We are currently in a totally unique period in the history of the human race. Seven billion people inhabit the planet right now -- and a good many of those are now on the move -- bumping around our world like glittering particles in a snow globe, shaken not stirred.
Now, instead of a few hundred Homo sapiens taking centuries to move from Point A to Point B or thousands of Europeans sailing off over a span of centuries, we now have hundreds of millions of human beings packing their bags and moving across oceans and continents within the span of mere decades -- or even within a few days.
These displaced Israelis left because they resented being victims of the old bait-and-switch con game. They thought they were going off to live in a small safe haven on the peaceful shores of the Mediterranean -- only to discover that their new country had been taken over by uber-fanatic settlers, hard-core neo-nazi military extremists and Likud's dream of establishing a Netanyahu Caliphate from the Euphrates to the Nile. "Not what I signed up for," these refugees lament.
The Tibetan diaspora: When 1,200,000 of your closest friends and neighbors have been slaughtered by roving bands of Chinese Communist gangs, who could possibly blame you for thinking it might be time to move on to a safer 'hood. http://www.namsebangdzo.com/Lord_of_the_Dance_p/11185.htm
But one of the strangest international migrations these days is the migration of the members of ISIS. These blood-thirsty pirates are now deliberately migrating toward danger spots, not away from them. And in large numbers too. Why? Who the freak knows. Like horses that refuse to leave a burning barn? Or like psychopaths driven mad by being tortured and held in captivity for too long? Or, more than likely, like mercenaries being paid big bucks by America, Turkey and the Saudis to wreck havoc on places containing natural resources and oil. http://jpstillwater.blogspot.com/2014/10/question-for-isis-whered-you-get-all.html
People all over the world are now running away from American war planes, American weapons, American "boots on the ground" and American drones. And, most recently, American paramilitary police. Sucks to be a powerless weaponless peon these days, right? http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/12/gov-tortured-killed-innocent-people-specific-purpose-producing-false-propaganda.html
I have several points to make. First, that the whole world has been agitated and shaken up -- and like ants in an ant colony, people are running every which-way to get away from all the threats. Second, that all of this forced migration is not good -- not good for children or any other living thing. Third: That, sadly, we Americans will also have to pay the price for all this destabilization someday soon too. And, fourth, that Americans should stop bitching about "illegal aliens" coming here following their treasures. If the American military-industrial complex hadn't shaken our snow-globe, there wouldn't be such a huge immigration problem in the first place.
PS: And then there's always the ongoing diaspora to California. Sure, a few people do go off to live in the Red States -- but who the freak wants to live in Mississippi when they can be living in San Francisco! And who would ever want to live in the frozen northern states under ten feet of climate-change-caused snow when the electricity goes off?
PPS: Now let's talk about happiness -- what most of these global refugees are pursuing. Happiness is a good thing, right? And what makes us happy? Kittens, puppies, money, new cars? Sex and love? Organic vegetables and Vitamin D? Friends?
Or is it war that makes us happy? With the American military-industrial complex's incredibly strong record of starting and maintaining wars, one would think that, if war truly made us happy, Americans today would be the happiest people on earth! But we are not.
No matter how many "positive psychology" motivational speakers we worship or anti-depressants we take -- or "wars" we start, Americans are just not all that happy. http://barbaraehrenreich.com/website/brightsided.htm. Take for instance all those nation-wide protests against Wall Street and police brutality. If Americans were really all that happy, would they be marching in the streets -- for no matter what reason? And why aren't all our homeless children and unemployed former members of our formerly-great middle class wearing smiles on their faces either?
PPPS: Economist Thomas Piketty states that, "The value of human capital is much higher than any other form of capital." If this is true, then why is the American military-industrial complex happily engaged in killing off our most valuable and important form of capital both at home and abroad? That just doesn't make sense.