iDEA'S FROM THE EDGE
Yeah, we know precisely what you mean, those wretched refugees arriving into the country causing a terrible drain on our country's resources, and they are dangerous too! Something has got to be done...
Oh, no! We don't mean you, Costas, you Tameka, you Gabriela, you Andreas, Chan, Omar or Martina.
You've been here for years. You're okay. We mean those other immigrant's, the ones who have lost everything and fleeing their war-ravaged country because our nation supported bombing the ka-ka out of them.
Yes, those blameless people, whose leaders had the sheer gall to disagree with our way of life.
Refusing our corporations, not wanting our banks, arms, food chains or cell phone companies. Countries who dared to halt our relentless pursuit of profits. Outrageously wanting to do their own thing.
Let's be straight here, the refugee dilemma is making good people think like racists (see Ideas ±13). Oddly not because their skin is brown, green, black or blue. It's not even a lack of care.
Its because we are being told it has a direct effect and influence on our lives. Governments claim these people will dilute the money which is used for your local services, plus don't forget these people want to rape and kill you!
Just ask yourself "why are these people trying to get into my country?"
The answer is simple; for a better life. The same reason we all move to another house, city or country.
In the case of refugees its normally about getting loved ones safe. Come on what would you do if bombs were going off around you?
These days governments conveniently forget to mention how conflicts in far off places, could resonate back home.
They make promises to those people but seldom deliver on their promises. Then act surprised when it creates refugees who flee the conflict. They even get angry when some come asking for that better life.
So here's an idea...Governments involved or supporting any war against another nation must accept its refugees.
It's not a new idea, for the past two centuries Indians, Africans, Polish, Italians, Irish, Jews, Mexicans, Japanese and many others were promised and given places in our countries as recompense for helping us fight, or because our government bombed the b-Jesus out of their lands.
Good people don't wish to inflict harm upon other humans. Or want to make people homeless. Absolutely, we don't want people to lose their children, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters or friends. Sadly, war is a profitable business and governments are soaked in this dirty trade.
Iraq & Iran had an abundance of oil and cash reserves (Iraq an estimated $900 billion), who had the benefit of that money?
Unquestionably it wasn't the people of Iraq or Iran. Yup, you guessed it, it was the banks and corporations, who pull the strings of our politicians that came out smelling of jasmine. Thank you very much.
Want to know why your city, town or village is spending less on local services these days? Consider this...
Conflict is seldom between two nations - many nations become connected in various ways. This is not only hideously harmful to the people living in that area, but also for us because our governments are involved and it costs.
To date, the USA has spent 3.6 trillion on the Afgan, Iraq, Iran and Syria conflicts. Britain has spent 334 billion.
Russia has spent nearly 750 million on Syria alone. Just let those figures sink in for a moment...
Then remind yourself, these three nations are massively in debt and have been cutting public spending for the past two decades.
Nations support wars because it's profitable and we are paying.
Through taxes, we pay for the political involvement, military, ships, fighter jets, weapons, all associated costs and once we've destroyed or taken over that nation. Corporations go in, rebuild and keep all the profit.
Imagine owning a huge superstore where everything is paid for you. Its all free - the goods, marketing, advertising, transport, staff wages, management salaries, All food, travel, pensions, health cover, legal fees, construction costs, maintenance, and every cost of every single person involved...
And now everything that you sell is sheer profit.
Wait. It gets better because everybody in the area is forced to buy from you. How's that for a good business model?
Our leaders involve us in conflicts, which cost trillions, to benefit corporate interests, and when it comes back to bite them on the bum-bum, they scream and tell us these innocent refugees are the problem!
Refugees are not challenging your way of life. Not coming to steal your job, soak up local resources or murder you.
They are human beings. Who have been made homeless and your country has helped make them refugees.
Sure there are people who want to enter our countries illegally. And every state has borders with the relevant personnel to handle them.
But when thousands of people suddenly decide to leave their homes, possessions and friends to travel on foot over vast distances or cram onto small boats risking theirs and their children's lives, to cross an open sea.
That’s an act of desperation.
If we had such a UN law, a government would know that supporting a war, will result in them taking responsibility for refugees, meaning finances in their home nation will be required. They will have to think twice.
We as nations are creating refugees, causing massive amounts of suffering and death. Therefore we as nations must behave with tolerance, show some empathy and cease blaming innocent people who really need our help.
These are a few meditative reflections on a scandalous topic from 3000monks
Not to induce a For or Against debate or create a footballism attitude where you must take sides...it's merely an idea!
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