Tuesday 6 December 2016

Desperate Syrians fleeing to Europe know something our leaders don't

Robert Fisk

Published 04/09/2015 | 02:30

Washed up on a British or Irish shore, you can just imagine the demands for a public inquiry by the good citizens of that county. But David Cameron had just said that Britain couldn't take on 'more' Syrian refugees
Washed up on a British or Irish shore, you can just imagine the demands for a public inquiry by the good citizens of that county. But David Cameron had just said that Britain couldn't take on 'more' Syrian refugees

Little Aylan Kurdi was part of Dave's "swarm". A bit difficult to brush that one off for PR Dave, of course, because Aylan wasn't black or brown or "blobbed" out by television's techie-taste dictators, but looked - let's face it, for this is what it is about - rather like our three-year-olds. He could have been an Alan or a John - or a David.

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Washed up on a British or Irish shore, you can just imagine the demands for a public inquiry by the good citizens of that county. But David Cameron had just said that Britain couldn't take on "more" Syrian refugees. Sorry, Aylan.

Yet at the risk of catching the 'Daily Mail' cancer, there's a bit of a wider picture here that we need to be aware of. Europe and the West are supposed to be the bad guys in the Middle East. It is we who bomb, corrupt and invade the Muslims of the Middle East. It is we who support the vicious dictators of the Middle East (unless they are disobedient to our wishes). It is we who suck out the fossil treasures of the Middle East, its oil and its natural gas. We are, are we not, the infidels?

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