What We Did to the Syrian Boy in the Surf

His was one of twelve bodies collected on a Turkish beach on Wednesday. It has become a tragically common site to see the corpses of refugees fleeing the proliferating conflicts in the Middle East wash up on Mediterranean shores. This latest was perhaps the most heartbreaking. A Syrian boy, maybe two or three-years-old lay motionless in the surf. He had only ever known war; a horrible war characterized by intense violence, the use of chemical weapons, the Islamic State and al-Nusra, Bashar al-Assad’s thugs, and the various international actors who give these barbarians succor. He was, perhaps for the first time in his short and cruel life, at peace. Of all the appalling images to emerge from the Syrian conflict, this might have been the most soul crushing. Yet we dare not look away. We must not. Western democracies had their chance to prevent his suffering, and they failed that Syrian boy. Though it has now been mercifully cut short, we own a portion of his lifetime of pain. We did not compel the boy’s parents to make this final, ill-fated journey, but we have declined every opportunity to improve the conditions that led to his flight from war. It is well past time to look upon the face of our callousness and venality.

It is the face of that child. 

I do not agree with the author’s appeal to sentiment. No amount of aid or the type of interventions he envisions would have obviated this ugly matter.

All out war against all the Muslim terror states is the only intervention worth pursuing.

There are no hearts and minds to be won in the Muslim world and no allies to be had.

Pursue Islam as we did Nazism, relentlessly to its defeat.


  • Shebel

    I used to feel guilty because I was born in Canada and had abused the poor ,poor Natives.
    I no longer feel ANY guilt.
    The Natives should count their Lucky Stars — that Islam -did not arrive before the nasty White man.
    Do you really think ? —Natives— that had you been conquered by Muslims—-
    That you would be suing and demanding your Rights ?

    • BillyHW

      The Indians sure do seem to like their pickup trucks, giant screen TVs, vaccines, and medicines.

      • tom_billesley

        Beats picking up stone-age weapons and going to war with other tribes to steal their wives and wampum.

    • Petey the First

      At this point I don’t care.
      You try to guilt me about natives?
      I don’t care.
      You try to guilt me about African invaders?
      I don’t care.
      You try to guilt me about Negro lives matter?
      I don’t care.
      I don’t care.
      I don’t care.

      I don’t care about any of your social justice garbage.

      And I am to the point where I’m willing to pick up a rifle and defend my right to just not care about these Lord’s fools any longer.

      • Shebel

        Neither do I care about some idiot that decides that he feels like Woman and wants to go join my 5 year old niece in the bathroom.
        This is SICK and beyond perverted.

        And NO! …I should not be forced to Respect a Religion that would turn my niece into a slave or a Wife for some filthy Pervert.

  • Brett_McS

    The left tried that appeal in Australia. The conservative’s reply was “then you agree with our policy of stopping the boats?”. Err…umm…

  • BillyHW

    Islam must be utterly exterminated from the face of the earth just like Nazism was. Anyone who resists must be shot, including Pope Francis. We must also nuke Mecca.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Mecca should be Target #1. Blow that black cube to smithereens.

      • BillyHW

        It’s a portal to the underworld.

        • Justin St.Denis

          I think I read that comic! 😉

    • Petey the First

      That’s pretty direct. My gut says history will prove you right.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Yeah, but you gotta play rope a dope with them first.
      Let them take out as many of each other as they can and then mop up.
      It’s what the Romans used to do.

    • Jabberwokk

      If the Vatican disappeared can’t say I’d miss it. I too believe war is inevitable. As long as we deal with traitors at home as well otherwise this situation will repeat.

  • Alain

    Sorry it just does not bring tears to the eyes. This situation was created by Muslims, therefore it is for the Muslims alone to solve it.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Can’t disagree with you there. Feeling guilt implies feeling some measure of responsibility for a situation. We had nothing to do with this. This is a Middle Eastern outcome of a Middle Eastern action. Expressing feelings of horror and disgust at islam’s characteristic inhumanity would not be out of place here. But there is no room for OUR GUILT on this stage, as we played no role in writing the script and had no responsibility for mounting the production. This is a 100% Middle Eastern Islamic crime against humanity. Our hands are clean.

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  • Justin St.Denis

    I have always been particularly resistant to emotional manipulation. Perhaps that’s why I only “fell in love” once – kinda late at 25 – got married and carried on with living my life. One way or another, when clunky MSM journalists try to manipulate me emotionally, I get really PO’d. These same MSM journalists routinely lie and obfuscate. Everybody knows that. So why fall for their emotional manipulation?

    Awful truth: Children die – everyday – due to gazillion reasons. But a child’s dead body is far more tragic in appearance than an adult’s. So is a dead baby seal in a pool of red blood on white snow. The MSM uses that photo annually to emotionally manipulate us about the seal hunt. The optics of dead children and dead baby seals are difficult to transcend, but easy to exploit.

  • Everyone Else

    fuck commentary magazine for using this child’s body to attack bashar al-assad

    the alawite regime was inclusive and mostly peaceful (considering the neighbourhood)

    all the crap, including the so-called civil war against al-assad, is the result of oil-fueled jihad

  • Jay Currie

    I feel desperately sorry for that little boy, his brother who also drowned and his poor parents. I don’t feel a second’s guilt.

    Assad, ISIS, assorted other factions are all murderous thugs fighting in a variety of bad causes. They are barbarous to civilians and the civilians tend to support one or another of the factions. Why is this Europe’s problem?

    Turkey, Jordan, Saudi and a host of other Muslim countries are where these refugees need to go and stay. When the war I’d over, probably a decade from now, they can go back to what’s left of Syria. But there is no place for them in Europe (much less Canada) and there should not be. This is an alien culture which will not graft well in any European nation.

    There are lots of things Europe can and should do to keep the refugees from its borders beginning with strict border enforcement. But it can also basically pay these people to stay at home. Which will be expensive but worth it.

  • Ho Hum

    I’m afraid that the drowning of this Syrian boy is going to be used to justify opening the floodgates for Syrian refugees to Canada.

    It is being reported that the boy and his family were Kurds who had applied for refugee status in Canada and that the immigration minister turned down their application. I don’t know if the family was Muslim (most but not all Kurds are) ethnically they are more European than Arab (many Kurdish kids have blond hair) which makes the image of the boy lying lifeless on the beach so gut-renching for so many and I am afraid they will be guilted into opening the doors wide open to all the brown and black skinned Muslim scum drifting towards Europe.

    Instead of trying to come to Canada the family should have fled to the Kurdistan regions of Northern Iraq or Turkey. These area’s are still safe from ISIS.


  • I agree with all your comment BCF. The fallacy in the leftist narrative is the assumption that Syrian refugees belong in Europe and the West, whereas in truth they should be welcomed by their brothers in spirit in Muslim countries (Sunni or Shia, as the case may be). The heartless ones are not the Europeans who do not want them to invade their countries, but the Arabs and Iranians and other Muslim countries who shut their doors to their brethren in need.

    • tom_billesley

      Turkish law on asylum:

      The law now grants full refugee status to those coming to Turkey from Europe, and provides for the establishment of a new civilian body to oversee refugee applications, a process currently handled by the police, who are often untrained.

      The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR), said it had “supported” the drafting process and welcomed the law as an “important advancement for international protection”, while the EU said it was a “clear commitment to build an effective migration management system in line with EU and international standards”.

      However, the new law stops short of lifting a geographical limitation widely criticized by rights groups. People arriving in Turkey “as a result of events from outside European countries” will only be given “conditional refugee” status.

      • Turkey is a net exporter of Turkish and other Muslims to Europe, and has every interest to maximize the number of Muslims moving there from anywhere – the more of them there are, the closer the day when Turkey can join the EU and eventually participate in the Muslim takeover of it. Of course, they don’t care two hoots for refugees, really.

  • Ho Hum

    Syrian boy’s message “just stop the war, and we don’t want to go to Europe”


    He appears to be Kurdish and is well spoken. His family probably lived a happy existence under Assad until Obama and allies which included Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar decided it would be a good idea to partner with Al Qaeda and other extremists in a bid to topple Assad. As with Libya the plan backfired and the result is a humanitarian crisis.

  • dukestreet

    Muslims consistently refuse to help each other. This is why so few Islamic countries are actually trying to help the situation. Islam is fatalistic and any aid given by Muslims, are making use of western influence and are usually from the west.

    The Islamic nations could have taken care of all of this a long time ago. They expect the west to do it and complain when we don’t fall for their trap. The MSM hates it’s own culture and will use anything to try and make us guilty. Not falling for that. Why don’t they do articles on why the OPEC nations do little to nothing?

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    No more ungrateful Muslim immigrants, PLEASE!

    When will our terribly-shortsighted leaders realize that, metaphorically speaking, some people will cross the road for a free glass of lemonade not because they want to be your friend, but, simply because they are thirsty?

  • Kathy Prendergast

    We can’t just keep letting them in without doing something about the hellholes they are running from. This is what pisses me off so much about the left; they all seem to think that all we have an obligation to do, as wealthier and more stable nations, is to open the borders. It doesn’t work that way. Sooner or later the conflicts they are supposedly running from will be imported. That’s the way it works with mass immigration from conflict zones. It happened, on a much smaller scale of course, with refugees from the former Yugoslavia in my hometown, during the Balkan War…Serbian, Croat and Bosnian Muslim refugees getting into fistfights and refusing to sit in the same English language classes together. Refugees are nearly always a liability to their host nation; they come with huge and overwhelming physical and emotional needs and cultural baggage, that whatever skills they are able to contribute can rarely balance it it out. As decent human beings we want to help them, but there’s always a point that you have to say: enough, no more.

  • Raymond Cameron

    Muslims routinely use dead children as propaganda tools. They will not hesitate to kill one if they don’t have one on hand.
    Next one will drown in Italy, just as he was in sight of the coast. So happy to be saved that he tried to swim by himself up to the beach. Much tears from the leftists and other useless idiots…

  • marty_p

    Just keep repeating “The Muslims are the Borg….the Muslims are the Borg” and any thoughts of sympathy vanish.

  • John

    It’s a wonder that no one in the international community is chiding the MUslim world for not taking any of these people in.

    Why aren’t western politicians putting pressure on Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States to do something to help their co-religionists?

    We should be shaming these useless, uncaring assholes

  • Hard Little Machine

    Thousands of Jews were massacred in pogroms AFTER WW2 ended, mostly in Poland and the Ukraine, 1945-46. Fuck Europe, die screaming. But not before you watch your children raped to death.