I am sad to my core. I was a mere six years old myself when I too was a helpless war refugee escaping from a terrible place. But unlike what helpless Syrian war refugees encountered, there were many compassionate individuals along our trip to ensure we were safe.
Many Americans and Europeans will never understand what refugees go through -- it's not for money or prosperity -- but for a better life for family and future. Good parents would ensure their children don't grow up in an environment rife in violence and war. In fact, they would be willing to risk their own lives for that chance.
Let a precious boy by the name of Aylan Kurdi be a fitting symbol of the true cost and price of war, not only the dollars and cents -- and especially not the worthless angry rhetoric from certain politicians and other chickenhawks. We humans are far from perfect, regardless of nationality, with little progress to speak of after thousands of years of conflict. Sun Tzu in his Art of War book said, "Anger can revert to joy, but the dead cannot be brought back to life." Mistakes are made over and over because people refuse to learn from the past.
May God bless Aylan and his brother Galib, for they did nothing wrong other than live in a world that has too much hate and selfishness.
Sad but hopeful,