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Christmas message 2014/No place for refugees in Fortress Europe/Reflections on Christmas E

by Astrid Essed Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 at 7:03 PM

It's a strange thing, that Christmas is to be celebrated more luxuoriously every year, wile the true meaning of Christmas is, that there was no place for a poor Child in the Inn, like nowadays boat refugees are not welcome in Fortress Europe. Only when all refugees are welcome in Europe, there will be a true Christmas.



At a certain moment in the history of Mankind, a man leaves his
home with his pregnant wife, in search for a better existence.
They travel on a donkey cart, under the burning sun.
No pleasure for a mother to be, but better than walking.

When they enter a remotely city, they can't rest anywhere,
as poor as they were.
But compassionate farmer shows them a cabin, where they
can sleep.
That night the woman gives birth to a child.
But they can't stay there for long, because the local
ruler hates foreigners and already killed many of them
in a massacre.
So they have to run away with a newborn baby to
another country.

They were lucky to have been born two thousand years
ago, because had they fled to Europe with its
killing asylum policy, their refugee story had not
been believed and they were sent back to the place
of death and destruction they came from.
And Christmas had not been celebrated.


The same horrible flight this Family made, is now
being done by boat refugees, two thousand and
fourteen years later, who cross the Mediterranean Sea
in the hope for a better future.
A normal thing to do, you would say,
because who doesn't want to escape a life of
poverty and war?
But the European rulers have a different line of
thinking and picture those refugees as villains ,
criminals and ''gelukzoekers''[ Dutch for searchers
for fortune and happiness]
So what:
Are we not all searchers for happiness and fortune?
Have not European emigrated to other countries,
in search for a better life?

But egoism rules.
Egoism of capitalism with its ruthless dictate
of who is useful to the economy and the system and
who is not.
Capitalism that doesn't care about human beings.

When those boat refugees were to be used economically
as the former Turkish and Moroccon domestic workers
in the Netherlands [and other European countries], the
door would be open to welcome them.
Now capitalism can't use them, they try to keep them outside
Europe with any means possible.

Rich Europe [which exploits and makes its profits out of the
countries of the refugees] is militarising its borders with
Frontex European Agency, to make it impossible
for reaching Europe on a safe and normal way.
Therefore they have to take dangerous and unseaworthy

By the policy of ruthless European gangster rulers, the
Mediterranean Sea has become a graveyard for
thousands of boat refugees.


Actually it is strange, that every year, Christmas celebration in Europe
becomes more luxurious.
Because it is the celebration of a poor Child, who was not welcome,
like the boat refugees.

I wonder, how all those European Christmas celebrators
[I don't mean them, who care about refugees, of course],
would have reacted, when the Child of Bethlehem would
come to Europe now, as one of those boat refugees, who
they call criminals and ''gelukzoekers'' [ Dutch for searchers
for fortune and happiness]

''Not welcome''
''Coming to benefit from our wealth''
''Stay in your own country''
''Another would be terrorist''

The story of Christmas is not different from the refugees tale,
for who was no place in the safe world.
In Fortress Europe.
In the Netherlands.
Anywhere in the world.

Only when refugees are no longer considered as
criminals or ''collateral damage'', but are welcome
in Europe, The Child of Bethlehem is welcome.

And has Christmas a true meaning.

For everyone


Astrid Essed
The Netherlands
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