VP, you of all people choosing to call us 'bleeding hearts' in a condescending and insulting tone after your many posts telling others off for insults in past threads? Really?
People are debating you not just because you have a different view but you are continually spouting fallacies or broad generalizations. How many times can one explain to you why Indonesia and Malaysia are not safe or viable options? Why? Because they are not signatories of the convention, refugees are not safe there, offered no protection or opportunity because they are considered illegal immigrants--this is not opinion, it is FACT. Facts that have been backed up in past threads and comments by links to refugee organizations and the UNHCR but apparently to you that is propaganda or lies?
I have been to both countries by the way, one town I visited in Malaysian Borneo recently had people taken hostage by Filipino militants with some killed (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/04/wo...ia04.html?_r=0).
Believing the media through all this? Great for you but I choose to get my information from outlets that are not picking and choosing or sensationalizing their stories. The mainstream media in Australia rarely explains the situation as a whole, hence why so many Australians continue to spout that asylum seekers arriving by boat are illegal, why Australians think they should stay in Indonesia, and many other ill-informed comments.
And am I hopping on some 'bleeding heart bandwagon?' Give me a break! Heaven forbid I just find this a topic worth caring and being informed about from various outlets besides right-wing commentators or mainstream media.