As the drama of the Syrian refugees escaping civil war continues to unfold in Europe, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner — who never lets a good opportunity to criticize Europe go to waste — delivered an impassioned speech during an electoral rally in the Greater Buenos Aires Area in which she said she doesn’t want Argentina to be like “some of those countries up north.”
Joined by former Brazilian President Inácio Lula Da Silva and Kirchnerite presidential candidate Daniel Scioli, Cristina began her rant against Europe (and the US too because, why not?) by accusing “the North” of always meddling in Argentine/Brazilian relations so the two countries could never team up and become a powerhouse in the region.
With a broken voice, the President said the bilateral relationship had to be stronger than ever now and asked Lula for help so that the select group of the five major emerging economies known as BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) would let Argentina join them in order to become BRICSA.
And in an effort to distance herself and Argentina from “the North,” a visibly shaken Cristina referred to the humanitarian crisis in Syria and said:
“Please, do not let anyone tell you to follow the example of some of those countries up north. Please. I do not want us to be like those countries that expel immigrants and let children die on their beaches.”
In a direct reference to the death of Aylan Kurdi and the photo seen around the world, Cristina continued by saying that not letting immigrants in not only was “not Christian” but also symbolized Europe’s “cultural decadence.”
“[European countries] are tossing immigrants around as if they were packages. Argentina, a country of immigrants that welcomed all our grandparents, is a better example [of how to act].”
Sounds harsh? She didn’t stop there.
“I don’t want to be like someone who tells a 15-year-old girl who wants to stay in my country and study that she can’t do that and needs to leave,” she said, clearly alluding to one of Angela Merkel’s most embarrassing moments ever.
And she continued.
“Why do [these immigrants] leave their countries? Because they don’t have a chance [for a better life] or because they are at war. And who creates those wars? Who sells them their weapons? Who profits from them? We have to ask those questions so they know we’re not stupid.”
Cristina has a long history of rallying against Europe — she called European people “xenophobic” once — but this time she had some particularly strong language towards the so-called “North.”
Blame it on the upcoming elections and the fact that she’s gone in two months. She just doesn’t really seem to care much about anything anymore.