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Americans must open arms to Syrian refugees

Contrast the welcoming spirit of Europeans recently with our reception of desperate Central American children last summer on our southern border. Or the endlessly manipulative talk of the need for "the fence" among rich, white political candidates to keep our Mexican compadres out. Surely we are a better people than this.
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Sep 10, 2015, 2:06 am
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And the tragedy only deepens when this sensitive and spot-on analysis by a seasoned journalist who knows the Middle East well can elicit such a know-nothing response, DC025. If America is bankrupt, it is because we squandered at least $5 trillion on a senseless war in Iraq and an aftermath that is destroying many millions of lives but also millennia-old relics of early human civilization. It is creating countless enemies who hate us enough to die in payback. Germany is cheerfully accepting 800,000 desperate refugees from a war it opposed. We are taking 1,000. What has Hillary Clinton got to do with this? You mention Benghazi. So please tell us, on your last visit there, what did you find? We are, in fact, a wealthy nation, and on every public occasion we belt out lyrics extolling our virtue. Shouldn’t simple humanity to people in trouble (largely because of us) be part of our vaunted glory?

Sep 10, 2015, 9:04 am
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Mort Rosenblum printed his first newspaper at 6 on a toy press in his bedroom in Tucson, Arizona. He edited his high school paper and, at 17, left the University of Arizona journalism department to work on the Mexico City Times and then the Caracas Daily Journal. He returned to finish his degree and work on the Arizona Daily Star. He joined Associated Press at Newark in 1965. In 1967, AP sent him to cover mercenary wars in Congo.

Since then, he has written from 200 countries on subjects ranging from war to tango dancing by the Seine. He covered the Biafra secession from Nigeria, Vietnam, the violent birth of Bangladesh, Central American mayhem, Israeli wars, the Iron Curtain collapse, Bosnia and Kosovo, and two Gulf Wars, among other major conflicts.

Based in Argentina in the 1970s, he broke the first stories on the “dirty war.” He wrote the first African famine stories in 1984. In 1989, he won the Overseas Press Club award and was short-listed for a Pulitzer for the fall of Romania. He danced on Red Square the night Communism died.

Rosenblum ran AP bureaus in Kinshasa, Lagos, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Singapore, Buenos Aires, and Paris. He was editor of the International Herald Tribune from 1979 to 1981 but returned to AP as special correspondent, based in Paris. He won AP’s top reporting award in 1990, 2000 and 2001.

Rosenblum left AP in 2004. In 2008, he launched the quarterly, dispatches, with co-editor Gary Knight and publisher Simba Gill. For part of the year, he is a professor of journalism at the University of Arizona, Tucson. In summer, he takes Tufts University students to such places as Kosovo and Kashmir.

He has written 12 books and contributed to Foreign Affairs, Vanity Fair, the New York Review of Books, Le Nouvel Observateur, Travel & Leisure, and Bon Appetit, among others. His honors include a 2001 Harry Chapin Award for a series on water, a Mencken Award for African Famine, a James Beard Award for Olives, and an IACP Cookbook Award for Chocolate.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he was the 1980 Edward R. Morrow fellow. cite

Besides pseudonymously posting Russian propaganda clips (sorry, but those are going to be removed; nonsense compilations of beating videos that have no bearing on the topic at hand don’t contribute to this conversation), who are you, DC025?

Sep 10, 2015, 9:33 am
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Thanks, Dylan. Of course, you forgot to mention that I make the best old-style patty tacos in Paris, which isn’t saying much, alas. It always amazes me how people who hide behind non-names can spout such drivel as “those people,” referring to millions of disparate humans—including gifted intellectuals, highly accomplished doctors and scientists, and 3-year-olds left dead on the beach—and “you people,” referring to all of us not in agreement. The facts are pretty plain, and as Maggy Zanger lays them out. As for that national debt, Mr. or Ms. DC0257 might want to look at what it was when George W. Bush took office and when he left—and also take a look at Joe Stiglitz calculations on where the war money went. I watched a bunch of it vanish in Iraq, and I can’t begin to calculate how many people now hate us to the point of blind mass murder as a result of our folly. As to budgetary imbalances, if we had a sensible tax structure, like every civilized nation I can think of, we’d be fine—and we could even pay some teachers to inspire kids to question, think, and care about the perfectly good world we are squandering. Thanks for all you and the Sentinel are doing to keep some decent journalism alive in Tucson.

Sep 10, 2015, 9:35 am
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No, you’re posting lies. Russian propaganda compilations of completely different events tossed together with a thick ooze of hate speech on top isn’t a contribution to the discussion.

Oh, and you’re banned. kthxbye

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