terror attack after another: the 1971 Munich Olympic massacre, the hostage crisis in Iran, the bombing of the marines in Lebanon, the Achille Lauro hijacking and murders, the Pan Am flight that exploded over Scotland, TWA flight 847, and the killing and taking of hostages in Lebanon.
The threat of Islamic terrorism has already cost the civilized world billions of dollars in security provisions, countless hours of inconvenience and delay, and immeasurable work to institute programs and procedures to protect the civilian population. Security measures at airports are extensive wherever you are—New York, Sidney, London, Paris, Madrid, Toronto or Tel-Aviv. Every person who travels is aware of this threat. The initial Islamic war Mohammed declared on the infidels—the original Islamic war—has reemerged and is ramping up its attacks on freedom-loving people.
In contrast, for true peace in Western terms to be achieved, the fighting parties must end their conflict, agree to stop fighting, announce that they have reconciled past problems, and move forward in a true harmonious relationship. The word “freedom” in the West means the ability of individuals to make decisions affecting their lives in every way, especially the election or removal of people in government and power who impact their everyday lives. It means the right to choose and make decisions.
Against the Double Blackmail: Refugees, Terror and Other Troubles with the Neighbours by Slavoj Žižek