Don't Blame Refugees For Brussels: James O'Brien

22 March 2016, 12:02

James O'Brien LBC Pen Point

James O'Brien gave a powerful message to the people using the attacks in Brussels to condemn refugees.

More than 30 people are now believed to have been killed in a series of terror attacks at the airport and a Metro station in the Belgian capital.

That has led to some people to link the incidents with a Brexit or the refugee crisis across Europe.

But James O'Brien put it perfectly when he insisted that wasn't the case.

Speaking on his LBC show, he said: "The usual characters will be trying to tie this into the unfolding refugee crisis across the world.

"You have to respect people's right to do that. But I would remind you... the massive, massive, massive majority of people fleeing Syria and Iraq in particular are fleeing a world in which occurences like the one in Brussels today are utterly, utterly normal.

"They are fleeing a world where seeing people blown up in front of them or beside them or returning to buildings that no longer exist is absolutely run of the mill.

"So to use a terror attack upon Europe to somehow condemn people who flee terror attacks unfolding on a daily basis... it does overlook a rather central point.

"You are effectively using a terror attack upon Europe to tell people that they shouldn't be fleeing from daily terror attacks on their homes."

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