Who Is to Blame For the Death of Aylan Kurdi?

The drowned child washed up on a Turkish beach captured in a photograph that went around the world Wednesday was three-year-old Aylan Kurdi. He died, along with his five-year-old brother Galip and their mother Rehan, in a desperate attempt to reach Canada.

The Syrian-Kurds from Kobane died along with eight other refugees early Wednesday. The father of the two boys, Abdullah, survived. …

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander could not be reached for comment, but Port Moody – Coquitlam NDP MP Fin Donnelly said he’d hand-delivered the Kurdis’ file to Alexander earlier this year.

Alexander said he’d look into it, Donnelly said, but the Kurdis’ application was rejected in June.

“This is horrific and heartbreaking news,” Donnelly said. “The frustration of waiting and the inaction has been terrible.”

The family had two strikes against it — like thousands of other Syrian-Kurdish refugees in Turkey, the United Nations would not register them as refugees, and the Turkish government would not grant them exit visas. …

Canada and Turkey have long been at loggerheads over the bottleneck blocking Syrian refugees in Turkey from finding their way to Canada. It is not uncommon for Kurds in Syria to be arbitrarily denied passports, and to have great difficulty registering as refugees with the UNHCR. The Turkish government refuses to issue exit visas to unregistered refugees not holding valid passports.

  • David Murrell

    Terry Gavin raises some good points. But the CBC News/Globe and Mail complex are hammering the Conservatives on this story, playing their left-wing politics with it. I might add these dishonest news outlets barely cover the Syrian civilI war. Now they play politics.

    • Alain

      This is not and never was a Canadian problem or responsibility. The media party however is in such a state of frenzy that no lie will not be used by them to bring down the first good government we have had in most of my lifetime. Still I have yet to meet another Canadian who would see this as a responsibility of Canada, but mind you I do not know or live near any metrosexuals.

      • New Centurion

        JT and Angry Tom to make political hay in 3..2..1..

      • Turkey refuses to issue exit visas and the UN is no bloody help at all.

        Then there is that pesky ISIS elephant in the room.

  • Med1

    The blame goes squarely on the parents!

    • Elephant in the Thread

      Have to agree with you. They were in Turkey which is considered a safe haven even though it’s not perfect. The parents became greedy and wanted more (from the tax paying Canadians and Europeans). They put their child’s lives at risk knowing that deaths often occur crossing the sea. Canada has nothing to do with this and never should. It’s not our issue that these countries and cultures can’t maintain a peaceful society. Bring in hundreds of thousands of people from the relentlessly war torn middle east isn’t good for our country or our culture. Canada should donate money for a refugee camp somewhere in the area. Europe and NA shouldn’t be burdened with their cultural issues and wars.

      • Med1

        I’ve been thinking about a refugee island. Seriously. Anyone who’s fleeing gets transferred to this island. Give them FEMA type housing and drop them food. We can set them up with a medical facility too. If your current country is so horrible that you’ve decided to flee, this should be a welcome relief. You can return when you think your country is better off. It’s not a forever place, but it keeps you from invading MY country!!!

        • G

          Yes, somewhere in Antarctica.

          • G

            Seriously, I like the idea but I think how it would play out is the refugees would quickly turn it into a hell hole. Instead of working hard together to keep the place up they’d just sit on their asses, eat free food and complain to the press about the “horrible conditions” they have endure.
            Think of an Indian reserve on an island.

          • Med1

            That’s fine with me! I do believe in humanitarian endeavors, but they must be on my own terms. Just because you come to America in need or looking for a better way of life, doesn’t mean a thing. Stay where you are or go to “Refugee Island” and I will send you help. Food, shelter and safety. Nothing more, nothing less. But my assistance does not EVER extend to having you live in my country. Not even temporarily!!!!!

          • Elephant in the Thread

            It’s a good idea, I would give up one of our smaller islands in the artic (for compensation), make it a UN run zone with army. Each refugee country is reviewed every year and if deemed safe they must return. As you mentioned the refugees can’t be choosers in this situation. If they don’t like it they can go back to their home country.

          • Med1

            Exactly. This is also a perfect place for illegal aliens. Since many Latinos are “complaining” about the drug wars, gang violence, etc. as a reason for coming to America they too would be a perfect fit. If they refuse, it’s proof that sheer greed was why they jumped the line to illegally enter America, GOTCHA!!! That’s grounds for incarceration, exportation and they may never be granted citizenship.
            Again, beggars can not be choosers.

          • Clausewitz

            I’m thinking Han Island. If it’s good enough for the Danes to try and steal it must be good enough for Middle Eastern refugees. It may be cold but at least it’s still better than any of the Arab paradises.

        • canminuteman

          A good idea. Refugee implies that they were return where they came from when the situation that is causing them to seek refuge improves.

          Conversely they could try creating a civilized culture. They could act like civilized human beings and when the need comes to fight to preserve their civilization, they could take up arms and preserve their civilization. That’s how we got to where we are.

          • Med1

            Precisely, the thought!

        • Mickey Oberman

          That island could be in the middle of the millions of miles of vacant land held by the 22 Middle East Arab League states.
          In that location they could get all kinds of “help” from the likes of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran and others of their kinfolk.

          • Med1

            I like your location idea. It should be far from the U.S. And Europe.

    • Shebel

      The blame goes squarely on Dad.
      Notice nobody mentions the dead wife. She was just a chattel.
      Luckily ,Daddy survived so that he can blame everybody ,except Islam and himself for the death of his Family.

    • Mickey Oberman

      The blame goes to their fellow Muslims of those extraordinarily wealthy Arab League countries who refuse to lift a finger to help them.

  • andycanuck

    I notice none of the complainers (especially at e.g. Glen McGregor’s twitter feed pushing this crap) are going to Syria to fight for the rebels. At least the Stalinists of the ’30s went to Spain no matter how ineffective and wrong they were.

  • Clear Thinker

    Yes in Turkey and safe, but wait folks. They are muslim, under their religion, everything is “written”. These are the true words and deeds of Allah and his Prophet. To deny that anything is written, is a blasphemy and those who ignore the words of Allah are apostates, and then sharia law applies. So pick your poison, either you believe that everything is written, or you are a member of the United Church of Canada.

  • ed

    call me a cynic but there seems a whiff of pallywood about this ??????

    • Justin St.Denis

      Yes indeed. Quite unmistakeable, actually.

    • Millie_Woods

      Could be. Sorta like the satellite photos of temple Bel. There doesn’t appear to be any rubble. It looks like ISIS swept up after the demolition.

  • canminuteman

    Turkey is a safe country. If they died in an overcrowded boat trying to flee Turkey for Greece, they’re idiots.

  • AmicusC

    the blame easily goes to all those opposed to sinking ships in the first place. all you would have had to done is sink the first vessels attempting this maybe a few hundred die and thousands would be saved.

  • Chris

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    • Chris


  • Ho Hum

    The claim that the boy and his family “were trying to reach Canada” has been discredited. Apparently only an uncle filed an application to come to Canada and yet the false headlines still persist.

    Harper is taking a beating over this and yet ironically Kurds (which this family is) were to be given priority (along with religious minorities) when he announced his Syrian refugee plan. The left wing media attacked Harper for “favoring” these minority groups that are at most risk.

  • Mickey Oberman

    22 Middle East Arab League countries in 6,145, 389 square miles of mostly vacant land have not lifted a finger to help their fellow Muslim in dire distress.
    Why is the onus on western democracies when some of the world’s wealthiest OPEC oil rich countries do nothing?
    The press just loves a sob story. They have, however, said little about the hundreds of thousands of other tragic sob stories being played out right now. No tear jerking pictures for those suffering and dying anonymous thousands.