We have all seen pictures of “the wall.” Usually, the pictures are taken in isolated desert areas with no sign of nearby human activity.
But, the wall is not just a barrier, or a fence. The wall between the United States and Mexico is creating a Stammlager (you may be more familiar with the shorter version, Stalag). These were the camps the Nazis used to hold prisoners of war. Of course, Germany was not alone.
America is not inexperienced when it comes to fencing in prisoners of war. This country illegally interred more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans whose only crime was their ethnic heritage. Thousands of German-American “enemy aliens” were also arrested and interred in 1917, when the U.S. entered World War One.
But now, we are building the biggest fence against our enemies in history. Who are these enemies? Not terrorists – most of them enter the country through visas, or are homegrown; not the drug dealers – most of them arrive via plane or boat; and not most human traffickers – their clients are wealthy businessmen with plenty of money to protect their modern-day slaves from detection.
So, who are the prisoners of war being detained in Stalag 1776? Not the Mexicans, the Hondurans, the Guatemalians, or indigenous peoples fleeing violence in their homes – violence too often funded by the U.S. No, the prisoners are you and me, and every American who does not speak out in opposition to the growing police state that is America. We are prisoners of a war of fear, a war of capitalist imperialism, a war of racial bigotry.
The title of this posting came from the back of a shirt worn by one of the managed migrants paraded before the federal judge on February 12. I honor this man’s courage to wear such a message while imprisoned by vast paramilitary forces of our country. Uncle Sam does want you to stay ignorant, to remain complacent, to focus on the needs of yourself and your loved ones. To hell with these u wanted illegals, with their diseases, their gangs, and their drugs.
I say, to hell with Uncle Sam – an outmoded symbol of American imperialism. Let us return to the Statue of Liberty, who greeted so many of our own ancestors to these shores.