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  • Pete

    It is long past time when the United Nations should be defunded.

  • Jim__L

    If the UN and Doctors without Borders don’t want to participate, that’s their business, and their conscience should be respected.

    That doesn’t change the fact that the EU’s policies need to change so that Europe can survive. If UNHCR and MSF want to help but they don’t like these new policies, they could report for duty in Syria instead.

    • Andrew Allison

      I agree about UNHCR, although I question whether any UN agency has a conscience. MSF (which I support financially) is a different kettle of fish. Their mission statement is: “Medical aid where it is needed most. Independent. Neutral. Impartial.” This does not allow for distaste for policy.

      • Jim__L

        Talk to their board of directors or C-level execs then, to try to get the mission statement implemented — and send them research you’ve done on alternative medical charities you could support.

        • Andrew Allison

          Did the first first, and am awaiting a response.

          • f1b0nacc1

            Don’t hold your breath….

          • Andrew Allison

            I expect another telecommuting article first LOL. It really saddens me that an organization that I really admire has fallen from Grace. Despite the great job that the folk in the field do, it really makes me question my support.

          • f1b0nacc1

            I haven’t been a huge MSF supporter (they are a bit too deep into the moral equivalence for my tastes, but certainly reasonable people can differ), but yes, this is a sad decline for an organization with what are ostensibly noble goals

  • Fat_Man

    “It’s hard not to sympathize with the migrants”

    Not after Brussels. They are not refugees, they are an invading army. I have no sympathy for them at all. Send them back to Syria where their only victims will be each other.

  • Blackbeard

    The West is trying a bold experiment: Let’s see what happens if we do away with the family, do away with religion, and now, do away with the nation-state, for without borders there is no nation-state. The early results are not encouraging. Ordinary people can see this clearly but our leaders, so much more highly evolved than we are, cannot.

    This will not end well.

    • dwk67

      So highly evolved that their gray matter has been replaced with fecal matter…

    • mikekelley10

      That’s one of the best comments I have ever read.

  • Eurydice

    I think you mean the new arrivals will be sent back to Turkey. The rest of the article is fine, if a little blah, blah, blah and late to the party. But the essential thing you’ve missed is that it doesn’t matter what the UNHCR and MSF think about open borders, the borders are closed and have been closed since before the deal with Turkey – no one was going to be leaving Greece, anyway.

  • Frank Natoli

    And while there is a human right to flee a war zone
    Really? Is there also a human right to expect countries with the ability to wipe out those responsible for the war zone to do so? I guess not.

  • Rodney

    I have noticed in the media and in social media a predictable uproar following every terrorist attack, after the New Years Eve gang rapes and during the refugee crisis last summer and fall. Some are calling all Muslims terrorists or potential terrorists, and others take a view that out-Pollyannas Pollyanna herself. As a Christian, I see this dynamic in church circles, and I see it outside the church as well. I have asking myself what is driving it and have begun to wonder if the two extremes are two sides of the same misconception, that love/compassion is incompatible with healthy skepticism and caution. One extreme is rejecting all compassion to embrace skepticism and caution, and the other is rejecting all skepticism and caution to embrace love/compassion. Thoughts? Am I missing something?
    It seems that both extremes are talking at each other rather than to each other. Is there a way to live out “Blessed are the peacemakers”? There must be.

    • Jim__L

      One way to square that circle is to realize that “Caesar does not wield the sword in vain” — civil order depends on government enforcement. Mercy is the Church’s job — as sternness is the State’s.

      • Rodney

        Agreed, although the church does have its own underutilized sternness (church discipline) role. It has been frustrating hearing and seeing all the commentary implying that the state’s enforcement role relative to illegal immigration, refugees, etc., is unchristian.

        • Jim__L

          Just remind people that the State’s role is not the same as the church’s role.

    • Boritz

      Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
      Matthew 10:16King James Version (KJV)

      No surprise where the answer is to be found. Christian hobbyists and those hostile to Christianity like to use “unchristian” as a club to beat their foes over the head. Wise Christians are not to allow that nor throw caution to the wind. Another thought: Jesus said to turn the other cheek if someone slaps you, but you don’t have a second nose to present if someone punches you out.

    • mikekelley10

      Speaking of the German rapes, it took 5 days for word of them to slip out, and the social media revealed what the media had only hidden.

  • Thom Burnett

    “A coherent policy for Syria, of course, entails the toppling of the dictator who is the root cause of the misery there, as well as the rooting out of terrorist organizations like Jabhat al-Nusra, who would quickly overrun any safe zone as soon as it was established. ”

    This sounds like our ‘coherent policy’ that fixed Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and more so well. No western government has had the understanding and self awareness to improve the middle east for more than 100 years. Our meddling has consistently made existing problems worse.

    The west needs to admit it’s ineffectiveness and stay as uninvolved as possible.

    I suggest Europe and the USA keep their people and military away from the Syrians and the Syrain people (including refugees) away from Europe. Maybe drop them some food and medicine once in a while but otherwise keep apart. But even if you don’t like that suggestion, please admit that outside interference has not been improving life for the Syrians.

    • mikekelley10

      It took me years to figure out that Islam is completely incompatible with modernism. Once enough Muslims live in a country, barbarism is inevitable. Politicians who encourage Muslim immigration belong in prison.

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