Read This Before the Media Uses a Drowned Refugee Boy to Start Another War

September 8, 2015   |   Dan Sanchez

Dan Sanchez
September 8, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) A baby boy turned to flotsam. Washed up on the shore, face down in the mud. His family, refugees from Syria’s civil war, had tried to reach Greece, but their over-crowded raft overturned in the Mediterranean Sea and he drowned along with his brother and mother. The viral image of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless little body on a Turkish beach has shaken the conscience of the West and wrenched America’s attention to the refugee crisis now rocking Europe.

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Newsflash to the oblivious citizenry of the power-projecting “free world”: this is what war looks like. This times ten million. That which is mere “foreign policy” to you and your government is desperation and death to those on the receiving end of it.

Children just as innocent and precious as Aylan are being driven into the sea in Libya, incinerated by drone in Pakistan, or starved to death in Yemen all the time, and it is all on your dime. And every single instance creates a sight just as achingly forlorn and horrifically tragic as the one above, even if it isn’t photographed and seen by millions.

Aylan drowned in the arms of his father, who had been desperately trying to keep his head above water. The prelude to the disaster probably looked something like this photo of another Syrian refugee family.

It actually shows an arrival and not a departure. Still, especially for anyone with young children, the picture is a punch in the gut. It only takes a shred of empathy to instantly imagine how the father must feel. Overwhelmed and near the end of his rope. His daughter’s arms wrapped around his neck. His son’s face buried in his chest. Both looking to him for protection and provision he ultimately might not be able to give. It is no wonder this visceral photograph has also gone viral.

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Another newsflash: this is what war displacement looks like, both in the sea and on dry land. What you see in his face is the anguish felt right this very moment by the many millions of mothers and fathers driven from their homes and sources of livelihood throughout the countries shattered by weapons from the West: Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Palestine, Ukraine, and more.

It is a shame that the curiosity, empathy, and imagination of most are so stunted that they require such vivid imagery as this showing up in their news feeds to feel concern for the havoc wreaked by their governments’ policies.

And then they are stirred, not enough to actually learn a damn thing about it, but only enough to be manipulated into demanding— or at least countenancing — more of the very same kind of intervention that caused the tragedies in the first place.

Warmongers in government and the media are perversely but predictably trying to conscript Aylan’s corpse into their march to escalation. They are contending that Aylan died because the West has not intervened against Syria’s dictator Bashar al-Assad, and that it must do so now to spare other children the same fate.

Um, no, Aylan’s family were Kurdish refugees from Kobani who had to flee that city when it was besieged, not by Assad, but by Assad’s enemy: ISIS.

And ISIS is running rampant in that part of Syria only because the US-led West and its regional allies have given them cover by supporting and arming the jihadist-dominated uprising against Assad.

The West has been intervening in Syria heavily since at least 2012. Indeed, it is Western intervention that has exacerbated and prolonged the conflict, which has now claimed a quarter of a million lives.

But because much of the intervention has been covert and by proxy, it has received little media coverage and public attention. So the “blowback” that results from it, including Aylan’s death, can be conveniently blamed on alleged “non-intervention” and used to justify more overt and direct intervention.

In this way, governments have long exploited public obliviousness and gullibility to get their wars.

Moreover, if the hawks were to get their wish of seeing Assad finally overthrown and his forces dismantled, there would then be zero local resistance to ISIS, Syrian Al Qaeda, and the other jihadist groups completely overrunning Syria.

As bad as the refugee crisis is now, just imagine what it will be like as all of Syria’s many religious minorities desperately flee from these hyper-violent and hyper-sectarian Sunnis, armed to the teeth with Western weapons.

Far from preventing such tragedies as Aylan’s drowning, intervening further would only produce many more.

You are troubled by that picture you saw on Facebook. Good. It means your heart hasn’t been completely hardened by nationalistic and xenophobic indoctrination. But don’t let it make you susceptible to war party manipulation. And don’t just “raise awareness” of it by liking and sharing the tragedy and then forgetting about it in a month. To truly contribute to justice for Aylan, work to set things right.

And the first step to setting things right is understanding. Make it a project to learn about the role of foreign intervention in the Syrian Civil War that is creating so many of these refugees, and in the wars roiling the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia in general. And once you’ve acquired understanding for yourself, work to spread it to others.

An indispensable resource for this is Antiwar.com. And a few good starting points are these essays of my own:

Mass-Producing Huddled Masses
Refugees from the Footfall of the American Colossus

Flytrap to Breeding Ground
How America’s wars produced a terrorist infestation

Where Does ISIS Get Those Wonderful Toys?
From Uncle Sam, the Bruce Wayne of Jihad, and his Cronies

Clean Break to Dirty Wars
Shattering the Middle East for Israel’s Northern Front

Salafists Gaining Ground
Throughout the Middle East, thanks to US intervention

The US Government’s Not-So-Secret Support for al-Qaeda and ISIS
The Biggest State Sponsor of Terrorism of Them All


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Author: Dan Sanchez

Dan Sanchez began contributing to Anti-Media as an independent journalist in August of 2015. His topics of interest include anti-imperialism, economic education, libertarian philosophy, peaceful parenting, and police accountability. He currently resides in Auburn, Alabama. You can find his work on DanSanchez.me. 

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  1. I wish more people would read this. We need to stop this maddness and work on green energy, We wouldn't be over there if not for oil. and that is just the plain truth.

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  2. Aylan and his family lived in turkey for 3 years. That's before isis even existed at least report it right.

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  5. The sister has admitted the family were living in Turkey for last 3 years. Father was travelling for dental treatment in Europe. Couldn't travel by normal routes as Turkey wouldn't issue an exit visa as he did not have immigrant status. He therefore paid the smugglers to make the journey. The mother and 2 sons died for his teeth. I hope he likes them

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  6. Great paper. Your right this USA country is obsessed with just going on there emotions for just a picture. When we all well know that other countries are even worse. And its crazy a picture of a boy who drowned can potentially influence a war because all these emotional Americans get to damn emotional for a child. Insane! Instead of thinking damn a young 18 year old from our country is going to get blown up by a bazooka if we intervein in this bullshit, but we some of us don't give a shit and we're just up and ready to be the next "American Sniper". War is serious. How the hell does that even sound like a good idea. "O shit dead baby". Let's go blow the shit out of these people and cause more baby deaths but instead of them drowning they just might get hit by a missile this tims or some grenade launchers. And guess what you stupid American war lovers that's us who will be doing all that magnificent damage. All that death is going to be on our hands because we all got a little to sentimental.

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  7. Great paper. Your right this USA country is obsessed with just going on there emotions for just a picture. When we all well know that other countries are even worse. And its crazy a picture of a boy who drowned can potentially influence a war because all these emotional Americans get to damn emotional for a child. Insane! Instead of thinking damn a young 18 year old from our country is going to get blown up by a bazooka if we intervein in this bullshit, but we some of us don't give a shit and we're just up and ready to be the next "American Sniper". War is serious. How the hell does that even sound like a good idea. "O shit dead baby". Let's go blow the shit out of these people and cause more baby deaths but instead of them drowning they just might get hit by a missile this tims or some grenade launchers. And guess what you stupid American war lovers that's us who will be doing all that magnificent damage. All that death is going to be on our hands because we all got a little to sentimental.

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  8. We shouldn't be helping either side it's a lose lose. If we help the regime people will say we are evil if we help the rebels people will say we are evil no one wins in a war this is proof. I feel terrible about that little boy as I have one about the same age it's a heartwrenching photo, that being said there is nothing i can personally do so pleas stop acting like if we March in the streets or some thing like that, thi gs will change because they won't.

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  9. Crap. They family are Kurds, and Turkey certainly are NOT in the habit of offeriing them refuge, and certainly not for 'three years'. The bogus claims about the family, including the 'father was leaving to get to Canada for better teeth', have come from one source, an anti-Islamic site that has simply made up a new 'history' of the families plight to suit their hate mongering.

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  10. Why has this picture been doctored ? in the original the guy on the right had a smile on his face and curly hair not a burned head………

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  11. Very good point – just shows what the media will do to sensationalize pics to sell their rags!!!!!

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  12. The only war that should be engage is with the FUCKING IDIOTS hiding like cowards in their multibillion dollar mansions it should be the WHOLE world to drown these fuckers in the end the only people that will be casualties are the idiots that will try to protect these war criminals in which shouldn't matter this time its ALL of us against them.

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  13. Sad to say Sherry, but we would still be there. Some of the biggest money being made by our presence there is by members (including many soldiers and other mercenaries) of the military-industrial complex. War is "hell", but it's also highly profitable.

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  14. To the people who complain about the "Asshole billionaires sitting in their ivory towers " where do you think your employment comes from?! To the people who say "we should let everyone into our country "Goodbye to your countries traditional way of life." in Australia we are encouraged to say "happy holidays " instead of "merry Christmas" if we don't go along we are considered racist. Im not saying don't let anyone in, we need immigration, it's useful. Im simply saying that assessing who comes in and accepting the people who will better or countries is not selfish, it's logical.

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  15. Come on guys it happened. It's obviously up to the people to pressure our governments to act. I don't care who did what, I just know that someone did something. People will continue to die and we just need to keep up the pressure. Spending time and energy on whether the papers are sensationalizing to sell papers is unimportant in the grand scheme of things. It happened. he died and it's all up to us.

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  16. again, while i respect this opinion i wonder what exactly must be said /done to have the Arab world apply themselves to the Syrian regime ,to ISIS, etc. Why must there be an assumption that the region be given a "pass" on handling its dilemmas, because they are unable to logically mend Sunni and Shia issues. The West is certainly playing politics in the Arabic world, Bush and his neo-coms put that in motion BUT not without approval of Arab leaders trying to erase their Arabic counterparts. The political disputes of Islam are no LESS responsible for whats happening to innocents in this region than Western foreign policies. And it would take volumes to describe the Arabic worlds obsene method of distribution wealth throughout the region

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  17. David Knipe I read that his teeth were extracted during torture by the Syrian authorities.

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  18. But America is intrinsically connected to this crisis, A) From government decisions to provide weapons to these countries, and B) global climate change is what created the surge of citizens into metropolition areas in Syria – and we all have a hand in global warming. So both those things can and should be addressed at the very least, by the world as a whole.

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  19. If you feel the need to tell someone "Merry Christmas" in order to insult them for being non-Christian, you're a white asshole wanking off in your Ivory Tower and you suck. Oh, and plenty of people work jobs in small or locally-owned businesses, doing [more] dignified work, far removed from the realm of billionaires, who merely make their money by manipulating the system.

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  20. We don't say merry Christmas to insult people, we say it because it's Christmas and it's merry. And as for the small business, last time I checked they don't hold the economy up, you don't see small business employing thousand of school age workers like McDonald's do.

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  21. New rule. If you can't comment without petty insults, incorrect spelling and/or grammer, please hold your thoughts until you've got that much figured out. Thank you.

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  22. What are you the internet police? Free country mean anything to you? I dont have awful grammer and I dont insult others but I respect the right of everyone to write/say whatever they want. If you dont agree with it thats cool and it shouldnt matter to you if its not your view. Your views are yours and yours alone and noone is telling you to not write you scolding comments on here telling people what they can and cant say. I think you need to step down from your pedestal and remove your crown, you are not above anyone else.

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  23. Joshua Haskins You know, Joshua. You could well be right. Really. I am not the last word on what is right or wrong in the world. Certainly, I can be wrong. I do ask people to tell me when I am in error and I appreciate you calling me out on it. I guess I'm up to my limit in seeing people reply to post with the typical "Your a retard." type comment. Let me tone it down and say that I request that we all be civil to one another. Thanks again.

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  24. You really dnt see a problem with the way it is how they get all the money nd the ppl who work to make the money get scraps they fact the they take all nd give none is retarded

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  25. You judgemental cunt! Hope your teeth rot and you experience enough pain to cut your wrist.

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  27. We need to do whatever we can to help these people. Many of them are Christian. The Obama administration is refusing to let Christians into the United States, only Muslims. This is horrible. But there are efforts to help Christians get into other countries who will receive them — we need to support those efforts. The fact that our government had a role in creating this mess is also horrible. Hillary Clinton must not have a conscience or she would not be running for president based on the horror she has helped to create.

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  28. In Australia we are encouraged to say 'happy holidays'? Really? How exactly is this encouraged? Just curious as I've lived in Australia my whole life and missed that memo…. and have said merry christmas many times without offending anyone. My employer is also not a billionaire sitting in an ivory tower – which is good as if he was he'd probably be trying to outsource my job to a third world country.

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  29. Alain Milette – Was that a joke? This is exactly what I am talking about. Where did I indicate that this story wasn't serious?
    All I am asking is that we have a mature conversation without attacking each other. Am I asking too much here?

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  30. Wow!! Such penetrating logic. You must be a genius!. I totally see your point now.

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  31. very well said stephan,all politicians are heartless,well 99%,the poor people are suffering.

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  32. Steven Graves Thank you for your thoughts. Yep. I got just about the same comment from the same "scholar" as you. I have got to believe that there is somewhere on the Internet that mature adults can have an intelligent conversation without the embarrassments of humanity chiming in with their four-lettered philosophies.

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  33. And now come the insults because I have a different opinion. And where does it say that I'm rich? Haha

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  34. Hi Kevin – Thanks for that. That was a very good question. If you have a moment, can you send me a link with the original photo? I'm looking for it and not finding it in the last 10 minutes or so of searching.

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  35. Barbara Benneian Then your opperating under the assumption that all people are civil…and the internet brings out people from all walks of life…some not too civil. I will say this, I do agree that I dont like to see those types of people making those rude and uncivil comments either. What I do and what might work for you is to just scroll over them and not give it a second thought..I think some people call those types "trolls" and you just have to ignore them cause they want to elicit an emotional response from you and we just cant give them that much control over us, right? Stay awesome and positive and let those rude people fall to the bottom of the barrel.

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  36. Barbara Benneian BTW I appolize if I myself was a little rude in my first comment, after rereading it I see it sounds a little harsh…I get that way sometimes when I try to make a point..hope you can see past that 🙂

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  37. Alain Milette All you have done on here is insult and slander people who have commented…we all can see who the real idiot is…does your vocabulary incorporate any other adjectives besides the F word?

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  38. Alain Milette Id rather read the comments on here telling me about how their roommate is making $73 dollars an hour then read one more of your unintelligent comments

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  39. Joshua Haskins You are so right. People from all walks of life make comments on these stories. I'd like to believe we are more civil than the "almost 100% guarantee" of the inevitable trolling that seem to plague every conversation. I think I got this world mixed up with perfect world. 🙂 Thank you for calling me out on my tendency to go a bit too far and I take no offense taken by your comments. I need to take a breath and take your advice – scroll over the hate and don't let them have their fun. Trollers gonna troll. Don't feed the trolls, right? Have a great night and keep cool over there in Phoenix!

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  40. Christian or not, they are human. Everyone deserves sanctuary, religious beliefs aside. Don't be petty.

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  41. Bryce Felton I didn't mean to say that giving sanctuary to Muslims was bad — but rather our government not giving sanctuary to Christians was very bad.

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  42. Alain Milette Dude the story is serious but your logic and you spellings are sure as hell not serous
    As far as this story goes, everyone has a lot to say on these topics but no one has the guts to do anything about it to solve these problems. Countrys invaded other countrys without think of the consiquences like USA rushed into syria without their consultations of weather their help was needed or not. Old men sit in power to decide the future of the young.

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  43. Steven Graves I think the point being made is that religious tendencies are irrelevant and that the fact that you chose to divide the issue into saving Christians or Muslims shows precisely why religion is so unhelpful to humanity. YOU have decided to separate your worries based on what version of the imaginary man in their head they believe in. We are all humans. 1 species on 1 planet trying to survive. All religion has done has given people reason to separate themselves into unnecessary communities and not to care about others in other communities. I think this explains the slightly less articulate response of Alain…..However I would suspect that I would agree with his assessment given time in your company.

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  44. Rob Harrison You do not seem to be understanding my point. I am only pointing out the differential treatment given to Christisns vs. Muslims by our government. I only point out that distinction because our government is making it. It is the same as if they were saying we will only allow white people and not black people. They should be helping all people — that seems to be something that you would agree with based on your comments. I disagree that all religion does is separate people into communities and not care about other communities. I know of several Christian charities that provide help to people around the world — regardless of their religious beliefs or lack thereof.

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  45. Barbara Benneian – "New rule. If you can't comment without petty insults, incorrect spelling and/or grammer, please hold your thoughts until you've got that much figured out. Thank you." If you're going to be a nasty "troll" you should take your own advice and check your spelling before posting. I think you meant "grammar" – rather than a non-existent word with no definition. Furthermore, maybe you should spend less time "trolling" and more time being proactive and doing something to better the situation. I am curious as to what your qualifications or experiences are that obviouly give you the gall to berate someone without cause. From the comments you have posted here I do not see how any are in relation to the piece or the topic. I on the other hand am very qualified to discuss or comment on an open forum in regard to the immigrant crisis in Europe as well as the unrest in the middle east. I have a Jewish mother and a Muslim father – I was raised in NYC but also spent my childhood in London, Amman and Marrakesh. I have lived in Mexico for the past five years where my partner and I both take part in humanitarian and philanthropic work, more specifically with the displaced. I have close ties at the UN and was on the electorate for UNESCO. I spent last summer in Turkey where I actually traveled to Damascus, as well as having spent a good deal of time in Egypt, Jordan, Sudan and Turkey over the past two years – where this is occurring. I am returning to Europe at the end of October to outfit residences in Aix en Provence and Nancy for displaced families. I, along with a close friend from the UN and several Mexican politians are working on securing humanitarian visas for dispalced victims to relocate to Mexico. You dear do not seem to have anything valid or useful as far as imput, nor do I suspect that you have engaged in any way that has benefited the people actually experiencing this wretched event. I must concur with the person you chose to malign – so, "shut the fuck up", Creep!

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  46. ISIS and Al-Qaedi are using the surge of refugees westward to send sleepers in. Terrorists, claiming to be persecuted Christians, waltzing right in with innocents, only to turn around and perform their jihad. No, no the United States does not need to accept all of these people. Sure, send the elderly and children. Everyone else needs to go fight for their country. Take it back from the tyrants trying to overrun it.

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  47. This thread is a hot mess.
    The focal point of this article was to show that there is more going one then what many of you just glance at. Have any of you ever fact checked articles you read or the news you watch? Ever see what's actually happening in the world?
    A little side note: Pretending to care about humans being and actually caring about them are completely differnet things just in case you've forgotten. Regardless of sex, age, or religion, we as HUMANS should want the best for one another. How we go about that could be done easily if people weren't so demanding of having thier way (usally nothing gets done because people are going at one another's neck whenever politics are involved).
    Do we want to help these people? Yes.
    Can we physically and reasonably make that happen? Yes, but it takes time, money, and planning. Refuges are just now "trending" and this is why it's now becoming an issue to more of the masses. All of you make me sick if you think this is the first time there was a reguge problem.

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  48. The vast majority of jobs in Aus are with small businesses actually. It's just that no-one, privately or otherwise, talks much about working at Bob's Wreckers or Jill's Cafe.

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  49. Apart from he wasn't fleeing syria he was living safe in turkey and was heading to europe as a syrian refugee so he could get new teeth, boys body was moved and staged for the pics

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  50. A simple search brings up a multitude of sources showing glaring holes in the father and his sisters story. He'd lived in Turkey form3 years. He never filed for asylum in Canada. He worked as a labourer in Turkey. As a Kurd Turkey wouldn't give him immigrant status so he was stuck with only the option to return to Syria. He didn't have to make that crossing. His family were not in danger. He made a choice. Aide style and economic choice to trust people smugglers to transport himself and his family. His sister provided the money to pay them. His family died because of his choices. He could have remained in Turkey and they would all be alive. That's the truth of the matter. The deaths of all the victims are tragedies but all are preventable. None of them needed to flee Turkey. They had already escaped war and terror and fear. They all went because the chose to go to land in the European Union. Why?

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  51. Steven Graves I would like to know where you base the accusation that "The Obama administration is refusing to let Christians into the United States, only Muslims." I could be wrong, but that sounds like a giant load of bullshit .

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  52. Garbage from beginning to end. The Syrian Civil War started when the Assad regime massacred unarmed protestors (just as Ghadafi did in Libya); the failure of the UN to establish no fly zones and safe havens thanks to Russian and Chinese vetoes, led to a democratic uprising into a sectarian and regional war in which the vacuum on the anti-Assad side created by the failure by the West to properly equip the Free Syrian Army was filled by ISIS and other jihadist groups.

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  53. Let's not be duped again into another war. this isn't about wether or not we give refuge to those fleeing Syria it's about do we condone the killing of many more children. Please be reminded of what government thinks about the death of half a million women and children by their hand. http://youtu.be/RM0uvgHKZe8

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  54. WTF !!! how much Assad family paid you to make them look like victems ….. just google his name i runway from Syria 10 years ago because them …. Assad is the first war crimenal and there is no fight bwt Assad and ISIS … both of them kill Syrians … oh my god everybody telling whatever … who wrote that SHIT i would like tell him do ur homework befor trying to be Smart ass … Assad and US creat ISIS to cover their Asses … read how many syrians Assad and his father killed …wake up if they wanted to remover him thay would since 2011 we have ISIS since 2013 and it was in Iraq only

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  55. None of the gulf states have taken in any refugees because they know better.

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  56. Alain Milette So is the apparent lack of education shown on this site!

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  57. Dear sir ,you are absolutely right, I am from Egypt , and Osama, opps, I mean Obama administration here in usa embassy are falling in love with muslims brotherhood. Even when El sisi cam, they fighted him and without russian help Egypt would become as Syria right now. They calling it coup !!!! Can you imagin? Usa used to talk about coptic rights, when mubarak was the presedent , then when moursi (MB) came. They supported him!!! and totally forgot every single coptic , here in egypt as coptic we totally hate usa hoping some day we could see it totally destroied, cos it did not try to help us ,unless we were a way to press on the government as it did it before in mubarak age.

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  58. Dear sir ,you are absolutely right, I am from Egypt , and Osama, opps, I mean Obama administration here in usa embassy are falling in love with muslims brotherhood. Even when El sisi cam, they fighted him and without russian help Egypt would become as Syria right now. They calling it coup !!!! Can you imagin? Usa used to talk about coptic rights, when mubarak was the presedent , then when moursi (MB) came. They supported him!!! and totally forgot every single coptic , here in egypt as coptic we totally hate usa hoping some day we could see it totally destroyed, cos it did not try to help us ,unless we were a way to press on the government as it did it before in mubarak age.

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  59. Steven Graves I would be interested to see some evidence of Muslims being allowed to enter but Christians not. Sounds very far-fetched to me. I would also like to point out that there are millions of people throughout the world who are helping people in difficult situations all the time. Their religious beliefs again are irrelevant. In other words, you do not need to be religious to be empathetic and caring towards others. Therefore the fact that Christian charities exist in no way makes me think that religions are a positive thing. In fact without religion, these types of good deeds would certainly continue for genuine feelings of compassion rather than trying to win plus points from the big man in the sky upon our demise.

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  60. Oh the irony…….get yourself a dictionary……the word is GRAMMAR….eat…humble…pie. I hyt it wen peeple swaer onlyn it reely annoyz me

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  61. No I haven't been living under a rock. It's mildly amusing that you ask that and then complain you're being insulted…. I'm sure you meant that in the nicest way. Though I think maybe you're living under a rock if you think we can thank billionaires in ivory towers for our employment. For those unfortunate enough to be in that position if they have those jobs that's because they can't be outsourced to someone cheaper. As for me – I've been living in Australia. Reading our papers, watching our tv shows, talking to many other Australians and using the internet. Having spent my whole life here not living under a rock I'm not familiar with any method of indoctrination aimed at telling us how to speak in Australia. Did I miss an article telling us how to speak? Or is there some loudspeaker blaring out on your streetss telling you to how to behave in the new Australia. (zieg heil…) I speak to people from many cultures and have managed to not offend any of them. You phrased your statement in a way where someone in another country might naively believe that we are being told how to greet people. As someone who lives in the same country as you I find that statement to be absolute rubbish.

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  62. While what is written is true, In this particular case, This 3 year old and his mother were forced from a safe house in Turkey because the father wanted to go to Canada to get his teeth fixed. They were not refugees, but country shopping illegals. They werent fleeing war at all. There is enough money and billionaire sheiks in the middle east for these people to help themselves, they dont need western money or western governments. The western wars are the help they get as the west are trying to over throw an obviously oppressive government, run mainly by muslims. If the Islamic people cant stop killing each other, I fail to see what the west can do about it. But I agree, the west should pull all their resources out of these countries and let them keep going the way they are, then the west cant be blamed for all the bullshit, that has been going on for as long as I can remember, and the only countries to blame for dead children are the countries themselves

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  63. Great picture, but what's that bended guy doing on the right? (the one with the orange hoody and red vest) nobody is telling shit about him. It's only about the 2 childs. where it clearly involves 3 persons around this guy.

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  64. Yeah except the US spent billions arming the mythical "Free Syrian Army", most of whom subsequently defected to ISIS and al-Nusrah

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  65. http://m.theaustralian.com.au/archive/news/pc-police-strike-christmas-at-inner-sydney-montessori-school-merry-christmas-replaced-with-happy-holidays/story-e6frg6o6-1226221370206

    Also, I also speak to many many people from different ethnicities and they are mostly lovely people. My main issue is that you still seem to think that wealthy people simply sat back and the money came free? most people of a healthy financial lifestyle worked HARD to get where they are. You complain about outsourcing but to keep a company viable you have to keep costs down. $34 an hour to watch cheese go past on a conveyer belt is the exact reason why outsourcing happens. We think we are entitled to more money for our work because the cost of our living has gone up but in reality, they have to charge more to keep employing us? And I find the Hitler fascist thing a little overboard. Im not religious at all, Christmas to me is dinner with the family… But it's still Christmas.

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  66. Haha yeah Assad created ISIS to steal half of his country's oil wealth and much of its land, not to ention destroying all historical monuments and culture they encounter on the way. Go take your head for a shit you moron

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  67. Where do you go to find accurate information about what's actually happening? I know that the American media spews nothing but propoganda and BS. Who can you trust to tell the truth? The world is imploding around us and nobody seems to know how to fix it, or even be willing to try.

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  68. Read some history book.

    Most of these dictators were put in place by Western "democracies" to allow us to pump their ressources… Just read about Operation Ajax in Iran for example.

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  69. Alain Robert Still, the media using this tragedy to push a point, that has nothing to do with what has occured here is a disgrace. This father was using the hype for his own personal gain, when he was in no danger to start with, It is things like this, and people like the father why the real refugees arent getting helped

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  70. Dictatorships are terrible, but existential chaos and anarchy are worse. Poor country, limited resources; I imagine there is going to be some sort of dictatorship. I don't know what the answer is, but maybe we need to mind our own business?

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  71. Ignorance is BLISS ! Stop putting pictures of people in distress on the internet. Let's make this a happy place. The sheep have spoken……baaaaa baaaaaaa baaaa,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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  72. Alain Robert "Most of these dictators were put in place by Western "democracies" to allow us to pump their ressources… Just read about Operation Ajax in Iran for example."

    Bullshit. Arabie, Qatar, Kowet ARE THE PUMPS. They are the most racists in this world. They live in their own world. BTW, How many Syrian refugees are allowed in their country again ? 0.00000 ; ZERO; NOT A SINGLE ONE!!!! AND THEY ARE THE RICHEST COUNTRIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not talking about Obama being a muslim terrorist in secret….

    So F&^%&^% You and Burn!

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  73. Rob – Humble pie eaten. I confessed I screwed up in the most embarrassing way. Thank you for calling me out on it. Really.

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  74. Anthony Ricci Grammar. Okay. That was embarrassing. Thanks for calling me out on it. Really.

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  75. Christopher Phipps de Rothschild Got it. Like I mentioned to Joshua, I was discouraged by the insults but did NOT express myself effectively at all. You have every right to call me out on it. Apologies.

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  76. Their father was there along with their mother. Both boys and the mother drown.

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  77. The family were originally from Kobani but they had moved to Turkey where Abdullah Kurdi (the father) was a labourer on a construction site. He was the only member of the family working so life was difficult as it is for many on low wages but they were safe. They could'nt leave Syria as they could not get an exit visa as the Turkish government didn't recognise their status as refugees. As Neil Booth has said, Turkey does not offer refugee status. So the only way out was either back into Syria or the people smugglers. But there was no immediate need to leave. No one was in danger. There was no war for them. They tried to move purely for lifestyle and economic purposes. The money for the journey came from his sister in Canada, who he wished to join eventually. There was a suggestion that asylum had been requested and turned down but this is untrue, the request was never submitted.
    Aylan Kurdi, his brother and his mother died because Abdullah Kurdi wanted to take his family to a better economic environment. Not to run away from war

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  78. To Mr. Robert the Assad family was put into power as part of the Baathist movement actually kicked off by Mr. Assad's father with the goal of Arab nationalism. The goal was to unite the countries that were greater Syria, from Iraq to Egypt into one Social democratic state with representatives from all ethnicities and religions. Unfortunately the leaders of these countries were human and couldn't decide amongst themselves who should be the head honcho and eventually things broke down. Because of the ethnic diversity in the region added with the lower educational standards tribalism is rampant in the area. As a result each leader is forced to lead by fear instead of the belief in a common identity. To the Syrians the Sunnis and the alawitz are different people as are the Kurds. This means any democratic movement like the Arab spring runs the risk of sparking an ethnic civil war, as it did here. No western democracy could prevent this without either forcibly educating and brainwashing billions of people or becoming the dictators themselves.

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  79. Something they dint like to mention im sure 😉
    Besides, dont those refugees want safety?
    Arent they already safe near their bordering countrys?
    Why go that far into europe? 😉
    Most of those refugees are selfish solo males who want money and were too scared to fight those real nazi isis scum.
    What i wanna know is why they did not fight for their country and its people, those people shouldnt be rewarded.
    They let their friends die, even familys.
    Is that not something morally wrong? is that knowledge too hard? not very sad anymore are they now.

    How about we ask those crucial little questions.
    Hell we dont know 2 shits about anyone entering why the fuck dont we?
    Because a little kid drowned and now that sad part is stuck in evryone perception of a syrian refugee.
    Single males 21+ entering europe as * refugees * is not reality.

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  80. as I think this bit is easy to skim over: an altogether different family with tears of relief. Meanwhile, the 6 of them (with two older boys) have made it to Germany.

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  81. If he "drowned in the arms of his father", how did he end up washed up on the beach to be picked up by local police?

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  82. All the doctrine i have recieved from midia is the oposite of xenophobia, and i start wondering what is that's so wonderfull about humans that drives one person to imediatly acept someone that one knows nothing about? Is'nt that crazy? You must be crazy not be xenophobic in a world like the one we live in.

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  83. When he died, the father let him go to attempt to save his other son, who also died, and then he tried to save his wife, and she died too.

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  84. If one photograph motivates the world so be it. I wonder what you know of the refugees from Central America? When your toast burns in the morning do you blame it on the West?We all have accountability here. Playing the blame game solves nothing.

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  85. Peter Morris You are referring to Obama favoring the Muslim Brotherhood and not the Coptic Christians correct? I thought it was the army that threw Moursi out.

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  86. I really wanted to take this article seriously, but it is so one sided I can't. No mention at all in the role Asaad has played in this. No mention of his gassing his own people. At least try to be a little more objective.

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  87. The Anti-media? riddled with cheesey links and popup ads. Disappointingly this is what the vast majority of sites give us. I am embarrassed to share an otherwise interesting point of view.

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  88. I think you should also read a thing or two about the civil war in Syria if you find it your role to defend the botcher bashar el assad.

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  89. If we didn't help we'd get blamed for not helping, if we did help we'd get blamed for causing it. No matter what, nothing will please everyone.

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  90. i suggest you keep your opinions to yourself, as thats all they are. what a waste.

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  91. Really want to say God bless that father and the children that he has left nothing more to be said !!!!!/!

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  92. The American government does not seek consent of it's citizenry and it's media provides false support statistics to make us believe the majority of us are indeed in support. I rarley meet a person who wishes our government to intervine in the "forgein policy" it does. It is truly sad and hopefully reminds us all to be more tolerant of others not less.

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  93. Aylan's family were living safe, his father working, in Turkey. The father decided to go to Europe for eceonmic reasons, and for free dentistry.

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  94. Tears fall into the tissues made by man..our breath starts within mankindess……

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  95. f Aylan died in his fathers arms why did he wash up on shore? This story has taken so many twist and turns to meet the media agenda to create sympathy. Fact are AYlan's family was living safely in Turkeyf for the past three years, why did they leave because Germany announced that refugees will receive $11000.00 to settle in Germany. Why are refugees distroying their papers, is it an ahonest act? This was not a life and death situation but a story about greed , that distroyed a family and it is very sad

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  96. I found it very very sad that children in Canada froze to death and I did not expect the Government to do something about it. What kind of situation are we creating ? As a doctor from Syria said Syria is a good country but the violence of war is making it unlivable so we go to other countries where we cannot work in our trade and earn less money. What can we do??

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  97. Of course children are an innocent part in this tragedy. But this approach about the West demanding is completely mistaken or full of bad intentions. The refugees who use to cross to Egypt, Lybia, Jordain, etc. to reach the Mediterranean are mostly Chrystan Syrians or Civilian Kurdishes coming from Syria. Escaping from both ISIS´s terrorism actions and the Bashar´s militias. This is a direct consequence of the tiranic and oppressor Al-Assad family's dictature for decades. I mean, these people always have been chased in Syria. The only difference now is that extreme terrorist groups have found an easy way to grow up in strong unstable situations. It already had happen in Iraq, Afghanisthan and other places. They are living a civil war by the influence of ISIS and Assad, the same way when it happen in Lebanon, under the influence of Assad (father and son) using Hezbollah or in Afghanisthan under the influence of Pakistan´s Taliban. So, besides these facts, now we have to consider the West the responsible for every internal war in the Middle East? Too much simple thought, isn´t it? One of the rare conflicts where the West almost doesn´t interfered has been exactly this one. It is not impossible that they could help with some provisions, but certainly it is nothing compared to the strange and sudden ISIS power. Drones have bombed specific ISIS positions. Nothing more. Other drones flights have occurred mostly in Afghanistan near the Pakistan border and this is an another story, with no relationship with this issue. Just to conclude, 100% of ground weapons used by Eastern forces (legal ou illegal) are not Westerns. They are Russians or Chineses. You can check it better. But, what is really weird is you suggest that if the West had stopped to help the rebels, if it had happened (I understand that they are trying to defend their rights about the country against a tyranny) nothing about this tragedy would have happened? Do you really believe that a non Muslim people could be safe under a fundamentalist control of ISIS and other islamic groups? Very optimistic… or suspect.

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  98. Dion Draper I have no clue what FOX is, I dont live in America and am not subject to your governments propaganda. This family were living in Turkey for 3 years, before the father decided he wanted to move to Canada to get his teeth fixed, and knowing full well his wife and children couldnt swim, decided to put them on a boat anyway. The majority of refugees getting to my country by boat, are well dressed, jewellery wearing, middle aged men, who dont look as though theyve missed many meals in their life

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  99. Very well written article, it points to truth and encourages you to DO SOME RESEARCH.
    "The West has been intervening in Syria heavily since at least 2012. Indeed, it is Western intervention that has exacerbated and prolonged the conflict, which has now claimed a quarter of a million lives."

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  100. Turkey as of June had taken on 2 million refugees fleeing from war torn areas, what makes you think life was good for them there? how dare you judge someones story without personally knowing them and exactly what they have gone through. all you know is what different sects of the media tell you. I dont know their story either, but at the end of the day the reasons for them getting in that boat dont matter, what matters is that everyday people are killed because of greed and selfish governments, and if you have compassion and empathy in your heart you should forget about the shallowness the media puts into these stories and want to help and get the word out that you dont like whats happening and that a solution must be found!

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  101. News flash… Its Oil…. That's the only reason the west (including Europe) has been screwing things up in hte middle east not just the last couple of years but since WWII… Same goes for Afirca except add diamonds and gold to oil… If there was no oil and other natural resorces that we want, middle east and Africa would be doing a lot better right now…

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  102. I'm willing to bet if you had nothing and no way to support your family, you would risk it all for that 11 grand too… But honestly, you really dont look like you have that problem… And lets be honest here again… I would bet your wedding cost more then 11 grand… You call it greed… Others not as lucky as you call it survival…

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  103. wrong, the story that I have heard… they were in Turkey, a safe place they fleed to with a tent city, but wanted to go to a place with benifits, house, food, money, welfare, so they took a chance with the children and lost !

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  104. Reading this article feels like having company after long being alone.

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  105. The awful pictures of the refugees were displaced from Turkey as a result of isis as this article states. What then happens to the general people of Syria and Mr Assad who all just want to be left alone by both isis and the western world, now that isis intends to take over the country? Is it fair for us westerners to sit back and allow isis to increase its territories and displace thousands more of innocent Syrian citizens and gain future control and autonomy in the region? Our west did arm the now 'terroist group known as isis' but for so called peace and fairness to the persecuted Sunnis in their struggle for freedom in the now torn Iraq back in the time when Sunnis desperately needed help themselves. Unfortunately since these events of mercy from the west, isis has formed and now acts in such barbaric ways that were unforseen to us at that time. How can we now sit back and not intervene against isis growing and establishing itself into an unstoppable barbaric force throughout Syria who themselves create a mass exodus of innocent civilians resulting in many more tragedies. Maybe arming the Sunni population was a mistake in the first place but that would have resulted in us Westerners being required to come back and fight for their protection in the troubled Iraq. It did seem best to stay out of the fight at that time but give the assistance to the Sunni population to defend themselves. Our Western world and media have awoken to the shame of the wrongful occupation of Iraq with no weapons of mass destruction but now people of Syria require assistance from the mess we started. Do we sit back and say no more to war and blame the media while isis snowballs, or do we westerners ourselves try to help fix our mistakes and help those people leaving thier own homeland in a desperate situation that we created ourselves in hindsight of just giving out weapons to those in need? We, the media and western people were all duped in the first place where now the media and western people are trying to pick up the pieces.. one would hope!

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