I was reading this morning a summary about how comedic commentators have been dealing with the terrorist attack in Paris. I really appreciated this comment by Seth Meyers, host of NBC’s “Late Night”:
“I realize there are other places where things like this happen all the time,” he said. “Beirut also had a terrible bombing by ISIS last week as well, and I certainly was guilty of not paying the same level of attention to that atrocity. And when you think about the place where these terrible things are happening the most right now, it would be Syria, a place where the people who live there, who are trying to live normal lives, are so desperate to leave. And for those refugees, whose lives are so difficult right now, I think one of the many, and there are so many sad things about what happened in Paris, but certainly one of them is how much harder life is going to be for those refugees because of this.”
Please, Americans, realize that the immigrants from Syria and other war-torn areas are coming into our country are FLEEING the terrorists that are taking over their country. They need a place to go to protect themselves and their children. They love their country and want to and will return when they can. They need refuge. Remember the words on the statue of liberty:
“Give me your tired your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe fee. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send then, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Dedicated on October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty was a gift to the United States from the people of France. Think of it. This is how France saw us. This is how we must see ourselves.