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​Remember the boats? 

It wasn’t all that many years ago when we started to see the rubber-type boats all over the mediteranean as helpless refugees began their watery, rudderless trek across the sea to begin a better life in Europe.  Opinions were initially divided on whether to let them onto the “more advanced” continent.  The debate flared until an infant was photographed lying in a pitiful pose in the sand on the seashore, having apparently drowned in the sea after capsizing or falling overboard or something and hearts were stirred afresh to accept these homeless, helpless wanderers of the sea.  Who could blame them? It’s only right for an ostensibly christian nation to reach out with compassion for the helpless.

​Fast forward a mere several years and nearly the entire European continent, along with the UK is writhing with the agonies of dealing with an ever-expanding population of tragically displaced single 20 year old boys of African and middle eastern decent for whom only limited employment opportunities appear to exist.

Canada is next in line, as our PM has announced intentions of welcoming another million or so in the next three years, a population increase of some three percent.  How we are to finance this welcoming is through ever increasing amounts  added to our considerable “government” debt-load.

Compassion is a wonderful thing, no argument there.  Many of us on this side of the duckpond are here because someone somewhere welcomed us when we were the ones requiring new housing. In addition, north america is comprised of  family groups from all over the world and we mostly do get on reasonably well despite all the media pronouncements of the latest racist incident.  And yet, I have a question.

Why does our collective, and especially our official compassion, begin and end with those suffering in the middle eastern region?  Why do we hear absolutely nothing, not a single mouse squeak, about welcoming the white farmers being murdered in South Africa and whose lands and homes are being confiscated from them; land they’ve farmed for generations?  What about them?  

What about the unfortunate Japanese, displaced by Fukushima, or the sad fate of the Indonesians when the tsunami washed over their beach and destroyed their homes and businesses?  Or the christians in Nigeria or Pakistan who are being murdered daily because of their particular mindset?  Have we any compassion for them, or was it all used up on returning jihadis?  

Obviously no one with a lot of cash is working to disrupt european and north american society by bringing masses of people onto our porches, people whose ideology is generally hostile to those not of their peculiar faith.  Farbeit from me to suggest something like that! Consider though, the methodology used in Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, arming the rebels…   It’s a common tactic: “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

But if this isn’t the reason and it is in fact, pure compassion which is driving mass-immigration then it must be asked, what about compassion for the rest of those who have suffered and are currently suffering miserable fates in other regions of the world?

And when it comes to walls, there is this:  A wall is not a complete barrier, it is a means of being selective as to who is allowed to enter.  Your home most likely has a lock on the door,  which is helpful in giving some control over who is let in and who is not.  Should your country not have a similar option?  We who live on the North American continent and those in Europe are blessed with a considerable amount of homes and businesses which the generations before us have constructed.  Should all this inheritance be turned over to a select group chosen specifically for it’s antagonism towards us? An antagonism which has been and is being demonstrated daily all over God’s blue golf ball?  Perhaps, just perhaps, in the interests of equality, we should be giving equal consideration to other would-be refugees as well, just to break things up a bit?

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