Sunday, September 13, 2015

Make it a million!

I have been a fan of many of President Obama's foreign policy decisions, but his recent decision to take in an additional 10,000 refugees from Syria is one I cannot accept.  10,000?? That isn't even a drop in the bucket.  I suggest making it a million!  The Middle east is a hell hole and it cannot be ignored by the US because an ocean keeps the refugees away.  While locals are ultimately responsible for the success and failure of their countries and regions, the West shares the blame as well. Western intervention, extending back to the British empire when they drew up those crappy borders have had an incredibly destabilizing impact on the region.

Besides the responsibility for the bad situations in the Middle East the US has a moral obligation as well. While Germany a country of 80 million is taking in some 800,000 refugees the US, a country of 315 million is taking on just 10,000.  (if the US were to take as many as Germany it would be over 3 million refugees).  Given the fact that the US is the richest country on earth and is built not on ethnic nationalism, but civic nationalism it would be better able to handle the large flow of refugees.  Here is an interesting article that goes over the refugee process in a bit more detail.  For the US this could and should be the next Marshal plan.  Another op-ed that argues for taking more than just 10,000 can be found here. For the US this means opening up the budget and providing the cash to get things off the ground.  Get the centers, staff, jobs, and support systems in place and donate more money to the UN.  The US will also need to fast track the refugee relocation process.  Radically reduce and simplify the security clearance process and other regulations to make things possible from a logistical standpoint. After World War II the US rose to the occasion  to help Europe rise from the rubble. 

For obvious reasons the US is not able to remake the Middle East and solve all of their problems (the Iraq war being the case n point).  What the US can do is help hundreds of thousands of refugees rebuild their lives by inviting them to do it in the United States.  I hope the US will rise to the occasion and prove that it is the city on a hill it claims to be.

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