EDITORIAL

An editorial dilemma

Thousands of Venezuelan refugees walk across Simón Bolívar bridge into Cúcuta, Colombia, each day. PHOTO: Greg Kahn
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At first, Freedom Socialist editorialists thought to write about the impending Syrian government invasion of Idlib, probably the last great battle of a bitter seven-year war. Then we considered Yemen, where millions are on the verge of starvation. Next it was the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which faces the worst displacement crisis in the world, with thousands upon thousands fleeing an unending civil war. Visions of Libya followed: thousands of Congolese refugees end up as slaves in Libya, a country shedding buckets of blood from strife between rival militias.

Still, we can’t forget the nearly million Rohingya people driven out of Myanmar by genocidal attacks into camps in Bangladesh. And then there are the Venezuelans, living an economic nightmare at home and an immigrant’s nightmare when they flee to Colombia or Peru in search of medicine, doctors and food.

It’s not enough anymore to pick one crisis to respond to. The world is aflame in crises. And all the while, the U.S. media parses every single, silly tweet our silly, evil president sends out until the populace, including this paper’s writers, are almost brain dead. It seems to us now more than ever that fighting capitalism is the only antidote for all this suffering.

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