Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s Minister of International Development, and Canada’s representative at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Jean-Nicolas Beuze have jointed penned (or, perhaps more accurately their staffs have written) an article in MacLean’s magazine that deals with a serious problem ~ refugees ~ and then offers pious, progressive platitudes instead of proposing measures that might actually work.
First, and this is a vital matter of principle, the United Nations is correct to say that “caring for those forced to flee their home is a shared responsibility,” and the very best way to care for those forced to flee their home is to remove the cause. Now, in a few cases that’s nearly impossible … as when the cause is drought, or desertification for example, but in most cases the cause is human/political: almost always bad leadership that results in tyranny and civil wars. The simple and most obvious course of action is to use military force to change the political situation. That would be real peacekeeping, the sort that would benefit millions on a global scale.
But, quite clearly, people like Ministers Hussen and Bibeau (and the governing party they represent) and diplomat Beuze speak for an evident international consensus when they ignore the real problem and decide, instead, to accept the unprincipled notion that a steady flow of millions of real refugees across the globe is preferable to taking actions ~ dethroning tyrants and killing barbarians ~ that serve the common good of humanity.
“The Compact’s goals are, after all, ambitious,” the article says. “The first is clear: to ease the pressure on countries that welcome and host large numbers of refugees, currently mainly in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. Frontline countries like Turkey, Lebanon, Uganda or Bangladesh have argued that the impact of hosting hundreds of thousands or even millions of refugees is significant, especially as it’s often after a sudden influx. They are right: distributing safe drinkable water, putting kids in schools or providing maternal health care to pregnant women are logistical and costly endeavours. These countries are unfairly being asked to carry the burden simply as a result of their geography as they nobly keep their borders open to those fleeing for their lives from neighbouring states … [and] … For years, it was wrongly assumed that mainly humanitarian actors were responsible for helping these countries shoulder the cost of saving lives. The Compact calls for a broader range of involvement and investment.” Bully for The Compact, but, again, there are, quite obviously, better ways to help than to try to leverage institutions like the world bank … if you want to fix the sewers in a refugee camp then send in a Canadian engineering firm or, if the conditions are too bad, send in a Canadian Army Engineer Regiment. But raising, equipping a training three or four real army engineer regiments would violate the Trudeau doctrine which is to ignore the Canadian military unless or until in can be used to advance the Trudeau Liberals’ own partisan political agenda.
The rest of the Beuze-Bibeau-Hussen article is the sort of pabulum that one expects from the drones who churn out bumph in Canadian ministerial and UN offices. It is designed, in the main, to shift the real, hard, dirty work of making the world a bit better place for a few million more people to to an unwilling America and an indifferent China. Canada will talk and talk and talk but, when anything like action is required, Canada will, as John Manley put it some years ago, act like the person who, at the end of good dinner, excuses himself and hides in the washroom when the waiter presents the bill. It’s the Liberal way … Most of what Mme Bibeau and Messers Beuze and Hussen have written is designed to skate around the fact, and I assert that it is a fact, that the Trudeau regime has endangered Canada’s national security by losing control of our borders and allowing tens of thousands of (misnamed) irregular migrants ~ who are, by and large, NOT refugees ~ to stream across our borders and abuse our laws.
The basic goals of The Global Compact on Refugees are laudable … but it gets the priorities wrong:
The world, including Canada, needs to recognize what the first real, core problem is, altogether too often, corrupt, tyrannical leadership which causes internal suffering and civil wars. While the principle of respecting the sovereignty of each UN member state made sense in 1945 and even in 1994, most members have agreed to a Responsibility to Protect (R2P) which was adopted in 2005. Although Canada led the charge in developing the R2P doctrine, successive Canadian government, Conservative and Liberal, have be loathe to commit any blood, treasure or even political capital to enacting it … and that’s the second, real, core problem.
So we have:
- Corrupt, tyrannical ‘governments’ that force people to flee from their homes and seek safe refuge where they can find it;
- Countries, like Canada, that are unwilling (afraid?) to accept the principles of their Responsibility to Protect; and
- Now, pious platitudes from politicians who are trying to blow smoke into voters’ eyes.