Anyone with a sense of decency and humanity would want to help those who have been through harrowing experiences and have arrived, exhausted and desperate, on the shores of Europe.
But the story will not end there, if they do.
With refugees, as with all other human beings, the current generation will pass from the scene.
Those who may be grateful to have found a refuge from the horrors of the Middle East will have a new generation of children in Europe, or in any other place of refuge, who will have no memory of the Middle East.
All the new generation will know is that they are not doing as well as other people in the country where they live.
They will also know that the values of their culture clash with the values of the Western culture around them.
The inescapable reality is that it is an irreversible decision to admit a foreign population of any sort — but especially a foreign population that has a track record of remaining foreign.
And there will be no lack of “leaders” to tell them that they have been wronged, including some who will urge them to jihad.
No nation has an unlimited capacity to absorb immigrants of any sort, and especially immigrants whose cultures are not simply different, but antagonistic, to the values of the society in which they settle.
if Saddam Hussein is till in power, there is no ISIS. I hope #### head Cheney got the opportunity to visit Palmyra back in the day when he was sukking Saddam's peepee on Jerry Ford's watch. His grandbabies will never see it.
Colin Powell: "It is said that I used the “Pottery Barn rule.” I never did it; [Thomas] Friedman did it … But what I did say … [is that] once you break it, you are going to own it, and we’re going to be responsible for 26 million people standing there looking at us.
The Obama admin couldn't (or better yet didn't) secure a status forces agreement because President Obama promised to pull everyone out. He was set on that path, consequences be d@mned. And, in large part, we're now seeing the consequences.
"Iraq may then be kowtowing to a different master, Biddle says. Accepting 300 MRAPs may be just enough to help American leaders believe they remain Iraq's greatest patron, but not so many that it attracts unwanted attention from Iran, which has also prioritized backing an Iraqi government managed by fellow Shiites.
"They've been trying to have it both ways for a long time," Brennan says. "Since the U.S. has left [in 2011], Iran has gotten even more entrenched throughout both the economy as well as the security structure."
"I think there is a good possibility the government of Iraq is trying to balance that.""
Obama adjusts Iraq narrative, now blames Bush for troop withdrawal:
The president who spent years touting the withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Iraq suddenly has had to distance himself from that action.
At the White House on Saturday morning — less than 48 hours after authorizing airstrikes against Islamist militants and humanitarian air drops to save the lives of trapped Iraqi civilians — President Obama blamed his predecessor, George W. Bush, for the absence of American troops in Iraq and rejected the assertion that he could have left a small peacekeeping force in the war-torn nation.
He uttered those after three years, and a successful re-election campaign, in which the full removal of U.S. forces from Iraq was cast as this White House’s most significant foreign policy achievement and one Mr. Obama had promised all the way back to the earliest days of his first presidential campaign in 2008.