Compassion As A Weapon: Politicizing The Syrian Refugee Crisis
By Brad Salzberg
The current refugee crisis in the Middle East is filled with contention, however few issues are as contentious as which nations are responsible for accepting Syrian refugees into their homelands.
Thus far, the Canadian media have been relentless in promoting the idea that it is incumbent upon Canada, as well as other western nations, to serve as the primary repositories. Each day in our mainstream media we read of how Canadians have a moral obligation to help solve the refugee crisis. In fact, the rhetoric is so extreme it often appears our newspapers are attempting to persuade rather than inform our citizens of these duties. If this were not the case, we would be reading more about which countries are refusing to absorb these people. Ironically, it is the so-called “brethren’ countries which have erected a wall to prevent entry to their nations. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran, as well as a number of other co-religionist nations have not accepted a single refugee.
One can speculate on the reasons why many Islamic countries have shut their doors, however equally as intriguing is the question of why our media refrain from reporting this essential component of the equation. Further to this curiosity, let us consider a directly-related question— why does the mainstream Canadian media so consistently support a liberal, politically-correct agenda?
This is no small matter. This question pertains not only to refugee-related issues, but to the broader context of Canada’s immigration and multicultural policies. Are the Canadian media subject to the will of our government? Do they have no choice but to back the political desires of their advertising base—in particular our largest corporations?