There is blanket media coverage about illegal immigrants and whether Australia should accept these people fleeing their own country into our rather minuscule democratic fold. People with personal agendas rabbit on about human rights, our moral and ethical responsibilities and the benefit these migrants would bring to our country. The arguments are soulful and heartfelt with each soapbox itinerant speaking from the emotion gland imploring us to allow all and sundry to resettle here.
Everyone has a right to a peaceful and fulfilling life without fear of persecution and without having to plan some form of escape or sedition against their Government to get it. Some of the refugees were in fear of their lives whilst some sort a better societal or financial future for their family. Others just wanted to go somewhere else. All of these motives are valid and understandable and they are entitled to pursue same.
However, this does not entitle them to automatic entry to another country just because they want to go there. There are reasons people want to come to Australia and that’s because many generations of Australians, including our many immigrants, have built a set of values which define both us and our country. We have paid for and developed an infrastructure and democratic way of life which everyone wants.
And therein is the issue. As long as there are people bent on applying force of will through mayhem there will be disaffected people attempting to dissociate. It is neither right nor proper that well managed countries should bear the economic and social result of someone else’s fleeing population.
But, doing nothing is also not an option.
Most of the people fleeing violence have been subject to administrations guilty of gross ‘war / human rights’ crimes and international penalties for those crimes are defined as are remedies. If we just accept refugees and do nothing then aren't we just supporting despots and ignoring our own values?
There are reasons people want to come to Australia and that is because it’s safe, despot free and provides hope and sustenance for its relatively small population. This is not a fluke of nature but is as a result of umpteen years of forethought and controlled immigration. Taking people into our country who respect our values and way of life and want to contribute to that way of life as Australians is crucial. Likewise, any person disaffected by our values needs to leave to some other place more in tune with their own beliefs.
This is why we need places removed from preferred destination countries where refugees can flee and be safe and protected under a UN umbrella until the despots have been deposed – by the free world. It’s not about resettling into another country with different values but about protecting the vulnerable from immediate harm. A ‘refuge’.
The world has a set of values and conduct which defines humanity. This needs to be applied. These values are not religious or political or country specific or anything else other than a bunch of things which enable all people to feel joy on a daily basis and know they have a chance at a future.
This is not rocket science nor is it even remotely difficult to understand and applies to everyone whether you are rich, poor, in jail, on a cruising yacht or just seeking a better life. This is a basic human right.
For example, America was brilliant during the early 19c as people flocked to that melting pot because they wanted to shirk their past and become American – a collective of hope and future. They wanted to be known as American. Now in Australia we have the opposite in that people want to live in Australia but retain their past identities with all the values associated with that past. Our national identity is waning. People want the address but not the values. One ‘refugee’ who had mysteriously lost his identity papers after managing to pay thousands for his illegal trip said that he would ‘accept’ any country as long as it was Muslim yet Australia seemed acceptable. Maybe I am missing something.
Not good enough.
On the contrary, we had a close encounter of the migrant kind yesterday in the supermarket. A woman decided she did not need to queue and barged in front of another woman already unloading her trolley onto the belt. She said something like, ‘I only have a couple of things’. The second woman turned on her and said, ‘it would help if you said please’ then ‘I'm Australian not a wog’ in a heavy European accent implying the level of misbehaviour by the pusher-in was associated with ethnicity. It turned out the upset woman was a Maltese immigrant now proud to be Australian and wanted to disassociate herself from the pusher-in. This sort of person we need – immigrants sticking up for themselves and proud to be Australian but still cherishing their bloodlines. The pusher-in got a hell of a shock. Good.
This is a world problem and needs a world solution. As the only world authority is the UN it is behoven on that collective organisation [our collective organisation] to set and manage a solution.
Greece needs money and the world needs space for genuine refugees. Refugees who may need years to return to their homeland. If Greece leased / sold a couple of their islands to the UN on which ‘the world’ developed a community specifically for asylum seekers with ultra quick processing it would instantly solve every countries problem in dealing with illegal immigrants. This would not be a detention centre or an immigration centre but a refuge in the true sense of the word where family’s felt safe and kids went to school and people were given the opportunity to contribute remembering a refuge by definition is not a permanent state but exists as a state at a point in time to relieve stress and anxiety. A refuge against what should be a common enemy.
If each country in the UN contributed ‘x’ dollars in line with their population to this UN initiative it could happen overnight. A place where genuine refugees could once again experience joy.
A community of possibly several million people all with similar desires to survive and live a happy life looked after by the rest of the world. A place where respect for everyone, their background and their beliefs was a given as the foremost consideration. On the contrary, a demonstrated lack of respect as a God given right would be grounds for instant removal back to point of origin remembering that most of the people fleeing are doing so because of this one issue in that power crazy despots are shoring up their own gold palaces whilst their people starve or people are killing others because they believe in a slightly different God or are so disaffected and stupid as to create mayhem based on a part phrase from some religious text. Just imagine some deity looking down on all this – he/she would think us worse than the lowest life form because we choose to act in abhorrent ways.
The primary aim is not resettlement in another country but as a refuge for people who have suffered what can only be described as ‘war’ crimes. This is a good thing.Greece wins in the short medium term by surviving, refugees win by knowing they have a place to go which is run by ‘the world’ where they can take refuge against crimes and each and every country protects their sovereign borders without political crap just by supporting the UN to take over the problem.