Resolved: In response to the current crisis, a government should prioritize the humanitarian needs of refugees over its national interests.

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Resolved: In response to the current crisis, a government should prioritize the humanitarian needs of refugees over its national interests.

I was optimistic about the LD topic, but this PF topic is just horrendous. How can you possibly argue this aside for just saying, “yes they should, no they shouldn’t.” Also, in what universe would the humanitarian needs of refugees not coincide with a country’s national interests? They have refugees…which they have to deal with! In any case, let’s see what we can do with this topic.

I’m not going to go through definitions on this one since everything is pretty self explanatory. Instead, I’d advise you to research the current humanitarian crises around the world (I assume this topic is referring to Syria, but I can’t be sure).

Case Positions

Pro

1. People are People – We don’t live in a separated world anymore. Society is increasingly globalized, and people are more global citizens. It is our responsibility as a human community, not national communities, to care for those who are most in need. In this case, it is the refugees.

2. Regional Destabilization – Humanitarian crises are infectious. They destabilize entire regions. As a result, they need to be addressed as soon as possible. Countries should prioritize dealing with refugees in order to prevent further regional destabilization.

Con

1. Putting National Interests First – Prioritizing national interests means dealing with refugees. A humanitarian crisis becomes a preeminent issue for a nation to deal with for its own sake. Whether its the influx of undocumented people, the economic drain, or the national security threat, refugee needs must be dealt with first for a country’s own sake. Therefore, governments should prioritize their own interests.

2. Why Governments Exist – Governments exist to care for their own citizens, not for others. A government must always, regardless of the situation, prioritize its own national interests. Otherwise, why bother even having individual governments? We should just have one global government.

Good luck!

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