On the other hand, neither the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) nor its Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) have responded
This year will be busy. So far 203,981 people have braved crossing the Aegean and the Mediterranean in 2016. The weather is just turning friendly for the people waiting patiently for a space on a boat that may or may not make it to Italy from Libya or Alexandria, Egypt.
It's generally not war that refugees choose to remember, but the people who help you. My mother's colleague who snuck us out of Serbia, French volunteers who took refugee kids camping, and those who came to welcome us at the airport when we were resettled in Ohio; those are the people I think of daily. I hope Basel finds such people on his path too.
Most Syrians forced from their homes dream not of going to Europe or Canada, but back home. And Canada's military involvement in the region is not improving their chances. That is the message a Canadian aid agency is conveying from its partners in Syria and surrounding countries.
The photos of the dead toddler sparked global sympathy over the fate of refugees.
Peace on earth, goodwill towards men (women and children), except if they're migrants, refugees, or asylum seekers, who the media worldwide have, for the most part, failed to cover accurately, fairly, in a balanced way, and ethically.
We may have to make some tough choices, including some new alterations to policy to better protect our country. However, if America is going to live up to its definitional ideals, we cannot simply shun the rescue of tiny portion of God's most vulnerable children, irrespective of the faith they embrace.
It grieves and angers me that those opportunities are closed to Syrians, who have already suffered so much. What can we do to make President Obama and Congress listen to the wisdom of an 8-year-old girl and 18 mayors?
Jesus and his parents were Middle Eastern refugees. The nativity scene, after all, depicts a Middle Eastern family who were looking for a place to stay, only to be told there was no room for them.
Much has changed since then, but we shouldn't forget the promises we made.