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Old 04-20-2015, 02:56 PM   #1
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A repeat of European history

How many times have the people and institutions of Europe turned a blind high to massive human tragedy? Genocide of Turkish Armenians circa 1910, Nazi atrocities, genocide in the Balkans in the 90s, now massive loss of life of refugee men, women and children on the seas. Dear God when the world realise its global responsibility to combat great evil?
 
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:59 PM   #2
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At least it is getting better. 200 years ago noone would care. Today it is in the news, and politicians are debating to solve this problem. Europe takes refugees in, there are organisations that try to save the people on the boats..

It is still a long road for the world to get 100% social, but we can see the improvements clearly. Politicians are scared of love, it would be a risk for europe to take all the refugees. It could lead to lower wealth for the europeans, which would lead to the politicians being fired.

Not long ago, a refugee house in Germany got burnt down by "nazis". It was a tragedy, but then the germans gave money to charity to rebuilt it. That is a good example, that the world is getting better, but there is still a long way.
 
Old 04-21-2015, 02:41 AM   #3
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How many times have the people and institutions of Europe turned a blind high to massive human tragedy? Genocide of Turkish Armenians circa 1910, Nazi atrocities, genocide in the Balkans in the 90s, now massive loss of life of refugee men, women and children on the seas. Dear God when the world realise its global responsibility to combat great evil?
The problem is that those horrible disasters at sea in the Mediterranean are just the visible top of an iceberg. The invisible part consists of all the problems on earth. I have spent numerous years trying to understand humanitarian issues relating to refugees, natural disasters, war, etc, learning such concepts as "pull" factors, "push factors", "compassion fatigue. I have learnt about the infighting within and between humanitarian agencies, how foreign aid budgets are handled and much, much more.

I have unbelievable personal experience from just trying to help one refugee couple through the asylum process in my country, in the end being forced to concentrate my efforts on just dealing with unbelievable attacks against them from their own in my country.

Honestly, my heart is bursting with compassion for those drowning refugees in the Mediterranean. At the same time, my country, Sweden, is reaching the breaking point, as it receives more Syrian refugees than any other country in the world.

I'd gladly picket government buildings to try to make our government lead a huanitarian intervention in Syria, if only such an action would seem feasible. Recent experience from Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, however, is rather discouraging. And how could one even try to reconcile the fighting parties in Syria? It seems like the resources available to governments in the present World Order are grossly insufficient to provide us with solutions.

Sadly, and much regretfully, I seem obliged to limit my own actions to dealing with my own private matters - a choice that for many years I would have regarded with contempt.

We seem to have reached a point in time where, just like Pontius Pilates, we are obliged to watch and wash our hands as thousands of people pay with their lives the price of the present World Order.

I can do no better than to conclude with a quote - the final choir from Bach's Passion of St. Matthew

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Old 04-21-2015, 03:25 PM   #4
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Dear gnat unfortunately am unable to play the piece
 
Old 04-22-2015, 08:14 AM   #5
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I don't like commenting too much on the politics of countries where I do not live, but beyond doing one's best to help those at harm at sea, there is a lot more going on. With no real discernible government in Libya (the Tobruk government, recognized by the UN, and the terrorist aligned hodgepodge in Tripoli). anyone who dares can cross the border into Libya from further south. And the UN, and the rest of the world, will be willing to essentially do what it did with Congo, Rwanda, etc, which is to let the bodies stack up. There might have been more impetus for action in Syria, but instead, someone enjoyed the Cold War so much, he wanted another go, and in the ensuring chaos, Daesh found fertile soul, now it is in Libya as well. I suspect this cancer will have to be stopped at home. Maybe this is where the last vestiges of old colonialism die with a whimper.

You must be desperate enough to take that step, crossing on foot into Libya to make a blind passage to Europe, and put you your life in the hands of whatever opportunist is willing to stuff you in a leaky tub in the Mediterranean, and perhaps not using the best judgement. In the end though, without a stable Libya, there is no normal law to keep this handled orderly. Was it better under the dictator? I don't know, I don't live there, but it certainly seems that fallen dictatorships often, not always, take an all too often series upheavals after the fall of a dictatorship, usually settling into a kind of false stability at last, under another strongman.
 
Old 10-26-2015, 05:40 AM   #6
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It's been pointed out that that timeline I linked to may not be entirely accurate. Treat all wikis with care.????


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