I guess the biggest thing in common is a hint of nationalism and I don't really see anything wrong with being selective of who you let in your country. If we all just had open borders, that would destroy the entire concept of "nations". Also, Saudi-Arabia, Turkey, and other well-off nations in the nearby regions should be the ones taking in the bulk of the middle-eastern refugees, not Europe. And the men should've stayed behind and defended their homes... at least until the women and children are safe, but usually it's the man of the family fleeing first.
Saudi Arabia and Turkey are shitholes. Saudi Arabia especially shares very similar views of Islam with ISIS, and Turkey possibly helps ISIS, so why would people escaping from ISIS go there?
Every time Saudi Arabia is brought up my objection is: it's an awful place if you're not some wealthy oil baron, an absolute theocratic monarchy, a country straight out of the Middle Ages, second only to North Korea for being fucking terrible.
And even the comparison to 'middle ages' - a very eurocentric take on history. The middle ages were shitty for us, but actually a golden period for them.
About this I don't personally dread much the disappearance of nations. People who lived in city-states in the Middle Ages in Italy may have dreaded the disappearance of their nations. They disappeared, and the world keeps spinning. It's all very relative. All I care is about HOW political entities are ruled, not how many of them there are or in which shape. Though I can see a case for multiple entities vs. one in terms of displaying the qualities of different viewpoints/ways of doing things, and definitely even in an ideal united world you'd need to delegate power at a local level for a lot of things.
Saudi Arabia and Turkey are shitholes. Saudi Arabia especially shares very similar views of Islam with ISIS, and Turkey possibly helps ISIS, so why would people escaping from ISIS go there? Every time Saudi Arabia is brought up my objection is: it's an awful place if you're not some wealthy oil baron, an absolute theocratic monarchy, a country straight out of the Middle Ages, second only to North Korea for being fucking terrible. Do we really want to complain about them not doing more than us? Of course they don't. They're shit. That's like saying we clearly can relax our policy at killing people because look at Charles Manson.
As for the "men first" argument... one, I don't know if that's what happens. Even if young men arrive maybe they're sons, not fathers. Two, the trip itself is dangerous so someone might think it more reasonable to undertake it himself, then help bring his relatives out through more legal channels once he's secured a position for himself. And three, women and children DO arrive so it's not like it's all of them. I don't see arbitrary moral judgement about some people as something that ought to influence policy towards everyone.
Disappearance of nations sounds pretty Orwellian to me. A handful of supernations controlling everything and fighting each-other over resources? No thanks. I'm pretty sure they'd all turn into dictatorial regimes, because hey, you got no choice but to live in one of them. Also, how are they going to keep such vast amounts of people in check otherwise? And unfortunately I think that's the future we're heading for. The EU is trying to become a singular nation, with an army of its own and all. It's necessary to compete with the other supernations, but I don't like the future prospects of it. I'd much rather USA, Russia and China would have some sort of revolution and fracture into smaller nations, than the current small nations having to merge together for survival.
It's the sons who should be fighting in the first place, they're in the prime fighting condition of their lives. Middle-aged fathers are placed in the reserves and only deployed when the going gets desperate. And the trip isn't dangerous, if you go through the legal channels instead of black market human traffickers...
Pick your poison.
The YPG or the PKK I would pick anyday, and the YPJ if I qualified. Hardly a poison - they are among the most amazing people in the world today.
I knew about the Kurds defending their own land, and I agree with you on them, but that doesn't seem an option for all Syrians. Anyway none of these is a major force in play and for what I know they're only defending their own part of the country, which is hardly the kind of "take back Syria" action that the usual critics of refugees advocate. Either way, I simply meant I don't think we're in a position to judge people in mass for what they do. No one of us has ever been through war so it's pretty arrogant to deal judgement on others for not doing so, without knowing much about their situation either.