“Friends and Refugees in Need,” by Thomas L. Friedman of The New York Times. Published on January 27, 2016.
Thomas L. Friedman’s article, “Friends and Refugees in Need (2016),” argues that the flood of refugee crises is slowly crippling the European Union’s strength. Friedman authenticates his argument through the use of an expert, personal commentary, and a background of the origins of the problem facing the EU. His purpose is to plead his audience, most likely politically-invested individuals and the friends he has made at a seminar (states that he is in Stockholm at beginning), and most importantly, the member countries of the EU, to help with the refugee crisis because an overwhelmed Germany may pull out soon.
Friedman’s concerning tone follows from his previous article; this issue was one he addressed. Friedman is very aware of his audience; he acknowledges that by explicitly stating “EU” in title, nobody would pay attention. Also, he provides the answer to one important question: why should America care? Well, he gives an easy answer to even the most politically-outdated person, which is that the European Union is the “United States of Europe,” a central system made of states together providing actions towards the modern day issues. In addition to miscellaneous, yet important facts, Friedman features a supporting individual that brings attention to a need that will have to be addressed soon: “As long as there is ‘war without law and without end in Syria,’ the refugee flow will continue, with all its destabilizing implications.” This allows the reader to leave the article with an intense, pensive focus on this current issue.