Because they already paid a heavy price and they changed dramatically. If they were still invading and torturing people I think it would be a different story - excellent answer. But you know what I mean. Trump's demand for a temporary ban on Muslims or the rise of right-wing groups across Europe, such as Pegida and Soldiers of Odin, are never referred to as 'blowback' by the liberal intelligentsia. Why not? Answer: because the Western liberal intelligentsia hold Western people, in particular Western white people, to a much higher standard than they hold other people. Am I connecting the right dots?
Look at the US from the eyes of someone at the other end of foreign policy and then imagine how they would feel and likely react. <- everything that's missing in foreign policy right there - Excellent point. On reflection I agree, you're right. I've been a bit of a b*****d here. I should have more humanity and try to see things through the eyes of others. Innocent men, women & children hurt and killed by Western weapons is terrible, and needs to stopped as much as practicably possible.After I've got this rant of a post out of my system, I'll work on being more humane.
But by the same token, we should also look at the actions of non-Westerners through the lens of Western norms, as our culture is largely superior to any others.
If a Western father allowed his son to travel in a vessel that wasn't sea-worthy, there would be some criticism of his awful parenting. So, what about Alan Kurdi's father? Did he exhaust all possible options? Did he see if travelling across Europe by coach was possible? Or travelling to a Kurdish town in Eastern Turkey? Or staying put in Istanbul if that could work? Western media largely ignored these legitimate questions because they were too busy using the photo of Alan Kurdi, face-down in the sand, as some sort of macabre poster bot for further EU migration: "Get in the rubber dinghies, Muslimoun, hopefully the Royal Navy will rescue you and you won't end up like Alan Kurdi" - disgusting.
Just to say, I'm all for sensible migration, that's why I gave a positive comment on your thread about Canada taking refugees. By all accounts, Canada are doing it sensibly - taking a manageable number of children and their families. Contrast that to reports of refugees/migrants at Calais, threatening lorry drivers with knives as they try to get to the UK. They must have gone through 3 or 4 safe countries to get to Calais, and France isn't good enough for them, it seems.
They should know their station in life.
And their station, like mine, is Git Central.