Refugee crisis crying out for strong leadership
The invasion of a country is a serious business, having long-term consequences, where, at the hands of the invaders, the people of that country stand to lose a great many things they value.
Islamic State’s incursion into Iraq and Syria is a serious business — and the people of Iraq and Syria have already lost a great deal.
Islamic refugees streaming into Europe is a serious business — and much of what the people of Europe value is under threat.
Serious business demands that serious decisions be made by serious people — people who have the foresight and wisdom to see past short-term difficulties, and the courage and intellect to implement effective, long-term solutions.
While it may be fruitful, during times of abundance and peace, to provide room on the elevated platforms of power for “the feelers”, it would be foolishly negligent, during times of crisis and war, to pull the ladder from under “the thinkers”.
We should not underestimate the courage and value of a leader like Prime Minister Tony Abbott.