Re: What To Do With All These Refugees?, editorial, Jan. 28.
When I heard that a Syrian refugee was upset because she’d been stuck in a downscale hotel for 11 days when she’d been promised she’d be in her own home only three or four days after her arrival, I was reminded of the 1980 Goldie Hawn movie Private Benjamin. In the film, Goldie Hawn plays Judy Benjamin, a young woman who is suddenly widowed on her honeymoon. Feeling lost and depressed, she wanders into an army recruitment office where she is promised that, if she signs up, they’ll set her up in a posh condo.
Needless to say, she gets stuck in an army barracks that is basically the opposite of “posh.”
It sounds to me like more than a few Syrian refugees got a Private Benjamin-like pitch. As such, they are bound to be disappointed when they discover that the promises they’ve been made are unlikely to be kept, and that they have been wooed by a Liberal government that is more concerned about meeting a quota and displaying its good intentions than it is about thinking through the ramifications of the massive influx.