So a while back John Key screeched across to the Opposition Benches: “Get some guts!” because they disagreed with the effectiveness of sending a few NZ Army trainers into harm’s way in Iraq. The US spending many billions hadn’t managed to convince Iraqi soldiers not to drop their weapons and run in the face of IS, so how would putting a few of our guys a few dozen kms from what became the front line do?
But no, Key was on a Boys Own crusade.
Now, when faced with the massive refugee crisis that Europe has – as the millions trying to get out of Syria & Iraq have overwhelmed Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey’s ability to cope and hundreds of thousands have moved onto Europe, many dying on the way – John Key is not so willing to help.
Not so much the Coalition of the Willing as the Coalition of the Ignoring And Hoping It Will Go Away.
Even Act think we should increase our refugee quota by the amount our population’s gown since we last changed it (40%).
Yes, it would be a drop in the bucket compared to the millions displaced by war, rape, torture and death of loved ones, but every refugee would be eternally grateful for their escape from the hell-hole. It would make an immeasurable difference to those families & individuals. That gratefulness leads to refugees making the most of their opportunity and doing their best for their new country; being great, contributing citizens.
Kind of like how grateful Key’s parents were when they escaped Nazi Europe, with Key’s mother making sure he made the most of their opportunities.
And all for much less than the price of a flag referendum.
At 90th in the world for refugee quota per capita, we risk Aotearoa not continuing to be seen as fair and compassionate and an honest player. Y’know: the reasons we said we should be on the Security Council…
Get some guts Mr Key – and make sure we do our share for refugees.