Groot Brittanië 1938
“…The policy of the fully open door is not practicable, and it is important that oppressed minorities should not assume that admission into this country is to be offered to all and sundry… The problem has an international character, and it is clearly impossible for this country alone to provide the necessary refuge.”
“[The Government is] bound to qualify sympathy with practical and prudential considerations…”
“To be ruled by the misguided sentimentalism of those who think with Colonel Wedgwood would be disastrous… once it was known that Britain offered sanctuary to all who cared to come, the floodgates would be opened, and we should be inundated by thousands seeking a home…”
“Shall All Come In?
We need to ask, for there is a powerful agitation here to admit all Jewish refugees without question or discrimination. It would be unwise to overload the basket like that. It would stir up the elements here that fatten on anti-Semitic propaganda. They would point to the fresh tide of foreigners, almost all belonging to the extreme Left. They would ask: What if Poland, Hungary, Rumania also expel their Jewish citizens? Must we admit them too? Because we DON’T want anti-Jewish uproar we DO need to show common sense in not admitting all applicants.”
Buma (CDA) wil safe havens in Syrië, te bewaken door Nederlandse soldaten onder de vlag van de VN of de EU. Zijlstra (VVD) was blij met deze ‘toenadering’ van het CDA tot het VVD-standpunt: safe havens in Turkije, Libanon en Jordanië en niet ‘per se in Syrië’. Goedbedoeld maar volstrekt wereldvreemd Hollands gebazel met als enige motivatie: als ze maar niet ónze kant op komen.
Als actuele aanvulling nog dit.
Alongside the so-called migrant crisis across the European Union is an evolving moral disaster. Repeated migrant boating tragedies, where hundreds of lives are lost with each capsize, and the escalating desperation in Calais have been greeted with a noticeable decrease in solidarity and empathy from EU policy leaders and citizens.
It seems we are increasingly having to justify what should be a given: a refusal to abandon the most vulnerable. We must all recognise that every individual migrant is part of a worldwide narrative of conflict, disasters and threats of persecution that have made their homes uninhabitable. Many of our fellow citizens have found themselves in similar situations in the past and more recently.
Our consciences should be disturbed further by how most refugees are accommodated, not by the EU, but by lower-income countries. This reflects the sad moral state of our European Union.
The EU has, of course, finite resources, but this suffering offers opportunities for us to shape the world into a better home for all humanity. To avert the unfolding moral and humanitarian disaster we must acknowledge and act upon our obligation to provide humanitarian assistance that ensures shelter, safety and dignity for each refugee.