iraqi crisis

You know what is sickening about those people who make comparisons?

They often expect non-Americans to extend solidarity to them, to reblog their issues, they often like to assume that just because we speak English we must be Americans (like one blog I follow, run by a Mexican who was reblogging more on the Mexican student murders). But they won’t do the same for us, because they will centre every foreign tragedy around the US.

They will centre the genocide enacted by ISIS into a comparison about how there are fewer videos of Americans being executed by ISIS than by the police. They will reveal their shameless, staggering first-world privilege by being incapable of grasping how ISIS’ real victims have nowhere near the amount of attention that American issues do, that they think it’s fine to reduce the threat of ISIS into the killings of Westerners and completely forget the surrounding context, forget that an entire country of millions of people is overrun by ISIS. They’ll forget that as awful as it is for the Americans killed by ISIS, this is not an American crisis the way 9/11 was. This is an Iraqi crisis. Iraq is literally fighting for its soul here. They will make this into a comparison that ends up trivialising ISIS, instead extending solidarity and raising awareness about the alarming religious cleansing and genocide enacted by ISIS.

Anything that promotes the erasure of the victims, anything that centres on someone else, anything that uses another tragedy as a cheap prop or metaphor is not solidarity. It is erasure, it only helps ISIS by erasing the victims.

I’m not going to post the actual rude reply I got because I am not going to waste my time with a clearly lost cause that exhibits so much entitlement over using other people’s tragedies as props. This kind of entitlement seems like the worst aspects of US foreign policy, which takes ownership of foreign narratives and reshapes it into an image for US consumption, which treats foreign tragedies as sideshows that are only relevant if they touch directly on American lives or can serve some sort of comparison to the US. This kind of wanton belief that you can help yourself to other people’s tragedies to prove how bad you have it is nothing less than a disgusting erasure, nothing less than being so privileged you can’t even see that you shouldn’t be making these comparisons.