@RCArmitage Shares an Emotional, Humanitarian Experience

Yeah, we all know it’s not as simple as just opening doors and borders to admit millions of refugees/immigrants. Sure, there are going to be assimilation issues, budget issues, where to locate the newly arrived who are just so culturally different. How to absorb these people into any particular society is a long term issue. Also an issue is the Isis terrorist threat and the fear ( probably true) that a minuscule percentage of these immigrants may, in fact, be terrorists with another agenda. The situation is ripe with uncertainty and can be an administrative nightmare.

But, what is not uncertain, is Richard Armitage’s statement – one which  I think he carefully crafted, sharing one day’s experience which seemed to tear out a part of his heart. He didn’t lecture or pontificate. He didn’t propose solutions. He brought the discussion to a pretty simple human and humanitarian focus – one man’s experience and the kind of world in which he wants to live.

I can find no fault with that.

Feel free to comment, but don’t expect too many opinions in reply. I don’t know the solution, but speaking, really, in almost total ignorance (1) the long term solution has to come from the middle east. (2) More attention and a boat load of money, has to be funneled to Jordan, Lebanon and other middle eastern countries that have taken in refugees ( but without resettlement), and (3) I’m really ashamed about the actions and statements of some high profile, American politicos. They sound a lot dumber than “just some dumb actor.”



6 thoughts on “@RCArmitage Shares an Emotional, Humanitarian Experience

  1. I agree with your statement. His letter was very moving, and showed his caring human side. The political issues are far more complex, but not under his control.


  2. Very idealistic approach like most of us have, and certainly calling us to do what we can. But the realistic implications of taking people in without considering the future consequences have to be trusted to the governments of each of the countries involved.


  3. I like that he didn’t try to offer solutions, he just responded to them as human beings and individuals. All too often, refugees in the news appear as masses with no personhood.


  4. I liked everything about it too, i was touched about the way he shared his own feelings and fears and the realities of the people, it didn’t feel intrusive. And for me it reminded me that although big decisions are important for long term future, there are little things that we can all do to improve the situation now.


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