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Compassion for the Syrians

  1. tirelesstraveler profile image80
    tirelesstravelerposted 2 years ago

    We are being told the refugees  being relocated to Europe are widows and orphans.
    I want to be compassionate.  So I imagined myself in the position of a Syrian widow.
    Would I want to be taken away from my home during my time of grieving?  Perhaps I have no home anymore. I would be shell shocked.  I would hardly be able to think. 
    Moving me to a western country where I didn't speak the language or understand the culture wouldn't be my first choice.  What I would want would be to get back to normal as quickly as possible. A safe area in my own country, with a culture and as much of my family that remains around me would be the best I could think.  I would have hope that some day I could go home.  Is moving all these Syrians to western countries really compassionate? How much hope would someone like me have if there was no hope of going home.

    1. Kathryn L Hill profile image80
      Kathryn L Hillposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I know. We should go into Syria and help them there. 
      and PROTECT them.
      Maybe.

      1. wilderness profile image97
        wildernessposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        We did that in Iraq and Afghanistan both.  Worked out really well, didn't it?

    2. colorfulone profile image85
      colorfuloneposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      "Is moving all these Syrians to western countries really compassionate?"

      No, I do not see that as compassion, not when most of the Syrian refugees want to remain as close to home as possible.  Providing them with safe zones would be more compassionate and humanitarian. Those zones would have to be militarized to keep terrorist groups from hiding within the refugees.  It would cost less then moving them, and I believe they would be happier and it would give them more hope.

    3. Credence2 profile image81
      Credence2posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      It all sounds well and good, but who is going to commit ground forces to fight ISIS, Al Queda, Assad, Russia, France and list goes on. There is your WWIII right there. Try carving an inhabitable oasis on the Planet Venus and you will understand the difficulty of the task at hand.

      Who is going to prepare the ground to do all these things that in "Trump's" words would be wonderful?

  2. colorfulone profile image85
    colorfuloneposted 2 years ago

    Possibly the most disturbing news I have read ...

    US Pilots say that Obama is blocking 75% of ISIS air strikes. 
    http://www.wnd.com/2015/11/u-s-pilots-o … jIoYLkB.99

    ADDED

    A Vote Obama Cannot Veto!
    "The House voted 289-127 in favor of a bill that would require greater scrutiny of Syrians and Iraqis applying to become refugees in the United States. In a stunning rebuke to President Obama, 47 Democrats ignored the president's veto threat and joined 242 Republicans to pass the measure by a veto-proof majority. Reporters at CNN and the New York Times reported that the Obama administration's defense of the the refugee program actually lost Democratic votes:"
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/syr … ontent=TWS

  3. Aime F profile image83
    Aime Fposted 2 years ago

    Well, yeah, it is.  Imagine that you fear every day for your child's life because of the country you live in.  For me, personally, I would want to get the heck out of there to protect my child.

    If my home here was destroyed by war and we were homeless, afraid to fall asleep every night for fear that we would be killed overnight, the "inconvenience" of being in a country where I didn't speak the language and was unfamiliar with a country's culture would be the least of my worries. 

    It's not as easy as saying "well hey, let's just go in and fix things!"  If it were that simple someone would have done it by now.  Help people get out of a situation where they have to be truly afraid that they or someone they love will die today.  I can pretty much guarantee you that every single person who is trying to keep their children safe would gladly deal with some culture shock right now. 

    And if my husband and I had been killed and my daughter was all alone, I would still want her to be somewhere safe as soon as possible.  She would adjust.  Losing her parents is going to be the hardest thing she ever goes through so she could handle relocating.  It's a much better option than waiting for someone to "fix" a problem that is not easily fixed.  She would have a very real chance of dying before that happens.

    1. tirelesstraveler profile image80
      tirelesstravelerposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      My daughter lives in Paris.

      1. Aime F profile image83
        Aime Fposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        I would think that would make you more sympathetic because you can now understand what they go through every day.

        1. tirelesstraveler profile image80
          tirelesstravelerposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          Learn to Live- In life everyone tries to return to normal as soon as possible.  That's why people who are abused stay with their abusers.  Normal is what you are used.  I believe contrary to media reports those who are leaving are mostly men.  A Muslim woman who knows nothing of the outside world  would leave with her husband, but a widow especially one who has nothing and only knows her family wouldn't want to leave.  The indomitable human spirit allows people to survive in the most amazing ways.  In the past, when leaving war torn areas wasn't an option, what did people do?
          Consider your grandparents or an aged family member  will they want  to leave their home when there is a storm warning,

          or when they need to move to assisted living.  People get entrenched.  My grandmother survived 3 months after she move out of her home of 50 years.
          At the "Drop of a Veil", By Marianne Alireza, is about life in a Saudi Arabian family from an American woman's view.  When I met Marrianne in the early 70's she was exactly as you might imagine an American women who married into  Saudi life would be.. My great aunt was a good friend of her family in Southern California.
          There are still places in this world that people live in almost prehistoric conditions. Traveling to somewhere new is not everyone's dream.

        2. tirelesstraveler profile image80
          tirelesstravelerposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          I am concerned for her safety, but her job takes her all over the world and there is nothing I can to to do to protect her.

  4. Live to Learn profile image82
    Live to Learnposted 2 years ago

    Maybe I'm missing something here. Aren't the refugees all actively attempting to leave the area? I would think the compassionate thing to do would be to embrace them, not send them back where they are running from.

 
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