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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

As Whitman wrote, "I am large. I contain multitudes."

Other countries welcome refugees in and show panic the way out. The Canadians are having a civil national discussion of "what's a family?" so as to include, rather than exclude.

Continuing, as I have for decades, to dip into Playboy for the articles, I found a very thoughtful comment on the refufear sweeping America:

'Even 4-year-old Syrian orphans are too dangerous to welcome to the United States, says New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. What sort of man turns away desperate orphans out of fear? Christie’s words and actions are shameful and unbecoming of a great nation—as are those of 25 other governors who said they will work to keep Syrian refugees from moving to their state. Is America no longer the home of the brave?

'Since 9/11 we have been told many times that our nation is at war. Our troops understand, and they have fought bravely whenever and wherever they have been called upon. Not once have they backed down or refused the call. Yet, when faced with the risk of orphan refugees, some of our leaders protest that the risk is too great. How can we ask so much of our troops but so little of ourselves?

'Other countries have stepped up. Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan have taken in millions of refugees. Germany has welcomed close to 100,000, Australia 12,000 and Canada 10,000 refugees. Many of us were appalled when we saw a Hungarian camerawoman kick a migrant child trying to cross the Hungarian-Serbian border.

'Yet Hungary has accepted 18,800 refugees, far more than the United States, which has to date accepted only about 1,800 refugees. Even tiny Denmark, with less than 1/50th the population of the United States, has welcomed nearly ten times as many refugees as has the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” Are Americans less brave than the Canadians? Are we less generous than the Danes?'

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