HORGOS, SERBIA – The images coming out of Hungary are those of desperation. Desperation on the part of Syrian refugees and on the part of the Hungarian government that is using tear gas and water cannons in a futile and brutal attempt to keep refugees out of Hungary.
This action by riot police at the border between Hungary and Serbia comes one day after Hungary closed one of its main routes, plugging the last hole in the border fence.
Hungary also implemented harsh rules for anyone trying to get into the country illegally.
The move left hundreds of migrants massed on the border with Serbia.
Croatia’s prime minister is criticizing Hungary for what he calls a “dangerous and cruel” policy toward migrants and refugees.
Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad has his own criticism that he’s leveling at western nations, like the United States.
He blames the refugee crisis on the war going on in Syria, and specifically accuses the western countries of fueling the crisis by providing arms to ISIS.
Refugees from Cuba are examples that Europe and the Middle East are not the only places where people risk death for better lives.
Eleven men, a teen-aged girl, and a dog came ashore on Miami’s South Beach on a raft outfitted with a make-shift sail.
The group left Cuba six days earlier.
Relations between Washington and Havana may be better, but life in Cuba still makes people risk their lives to get out.