Roger Cohen, Human Beings are not Skittles.

bowlofsWorst of the Trumps

(with some changes, but still by Roger Cohen,  in the NYT, of Sept. 23, 2016)

 

Where to begin? With the fact that human beings are not Skittles? A caption accompanying the photograph below of the candy said: “If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.” Trump Jr. also tweeted, “This image says it all.”

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Where to begin? With the fact that after more than five years of war 4.8 million Syrians are refugees and 6.1 million are internally displaced and Trump Jr., even with his coddled New York existence, can surely make the calculation that this amounts to almost 2.5 million more human beings than live in the five boroughs?

Where to begin? With the fact that you do not flee your home because you have a choice (like choosing between Skittles and M&Ms after a Manhattan dinner party) but because you no longer have one?

trump-jrWhere to begin? With the fact that, according to a Cato Institute study of refugees admitted to the United States between 1975 and 2015, the chance of an American being killed in a terrorist attack committed by a refugee is 1 in 3.64 billion?

Where to begin? With the fact that Syrians want to work, make a living, put their kids in decent schools, and recover their dignity, just like the rest of us?

Yes, as Cohen implies, let’s begin here, for this image says it all:

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