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My pastor posted on Facebook a link to this letter, written by World Relief president Stephan Bauman, with an approving comment on our church’s ongoing support for this organization. I’m planning on sending him a private response, and hope to get input here before I hit “send.” For what it’s worth, my pastor is young, […]
There has been a lot of discussion around Ricochet recently about accepting refugees from Syria. Most of it has focused on the costs and risks*. I don’t deny those. However, I think it is worthwhile to look at potential upsides (even beyond the moral value of saving lives)–or opportunities that could be missed by having […]
These monsters — we run out of words, don’t we? — have victimized so many more people this week than the maimed and murdered in France. So many desperate refugees — fleeing monsters like them — will now again drown in the sea, like they have been, or be shot at the borders, or returned to be imprisoned, starved, tortured, sold into sexual slavery, and barrel-bombed.
That so many in the US are now agitating not to accept refugees breaks my heart. You aren’t wrong about the security risk. But as someone whose entire neighborhood was just turned into an abattoir — as someone who could easily have been in any of those places — I still say: Find a way. We’re America. We’re this country, remember?
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Last year we discussed Obama’s announcement that the U.S.A. will take in more refugees from Syria. In the comments I agreed to a wager offered by James Of England. I had predicted that Team Obama would resettle Muslims and not Christians. James thought that it would naturally be the reverse. He said that there was […]
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It may have been on these pages (or on another blog) that there are two approaches that governments can take in response to a large influx of refugees, such as those most recently coming from Syria. One is that a nation’s government is installed to enhance the welfare of the people who have lived in […]
The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic.
–Usually attributed, but probably erroneously, to Joseph Stalin
In the comments on a number of posts concerning the global refugee crisis, some Ricochet members have asked me questions about the refugees’ demographics. A rumor has been circulating that they’re mostly men, and that most are not legally refugees, but migrants. Let me do my best to explain some of what I know.
Of all the cultural myths that have sundered the world since the fall of man, none has been more ubiquitous and pernicious as utopianism. From the Tower of Babel to Soviet Russia; from the French Revolution to the 72 virgins of Islam, mankind is forever on the hunt for peace on the cheap; the day […]
Annika Hernroth-Rothstein’s post about the fate of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler whose lifeless body washed up on a beach in Bodrum, Turkey, gave rise to many passionate comments about Europe’s refugee crisis. Understandably so.
I would prefer the term “the crisis of Middle East State failure,” but on this thread, I’d like to step back from discussions of nomenclature, the exact nature of the crisis, and who is to blame for it. There’s more than enough blame to go around. I don’t mean to say that assigning blame for it isn’t important: to fix a problem, we must understand how it came to be a problem; likewise, we must understand the cause of a problem if we’re to ensure it doesn’t happen again. So yes, we must assign blame. But we can assign it at leisure. The immediate problem needs immediate solutions, for without them, many more children will die.
On the podcast yesterday, I said something to the effect of, “There’s no solution,” or “There’s no easy solution.” I regret saying that. That a problem is hard does not mean it’s insoluble. To say that nothing can be done is obviously absurd. I only meant that I had not yet thought of a good solution.
The central conceit of FX TV series The Americans is that a pair of grown-up Russian spies, having never set foot outside the Soviet Union, parachute into the United States and instantly pass for stereotypical American suburbanites.
Well, not quite instantly–they do spend their first night in the United States in a motel room, marvelling at the air conditioning, the shag carpeting, and the plentiful toilet paper. And they practice their English as though the language were a pair of KGB-issued secret transmitter-decoder shoes that need polishing and breaking-in. But in the morning–Boom!–they’re The Americans.
Folks, believe me when I tell you, it does not work like that. For at least a year after our arrival in the United States, my mother served Corn Flakes with chicken soup. My dad had studied English for most of his life, but never completely mastered the definite article.
Nicholas Kristof has a heart-rending column in the New York Times about the plight of refugees from Myanmar (formerly Burma). Rohingya Muslims are being persecuted by their government and rounded up into concentration camps. Thousands are fleeing by sea, but no government — including ours — is willing to take them in. Often, refugees are sent back to Myanmar to almost certain death. This week, even the Muslim country of Indonesia ordered two vessels carrying hundreds of Rohingya pushed back to sea.
The story is much the same in the Mediterranean as refugees from Libya and Syria desperately try to escape the fighting that is destroying their countries.