Moonbats are still trying to make hay with the phoney image of Aylan Kurdi, who was cynically used in a staged photo-op to appeal to bleeding hearts who would open the floodgates to the Islamic invasion.
HOW quickly we have forgotten the harrowing story of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old boy whose body washed up on a beach in Turkey. Last year, the world was gripped by the tragic tale of his Syrian family’s fateful journey to Europe, which they saw as their gateway to Canada, a country where they had relatives but which had already rejected their asylum application.
The photograph of a lifeless Aylan was a powerful symbol of the immense risks involved in paying people smugglers to take desperate people on perilous journeys.
Now there is a new innocent, sweet face to again capture our hearts and whip up emotions in the loaded refugee debate.
Protesters chanted slogans, stopped each car leaving the hospital to ensure Asha wasn’t being secreted away by evil government workers and even whinged on Twitter they were hungry, prompting sympathisers to order them pizzas. If there’s one thing we have learned, it’s that refugee activists are as unimpressed with hospital food as the rest of us.
Back to Asha, whose injuries were initially explained as a tragic accident, not unlike the kind that can occur in any household with a moment of non-supervision.
But yesterday, reports emerged suggesting something more sinister. A security guard on Nauru has allegedly claimed Asha’s mother told him the burns were deliberately inflicted on her daughter in order to get the family to Australia.
If these abhorrent allegations are found to be true, it only further validates what Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has been saying about the dangers of giving special treatment to children like Asha.
“I’m not going to allow a situation where we have people harmed to come to our country to receive medical assistance and then they think there’s a formula for them to be released into the community,” Dutton has said.
It’s a view shared by Brisbane child psychologist Steve Stankevicius, despite his confessed opposition to our immigration laws.
In an opinion column on Monday, Dr Stankevicius, who recently worked at Lady Cilento, says granting asylum to Asha’s family could set a concerning precedent and potentially “motivate others to exploit illness or injury to replicate the outcome”.
Harming your own child may be a concept beyond the grasp of everyday Australians but, as the doctor points out, children across the Third World are routinely exploited by their families for their empathy-procuring abilities — child beggars, for example.
I sincerely hope Asha wasn’t deliberately hurt, but regardless of whether the injury was accidental, the facts remain. No one wants to see children in detention, but there has been a significant drop in these cases since the Rudd-Gillard years.
As of January 31, there were 88 children in detention, a huge decline from 2000 in July 2013 under Labor rule, according to Department of Immigration statistics. In their focus on baby Asha, the hand-wringers wilfully dismiss the 1200 lives lost at sea in the Rudd-Gillard years, not to mention the many thousands of genuine asylum seekers languishing in refugee camps patiently awaiting their turn to be granted a new life.
Dutton says there are an estimated 14,000 people in Indonesia prepared to make the treacherous journey here, with government intelligence suggesting smugglers are buoyed by the latest fiasco.
What happens if those families decide to take the gamble and die? Will the activists acknowledge they played a role?
With the High Court ruling offshore detention lawful, we should now expect increasingly desperate measures from advocates and those they claim to be acting for.
If something positive is to come of this Asha farce, it’s that there should be an upgrade of the medical facilities on offshore centres so other detainees can receive the treatment they need and not be turned into political footballs.
Caroline Marcus is a journalist with A Current Affair. Miranda Devine returns next week
Why are people from Nepal and Bangladesh heroes of the “refugee” lobby?
REFUGEE activists dodged the central fact in their emotive campaign to stop baby “Asha” from being sent back to Nauru.
It’s this: her parents are from Nepal.
Why are people from Nepal, a democracy with no war or recent record of persecution, the latest heroes of the “refugee” lobby? Who are they trying to kid?
Nothing about this case makes sense. Asha was only 12 months old when she was burned by boiling water while in detention in Nauru.
It was an accident while sterilising the water, said her mother, although police interviewed her after a security guard said he overheard her confessing she deliberately burned her baby.
Whatever the truth, Asha was sent to a Brisbane hospital for treatment for burns and, naturally, her parents went, too, 16 months after trying to get here by boat.
Activists then picketed the hospital to protest against the family being sent back to Nauru. Doctors even refused to release Asha for more than a week after she’d been treated, claiming they had a duty not to send her back into dangerous detention.
But what greater danger have they now invited, after forcing the Turnbull government to let the family stay here temporarily?