A Crisis of Conscience
Western Europe is facing a crisis. The media will tell us that it is a crisis of numbers – the huge numbers of ‘migrants’ who are trying to make their way into Europe. ‘What is to be done?’ ‘Should we take them all?’ ‘Why are they coming here?’
The answer to the last is obvious. These poor people (I am increasingly worried about the collective noun ‘migrants’ as having a de-personalising effect), are leaving because of persecution and poverty. It really isn’t hard to put oneself in their position.
I am a father. If my daughters were in danger of being raped, or my sons ‘disappeared’ on a daily basis; or my wife lives in fear of being shot or stoned – or even myself for that matter – on what are the most unreasonable and apparently cruel and unpredictable terms, then I know what I would do:
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