In his attempt to refresh America’s image in the world, Obama has begun his tour promoting his country in these times of great uncertainty. The events that took place in Paris last week, however, have had a great impact on the debates that Obama had to participate in the last few days. Countries throughout the world, the United States included, fear admitting any more refugees. Obama blames the no-refugee policy, admitting that it is one of the most atrocious things he has ever heard of.
The entire refugee-subject is a slippery slope for the entire world. People are running from war and some of them might be terrorists. We are not exactly sure if they are terrorists or not. If they are, should we ban all of them, or risk a situation like France’s? But there were French terrorists too, so banning refugees would be a crime and on and on the debate goes without any final solution.
The truth is that we are talking about people here and politicians are either thinking about the emotional side of things, or the pragmatic one. Pragmatism indicates that refugees should not pass. They have refuge in Turkey and the countries around theirs, they have all the supplies they need there, so why bother crossing an entire continent and an ocean to get to America? The people’s fate cannot be put at risk.
Obama is the emotional type, the morally correct one, just as he should be. When we are talking about people in peril we cannot ignore them because a few of them might be dangerous. As Obama himself stated a few days ago, the people of Islam were the most affected by ISIS and it is our moral duty to give them a hand. If we were to let these people die, we would be no better than ISIS and this is what the world should always keep in mind.
Obama expressed his opinions firmly in the Philippines, where he outright accused the members of the GOP, who are in fact the people we should be looking forward to the most, of not giving a hand to “widows and orphans” and how they cower at the very thought that these “dangerous people” might bring America down.
Obama blames the no-refugee policy and he will keep doing so until the world understands that this is not a matter of mathematics and logics, this is a matter of humanity, and we must stand strong.
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