"If I knew that it was going to be like this, I would have stayed in Lebanon under the bombs," said Roula Karbash. "It would be easier."
I would like to offer this lady a one way ticket back to Lebanon.
I, like most Canadians have been watching the unfolding drama of the rescue of up to 30 thousand registered Canadians out of Lebanon and am profoundly disturbed by the lack of gratitude. Instead they are complaining about vomiting (seasickness), lack of air conditioning and lack of food. What's up here, they are alive, be happy you have been rescued. I am hoping that this is post traumatic stress and when they settle down and come to realize that the lack of disorganization they complain about is endemic to that part of the world and is not something that Canada can control they will be more grateful.
Even those who haven't lived in Canada in years or paid taxes here will be given accommodation, food and health care when they arrive here. What other country in the world is that generous.
On the positive side, there have been a number of people who have expressed gratitude while acknowledging it was not an easy process. I'm sure it was a bitch and I for one would not have wanted to go thru it either. I get profoundly seasick and couldn't even be on a whale watching cruise in Nova Scotia without being desperately ill.
When this is all over, this country needs to have a serious conversation about the rights and obligations of Citizenship. If we think it is only Lebanon we are fooling ourselves. There are thousands of Canadian citizens all over the world who live in countries like Greece, Mexico, Thailand and more who when trouble strikes expect to be bailed out, for free. Our government needs to change the rules, that's the bottom line, in my opinion and we all know how opinionated I am.