Dalai Lama offers bold, compassionate ideas for refugees

The Dalai Lama said, “from a moral point of view, I think that the refugees should only be admitted temporarily. The goal should be that they return and help rebuild their countries.”


CHARLOTTE, NC, May 5, 2016 – What’s a good Hollywood liberal to do when one of their spiritual leaders makes a common sense statement about the massive influx of refugees into the West? After all, if the Dalai Lama can make a reasoned wisdom-of-Solomon-style comment about a compassionate refugee solution, how can a lowest-common-denominator thinker react?

Speaking in an interview with a reporter from “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, a daily German newspaper, the Dalai Lama said, “from a moral point of view, I think that the refugees should only be admitted temporarily. The goal should be that they return and help rebuild their countries.”

“Europe, for example Germany, cannot become an Arab country. Germany is Germany,” added the Dalai Lama.

Given that the left believes the United States should be returned to the ancestors of native Americans who had their land stolen by conquering white Europeans, the Dalai Lama’s idea should have merit among progressive thinkers.

Indeed wasn’t it the devastation and destruction of European expansion combined with previously unknown diseases that took their toll on native populations for which Americans today should forever be ashamed?

And while we are at it, today’s American descendants should also apologize for slavery and the atomic bombs that fell upon Hiroshima and Nagasaki and every other event that can be viewed in the rear-view mirror of historical hindsight.

Certainly the current U.S. president believes this is true considering his voluminous “I’m sorry for being American” visits around the world.

Never let a thoughtful, practical argument get in the way of a solid cut-and-dried, black-and-white emotional point of view without merit.

As the Dalai Lama sees it, the situation in Europe and, to a lesser, but growing, degree in the U.S. is not a complicated problem. Rather it is a numbers game with mathematical outcomes that cannot be good for the “compassionate” countries that are welcoming refugees.

Basically, if countries continue to insert large numbers of humanity that refuse to assimilate to the customs, traditions and laws of their hosts in their individual societies, they are playing with dynamite that has a short fuse.

When you ask “why is it so difficult for Muslims to ‘adapt’ to their new environment?” the answer is simple. Because they don’t want to. It is no more complicated than that.

The insanity of the situation lies in the fact that refugees are seeking relief from the very same societies they hope to re-establish in their new home countries. Is it not more logical, given the obvious societal comparisons, that refugees would want to blend into a culture that can offer them all the positive things that Barack Obama and his cronies insist they lack in their present living conditions in Syria, Libya and Iraq?

Despite the perpetual image of victim-hood put forth by Islamists, the basic foundation of Islam is to dominate all other religions. The very word “Islam” means submission. Is that not enough to plant a seed of concern in a non-Muslim’s mind?

And yet, to contemporary Western thinking, appeasement is the only way to survive. “You have to go along to get along. Don’t make them angry. Be nice to them, and they will be nice to us” is the order of the day among progressives.

Wrong. It just doesn’t work that way.

Barack Obama himself has referred to the Dalai Lama as a “powerful example of what it means to practice compassion.” Now that the Tibetan spiritual leader has to some degree compromised liberal thought with a “compassionate compromise” about the rampant advance of displaced humanity from the Middle East, will the president have to walk back his comment? Better yet, perhaps he can apologize to himself.

As Pamela Geller noted in her “Atlas Shrugs” blog, “The bottom line is you can be compassionate and want to help refugees, while simultaneously being vigilant and serious about security threats their numbers represent, and also while being concerned about the preservation of one’s own cultural heritage. You can be all three things. In fact, you can be all three things while being a Buddhist monk. And while being considered a worldwide symbol of modern tolerance and peace.”

As they said on Broadway in 1964 “Hello Dalai!”

The truth is, real solutions could be advanced by an honest assessment of the situation and a dedicated effort to resolve the problems. Ahh, but it is so much easier to pontificate, throw money at the problem and blame others than to seek valid answers.

But, I apologize for writing these words. So sorry you had to read this. There, I feel better already.

Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.

Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)

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