Refugees, a different perspective

Seventy years ago, there were millions of European refugees after the second world war. After the first world war there were also millions of European refugees. After both wars, many went to the USA but that door is now closed to us if we ever find ourselves again in a similar situation. We are lucky to be born into a period of stability but this is not the long-term history of Europe. So I would suggest not being so judgemental of those who are trying to reach the relative stability of Europe from other parts of the world. History suggests we can find ourselves knocked out of our complacency and sense of stability very quickly. We are not masters of our destiny, history teaches us this.

Do things happen for a reason?

Today I was having a quick lunch with a friend here in Lugano, Switzerland, we were talking about Syria when a man came up and introduced himself to me after overhearing our conversation. He is Professor Dan Bahat, a leading Archaeologist in Jerusalem and expert on Middle East history. The conversation we had was interesting to say the least. He has invited me to stay at his home if I ever go to Jerusalem. This will lead to something more interesting for sure.