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One Of Those Things I Don’t Understand


There is a massive refugee crisis in Europe.  Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa are finding any way possible to get into Europe.  Several thousand people, including children, have died in trying to get to Europe.  It is a human tragedy of epic proportions and Europe has been slow to address the massive scale of the problem.  According to the Sacramento Bee today, about 350,000 people have migrated to Europe this year as a result of this crisis.  And about 3,000 have died in the effort.

Amidst the criticisms I’ve read in recent days is that the United States has not done enough to assist.  From the Bee:  “The longer term solution is to improve conditions on the ground so refugees don’t have to flee for their lives.  In this larger effort, America can and should be a much better partner to our European allies.  The Obama administration has been strangely and shamefully, quiet on this crisis.”

According to the Department of Homeland Security, 700,000 illegal immigrants enter the United States every year.  Why hasn’t Europe helped improve “conditions on the ground” so those individuals don’t feel the need to flee for the wars and wrenching poverty in their countries?  Why must this country solve the rest of the world’s problems, while failing to solve our own and getting no assistance from the rest of the world to do so?

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4 responses to “One Of Those Things I Don’t Understand

  1. John Callaghan September 6, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Canada is also being criticized for the same reason. I find it astonishing that the wealthiest Arab, muslim, middle eastern, countries have lifted a finger to help any of these people and yet are given a free pass. Why are they not being criticized?

    • kingmidget September 6, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Totally with you. I tend to favor intervention where there is a humanitarian crisis far more than when it’s about oil or supposed “strategic interests,” but I simply don’t see our obligation here. Europe has plenty of resources to address this issue. One of the things I appreciate about President Obama is that in some very subtle ways he is trying to pull America back from the role of solving all problems. If those Middle Eastern countries can’t unite and drive out ISIS, why should we?

  2. Trent Lewin September 7, 2015 at 6:09 am

    Because the criticism leveled at your country is horseshit and someone is just trying to play politics on the backs of genuine human misery?

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