Image of the Day: When ‘cultures’ collide

Susan L.M. Goldberg has a fine article at PJ Media on the stream of migrants and refugees into Europe, and the entire thing is well worth reading.

But in crafting her article, it’s clear that she knew its central power would lie in the astounding image she posted at the top.

The image is from a Reuters report on migrants waiting at the border of Serbia and Croatia.  As Goldberg’s text implies, there is no mention in the Reuters piece of the most glaringly obvious feature of the photo.  Its caption reads, at the Reuters report, as follows:

Migrants wait to cross the border from Serbia near Tovarnik, Croatia September 22, 2015.

Sure.  Migrants wait in what is clearly a cemetery, having set up housekeeping on top of people’s graves, near Tovarnik, Croatia.

Not unkempt, forgotten graves either, but tidy graves decorated with floral tributes — obviously at some recent date, by local residents to whom such remembrances are still of great importance.

It’s hard to think of any people on earth that wouldn’t consider that desecration.   There’s really no way to turn this into a little cultural misunderstanding.

It’s one of many shocks showing up suddenly in our midst, against which our governmental organizations have entirely ceased protecting us.  As people — individuals and members of a civilization — we will have to decide how we’re going to react to these shocks.  The solutions of our governments are increasingly unsatisfactory.  And make no mistake, as the POTUS-in-Chief likes to say.  The crisis is here.

(Image: Reuters, Branko Filipovich via PJM)
(Image: Reuters, Branko Filipovich via PJM)


J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer is a retired Naval Intelligence officer who lives in Southern California, blogging as The Optimistic Conservative for domestic tranquility and world peace. Her articles have appeared at Hot Air, Commentary’s Contentions, Patheos, The Daily Caller, The Jewish Press, and The Weekly Standard.


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