A couple of days ago the leader of the main racist party here in Sweden was holding a very weird speech. Besides stating that you cannot separate what’s Christian and what’s Swedish, and demanding that Swedish churches must be built with Swedish material, he used the horrible sarin gas attack in Syria as an argument for not receiving refugees from there. Yeah, you heard me. He said that since the crisis in Syria is so severe, it is horrible for the Swedish government to waste money on asylum immigration instead of supporting the refugees in their local areas, i.e. refugee camps.
Perhaps he missed the news about Syrians wanting to return to the conflict because the circumstances in their Jordanian refugee camps are killing them.
I mean, God bless the UNHCR, we should really give as much as we can to them right now, but they can never ever offer the same security, welfare and peace that a Western country can. It’s ridiculously stupid to say that it’s cheaper to help refugees in their local areas than welcoming them to the West, because the results are extremely cheap as well. And no, the refugees that manage to get to a Western country don’t want to be deported to a refugee camp. If we really care about Syrian lives, we must welcome them to our countries.
I am writing this because of something that really got me upset yesterday. We all know that the US together with some other countries want to do a military intervention in Syria as a respond to the sarin gas attack. Officially, the US wants to portrait itself as doing something humanitarian, an altrustic act of love in order to save and protect Syrian civilians. Well, let’s see how humanitarian they really are, I thought, and googled how many Syrian refugees the US has received.
The result chocked me. Out of the two million Syrian refugees, United States wants to receive 2000. That’s 0,1 %. As a contrast, Jordan has, as a neighbouring country, received over half a million refugees (much against their will of course, but what do you do when these amounts of people storm your border?). Needless to say, the US has a little bit more money that Jordan.
This is insane. And yet, 2000 refugees is an increase for poor America, during the previous two years of the Syrian war they’ve received 90. 90!! And all of them had to go through a long process in proving that they aren’t terrorists, just as the 2000 newcomers will have to do. Oh, did I mention that they’re mostly women and children?
The humanitarian talk is rubbish. The US clearly finds it easier to kill Syrians than to welcome them to their society. As a Christian, I find this as an abomination for the Lord, and I will pray for the spirit of hospitality to fill the hearts of Western politicians, and for their sound mind to come back in place. We don’t need more fighting. We need more love.
- One Million Children are Now Syrian Refugees (mombloggersforsocialgood.com)
- Red Cross deploying field hospital for Syrian refugees in Jordan (redcrosstalks.wordpress.com)
- Assault on Syria: cui bono, cui prodest? (shelteredhope.wordpress.com)
- On the War Path to Damascus (abnormalanabaptist.wordpress.com)
- Life course interrupted~ Syrian refugee (mimokhairphotography.com)