Refugees are not breaking the law. They should always be treated with respect, and with courtesy. They should not be met with armed guards and batons.
They are not the problem. They are the result of the problem.
When our countries sell arms to dictators to attack their own people, we create the problem.
When through our own lack of care those arms find their way through nefarious means to extremist groups, we create the problem.
When we prefer war-war to jaw-jaw, we create the problem.
When we allow, through our indifference, those that rule us to carve up the world into opposing camps that jostle and claw for preference, we create the problem.
When we demonise those we disagree with as sub-human, not-like-us, dirty, feckless or dangerous, we create the problem.
Every time we applaud a simple slogan uttered by a self-seeking politician or media commentator, instead of working harder…
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