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The collapse The collapse
by Gordana Mudri
2015-10-26 12:15:30
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The collapse

The Balkan route, “bursts at the seams”. While the great European heads make decisions on large tables, thousands of people are drowning in the mud and the cold. People are tired and on the edge of their nerves. By the way, how many European statesmen can see the urgency of the situation when meetings are arranged - with the usual delay – allegedly looking for a “fast operative action”? Has any decision been successful so far?

The domino effect that everyone feared, has already begun. Border crossings are becoming a narrow throat for the passage of large number of people. The situation on the "human corridor" between Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia is about to collapse. The official policy has failed. The arrangements that supposedly existed - now act as hastily agreed solutions. Again!

ref01_400_01Europe has no solution. "The Lord of the barbed-wire" suggested to return all these people to Greece! Great solution! Greece has a lot of islands and plenty of sun, so, for the people will probably be warmer there, than in cold Europe. Doesn't matter that the southern entrance to the Union lives its own crisis for long time. For them, the refugees and the immigrants, are already longstanding daily existence and for the rest of Europe - may continue to be so. A thousand homeless people - more or less - it is not a problem that should concern the ones who make the decisions from their comfortable armchairs.

People who need solutions have been converted to numbers.

These people have their goal. They are persistent. After thousands of kilometres no one can stop them near the finish line. They don't want to stay in the impoverished countries along their path. Their Dreamland is in the rich heart of Europe, or a bit north. Retention at the borders they perceive as an act to disable their dreams. Who are the Slavs that block them on their way to the Germans? Who are these savages who left them to wait for hours in the cold? Aggression is growing. Tents are burning in a refugee camp in Slovenia. A good cause for all homophobes to roar even louder.

Unfortunately, if the burning of tents was a deliberate act as a response to a probable justifiable resentment, still it was a very reckless action. We can understand the resentment and impatience of the people who are exhausted and frostbitten, but violence and destruction of things should not be the answer on someone else's effort - mainly civilians and volunteers who do their best for months and who are the only link in this pre-load chain  that functions without delay and without waiting on political decisions.

It's not nice. It is not human. No matter from which side it comes.

The old continent is changing irreversibly. For better or for worse - it is up to everyone. Do we have the patience and the tolerance for each other? The solution is not in sight. At least not in the near future. To the common observer it seems that those who sit in comfortable chairs, elected by the people, have less answers on every new critical situation.

Or perhaps they are waiting for salvation from the heavens.

For the people in mud - it is not a comfort.

 

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Kolaps

Balkanska ruta puca po šavovima. Dok velike europske glave donose odluke za velikim stolovima tisuće ljudi grca  u blatu i na hladnoći. Ljudi umorni i na rubu živaca. Usput, koliko uviđaju hitnost situacije kada se sastanci dogovaraju s odgodom, a traži se brza operativna akcija? Koliko je i jedna odluka do sada bila učinkovita?

 Domino efekt kojeg su se svi pribojavali već je započeo. Granični prelazi postaju sve uža grla za prolazak velikog broja ljudi. Stanje na humanom koridoru između Srbije, Hrvatske i Slovenije je pred kolapsom. Politika je zakazala. Dogovori koji su postojali sada djeluju kao zbrda-zdola dogovorena rješenja. Opet.

ref02_400Europa nema rješenje. „Gospodar bodljikave žice“ vratio bi sve ljude u Grčku! Sjajno rješenje! Ima Grčka dosta otoka i sunca pa će ljudima valjda biti toplije tamo nego u hladnoj Europi. Nema veze što je taj najjužniji ulaz u Uniju već dugo vremena u vlastitoj krizi. Njima su izbjeglice i imigranti već i onako dugogodišnja svakodnevna pojava pa neka i dalje ostane tako. Tisuću beskućnika više ili manje, to nije problem koji će zabrinuti one koji odluke donose u udobnim foteljama.

Ljudi o kojima se donose odluke pretvaraju se u brojeve.

Ti isti ljudi imaju svoj cilj. I uporni su. Nakon tisuća kilometara nitko ih ne može zaustaviti nadomak cilja. Oni ne žele zadržavanje u usputnim osiromašenim državama. Njihova je zemlja snova u bogatom srcu Europe ili nešto sjevernije. Zadržavanje na granicama doživljavaju kao onemogućavanje ostvarenja vlastitog sna. Tko su ti neki Slaveni koji im priječe put do Germana? Tko su ti divljaci koji ih ostavljaju da satima čekaju na hladnoći? Agresija raste. Gore šatori u izbjegličkom kampu u Sloveniji. Dobar povod svim homofobima da zaurlaju još glasnije.

Na žalost, ako je paljenje šatora bio namjeran čin kao odgovor na vjerojatno opravdanu ogorčenost, bila je to jako nepromišljena akcija. Možemo razumjeti ogorčenost i nestrpljenje tih ljudi koji su iscrpljeni i promrzli, ali nasilje i uništavanje stvari ipak ne bi trebao biti odgovor na tuđe napore, najčešće civila i volontera koji već mjesecima daju sve od sebe i koji su jedina karika u ovom prenapregnutom lancu koja funkcionira bez zadrške i čekanja na političke odluke.

Nije lijepo. Nije ljudski. Ni s jedne, ni s druge strane.

Stari se kontinent nepovratno mijenja. Na bolje ili na gore, to ovisi o svima.  Imalo li svi dovoljno strpljenja i tolerancije jedni za druge? Rješenje se ne nazire. Barem ne u skorije vrijeme. A sve češće se običnom promatraču čini da oni koji sjede u udobnim foteljama, izabrani od naroda, imaju sve manje sluha i odgovora.

Ili možda čekaju spas s neba.

Za ljude u blatu to je slaba utjeha.

 

 

 


      
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Emanuel Paparella2015-10-26 15:12:31
The above observations offers some plausible reasons why we, within Western Civilization, need to think of an alternative ethics based less on lofty principles and systems, and more on care. That is to say, we ought to seriously consider the feminist ethics of care. It is not a Machiavellian question of who exercises power and influence and leveling the field of power, but a question of envisioning an alternative to an ethic long on lofty theoretical ideas and short on practice. This is where genuine feminism can be very helpful in saving our civilization from its ultimate demise as predicted by Spangler's The Decline of the West. We can prove him wrong, but on the other hand his voice may prove to be prophetic. The choice is ours and that choice will determine our destiny in the short run but also in the long run.


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