Danica Dakić &
- A Story Without a Happy Ending
Ježevo is a detention camp,
a prison, located in Croatia (even though in Slovenia
we have similar camps or detention place(s), just with another
name) for the large number of illegal migrants "successfully
caught" crossing borders, mostly Asians trying to reach
the promised land of New Europe.
Ježevo is a form of "civilized" detention, beholden
to the European community and the First (capitalist) World,
as a way of keeping the borders of the united Europe as clean
and as secure as possible. It is an acknowledgement of the international
community, which insists on the Schengen agreement, in turn
demonstrating that different states can fully respect and operate
to the agreed-upon terms of the security game. The Schengen
agreement that was first signed as an economic act of regulation
in Western Europe in the mid-80s, in the 90s became a European
Community act of severe regulation focusing on how to stop immigration,
how to stop movements of "aliens", how to regulate
the visa application process, crossing borders, the seeking
of political asylum, etc.
for an accurate insight into the Schengen agreement.)
Ježevo is only one of the signs of the
properly applied and performed cordon sanitaire of
European ideology; it is a way of establishing a zone
to protect Western Europe (or perhaps it is better to say -
a new Europe) from an epidemic of refugees and immigrants (or,
as was publicly stated in mid-September 2001 by representatives
of the Roman Catholic Church, if it is a process of immigration
to Western Europe, then it must be controlled and selective,
i.e. cleansed of Muslim immigrants).
Ježevo is not a paradox of the First capitalist civilized World,
as the late capitalist system functions as a system of constantly
producing forms of detention, segregation, mutilation, imprisonment
in order to keep and nurture-at least on the surface-the idea
of freedom without borders. Freedom and exchange of values,
and travelling without borders is realized only with the brutal
system of forced illegality, famine and expropriation in other
non-European regions. Most of the illegally caught "non
civilized world citizens" come from Asian regions or from
some Eastern European region not yet disinfected, purified and
consolidated enough to be part of the new European community.
The vast number of illegal people seeking work and a better
life are the poorest and the most deprived, as for example the
Kurds that have been fighting for years to gain independence.
Most of these underprivileged nations and people are suppressed
by marketing laws and direct expropriation. Mr. Hannibal (the
name derived from the word "cannibal") is the best
sign and the example of a well-educated citizen of the First
capitalist World. Devouring, disintegrating, confiscating bodies
and spirit, eating them, forcing them to be frozen in trucks,
drowned in thousands of little boats, in their attempt to reach
the coasts of some of the promised countries part of the European
community -is the way in which the New Europe along with the
First capitalist, North American World is functioning. All this
shows that capitalism - the way the capitalist system functions
- is internally and vitally connected to cannibalism.
This entire system of regulation and detention, segregation
and confiscation, forced illegality, sanctioned poverty, spiritual
brutality (and etc, ad infinitum) is enforced and received a
new powerful blessing after September 11, 2001. The war against
terrorism and terrorists by the USA and allies immediately gave
without a special epilogue, a large screen of approval to brutal
actions of persecutions and state murders.
The war against terrorism is an empty paradigm meaning it can
be filled by the First capitalist World with everyone and everybody
who at any given moment can be seen as an undesirable element,
a threat to freedom and market laws of capitalism. This war
against terrorism is a carte blanche, a Blankito law
without borders; this is really the first form of the total
freedom to destroy anybody, everybody, everything and anything
that presents a threat to the First capitalist World. It is
an umbrella which gives a free space for killing, detention,
and murdering, seen as a system of cleansing the territory of
terrorists, of suspicious people, illegal bodies, strange non-white
faces. This war against terrorism has
sanctioned the already growing system of police searches, detention
and it has cut in half legal and civil rights movements.
We conform freely and willingly to all these, happy to give
our small contribution to the slogan of the day: the war against
terrorism. Are you with us or against us? is the question of
the day. An answer is not needed anymore and nobody is expecting
to hear it. The system of restriction and deprivation is set,
the machine already functioning, it was there earlier, but hidden,
and today that system of repression is made visible and approved
The problem of Ježevo is actually that there is no way to get
rid of it. It is there without any possibility to be resolved.
Ježevo is the clearest sign of our inability to act and to change.
We can just slightly embellish some things, give them momentary
attention, open a set of questions, but we cannot change the
basic structure of it, the basic aim of it, nor its final status!
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