Peter Sutherland (shown), the United Nations special representative of the secretary-general for international migration, is hopping from one pulpit to the next, preaching the message that the refugee tsunami proves national sovereignty is an “illusion,” a mere shibboleth” that must be done away with. Moreover, says Sutherland, the United States and the European Union “have not merely a moral but a legal obligation to protect refugees.” And that means, he makes quite clear, that the United States and EU are obligated to take in an unspecified quota — but potentially millions — of refugees and migrants, most of whom are currently streaming out of the Muslim countries of the war-decimated Middle East and Africa.
In an October 8 interview with UN News Centre, Sutherland responded to the question, “What is your message to governments?” with this reply: “I will ask the governments to cooperate, to recognise that sovereignty is an illusion — that sovereignty is an absolute illusion that has to be put behind us. The days of hiding behind borders and fences are long gone. We have to work together and cooperate together to make a better world. And that means taking on some of the old shibboleths, taking on some of the old historic memories and images of our own country and recognising that we’re part of humankind.”
Earlier in the interview Sutherland established his compassion credentials, stating:
Recently, two weeks ago, I was in Calais [France], in the camp there, and all I can say is it was, and is, appalling — hygienically, in terms of sanitary conditions, in terms of the way that people live. I have seen other camps which are better. But we can do something there....
Anyone who watches their televisions with the films of the appalling nature of the conflict that is taking place there can readily understand how people, particularly those with children must feel obliged to leave.
The huge numbers that are coming are the inevitable concomitant of a terrible conflict.
And we should have known, and we should know, that where there are terrible conflicts now, as in the past, the inevitable result is huge migratory flows.
Well, “we” here at The New American did know and did warn, repeatedly, that the ongoing U.S./EU/NATO/UN-led wars that Sutherland and his fellow globalists were/are waging under various rubrics (war on terror, regime change, Arab Spring) would have terrible consequences, including, as he now puts it “inevitable ... huge migratory flows.” Now that the inevitable has happened (and continues to happen, because Sutherland and the globalists continue their obliteration and devastation of entire regions), those responsible for the carnage have a “solution” that will compound the desolation.
But who is Peter Sutherland besides being the UN’s special representative for international migration, and why should anything he says matter anymore than the bloviations of any other nattering nabobs at the UN? Sutherland is no mere UN factotum. Although not a household name, Sutherland is an insider's insider who is well known worldwide in the corridors of real power. The UN News Centre introduction gives only a faint hint concerning his stature in the ranks of the global political and economic elite, noting: “A former Attorney General of Ireland, Mr. Sutherland has served as EU Commissioner for competition policy, and headed the Global Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).”
The EU Commission, GATT, and WTO posts are all Big League positions, but the UN News Centre neglected to include the most important biographical data that would tell readers/viewers why Sutherland was named to those top leadership roles. Here are some key clues:
• Until this past June, Sutherland was chairman of Goldman Sachs International, the global banking behemoth known to critics as the “vampire squid” for its predatory, corrupt practices;
• he is a regular attendee and former Steering Committee member of the ultra-secretive, ultra-elite Bilderberg Group;
• he was European chairman of the Trilateral Commission;
• he is past chairman of British Petroleum (BP);
• he is honorary president of the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN), one of the principal corporatist insider organizations promoting EU-U.S. merger through the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP);
• as a principal architect of the WTO, he has been hailed as “the father of globalization”; and
• as a top Eurocrat, he played a lead role in destroying national sovereignty by replacing national currencies (and national monetary control) with the euro, as well as engineering the “borderless Europe,” which the current migrant crisis is now proving to have been so destructive.
The above, brief list is far from exhaustive, but it gives some indication of the high standing Sutherland occupies in the internationalist pecking order, and the importance being placed by the globalist oligarchy on accelerating the migration influx to further destabilize and denationalize Europe before the growing anger and dissatisfaction within the EU can coalesce into viable political movements that could bring about actual withdrawal of nations from the EU.
The UN News Center interview is only one of many recent efforts by Sutherland to push the globalist propaganda line on the necessity of adopting migration as a right, guaranteed by the United Nations and “normative” international law. On September 30, Sutherland was the main speaker at an event sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) entitled, “A Global Response to the Mediterranean Migration Crisis” (see video and transcript here).
After acknowledging the “generous introduction,” Sutherland candidly told his CFR audience of his “antagonism toward nationalism” and his longstanding obsession with “integration,” which is code in globalese for the gradual stealth merger (political, economic, social) of nations, to the point where a centralized international government eventually subsumes the remaining vestiges of sovereignty and people awaken to discover that they have lost their liberty, independence, and self-governance.
“I suppose that I would like to think,” Sutherland confessed, “although it’s an exaggeration, that a leitmotiv for me in political life has been the concept of integration and the antagonism which I feel towards nationalism, which I’ve seen too much of in my own country and elsewhere and in the ’80s, I was in the European Commission when we were trying to bring together free movement of persons, capital, services, and goods, and then went to the WTO.”
He then admits that the ongoing wars constitute “a rolling disaster,” but, of course, conspicuously fails to mention that he and his fellow one-worlders in the CFR/Bilderberg/Trilateralist cabal had anything to do with fomenting and prolonging these destructive conflicts. Instead, he launches into virulent attacks on the leaders of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, and others in the EU who oppose the globalist solution to this disaster, to wit, the flooding of Europe with an unending deluge of Muslim migrants and refugees. He states:
And we moved to a time where a rolling disaster — and I’m not going to go into the causes of the rolling disaster in Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Libya — that [has] created the conditions that inevitably give rise to huge migratory flows — wars always to bring migratory flows — have brought an increasing challenge, a challenge which some politicians have met and others have ducked. Some have responded by expressions of position which I find repulsive. And I don’t mind identifying them. Some of the Central and Eastern European countries who have, for an example, said that in terms of refugees, which under the 1951 convention we are bound to provide sanctuary to, and in respect of which the principle of non-refoulement, sending back, is verboten and forbidden, they have said: We will take everybody as long as they’re Christians. This runs directly contrary to what the European Union is founded to do, more fundamentally what the United Nations is all about.
A couple of weeks earlier, in a widely printed column entitled “Europe’s Bad Example” for the Soros-funded Project Syndicate, Sutherland also berated Europeans who resist embracing the migrant tsunami — as he and his fellow globalists demand — for ”immoral and xenophobic posturing.”
“The European Union’s reputation has been battered, despite bold leadership from Germany, Sweden, and the European Commission,” he hectored. “Bitter divisions among member states have jeopardized the Schengen Area of borderless travel within the EU. Populists are having a field day.”
Among the many elite activists adding their voice to this migration chorus is José Manuel Barroso, a Bilderberg Steering Group member, who recently stepped down as president of the European Commission, the most powerful office of the European Union. Addressing the International Bar Association (IBA) in Vienna on October 4, Barroso called for taking immigration policy out of the hands of individual nation states. “International migration should be subject to the same kind of international regulation as air pollution, the former head of the European Commission said yesterday,” the Law Society Gazette reported on October 5. “Migration is the least regulated phenomenon in the world,” Barroso told the opening session of the IBA Vienna conference, according to the Gazette. “It is obvious today that regulation at the national level is not enough.”
The Law Society Gazette article, entitled, “IBA 2015: migration needs international rule — former Commission chief,” continues:
He said that nation states had accepted the need for international regulation to deal with climate change and the financial crisis. "When implementing post-crisis financial regulations it was always about ensuring a level playing field, so the same common principles should apply," Barroso said.
He acknowledged that "some very strong member states" would not want to lose control of their borders.
The IBA’s use of Barroso to turn the current migrant crisis into another appeal for international law and global government is not surprising to those familiar with the organization’s history and leadership. It should be enough to note that the IBA’s president, David Rivkin, and its executive director, Mark Ellis, both of whom had prominent roles at the Vienna conference, are both leading members of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Photo of Peter Sutherland: AP Images