"You can fight a war for a long time,
or you can make your nation strong.
You cannot do both."
Sun Tzu, The Art Of War.
Humanitarian -refugee crisis strikes Europe. Germany...??Germany!!! To the rescue.
Tens of thousand of Syrians, fleeing their country, struggled across Europe as Hungary raced to build a wall (you think the Donald has an original idea in his vapid head?) and England, which should know better, agreed, grudgingly, to take a few hundred, and France (no surprise here) turned up its collective nose, and the rest of the European Union began to cite the maze-like set of rules designed to turn refugees away. Officials in the Czech Republic even went so far as to begin marking numbers in ink on refugees' arms, immediately bringing up thoughts of the Holocaust to the entire civilized world (except the Czechs).
There was humanitarian disaster in the making as the world, including the United States and the UN shrugged. a three year old boy washed up dead on the shores of beach, his siblings lost at sea. The world yawned. People drowned trying to reach freedom, and tens of thousands of people holding children struggled across the roads of Hungary.
"What a shame" people thought. "Somebody should do something" people said over wine at dinner.
Enter Germany. The country which wrecked the European continent twice in the 20th century did a very American thing. It opened its collective arms and welcomed the refugees to its country. German citizens met the buses and train loads of refugees with homemade food, clothes, toys for children, and smiles, welcoming these people who have done nothing more than flee their war-torn country in hopes of a better life for their children (that should sound familiar to every single American with the exception of Native Americans).
The Germans, known for their strict adherence to rules, waived the rules of the EU, and just responded to the crisis, thereby saving tens of thousands of lives, and dare we say- showing a little bit of humanity and perhaps contrition for their acts in the last century.
Germany to the rescue. While the US sat silently on the side. Who woulda thunk it? Something about this is downright shameful to the US.
Well done Germany and Angela Merkel, Well done indeed.
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