Georgofili World

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Mohammed, food and the mountain

Mass emigration today is now encompassing the whole planet as even outside Europe there are similar exoduses such as those to the United States from Mexico, to South Africa from neighboring countries and from Nigeria, and from China to Russia, across the Ussuri River, as well as towards every continent.
Today more than ever, the planet is characterized by economic imbalances and huge differences in living standards while news that once circulated only in restricted circles has now been globalized through electronic devices that acquaint everyone with what New York’s Fifth Avenue is like, how appealing the window displays on Via Condotti or Via Monte Napoleone in Italy are, which cars are used and what foods are being eaten in Europe and the United States, etc.  
However, by applying the Muslim saying “if the mountain won’t come to Mohammed, Mohammed must go to the mountain”, today’s refugees from hunger (different from those fleeing war and slaughter) are leaving their native lands to come to wealthy countries, even risking very dangerous sea crossings as they are no longer receiving the Euro-American aid that they got until a few years ago. The leaders in developed countries should show more wisdom and consider their primary purpose that of reducing income differences between their own citizens and, of course, among their fellow countrymen and the people of the poorer countries.
The first topic deserves a real treatise on the meaning of competition and the excessive power of economic-financial giants that, using their actual strength, can even impressively influence the decisions of national governments. But this is not the suitable forum in which to do this. 
The second topic, instead, concerns hunger to begin with and, more generally, the poverty of the large majority of migrants.
In this connection it would be necessary for Europe and the USA to export food as they once did (agricultural policy permitting) and technology to encourage the creation of local economies in the less fortunate countries so as to convince their inhabitants that they can have a future even in their own countries.
It cannot be denied that carrying out these measures may incur political difficulties because of the dictators that particularly plague the poorest countries, but it is difficult to find another solution. By the way, even at the risk of seeming cynical, Saddam Hussein and Gaddafi seem to me lesser evils than ISIS and the Libyan wars.
Besides, what is the meaning of pompously signing the “Milan Charter” if then there is no effort to apply it seriously?
Still with the hope that, in the meanwhile, may an end come to the war between Shiites and Sunnites, from which the large part of middle Eastern conflicts has arisen, now exported as terrorist attacks in Europe.