Heartless right-wing knuckle-dragger here to take the bullet, in the service of giving you the truth.
As reported this morning by Vanessa Altin, John Hall, Jenny Stanton and Emine Sinmaz in The Daily Mail, Abdullah Kurdi and his family were living safely in Istanbul, Turkey, where there is no war. According to reports, they were originally from Syria. It is not reported when or how they migrated from Syria to Turkey. An aunt in British Columbia claims they were denied asylum to settle in Canada earlier this year.
According to the Daily Mail report, Mr. Kurdi paid human smugglers 4,000 Euros, and placed himself, his wife Rehan, and their sons, five-year-old Galip and three-year-old Aylan, onto an inflatable dinghy with 13 other Syrian nationals, in the dark of night, with no lifejackets. They departed the holiday resort of Bodrum, Turkey, with their intended destination being the nearest European Union port - Kos, Greece, where they sought to enter without a visa.
The boat capsized. The toddlers and the wife drowned.
If you want to blame Canada, Stephen Harper, Chris Alexander, Don Cherry, Sir John A. MacDonald, Jacques Cartier, King Sobieski, Charles Martel, Charlemagne, Jesus, and/or Moses, go ahead and look foolish.
If you want to use this incident for crass political purposes during an election campaign, shame on you.
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