LETTER: Refugee crisis

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In his letter to the Herald (October 8) UKIP councillor Paul Graysmark makes some astonishing remarks about the current refugee crisis.

He claims that the majority are young men, that they should stand their ground and fight, and that by paying the people traffickers, they are trying to buy their way into the EU.

And he declares in ringing tones that Britain would not have existed if the British people had behaved like this.

It appears to me that Mr Graysmark is closing his eyes, and his mind, to the catastrophic situation that is unfolding in the Middle East, and especially Syria.

For a start, anybody watching the mass exodus from that region will see straightaway that the majority of those fleeing that ravaged and tormented country are families and dependents, with the young, the elderly and infirm figuring as much in their ranks as they do the ranks of those left behind.

Many of them will have sacrificed their life savings and left everything behind in order to get away from the hell that is Assad’s Syria, pauperising themselves in the process.

And as for fighting for what they believe in, they find themselves crushed between the upper and nether millstones, between the ruthless and inhumane regime of Assad, and the ruthless and inhumane ISIS movement, being in favour of neither and persecuted by both.

And when you take into account the indiscriminate aerial bombing operations conducted by the Syrian, American, French and British air forces, now recently supplemented by the Russians, who but the most hard-hearted could begrudge giving refuge to these poor unfortunates?

Clearly Mr Graysmark and his party – who on this issue (as on so many others) continue to share many of the views of the party of the current government, while being out of step with the majority of the population, which has responded with such generosity and compassion to the plight of the refugees.

Shame on you Mr Graysmark.

S.J. Guy

Southview Road,

Southwick

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