I did find it really interesting that they were defending the people smugglers in the report, with the basic gist being that people smugglers are not all "pay me everything you have & I will put you on this rickety boat with a promise of entry straight into Australia, no questions asked". People smugglers were painted as being altruistic in what they do, which I do find interesting and something to think about.
Syria is a hot mess and children are dying - I'm trying not to be emotive for the sake of it but I'm willing to take a chance on that 10% being criminals.
I mean heck, what crimes? How many of the general public are psychopaths? I sometimes feel like this 10% of what ifs are like a boogeyman that's dangled in front of us as some sort of anti-carrot in the refugee conversation (disclaimer - I'm unwell and still aware I said anti-carrot but my thoughts aren't as coherent as I'd like)
I don't know about too strict about who we grant refugee status to but I know that offshore detention is b.a.r.b.a.r.i.c
I feel at this point in time, right now, we have a responsibility as humans to provide asylum to Syrian refugees and I believe we have the capability to do so.
I guess ultimately, for me personally, the 10% doesn't matter - my eye is on that 90%.
Actually it's quite an important concern because they really don't seem to care about them. These are their neighbors & this is a very serious humanitarian crisis, unequalled since world war 2. These countries are SO wealthy that they could accomodate quite comfortably 100's of thousands of refugees.
This article touches on the Gulf states and Syria.
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I don't care what Germany does or doesn't do and don't care what the Middle East does or doesn't do. Australia CAN do more and we should do - I don't care about the number, 20,000, 30,000 - I'm not saying one million dumped in the middle of nowhere.
We have the infrastructure to cope with this easily.
I totally understand that some people dont have the capacity to care or think more deeply about the issue. No worries! But some of us ARE interested in discussing the issue more deeply. Looking at it on a world scale,understanding the who &the why & the how much,etc - thagt interests me. I DO care about the number. I want us to take the most amount we are able to. So I think it's ok that some of us want to discuss these things too?I still want to wrap up every little refugee boy and girl and take every single one in my arms and give them food and shelter and safety. While I'm at it,I would love to head to Africa and collect all of the starving kids there. I hate suffering. I hate that there is so much evil in the world. But it's OK to talk about what we are doing,what we can do, &why we do/do not do more.
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