The West has be­come blind to rest of the world

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - OPINION -

Hu­man­i­tar­i­an­ism is dead, and the hu­man species is in free fall!

Western so­ci­eties di­vert them­selves by wran­gling over im­mi­gra­tion, asy­lum seek­ers, le­gal ver­sus il­le­gal en­try and the per­mu­ta­tions thereof. The only ar­gu­ment that seems to mat­ter is the claim that more peo­ple are needed to fill va­cant jobs.

Yet all sides of the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum lay claim to the goal of cre­at­ing jobs! No place for ra­tio­nal de­bate on the ob­vi­ous con­tra­dic­tion, or on the ef­fects of in­creas­ing de­mands on nat­u­ral sys­tems.

In the mean­time, eyes are di­verted from the real prob­lems, most of which have at their roots an ar­ray of ruth­less and con­flict­ing theo­cratic doc­trines that are con­tin­u­ally jock­ey­ing for power and con­trol. Not an ounce of hu­man­i­tar­i­an­ism to be found among the lot of them!

Af­fected pop­u­la­tions might fare bet­ter by a re­turn to the norms and con­ven­tions of ear­lier pre-theo­cratic times.

The cur­rent prime ex­am­ple is Ye­men. At the best of times, it was an im­pov­er­ished, failed theoc­racy com­mit­ted to up­hold­ing a bru­tal Sharia-backed fun­da­men­tal­ism.

Now it is much worse. Mil­lions of peo­ple are dis­placed and starv­ing; thou­sands are dead. Ac­cord­ing to Save The Chil­dren 50,000 chil­dren died in 2017 alone! Per­son­ally, I will never for­get the re­cent widely dis­trib­uted and in­tensely dis­turb­ing image of the lit­tle seven-year-old girl who died of star­va­tion. She was lit­er­ally re­duced to skin and bone.

How can hu­man be­ings al­low such a thing to hap­pen? But who cares? Cer­tainly not those well-fed re­li­gious lead­ers and cer­tainly not the Saudis who are the prime ag­gres­sors in Ye­men! Nor the Ira­ni­ans who did much to foster the Houthi rebel up­ris­ing that evolved into civil war.

Even the United Na­tions, weak at best, and long ago hi­jacked by fun­da­men­tal­ist re­li­gious in­ter­ests, doesn’t know what to do!

But at least Canada, with its big heart and car­ing pop­u­la­tion, could se­cure its bor­ders, put a mora­to­rium on im­mi­gra­tion hag­gling and turn its re­sources to try to save some of these Ye­meni chil­dren and their moth­ers; they are gen­uinely in need of the safety and asy­lum our coun­try can pro­vide. P.J. Leonard, Corn­wall

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