Refugee crisis – root causes

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

05 September, 2015

Dear Editor:

The refugee crisis in Europe/Middle East/Africa is an immediate concern of unprecedented scale. But it is important to continue to discuss the root causes because the immediate crisis flows so directly from the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

The main purpose of the Iraq invasion by the US government was to promote war as the primary means of conducting foreign policy. That type of policy will always stir up trouble but especially in a volatile area of economic exploitation and regional rivalries like the Middle East.

Their war policy has been crowned on top of the modern history of western intervention which traces back to the British occupation of Iraq and its oil fields following World War I. Despite the rhetoric of ‘bringing democracy’, colonial intervention has always been the proper description of that history. The resulting civil wars and new insurgent groups should have been expected out of a war policy brought to envelop that history.

New Zealand has willingly participated in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, most importantly through signals intelligence through the Waihopai satellite spy base. Is the National government afraid the refugee crisis will remind everyone of that?



Richard Keller


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