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One small child washed up on the beach…. (my rambling thoughts…)

09/07/15

This is aggravating.  No, no – don’t get me wrong.  Yes, the tiny child washing up dead on the beach is absolutely wretched.  Like young children the world over, this child was an innocent and completely at the mercy of the adults surrounding it.

What’s deeply aggravating is of course the situation surrounding the whole thing, what caused that child to become dead.   Also, the contemporary Syrian crisis started in 2011, affecting over the course of time some 200,000 plus people with thousands dead along the way.   What about all the other children, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and all their relatives that died in similar circumstances?

The week before this one, poor, dead child washed up on the beach, I was listening to the European Nations talking about closing up borders and turning these refugees away.   We here in the U.S. have a bit of geographic buffer where the impact of these refugees is not quite so immediately intense and overwhelming.   After this child, and the world’s reaction to this child, now Nations are doing a bit of a major about-face.   It’s not going to last and, really, it can’t.   No matter the good intentions, re-homing the refugees is not the answer.   Housing, yes; re-homing, no.

Being a first generation American from East Germany, I remember well the recounts of World War II survivors including my Mother – may she rest in peace – and what was left of her family – may they rest in peace.   I understand the desperation of the refugee fleeing literally for their lives.   So to say that re-homing refugees is not the answer, for me is not a light-weight statement in my head.   After all, the only reason I was born was because my Mother had escaped East Germany before the “Wall” went up; she wasn’t going to birth children in that world and I don’t blame her at all.

Hundreds of thousands of refugees came to the United States after World War II.   Just as many were grieving the loss of thousands of their relatives who had fought and died in World War II, nearly simultaneously arrived these waves of people coming from the very areas their relatives had died.   Talk about chaos!   Of the people arriving, who were the fleeing “good guys” and who were escaping “bad guys”?   How can so many people be medically screened, provided housing and hygiene essentials and food, not to mention acclimating them to language, economics and employment?

We know that taking refugees in takes a lot more than good intentions, donations and making refugees feel welcomed; it takes organizing, work, and money, and a lot of it.   Yes, it’s rather unfortunate that nearly everything in this life comes down to economics, but it does.   Then, the minute anyone indicates that taxes have to go up in order to pay for social/humanitarian programs, voters throw a collective fit.   Of course, that’s understandable as well given the economic expenses of our reality.

Also, the thing about refugees is that most don’t go back home.   The Nations know this and I believe that’s part of their resistance to opening their country up to these refugees.   Some of these European Nations are struggling to take care of their own, let alone thousands more who bring with them basically only need and more drain on an already struggling system.

There’s just one pot of soup in the kitchen for all the folks who come in;  if there’s more people than soup, then everyone goes hungry.

I know my words right now sound a bit cold and callous;  it’s not intended to but the situation here is obviously a very difficult one.   A terrible situation like this one would be disrespected if painted over with sugar-coating.

Mr. Naguib Sawiris, however, has a great idea.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2015/09/04/egyptian-billionaire-offers-to-buy-mediterranean-island-for-refugees/

It’s a great idea but it’s incomplete, and the Nations and everyone knows it.   It’s another stop-gap for a much larger, very complex problem.   That problem is what to do about the situation in Syria itself.

As more and more refugees leave, who’s being left behind?   Stragglers who weren’t able to get on board one these dangerously over-laden, tiny boats that basically drift weeks on end, passengers dying off, as they hope to land on the right shore.  And whatever others aside of stragglers that are still there in that embattled region are, well, the “bad guys.”

What needs to happen in that region is what happened to Germany back at the end of World War II.   The Nations need to come together and take the place over, strip away every weapon and bomb as much as is possible, and outright cripple the “bad guys.”

Yup, it’s not that easy;  I hear you.

Unlike the World War II era Germany, this region isn’t surrounded basically on all sides by Nations unifying against a common “enemy.”   I put “enemy” in quotes because there were many Native Germans who were not enemies but instead were victims of that horrible situation.   There were others like my Family who weren’t supportive of Hitler or that Party in any shape, fashion or form, who did what they could to help others escape, who watched devastated and helpless as their families, homes, and their whole reality was dying a brutal death.  Yes, today’s and yesterday’s refugees are, for all intent and purpose, the same.

Between the intention of trying to respect other countries and their respective cultures, Russia backing some of the “bad guys” and the “bad guys” themselves, the Syrian situation is quite complex.   What Russia wants though is easy – they want fuel, simple as that.   If the Nations can come together and, by careful negotiation, give Russia the fuel it ultimately wants – for what other reason could there possibly be for Russia to have any interest in people not of its own lands, honestly? – then maybe progress can be made to end the destruction and death program currently there.   Secure one section of land at a time, neutralize the “bad guys” one at a time, and with each section neutralized, those who had flown away could return.  Would they return though?  History tells us probably not, at least not without some kind of encouraging force helping to direct them back home.

To be sure, a neutralizing and land-securing program would also be expensive, very tricky and exceptionally dangerous.   However, as far as I can see, it is about the only way there is to resolve the death and destruction situation that is today’s problem with Syria.   Yes, I hear you – Syria is certainly and unfortunately not the only Nation over there that has serious problems.  Nobody, myself included, wants to again get into the middle of that deadly hornet’s nest of a mess over there.   But those who are now the refugees couldn’t fix the problems, and that’s why they ran making their problem even more the World’s problem than it was before.   So I have a hunch some kind of neutralizing program is what we’re going to see happen there next.

Let’s hope and pray that in the process of trying to fix that problem, things aren’t somehow made even worse.

Hmm.

Blessings…

Cap’n Toni…

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4 thoughts on “One small child washed up on the beach…. (my rambling thoughts…)

  1. A most excellent post and one that contains a reality that many find themselves in. You summed it up in one sentence:

    “Of course, that’s understandable as well given the economic expenses of our reality.”

    There’s only so much of us to go around, and while the resources are being spread thin from our humanitarian efforts being made to distant lands, many of our own still go hungry and homeless.

    Ideally, empowering those distant Nations to be more self-reliant, whether it is economic, military, etc, is what will solve this kind of predicament that many find themselves in.

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    • Thank you, Roxi, for reading my bit of writings and sharing your thoughts. I appreciate your kind and positive reactions and support. 🙂

      Your words got me recalling on one of our “resources” – that being the “Affordable Care Act” (ACA) health insurance.

      Supposedly ACA was designed to get everyone supplied with affordable health insurance regardless of anything.

      However instead of an affordable system that is not financially harmful, though that was their stated intent, the system is actually becoming a growing financial burden. And that is aside of the situation of mandatory participation, complete with penalties/fines for not cooperating.

      ACA’s plan is becoming increasingly expensive, far more so than health insurance plans pre-ACA. The ACA authors were counting on lots of younger, healthier participants who would, with their mandated contributions, offset the costs of the older set with potentially increased likelihood of need of health services. Their hope was actually to drive down the costs by way of spreading the burden out over more people.

      Except the ACA authors miscalculated. A lot of those new participants aren’t healthier, in fact they are quite a lot sicker than the ACA authors had apparently ever considered. So – unsurprising – now it’s up to those of us who’ve been paying into health insurance all along to shoulder these increased costs of providing medical services for everyone else.

      When we start bringing in these refugees, the insurance costs are going to increase even further, at least for the short term. I’m hoping it’s not for the long term.

      If we, as a country, are going to spread the costs of medical services in this kind of socialistic manner, fine, but then let’s do it correctly and completely. Get rid of all, that is *all* health insurance companies and make it all run through Medicare. One central point, no “middle men.” Then what we’re having to pay into the ACA system can be put into the Medicare system (which we’re paying for both those systems). Bundle the whole thing together into one organization. We’d probably save quite a bit of money and maybe have better services at least by way of less jumping over various companies paperwork/claims hurdles.

      Thank you again, Roxi, for sharing your thoughts and words, for sharing your kindness and positive, encouraging support.

      I wish for you all good.

      Cap’n Toni….

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      • “now it’s up to those of us who’ve been paying into health insurance all along to shoulder these increased costs of providing medical services for everyone else.” Is that not the case for just about anything these days? When I work 50+ hours a week without fail, whether I feel like it or not, I make sure I work and do my best. There are those who choose not to do that because they know us taxpayers will finance them…. healthcare, welfare, food stamps, educational benefits, help with buying homes, etc, etc….. the sense of entitlement that many have are baffling to me. Many of these able-bodied people don’t want to work, but many own computers, iPads, iPhones, and other assorted ‘toys’ and still manage to collect the government benefits that I and every other tax payer contributes. I have to buy my own health insurance, food, housing, transportation, education, etc., etc…

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  2. Wars come down to resources – either acquiring them or maintaining them. Syria acts as a buffer zone of sorts protecting and influencing the flow of resources and the political stability of surrounding region. In this context we are talking oil, Europe, Russia, and various Western friends & foes.

    The refugees are victims of those immediate forces disrupting their lives, but the threads of political and economic influences stretch to Moscow, New York, London and other seats of economic and political power. Once the social upheaval becomes intense enough the reverberations on those thread work their way back along the threads – it cuts both ways.

    When the debate and concern arose over the refugees here in Canada, a number of economists & sociologists pointed out that when you look at previous impacts of refugees, the outcome was always positive. If you look past the short term costs & impact, they generate income and expand productivity that wipes out initial cost of bringing them in to the country.

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