Twice shy

The point is not that the state should not look out for its overseas citizens. But when should the affairs of an individual become a matter between sovereign nations? By electing to live in a certain country, they are subject to the rules that govern it. The MEA can argue the case of those who are systematically exploited, and wrest concessions for them but that argument has to be guided by principle, not impulse. It cannot pick and choose the objects of its benevolence, or worse, let the media choose them.

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