… wijs ik op een commentaar dat vandaag verschijnt van Ian Buruma, die vaak en graag als het maar even kan naar Spinoza verwijst. Zo schrijft hij vandaag in:
"Immigrants are equal citizens, not guests.
BARUCH Spinoza, the 17th-century Dutch philosopher, Benjamin Disraeli, the 19th-century British prime minister, and Nicolas Sarkozy, the 21st-century French president, have one thing in common: all are sons of immigrants. People have mi-grated to other countries for thousands of years – to escape, prosper, be free, or just to start again. Not a few enriched their adopted homelands by achieving great things, or producing children who did. New waves of immigrants are rarely, if ever, popular. But they are often needed. Many people have migrated to western European countries from North Africa and Turkey during the last half-century, not because of western generosity, but be-cause they were required for jobs that natives no longer wanted. They were treated as temporary workers, however, not as immigrants." [verder op Pakistan.Observer]