UN Report Reveals Nations Producing Most Refugees Were Targets Of US Intervention

Authored by Whitney Webb via TheAntiMedia.org,

A UN report has shown that more than 65 million people were forced to leave their home countries last year, becoming refugees due to deadly conflict. The top nations from which refugees fled have one thing in common, they were all targets of US intervention.

A United Nations report has shed light on the world’s burgeoning crisis of displaced peoples, finding that a record 65.6 million were forced to vacate their homes in 2016 alone. More than half of them were minors.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which drafted the report, put the figure into perspective, stating that increasing conflict and persecution worldwide have led to “one person being displaced every three seconds – less than the time it takes to read this sentence.”

UN High Commissioner Filippo Grandi called the figure “unacceptable” and called for “solidarity and a common purpose in preventing and resolving the crisis.”

However, what the UN report failed to mention was the role of U.S. foreign intervention, indirect or direct, in fomenting the conflicts responsible for producing most of the world’s refugees.

According to the report, three of the nations producing the highest number of refugees are Syria (12 million refugees created in 2016), Afghanistan (4.7 million) and Iraq (4.2 million).

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The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are known to be the direct result of U.S. military invasions in the early 2000s, as well as the U.S.’ ongoing occupation of those nations. Decades after invading both countries, the U.S.’ destabilizing military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan has continued to increase in recent years, with the Trump administration most recently announcing plans to send thousands of soldiers to Afghanistan in the coming months. It is worth noting that each U.S. soldier in Afghanistan costs U.S. taxpayers $2.1 million.

While the U.S. has yet to directly invade Syria, the U.S. role in the conflict is clear and Syria’s destabilization and the overthrow of its current regime have long been planned by the U.S. government. The U.S. and its allies, particularly Israel and Saudi Arabia, have consistently funded “rebel” groups that have not only perpetuated the Syrian conflict for six long years, but have also committed atrocity after atrocity targeting civilians in Syrian cities, towns, and communities – a major factor in convincing Syrians to leave their homes.

The report ranks Colombia as the world’s second-largest producer of refugees, with 7.7 million Colombians displaced in 2016. Like Syria, the U.S. has not directly invaded Colombia, but is known to have extensively funded paramilitary groups, also known as “death squads,” in the country since the 1980s, when then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan declared a “war on drugs” in Colombia.

U.S. efforts have long helped fuel the civil war between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and pro-government, U.S.-funded paramilitary groups. This conflict has lasted for more than half a century.

In 2000, then-President Bill Clinton’s administration funded the disastrous “Plan Colombia” with $4 billion in U.S. taxpayer funds, ostensibly to fight drug trafficking and insurgents. Almost all of this money was used to fund the Colombian military and its weapon purchases. “Plan Colombia” ultimately intensified armed violence, military deployments, human rights abuses by the Colombian military, and – of course – the internal displacement of Colombians. The legacy of U.S. policy in Colombia and its continuing support of the nation’s right-wing, neo-liberal regime have ensured that the chaos continues into the present.

In addition to the above, U.S foreign policy is also to blame for the conflict in South Sudan, where the UN report found was home to the fastest-growing displacement of people in the world. In 2011, the U.S. pushed South Sudan to secede from Sudan, as South Sudan holds the vast majority of Sudan’s oil reserves — the largest oil reserves in all of Africa. The U.S.’ push for the creation of an independent South Sudan dislodged Chinese claims to Sudanese oil, as the Chinese had previously signed oil contracts with the (now Northern) Sudanese government.

But when nation-building efforts went awry and civil war broke out just two years later, some analysts suggested that the conflict only started when South Sudan’s president began to cozy up to China. According to the UN report, approximately 3.3 million people in South Sudan have fled their homes since the war began.

Grandi has called on the world’s nations to help prevent and resolve the global refugee crisis. But he would also do well to point out the common cause uniting many of the world’s worst conflicts – the U.S. military-industrial complex’s insatiable lust for conquest, power and profit.

Comments

cherry picker Jayda1850 Fri, 06/23/2017 - 21:28 Permalink

Agent Orange, the Teleprompter in Chief, the Chimp, Bubba, nick names all, but show the integrity and morality of the POTUS current and past.Somehow can't find a leader worth following lately.JFK was no angel, but he did have something that made people love him and follow him.  Maybe being in the water helping comrades when PT109 showed he was a man when he needed to be one.  The rest of them, wimps.  Talk a lot but really don't know how to walk.

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AE911Truth Fri, 06/23/2017 - 21:05 Permalink

The Directors of the Military Industrial Congressional complex have a fiduciary obligation to enhance shareholder value. Humanity suffering does not enter into their decisions, except that more suffering equals more profits.

Insurrexion (not verified) Fri, 06/23/2017 - 21:06 Permalink

No shit the Nations producing the most refugees were targets of US intervention.Deep State / NWO / Wall St. Plan 101.Thank the fucking Bush, Clinton, Bush #2 and Obongo's administrations for "just following orders."The Deep State, the Republican party, the Democrap party, the Left-wing nuts and Wall St. are the enemies of the people of the world.Unfortunately, it looks like Trump is surrounded by them.

Insurrexion (not verified) null Fri, 06/23/2017 - 21:48 Permalink

We can hope.The current cabinet is full of deep state, military, and Goldman Sachs exs.However, he may of had no choice in the beginning, to get the show on the road and combat the fire storm the fucking opposition state is conducting against him. If Trump is legit, he needs our help.

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Expat calcutta4 Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:03 Permalink

Poor little Donald.  So deprived, so innocent.  Straight out of his cloistered life helping widows and orphans learn to read and straight into the Swamp.  So unfair.  LOL...can you frigging whine a bit more?  I don't know what the weather is like where you live, but stay away from Las Vegas, you delicate little snowflake.Fuck Trump.  He spent his campaign bragging about how he was so much better and smarter and richer than everyone else in Washington and the world.  But when it comes down to it, he is just another arrogant, spoiled little rich kid in way over his head.Really.  I wish I had all those chances Trump apparently had.

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Occams_Razor_Trader Expat Sat, 06/24/2017 - 10:29 Permalink

Maybe you didn't have the same chances but the Kennedy's did- and what did they do with the "chances" they were given- Fuck All- that's what.You respect less a man that made his money in the "Free" market- over those that get wealthy on the government tit?Name a product, other than Government favors and influence, that the Clinton's have sold to earn their fortune?You're a sniveling little cry baby- who is insecure about his accomplishments- and you should be. 

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null Expat Sat, 06/24/2017 - 12:37 Permalink

He would not "fuck" you even with Huma's strap-on so you can put that back where you found it because it is messing up your ability to communicate.

Hey, if you just meant it as a figure of speech, a rhetorical device, well ... right back atchya.

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SHsparx Fri, 06/23/2017 - 21:08 Permalink

EU was also involved, directly and indirectly, both with the propoganda and the conventional actions, hence the reason they're reaping the fruits of their labor.

Mena Arkansas Fri, 06/23/2017 - 21:10 Permalink

Contacted for comment on the 65 million refugees created by the zio-warmongers in their quest to ethnically cleanse and de-stabilize the middle east in pursuit of a greater israel, Madeline Albright said, "We think it's worth it".

frontierland Fri, 06/23/2017 - 21:25 Permalink

I call bullshit.  The ((UN))) lies through its R2P teeth and is a key participant in planned Mass-Migrations.Turkey is supplying plenty of invaders, parts of Africa where there's no conflict...Most of these 'fighting-age-male children' are telling aid workers their from Syria, but are coming from Turkey for the Swedish gibs. 

HRH Feant2 (not verified) Fri, 06/23/2017 - 21:40 Permalink

Fuck the UN. All of those criminals with diplomatic passports can fuck off back to the shitholes they came from.

pocomotion Fri, 06/23/2017 - 22:18 Permalink

United Nations,Please shoot yourselves in the first order.  You orchestrate and document the 35 million refugees and oversee the slimy boat and land march to all over Europe, then you tell us you think it's due to the nation building the United States is doing for Greater Israel plan and wish to pontificate the probability of America cause and effect on global refugee movement,.,FUCK YOU -- in all the languages of the tower of BABBLE the Bible talks about and you guys are REBUILDING...  EVIL SHITS!!!