Yes, it sucks.
But a recent article from the L.A. Times really set my teeth on edge. You can read it here (it's behind one of those read free, for now, walls, look for the "subscribe later" in the fine print). Amnesty International wants us to know that the wealthy nations are "shirking" their responsibilities regarding the "refugee crisis."
The headline is "More than half of the world’s 21 million refugees live in these 10 countries." So of course, I wanted to know which countries they were talking about. My guess, before reading further, was that those countries would be in the Middle East and Africa.
Surprise, surprise. The article tells us, "The nations hosting the bulk of refugees are Jordan, Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iran, Ethiopia, Chad, Uganda, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to Amnesty." These are countries which are next door to those places where the majority of strife and warfare are going on.
No, people don't like being near that kind of thing. If they can, they hit the road and go someplace where the immediate fear of being killed becomes a more long term worry of "where's our next meal coming from and where will we sleep tonight."
Of course, Amnesty International wants us to do more. I guess their idea would be free plane tickets to the more prosperous areas of the planet and perhaps "three hots and a cot." No doubt the UN would like to blame the United States for everything. I'm not really sure what we can do.
Yes, the world sucks right now. It has sucked for a long time.
And yes, there is a "refugee crisis" in many of the world's crappier locations. I'm trying to think of when there hasn't been a refugee crisis somewhere on the planet during the course of recorded history. Wars produce refugees. When has there been peace everywhere on the planet for any length of time? (Yes, that was a rhetorical question.)
What really irked me though is this quote -
“Wealthier countries are not doing their fair share,” said Tarah Demant, senior director of the identity and discrimination unit at Amnesty International USA. “We’re looking at a global crisis that affects everybody, but the burden of responsibility is falling on countries that don’t have the resources.”Who determines what that "fair share" is? Tarah? The UN? Where does one send the check? No doubt they believe that all these folks should be settled right here in the good old US of A. Right?