The commentators 07-09-15
...on the migrant crisis
It is time once again to canvass the military options in Syria, to get Washington to take notice of a problem that is not going away and is, if anything, getting worse. If the generals think air strikes – or any other intervention – could work against Daesh/Isil, they should be listened to. I might be more inclined to listen to moralising from our EU friends if, this time, they were more willing to help
- Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph
It is clear Barack Obama’s humanitarian instincts are strong. But he is standing back on Syria. Whenever Bill Clinton is asked about his presidential regrets, he brings up his failure to stop the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Unless Mr Obama changes tack, Syria will come to haunt him too
- Edward Luce, Financial Times
This is not the first refugee crisis we have faced, and nor will it be the last. From Europe to America, our countries are built in part on a tradition of helping refugees, from the aftermath of the Second World War to the Balkans conflict of the 1990s. The way we respond now will confirm what kind of countries we are, the depth of our humanity and the strength of our democracies
- Angelina Jolie Pitt and Arminka Helic, The Times
The practical problems of population mobility on an unprecedented and global scale are manifold. Every difficulty involved is sharply compounded by our political culture, which is tactically generous but strategically cold-hearted. Such is the structure of the 21st-century news cycle and the power of social media that a single image can galvanise an entire continent
- Matthew d'Ancona, The Guardian
Who's to blame for the drowning of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, whose lifeless body was found on a Turkish beach? For all our sympathy, surely these must include Aylan Kurdi's father, Abdullah, and his wife, Rehan, who chose to risk their own — and their children's — lives by embarking on an obviously perilous sea voyage when they already had safe haven in Turkey
- Peter McKay, Daily Mail
What would have happened had the shootings taken place not in America, but in Norwich? What if the victims had been a local TV crew known to two or three hundred thousand people? Would our London-based newspaper executives have thought "We've never heard of them, so we'll use lots of gory pictures" or "They're British. We'll show some restraint"?
What if the victims had been a Newsnight reporter and cameraman, people we were used to seeing in our living rooms, people known all over the country?
Would the photographic coverage have been muted - in deference to our familiarity and their families - or even more excessive?
Editor's blog: Murder on camera
Comment archive, 2015
Virginia TV shootings
Boris Johnson, Greece
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