The West has become blind to rest of the world
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