Obama silent on refugee cri­sis

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - ITZCHAK KORN­FELD Jerusalem

Where is the United States’ moral voice when it is needed? Hungary is re­peat­ing what it did dur­ing the Holo­caust — stand­ing in the way of refugees who seek asy­lum, in this case, Syr­i­ans at­tempt­ing to travel to Aus­tria and Ger­many. Hun­gar­ian Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor Mi­hály Or­bán has made in­cen­di­ary re­marks, telling the Syr­ian refugees not to come to his coun­try, that he does not want Mus­lims. The United States’ si­lence is deaf­en­ing.

Last week Mr. Or­bán made the fol­low­ing dec­la­ra­tion out­side the Euro­pean Union head­quar­ters in Brus­sels: “I think we have a right to de­cide we do not want a large num­ber of Mus­lim peo­ple in our coun­try.” He also de­clared that the refugees are not a Euro­pean prob­lem, but rather a Ger­man one. He went on to de­fend his gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to con­struct a fence along its south­west­ern bor­der with Ser­bia, built to keep the refugees out and not let the refugees al­ready stranded in Bu­dapest and other cities board trains to Aus­tria and Ger­many.

Rather than say some­thing about this, the U.S. State Depart­ment, in a fact sheet online, de­clares the fol­low­ing: “Hungary ... part­ners with the United States on our com­mon goals in Europe, such as sta­bil­ity in the Balkans and pro­mot­ing democ­racy in Europe’s East, as well as on global chal­lenges be­yond Europe.” Who are they kid­ding?

For those of us who be­lieve that the United States has the strong­est moral voice in the world, Amer­ica’s lack of moral clar­ity in this sit­u­a­tion is shock­ing. Please, Mr. Boehner, Mr. McCon­nell and Mr. Obama, you must speak with one strong and clear voice and tell Mr. Or­bán that he and his gov­ern­ment’s state­ments are re­pul­sive. Please speak on be­half of those who can­not do so.

Or­ban

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