Don Pablo Edronkin

Extremes Do Touch Themselves (I).



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What was bad about the Iron Curtain? It really boils down to the fact that communist authorities prevented people from going from their miserable and authoritarian countries to Western Europe. This immigration policy - so to speak - existed by the action of the authorities of the Eastern or Communist Block.

Today, Western countries are tightening their own immigration policies, preventing people from going from their miserable and authoritarian regimes in the Third World to Western Europe. This immigration policy is indeed the sovereign right of developed countries, but it is a 'right' really to take away better opportunities for other people?

Should a country be allowed to tighten its migratory policies like what we take for granted now or not? After all, the death penalty was taken for granted not so long ago, and see what happens now. There were international protests concerning the execution of Mr. T. McVeight, the perpetrator of the Oklahoma terrorist attack, in the U.S

If sovereignity is no excuse for the violation of human rights and mistrating people...

So, what about immigration and deportation?

Do you think that sending back an African to a continent with nearly 30% of its people infected with the HIV virus is radically different or more morally justified than sending a Russian back to the Soviets was?

It is said that extremes do touch themselves: Hitler's dictatorship was as lethal to many as was Stalin's. It is obvious that when a political regime does not have a counterpart, it is free to reach any limit. In other words, even the best of regimes, if unchecked, will evolve into a tyranny, and this notion was firstly presented by no one else but Plato himself in his 'Republic'.

Since 1991 and the fall of the Soviet Union, what we can define as the Western Alliance has not been defied by anyone. One proof is the increased number of conflicts in areas of interest for the former Soviet Union, a political entity that would have prevented westerners from intervening there.

Just think in the number of conflicts in which United States troops took part between 1989 and the year 2002. It is higher than ever before: after the ill-fated Vietnam war, the United States did not intervene militarily anywhere until the invasion of Grenada, in 1983. Clearly, in a similar period of time, a couple of decades later, the same country, and even its European allies, intervened in many more conflicts.




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