Gen­eros­ity gone

Sunday Star-Times - - FOCUS A11 OPINION -

For decades New Zealand has been a gen­er­ous, warm and wel­com­ing na­tion when deal­ing with refugees and asy­lum-seek­ers.

But in the past few years, de­spite ac­tively sup­port­ing the na­tions whose mil­i­tary ac­tions have de­stroyed their homes, lives and liveli­hoods, it seems to have be­come wrong to do so. Yet we still still back Saudi Ara­bia to bomb Ye­men. We still back Bri­tain and Amer­ica to sup­ply Saudi Ara­bia with the com­bat jets and guided mu­ni­tions.

We seem more re­luc­tant to call out an ir­ra­tionally para­noid Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment which thinks the de­tainees on Nauru are trash.

Hard to brag about our hu­man rights when we be­have like this.

Robert Glennie, Christchurch

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