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Insensitivity, arrogance and cruel declamation of a Danish politician
I do rarely write these days as I'm getting confused about life, relationships, sense and sensibility, insensitivity and morality; I'm confused about religion and nationalism; I'm confused about tribalism and territorialism; I'm confused about wisdom and dementia; I'm even confused about the purpose of our existence upon Earth. It is a personal, political, spiritual and existential crisis all rolled into one.

Last month, our beloved Prime Minister had indulged in a small thought process and decided to experiment with the novel idea of demonetization. And after 33 days, we are hoping against hope that happy days would be here again. Was the idea of demonetization not a harsh and cruel action in a liberal democracy albeit the honorable objective if proper precautions had not been taken to protect the worst would-be sufferers who're at the bottom of the ladder?

As if the crisis of demonetization of big notes was not sufficient to disturb, rather turn topsy-turvy the stability of life inside my borders, the latest statement of a Danish MP has left me in a state of total shock. In a recent televised debate shown on TV, Danish MP Kenneth Kristensen Berth suggested that the hapless migrant boats that stray too close to European waters - coming across the Mediterranean Sea, should be "shot at". Kenneth Berth is a member of the populist Danish People's Party. He made the remarks while taking part in a debate on immigration with the Danish European Movement Chairwoman, Stine Bosse.

"The only way you can do it effectively is simply to turn the boats away and say 'You can't sail within this national border and if you do, you will either be shot at or be turned around and sailed back,'" he said on the show.

The debate was broadcast on the talk show 'Europa Magasinet' on dk4 TV. However, soon after the remark, a spokesman for the Danish People's Party later told 'Reuters' that shooting at asylum seekers is not the official party policy.

All is not lost of course as Carolina Magdalene Maier of the left-wing Alternative Party described the remarks as "beneath contempt".

"Can someone elected to the Danish Parliament afford – indeed, even encourage – that you shoot at other people?" she wrote on Facebook. "Is there anywhere else – except with Trump in the US?"

According to 'Article 2 – life' of The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the right for life - the right to preserve life and take life to preserve life, the states have three main duties:

1. a duty to refrain from unlawful killing

2. a duty to investigate suspicious deaths, and

3. in certain circumstances, a positive duty to prevent foreseeable loss of life.

It would be idiotic to blame all white men for the insensitive remarks made by this ribald Danish politician. Unfortunately, the whole human race is showing these deplorable traits. We have a Nobel Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi who had already gained international acclaim. She is an honorary citizen of many countries and shame. The greater fighter of liberty sits tight with the cruel massacres of Rohingya Muslims under her carpet.

Before pointing my finger in any direction, I blame myself as I watch the horrifying photos and videos of civilian populations in dire state and it fails to provoke me to sacrifice my personal comforts. Like many others, I express sadness and anger, yet the actual motivation to help at large remained is mostly absent.

I wonder if it is this due to apathy, a belief it will not help anyway, that the money will never reach the beneficiaries or have we simply become insensitive to other people's suffering? How tragic that after merely expressing sympathy to the sufferings of fellow human beings, we absolve ourselves from our moral responsibilities. Although we can afford some support of sorts at our station, we still do not try to make an effort. Instead we might wonder what to wear tomorrow or what to have for dinner? The worst in us, the other part of us tells us that it does not concern us.

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