Refugee cri­sis cry­ing out for strong lead­er­ship

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion - Mark Dyer, Rock­ing­ham

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.

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