Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Opinions


So much discussion over the past few months about the refugee crises.

Since the ISIS-IL attack on Paris Friday, this discussion has taken
on an accelerated pace, especially here in Canada.
The reason for this is that the new Liberal government had promised
to take in 25,000 Syrian refugees before the end of December.
They got elected partially on this issue.....a lot of support in Canada for this.

I was one of those supporters and I still do support this idea.
A lot of people now feel that the government ought to put
their acceptance of 25,000 refugees on hold for a couple of reasons.
One being that some fear that terrorists may be hiding amongst them.

I trust that the government will take the appropriate steps/measures
 and do what is best for Canada to keep us all safe.

Thinking how we would feel if we were the ones in the 'camps' 
looking/hoping/waiting for countries to accept them.
These people are escaping terrorism and asking for a safe haven.

If you are comfortable in sharing your views on this crises,
I would love to hear your opinions and  absolutely no judgments will be made.



14 comments:

  1. I don't know what to think about all these problems…..just that the world is a sad place at the moment. We have an England/France friendly football match tonight at Wembley, and they are drafting in armed police and I think the army is to be on standby as well.
    I believe that "families"are refugees, but all the single young men that gather at Calais, trying to fight their way onto lorries and under trains etc. must surely be economic migrants?

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    1. The world is changing by the day now, Frances. I believe we will have to get used to seeing armed guards in places that we didn't see them before.

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  2. a terrorist is just as likely to fly in on a regularly scheduled airline as they are to be hiding in a refugee crowd.
    Local radio person was saying that women and children should be allowed and men 18 to 35 should be sent back home to "fight for their country"
    there is no one answer and that makes me sad

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    1. I heard that too, Marty, on CBC yesterday......just let in women and children. Sending the men back to fight a war in ravaged countries that are 'owned' by other foreign powers in one way or another, seems futile to me.
      You are correct, not one answer here and yes, it is very sad.

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  3. I'm with you, Jim. My stance hasn't changed. In the past few days I've been running across articles about Muslims being attacked and terrorized in different parts of the world; as if every single Muslim should somehow be held responsible for the actions of a group of crazies. One such hate crime happened within driving distance from my home in Peterborough, ON, where a mosque (the only one in the area) was set on fire deliberately. So un-Canadian. I felt such shame about this. Last night my husband and I stopped in at a Tim Hortons to have a coffee and get out a bit. In the table next to us, three women were having a conversation about the Paris tragedy and one of them was angrily stating that all Muslims are not to be trusted, that we shouldn't allow them in or any refugees and on and on. I cringed at all this hatefulness right here in my own city. I understand people are feeling frightened and worried, but targeting innocent people for the actions of a bunch of crazies simply because they share the same religion is completely irrational. And a very dangerous mindset that can lead to mass hysteria and even violence. Also, expecting whoever is a Muslim to apologize for these criminals or worse, be held responsible for their actions, is ridiculous. The blame belongs to the terrorists and the terrorists alone; not to all Muslims, Arabic people and Syrian refugees. This is my opinion. Thanks for bringing this up. It's a very important topic and we should be discussing it. We should also be joining forces to fight this evil instead of turning against one another.

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    1. Thanks for this input, Martha. I couldn't agree more with you. I sometimes find it difficult to understand why so many don't see it this way and put everybody together just because they are Muslim.

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  4. The Syrian refugees are fleeing the same terrorists who committed the Paris attacks. It's very unfair to now turn around and blame them and make them suffer even more because of it. Canada should keep its commitment to bring 25,000 here asap.

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    1. I agree, Debra. No turning back now. I really PM Trudeau will stay the course on this one. It was good to hear that your Premier Notley is behind him on this.

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  5. I'm German (well now Canadian) I seen the debates about the refuge crises wile i was in Germany last year...there are no easy answers but it saddens me when I see the them v. us debate rear it's ugly head. Hate crimes are on the rise, it's like people forget our history with demonizing a group of people . How can we send these People back to War and mayhem ? Like Upupaepops says terrorist will find a way , specially when a lot of them are now radicalized and homegrown. My philosophy is hate breeds hate, it's a viscous circle, not to mention that our politics created some of these problems .

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    1. That's right, CC12. It is next to impossible to find every single terrorist out there.
      Can't imagine a more terrible thing than to send them back. I can't see this happening here in Canada.
      Yes, the decisions made made certain governments in the 'west' certainly added/made all this happen.
      Love/compassion breeds love/compassion.

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  6. When it comes to a country accepting people in need, I think back to the Jews who were desperate to leave Germany and surrounding countries before and during WWII. Most countries increased the number of Jews allowed to emigrate by only a small number. The U.S. didn't do all that much to help the Jews. A lot of people say that no one knew how bad things were, but that's not true. More than one person managed to send word to various governments and organizations about what was happening. The truth is that many people were anti-Semitic and didn't care about the Jews. When the war ended, some Jews who had survived the camps returned to their homes in Poland and were murdered. Many Polish people said they would not allow the Jews to return. If we had taken in more Jewish people, we might have had German spies or worse sneaking in with them. It would have been worth the risk then, and it's worth the risk now.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thanks for this insight, Janie.
      With the resources available today compared to then, I feel we ought to be able to track and determine the 'spies/terrorists' much more easily.

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  7. I won't get the popular vote for this. The government doesn't have all the resources we think they have and a lot of refugees will fall through the system's cracks. The refugees should be screened carefully and if moving to Quebec forced to learn french. Unfortunately they come here and bring their culture and all of a sudden we can't have Christmas trees anymore or any religious symbols. They come here and they should learn to live with it. Canada is sometimes too welcoming. We greet the refugees at the border with medicare, social insurance and a calling card...Welcome, enjoy, don't pay! I have seen it time and time again working for the phone company.

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  8. I would have to agree Vonlipi, this is not a popular vote. But it is your opinion and you have a right to say what you wish. As do the refugees when they arrive and eventually settle here. I believe it is the fault of the governing powers when they cut back on social programs and make it possible for all of us to fall through the resulting cracks. As to their culture...they are only practicing what they know and have the right and freedom to do so here....as the rest of us have over the past two hundred years or so. that's is what multi-culturalism is.....a mixture of everything. I haven't seen anything banning Christmas trees or any other religious symbol around here. I know it's a whole different story in Quebec.

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