Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Miles of Indifference and Cruelty

4.1 miles is the distance that separates the Greek island of Lesbos from Turkey.  Between 2015 and 2016, 600,000 people traversed this distance in efforts to save themselves, and rescue their families primarily from their war ravaged Syrian homes.

Leon Wieseltier once observed: 
[T]he most conspicuous characteristic of [refugees] is that they love life, and that they are prepared to endure unimaginable hardship, so as to preserve life, their lives and the lives of their loved ones, and the lives of their traditions and their communities. Nobody imperils their children in dangerous sea voyages, and treks across mountains unless they believe they are rescuing their children from an even greater danger that certainly awaits them.  
To believe otherwise is to be indifferent.  To act otherwise is to be cruel.  Under President Obama we were indifferent.  Under President Trump we are now cruel.  I do not wish to be either.

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