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Don’t have to live like a refugee…
I can’t stand these initiatives. They lull liberal souls into thinking “the problem” is addressed through these idyllic solutions. There’s a refugee, an American dream, and there’s even something in it for you: his GREAT RECIPE!
I wish Ah Lun success, but I can’t consider this a very important cause or an adequate effort for Americans to address the problem of refugees when I see what I see, in the news, and even in the streets. Every day, I take a tram ride past a few Afghan refugees who have been on hunger strike for weeks while they appeal their denied application for asylum. They have sewn their mouths shut, slept in the cold and rain for weeks, with the threat of deportation to their war-torn homeland.
There are millions of Afghan refugees, displaced persons and asylum seekers around the world. If you’re an American who cares about refugees, I suggest you spend less time learning the recipes of one man in the Bronx, and more time focusing on holding your government responsible for it’s foreign policy and foreign wars.
Liberal causes need to do a bit deeper soul-searching and less shallow soul-soothing.
first to put into action and to organize all the powers of society for this purpose; and then the others had to follow its example.
Anton Pannekoe, on WWII
Wow - basically, allied powers were super successful colonial powers, while Germany, late and less successful in the colonial game, had to expand by other means, stepping on more industrial, European toes rather than less-developed, non-European grounds.
Same thing with Japan then, eh? Japan would have liked to be a colonial power, if it could, but in its expansion throughout Asia, it butted heads with the USA (in economic interests in the Philippines and elsewhere?).
Of course, you never get these perspectives in the mainstream. So simple. So reasonable.
…also from a marketing perspective, waiting until the day after the one-year anniversary of 9-11 was a strategic move - get ‘em while they’re emotionally vulnerable