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The exodus from Syria is not a new occurrence of the past few weeks but of several years. The country has been decimated by a tyrannical government for its own political gain playing on the hundreds of years of political and religious animosities.

The result being, thousands of people fleeing for their lives from their own homeland, that is the ones who are still alive.  
The West shuffled its feet and stared at its shoes thinking it would all go away. It did not.
The problem is massive. However we decided to discuss and have endless meetings in the West.  Envoys running around the world speaking, looking out for the future of their own masters whilst the terror reigned on.
The disaster that is Syria is the result of greed and power-hungry politicians in the Middle East and dithering in the West. The resulting entry of ISIL and the foothold it now occupies has been seized upon as the cause of the refugee debacle, a very handy scapegoat for covering up for years of inaction and double speak.
What can be done about the exodus of human life? Years ago, Europe, Canada and the U.S. should have devised a plan at some of their endless fruitless meetings to look to the future because they must have foreseen what was about to happen in the Middle East?
They must have discussed plans for the growing numbers leaving Syria? They decided at some meeting to use bombs from 30,000 feet as a solution, only forgetting that such action will in the future breed a generation of Syrians who hate the West. One cannot blame the Syrian people, brutalized by their own government and then as “collateral damage” by the West helping them. Has this world gone mad? Has it lost its common sense? Are all our politicians totally insane?
Many countries are now being inundated with refugees escaping by often deadly means to freedom. Such is the terrible truth, either perish in your own country or die trying to reach a better life somewhere.
One must ask where does Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman et al stand in this? There is no sign of their borders being opened to fellow Arabs in distress and they are very rich countries. Jordan has helped to a great extent, what of us?
We are told that Canada has accepted 2,500 Syrian refugees since the problem first began. Great, enough to fill a good-sized theatre. We are told that the government will accept 10,000 over the next four years — in real terms enough people to fill the seats in a medium-sized football stadium. We are told the refugees would be accepted from the existing camps where people have been for years, waiting — have to have the correct paperwork. If you where fleeing for your life with your children, your home ablaze and being shot at, would you would be thinking, “I must take my paperwork?” We can surely do both — send Canadian representatives to Europe and the Camps in Jordan and do some paper checking there, if available.
Give refugees a sense of hope and being a person, lessen the feelings of abandonment by the entire world. I am sure we will have educated politicians or civil servants looking for work after the election. Send some of the Department of Immigration to the source, they are dragging their collective feet at home.
What has it got to do with us here in Canada or closer to home, Newfoundland and Labrador?  We are human beings — most of us are immigrants or the children of immigrants.
We were accepted, in some cases eventually. Canada gave safe haven to the boat people of Vietnam, and families escaping the brutal Hungarian Revolution of 1956 to name a few. We did not hesitate while they were at their most vulnerable to ask which side of the battle they were on. They were “collateral damage.” We gave them refuge and a home. That is what Canada does, or did in the past. We seem to be ruled by ever increasingly mean-spirited governments. We should raise our collective voice and say “Enough is enough.” We have to do the Canadian practice of helping people in extreme distress now, and deal with the scary “but they might be” later. Canada is a country of immigrants, the vast majority are law-abiding. Why punish the tired, weary of spirit and body for a few “might be bogey persons?” We are already beaten if we live in fear of what “might be.” We are worse than useless to the people who desperately need our help.
Maureen E. Mennie
Corner Brook

The result being, thousands of people fleeing for their lives from their own homeland, that is the ones who are still alive.  
The West shuffled its feet and stared at its shoes thinking it would all go away. It did not.
The problem is massive. However we decided to discuss and have endless meetings in the West.  Envoys running around the world speaking, looking out for the future of their own masters whilst the terror reigned on.
The disaster that is Syria is the result of greed and power-hungry politicians in the Middle East and dithering in the West. The resulting entry of ISIL and the foothold it now occupies has been seized upon as the cause of the refugee debacle, a very handy scapegoat for covering up for years of inaction and double speak.
What can be done about the exodus of human life? Years ago, Europe, Canada and the U.S. should have devised a plan at some of their endless fruitless meetings to look to the future because they must have foreseen what was about to happen in the Middle East?
They must have discussed plans for the growing numbers leaving Syria? They decided at some meeting to use bombs from 30,000 feet as a solution, only forgetting that such action will in the future breed a generation of Syrians who hate the West. One cannot blame the Syrian people, brutalized by their own government and then as “collateral damage” by the West helping them. Has this world gone mad? Has it lost its common sense? Are all our politicians totally insane?
Many countries are now being inundated with refugees escaping by often deadly means to freedom. Such is the terrible truth, either perish in your own country or die trying to reach a better life somewhere.
One must ask where does Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman et al stand in this? There is no sign of their borders being opened to fellow Arabs in distress and they are very rich countries. Jordan has helped to a great extent, what of us?
We are told that Canada has accepted 2,500 Syrian refugees since the problem first began. Great, enough to fill a good-sized theatre. We are told that the government will accept 10,000 over the next four years — in real terms enough people to fill the seats in a medium-sized football stadium. We are told the refugees would be accepted from the existing camps where people have been for years, waiting — have to have the correct paperwork. If you where fleeing for your life with your children, your home ablaze and being shot at, would you would be thinking, “I must take my paperwork?” We can surely do both — send Canadian representatives to Europe and the Camps in Jordan and do some paper checking there, if available.
Give refugees a sense of hope and being a person, lessen the feelings of abandonment by the entire world. I am sure we will have educated politicians or civil servants looking for work after the election. Send some of the Department of Immigration to the source, they are dragging their collective feet at home.
What has it got to do with us here in Canada or closer to home, Newfoundland and Labrador?  We are human beings — most of us are immigrants or the children of immigrants.
We were accepted, in some cases eventually. Canada gave safe haven to the boat people of Vietnam, and families escaping the brutal Hungarian Revolution of 1956 to name a few. We did not hesitate while they were at their most vulnerable to ask which side of the battle they were on. They were “collateral damage.” We gave them refuge and a home. That is what Canada does, or did in the past. We seem to be ruled by ever increasingly mean-spirited governments. We should raise our collective voice and say “Enough is enough.” We have to do the Canadian practice of helping people in extreme distress now, and deal with the scary “but they might be” later. Canada is a country of immigrants, the vast majority are law-abiding. Why punish the tired, weary of spirit and body for a few “might be bogey persons?” We are already beaten if we live in fear of what “might be.” We are worse than useless to the people who desperately need our help.
Maureen E. Mennie
Corner Brook

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