Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Refugees

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For those who haven't been paying attention, or perhaps can't tear themselves away from their smart phones for more than ten seconds, I'm here to tell you that the world is a pretty fire trucked up place. Constant wars, many countries are third world Hell holes where people live under dictators and make less in a year than I make in a week. Heck, in some countries I make more in a day than they make in a year.

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?

Any suggestions?



28 comments:

  1. When I look at all the military age male "refugees", I wonder why they are fleeing, without their females and children, instead of defending them? The whole thing smells real bad.

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    1. Most of those "refugees" are going to Europe, probably for subversive reasons (think jihad). But there are a huge number of legitimate refugees in the world - men, women, and children fleeing persecution, war, and famine. It's a massive problem in sub-Saharan Africa where a large number of countries are in perpetual meltdown.

      The "refugees" from Syria and that area get all the press, but they're not the ones this article was addressing.

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  2. Maybe it's just too easy to sit atan NGO, point fingers, and tell others they aren't doing enough, without offering a real solution for ending the strife.
    It was the same type of individuals who made a decision that those countries needed boarders and "Had" to be nations, without ever considering that the inhabitants had no concept of what a nation is.
    They're all a bunch of maroons.

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    1. The problem, I think, is that the solution is to get rid of the crappy governments that are causing the refugee problem and not burden successful nations with the refugees. Which means, of course, that there really is no viable solution to the refugee problem.

      And that last bit is a pretty succinct definition of many NGOs.

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    2. "They're all a bunch of maroons."

      "And that last bit is a pretty succinct definition of many NGOs."


      As well as most Government Organizations.

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    3. There are any number of NGOs that do good works rather than practice proselytism.
      They just volunteer and help where and when they can, provided they're allowed.
      We don't hear much about them because they're not into self-promotion and they aren't about lining anyone's pockets.

      Of course, I can think of one in particular organization (and a couple of others with similar goals), whose major focus is helping the less fortunate wherever they are found.

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    4. There are those NGOs which roar, er, rock. You know what I mean Skip.

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  3. What was it jerimiah wright said about chickens coming home to roost? As a fundamentally anti-American racist, he got the phrase right but he didn't have the tiniest bit of understanding about the way the world really is. On January 11, 1989, Reagan gave his farewell address and said, basically, "Look at the wonders you American people have wrought! Stay the course!" Nine days later, on January 20, Big Gubmint Boosche the 41, along with Big Gubmint Kongrass, Big Gubmint Media, and Big Gubmint Bureaucrats from top to bottom, began tearing this nation apart, werring on Liberty and the principles of American democracy. Today's refugees and wars and Big Gubmint subsidized racism and all the rest are a direct result of the full-on attack of those people who do not in any way, shape or form believe that all men are created equal. They are the forces of "end justifies means," who honestly believe in the core of their shriveled souls that people are things to be used and discarded. This is the reality of the world today. The chickens of evil intent are coming home to roost. To their collective shame, Americans have allowed this to happen. They patted themselves on the back in 1989, but they didn't stay the course. So be it. As it was in January, 1981, so it is today. Principled Americans remain the last, best hope for mankind. It didn't have to be this way, but that's the way it is. We've got our work cut out for us.

    Great and timely post btw.

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    1. WARRING on Liberty. Damme fat fingers!

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    2. Things certainly have gone to Hell in a handbasket since Mr. Reagan stepped down. And there are multiple parties pressing ever harder on the accelerator. Far too many have shirked their duties as citizens and allowed evil to creep slowly into our everyday lives. I feared we shall reap the whirlwind.

      Thanks Shaun.

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    3. I hope that someday (soon?) Blogger will provide an edit capability for commenters. Would make everyone's life a bit easier. Well, not everyone, just those who comment on Blogger blogs. As opposed to WordPress blogs where comment editing by the commenter is allowed within 60 seconds of posting, which I used a lot over at the Skipper's place.

      There are days when the keys on my keyboard are far too close together.

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    4. I have written a couple of blog posts via my Android.

      Yes, very painful. I avoid that as much as I can.

      One was written after a blizzard from the front seat of my vehicle. No power in the house, no WiFi.

      The other was written from my hospital bed back in August. With just a one night stay I didn't think I'd need my tablet. Now I wish that I'd had it with me.

      So yes, I feel your pain.

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    5. re the whirlwind, where have you gone, Arthur Harris?

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    6. It is getting to that point, isn't it?

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  4. The EU nations keep trying to hide the many incidents caused by the refugees but I can definitely tell you about one
    that never made the local German news.

    After my oldest son was discharged, he remained in Germany because he had married a German girl. His wife is Catholic
    and she keeps a crucifix hanging from the mirror on her car. One evening after work he needed to go to the store to
    pick up some items. He took the wife's car to the store and when he came out there were 5 guys hanging around the car
    next to his. When he started to open the door of the car he was hit in the back of the head knocking him to the ground
    and they converged on him and started kicking and beating him. A couple of them were yelling "he's a Christian, cut his throat!" The leader wouldn't let them do that because he thought it would be more satisfying to just beat him to death.
    Before they could kill him the German police arrived, arrested the five and got Robert to the hospital. The five were
    refugee muslims who said that it was their responsibility to kill all non-believers!

    The government stopped the local news from airing the story in order to not upset the very large muslim community.

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    1. What is happening in Germany is a travesty. Merkel should be put up against a wall for what she's allowed to happen. If'n you catch my drift.

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    2. Oh, I definitely catch your drift. I think the German government owes Robert a lot of compensation. He ended up with 7 broken ribs, a collapsed eye socket and he has major back problems and has to walk with a cane. He worked in communications (I don't remember the name of the company but they handle all the communications between our middle east troops and the European commands)and the company had to lay him off because he could no longer handle the job.

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    3. They better take care of him financially!

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    4. They've outlawed the word nazi, thinking that that's all it takes. It's 1933 with cell phones. Merkel et al should face a more appropriate fate though, hands-on, full-time work changing the dressings, wiping the backsides and emptying the bedpans of their victims.

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    5. Okay, your solution is satisfying on a number of levels. Also more practical.

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  5. I have a solution. It solves many of the problems. Send me $5.00 and a postage paid envelope and I will tell you my solution....Well, OK, I'll tell you anyway. Take each adult refugee at the camps there in the border states, feed them, and give them an emancipator pistol and 20 rounds of ammo and tell them to go back and shoot their problems. If they won't fight for their freedom or their country, why should anybody else fight for them?

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    1. I like your solution. If they need rifles, use the pistols to get those. And so on and so forth up the armaments chain.

      This is how successful nations arose.

      You're on a roll Cap'n!

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  6. Just to let you know that I read this post. Right now I can't think of a comment that is fit to print.

    Paul L. Quandt

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  7. Agree with Paul... sigh... Can't be polite on this one!

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Just be polite... that's all I ask. (For Buck)