Op-Ed: The migrant crisis is receiving a lot of debate but how to address the problem is not clear. Last weekend hundreds of migrants, men, women and children, died in the Mediterranean after being ruthlessly exploited by those making money out of this crisis.
Scenes of multiple coffins at one funeral service on the island of Malta bring home the extent of the crisis.
Friday Angelina Jolie as part of her UN role addressed the United Nations regarding Syria and other issues. As she criticised the U.N. for its Syria inaction she touched on the migrant crisis also, commenting how dreadful it was that people were dying this way on the doorstep to the richest continent in the world; the Telegraph reported Jolie said "It is sickening to see thousands of refugees drowning on the doorstep of the world's wealthiest continent. “No one risks the lives of their children in this way except out of utter desperation."
While we and many others would agree with the second part of that statement disagreement may arise about the first; the wealth of Europe.
If Europe is such a rich continent why is austerity a keyword and why are ordinary citizens expected to tighten belts beyond belief as the rich get richer? Children in Greece abandoned on the doorsteps of orphanages as parents have no money to care for them; suicides by people who have lost everything; medication in short supply with obvious hazards.
Most of what Jolie said was fair comment and all appeared to be said with passion.
But for me the problem was more U.N. hypocrisy.
Angelina Jolie spoke out about the onslaught of Gaza by Israel in the summer of 2014 but what did the UN do to stop the slaughter?
Israel and its leaders should be stood alongside President Assad in an international criminal court if justice ever played out fairly.
And the people of Syria, now refugees in neighbouring countries, or still in that country but displaced or worse, are not helped by procrastination of world leaders as their childish game plays out; nagging doubts about who set the ball rolling in Syria, and why, refuse to go away. Discovering the truth may not help the people in the short-term but it might prevent another country being torn apart on the whim of others.
Migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean for the chance of a better life are from Syria, parts of Africa and other countries. Telegraph