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Heart-rending pictures of a toddler’s lifeless body washed ashore on a Turkish beach sparked horror as the cost of Europe’s burgeoning refugee crisis hit home.

The images of a child lying face down in the surf at one of Turkey’s main tourist resorts has once more put a human face on the dangers faced by tens of thousands of desperate people who risk life and limb to seek a new life in Europe.

Wearing a red T-shirt and blue shorts, 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi from the Kurdish-Syrian city of Kobane was believed to be one of at least 12 Syrians trying to reach Greece who died when their boats sank.

The body of his 5-year-old brother, Galip, washed up on another part of the beach.

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“If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe’s attitude to refugees, what will?” Britain’s Independent said in remarks echoed in newspapers across the continent.

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14 Responses to “Photo of the Day”

  1. 1

    Petercat

    Hmmmm….
    Most of the photos that I’ve seen have shown a vast majority of young men in their 20’s.
    If the conditions from which they are fleeing are so bad, why don’t we see more young women, and older men and women?
    Come to think of it, the majority of refugees could be called “military aged…”
    Why don’t they stay where they come from and fight the injustice, instead of leaving the women and children behind while they run away?
    Maybe there is a sinister reason why most refugees entering Europe are military aged men.

    A camouflaged invasion, perhaps?

  2. 2

    Nanny G

    @Petercat: Mostly men of military age……

    I had seen the headlines of the truck full of dead immigrants listing 71 dead, so I went back for the breakdown:

    Of the 71 dead, 59 were men, eight were women, and four were children.

    That is an odd proportion of men to women and to children.
    When you look up the population pyramid for the country of origin (Syria) it is a perfect triangle, most of the population are children and 1/2 are female.
    I thought the truck was placed there on purpose as a PR stunt, but that would have only made sense if it were packed with women and children.

    But then there’s this:

    “If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe’s attitude to refugees, what will?” Britain’s Independent said ….

    I guess when your own UK population pyramid is showing your country stopped having babies over 45 years ago, even ONE child can get all the attention while the manly invasion slips by you.

    Even Obama USED children as props when he blew the dog whistle about Deamers so that Hispanics started sending children over the border in mass numbers.
    But that was cover for an invasion, too.

  3. 4

    Nanny G

    @Wordsmith: Saudi Arabia? Qatar? UAE? Kuwait?

    You’re kidding, right?
    Those countries don’t allow even children born of their female slaves (housemaids) by sex with their owners (Saudi Qatari, UAEi, or Kuwaiti citizens) to EVER be called ”citizens!
    How much less so would non-native Muslims ever be allowed citizenship rights.
    Even lesser-rich Muslim states pull the same thing: see the ”refugee” camps filled with 3rd and even 4th generation ”foreigners” in places like Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan.
    Syria has 13 refugee camps and 499,189 registered refugees.
    There are 12 refugee camps in Lebanon and 448,599 registered refugees.
    There are 10 refugee camps in Jordan and 2,034,641 registered refugees.
    The most recent refuge camp among all those was set up in 1968! Most are from the 1940’s and early 1950’s!
    None of them are citizens of Jordan, Syria or Lebanon even though the vast majority living in them were born in those countries.

  4. 5

    Wordsmith

    editor

    @Nanny G:

    You’re kidding, right?

    Of course not! After all, the Arab countries have been so noble in taking in Palestinian refugees since 1948.

    I see a number of commenters on news articles on the Syrian refuge crisis are holding the UK and U.S. to blame for the situation in Syria- tying it back to OIF and Bush!

    How much more do they expect us to give?

  5. 7

    Nicolas

    Many of you Americans would reasonably comply that current administration enforces welfare state, but trust me, it’s childish play in comparison to EU that has officially become a Promised Land for free stuff crowd. A total migration policy failure has tossed EU by downwards spiral into complete chaos, where both natives and aliens are doomed to perish.

  6. 8

    Ditto

    contributor

    As I was looking at those pictures, I began thinking of the political left who are sharing them and wringing their hands over those pictures, yet who are unmoved by pictures and videos of the victims of abortions.

    I find their hypocrisy very disturbing.

  7. 9

    Budvarakbar

    “If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe’s attitude to refugees, what will?” Britain’s Independent said in remarks echoed in newspapers across the continent.

    Hey – you IndependentMenshevik meatheads!! — why aren’t you preaching to Turkey about changing THEIR attitude. Dam TREASONOUS media

  8. 11

    Petercat

    @Budvarakbar: #10
    Yup, I think.
    My next question is what all of these young men are going to do for female companionship? There aren’t enough sheep in Europe.
    But there are plenty of 10-14 year olds, male and female. As fond as Muslims are of sharing their sex slaves, it won’t be a problem.
    For anyone but the victims, of course. But who cares about them, they’re European, right? They deserve it, right? White privilege, right? sarc/off.

    Gang rape- 12 out of 13 participants enjoy it.
    It’s democracy at it’s finest.

  9. 12

    Wordsmith

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    Rich gulf states have not absorbed refugees from Syria and Iraq and are now facing criticism

    Since the publication of the photo of Aylan Kurdi, the dead Syrian refugee toddler found on the beach in Turkey, the world has directed its attention to the refugee crisis in Europe. What has been the reaction in the Arab world to the crisis given that many of the people seeking to escape to Europe are fleeing from Syria and Iraq?

    Arab criticism has been directed at the wealthy Gulf countries who have not absorbed even one Syrian or Iraqi refugee.

    Critics have also blasted the silence of Saudi news outlet Al-Arabiya and Qatar’s Al-Jazeera who in the past championed the cause of the Syrian people and have been opposed to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    “The Syrian boy has sent tremors through the world, but the silence is deafening in the Arab world,” a Syrian writer said on a site associated with the rebels.

    Abed Al-Beri Atwan, the editor of London based Arab newspaper Rai Al-Youm, attacked the Gulf states for not absorbing refugees.

    “The paradox is that the nations [the Gulf states] who called for the liberation of the Syrian people from the tyrant [Assad] and have directed billions of dollars to the rebels, have not absorbed refugees, while the poor Arab nations like Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt have received millions of refugees, when these countries do not even have water for their citizens.

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    So why aren’t the Gulf states absorbing refugees? The Kuwaiti politician Fahed al- Shelaimi, who heads the Gulf Forum on Peace and Security, provided an answer that shocked millions in the Arab world.

    “Gulf states are expensive and aside from being laborers, these people are not suitable for life here,” he said.

    “At the end of the day, people from a different environment who suffer from emotional problems cannot be received in your society,” he added.

    A video in which Shelaimi makes the above comments has gone viral in social media networks in the Arab world.

    The Arab world’s wealthiest nations are doing next to nothing for Syria’s refugees

    A fair amount of attention has fallen on the failure of many Western governments to adequately address the burden on Syria’s neighboring countries, which are struggling to host the brunt of the roughly 4 million Syrians forced out of the country by its civil war.

    Some European countries have been criticized for offering sanctuary only to a small number of refugees, or for discriminating between Muslims and Christians. There’s also been a good deal of continental hand-wringing over the general dysfunction of Europe’s systems for migration and asylum.

    Less ire, though, has been directed at another set of stakeholders who almost certainly should be doing more: Saudi Arabia and the wealthy Arab states along the Persian Gulf.

    As Amnesty International recently pointed out, the “six Gulf countries — Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain — have offered zero resettlement places to Syrian refugees.” This claim was echoed by Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, on Twitter

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    That’s a shocking figure, given these countries’ relative proximity to Syria, as well as the incredible resources at their disposal. As Sultan Sooud al-Qassemi, a Dubai-based political commentator, observes, these countries include some of the Arab world’s largest military budgets, its highest standards of living, as well as a lengthy history — especially in the case of the United Arab Emirates — of welcoming immigrants from other Arab nations and turning them into citizens.

    Moreover, these countries aren’t totally innocent bystanders. To varying degrees, elements within Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the U.A.E. and Kuwait have invested in the Syrian conflict, playing a conspicuous role in funding and arming a constellation of rebel and Islamist factions fighting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Why Syrians do not flee to Gulf states

    A Facebook page called The Syrian Community in Denmark has shared a video showing migrants being allowed to enter Austria from Hungary, prompting one user to ask: “How did we flee from the region of our Muslim brethren, which should take more responsibility for us than a country they describe as infidels?”

    Another user replied: “I swear to the Almighty God, it’s the Arabs who are the infidels.”

  10. 13

    Skookum

    “How did we flee from the region of our Muslim brethren, which should take more responsibility for us than a country they describe as infidels?”

    This is the pivotal point. The wealthy Arab nations admit, they fear the possibility of Muslim terrorists being hidden among the refugees, and surely, no one believes there will not be murder and mayhem committed by at least a few of the refugees. However, acceptance of inevitable death by the Muslim fanatic is accepted as a cost of being humane.

    In regard to the toddler on the beach, everyone in this family drowned, except the father. I was in a similar situation twenty years ago. I was thanked and declared hero for the day, but that is a trivial matter, that only a few people remember. However, it qualifies me to ask, why did the father survive, while his wife and children drowned? If he was only able to save the toddler, why didn’t he save the child? I realize these people may be dry land peasants, but he was able to swim well-enough to save his own life, what about his family?

    Sadly, two empty water bottles tied under the armpits would have probably saved his children, but that would have required a great scientific and analytical mind. Like a lot of photographs used to sway public opinion, the story is usually much deeper than the photo itself.

  11. 14

    Wordsmith

    editor

    Latest:

    The father of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian refugee whose body was found on a beach in Turkey, has denied being the driver of the boat when it capsized.

    Abdullah Kurdi rejected an accusation that he was one of the people smugglers, engaged in taking refugees on the dangerous crossing from Turkey to the Greek island of Kos.

    Zainab Abbas, an Iraqi refugee who was on board the boat – and who lost her son and daughter when it capsized – told Australian television that Mr Kurdi was in command when disaster struck.

    He was allegedly driving the motor boat so fast that he lost control. The vessel did not have enough life jackets for all of the passengers, at least 12 of whom were drowned.

    But Mr Kurdi – whose wife, Rehan, and five-year-old son, Galip, also died – insisted these claims were false.

    “I thought about driving the boat but I didn’t do it. That is all lies,” he told MailOnline.

    “I know there was an Iraqi family on the boat and two children had died – a boy and a girl. I don’t know why Zainab is saying that. She had the same as me – she lost her children, I lost my children.”

    Mr Kurdi added: “I have three graves in front of me and I have no one.”

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