My view of the news up to Sunday 15th February 2015

I am a self confessed news watcher, especially international news and politics. I can never admit to being able to understand why events in these two spheres of life happen but through my studies for a degree in International Studies I now have some models to try to make sense of things in our anarchic world.

Most of my news intake is from traditional media sources such as TV, radio, magazines and newspapers. I also pick up less transient analysis of events through postings by international organisations on to Facebook. Not only do I read just what appears as a digibite on the screen of an iPad, I do follow the link through to the source and read the entire article if something stimulates my curiosity.

One posting on Facebook from Amnesty International was about how the rest of Europe was burying its head in the sand and leaving Italy to deal with the refugees making the ocean crossing to Sicily alone. Amnesty took the tragedy from earlier this week in which an estimated 300 people perished during the crossing to argue for more resources from the rest of Europe to ameliorate the human cost of these tragedies.

The first comment made against this posting was:

“Sorry to say, but they (the refugees) know the consequences of attempting this trip and it should be stopped at the country of origin where they are leaving from”.

Attached to this one comment there are currently 15 responses and all of them are rejecting its sentiments, including mine.

Fair enough, we are all entitled to form our own views and opinions and we are lucky enough to be able to express them however we want to. But at least try to show that any views and opinions held can be supported by some rational understanding of the subject matter.

Prima facie the person who posted this comment was right. The only way to stop this type of migration is to stop it at source. However, the immediate source of the issue is Libya which is in a state of lawlessness. There is no over-reaching political body or institution with the power let alone the willingness to take any necessary steps if they were requested by the outside world. Then there is the more remote source; the countries people have left like Syria to get to Libya. How is it possible to prevent refugee migrations from those countries which are just as anarchic as Libya or even more so?

The European Union is meant to be a collective of nations that share common principles and objectives. It rallied around during an economic crisis with the wealthy countries bailing out the poor ones. There has been a collective response from Germany and France over Ukraine but there does not appear to be a collective response over the refugee crisis washing up on the shores of Sicily.

Solve the problems at source first but until that is achieved Italy has to carry the burden of having to deal with desperate boat loads of people seeking refuge in a civil society.


About alangrenville

I live in southern Britain near the fabulous New Forest. While studying for a BSc in International Studies I have developed a strong belief in 'NIBAW' or 'nothing is black and white'. Hence my favourite saying "Too often we...enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought" (John F Kennedy).
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