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nicolejb
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News Community Current Event Poll!

Heya, newies. I’ve been hanging out and having some really thoughtful discussions this week, and I’ve been LOVING it.

I’d like to leave for the weekend knowing your opinion on one issue I’m still struggling with. It’s a hot topic in the news this week, and I’m really interested to hear everyone’s perspective.

The Refugee Crisis

So here’s a wrap-up of what is happening.
With the release of some controversial images, and another ship capsizing in the Mediterranean, Europe and the rest of the world has seen the real gravity of the refugee crisis. Thousands of refugees from Syria (and other parts of the middle east) are looking for safety in Europe, and even as the migration is often dangerous and sometimes deadly, they often arrive in Europe and are turned away.
Leaders of the European Union are stepping up and creating plans to handle all of the 160,000 migrants and refugees. Some countries are all about it, namely Italy and Greece who have economic problems. But countries like Hungary and the Czech Republic are a bit overwhelmed already.

What are your thoughts on this issue? Should Europe willingly open their doors to thousands of people?

What if they are countries that are struggling themselves? Can they help and handle the thousands of people knocking on their doors?

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@orenshani7 I was paraphrasing what I read. However if I were to make an assumption on that: I'd say being a little more thankful for being accepted, and not act in any hostile way towards those showing compassion to you.
@jibarito, "Showing compassion to you...", you mean like the European countries that their meddling in Africa and the Middle east created this mess in the first place?
I can see @jibarito’s point in the sense that it is hard to accept people from outside their nation with open arms when they are also being violent. But I also see @orenshani’s point too. Their culture is one of war and standing up for themselves against enemies, and it’s more deep-rooted then we can wrap our heads around.
@nicolejb , In my mind it all comes down to this: My grandfather almost died from a hit of a British mandate policeman on his head. He had a hole in his skull for the rest of his life. But he was much better off than his parents, who were burned alive in a synagogue in Riga, in 1941. The point is that as long as Europe does not give up its notion of superiority, all these talks about compassion are just plain hypocrisy.
I’m sorry about your grandfather and his parents @orenshani7. Those family stories and history run deep, and I’m sure your personal story really gives you perspective on the whole issue. I’m not sure most on the country understands that, though. While I do believe that Europe does have a bit of a superiority complex, I do not believe that they are coming from a place of hate. I do believe they are at least trying...and to me, that’s a start. :)