One is able to easily spot the difference between a boatload of local people and a boatload of hotel guests.
In case anyone is having trouble, look for the people wearing life jackets. That’s the clue. Or determine which boat looks like a load of refugees seeking a better life after paying a huge sum to ride in a tiny, unseaworthy skiff.
If one scans the television news channels, it is impossible to avoid something about Syria. At the moment, a bunch of old men and women from around the world are racking up per diem in Geneva. Before I could switch channels, I paused at a report on the refugee camps.
A reporter was showing the water supply in one refuge: a hole in the ground with dirty water. Anyone fetching water needed a bucket on a rope, and all water had to be boiled.
Switching channels, I landed again at picture showing the table of negotiators in Geneva. At each place setting were four large (one liter) bottles of water. If each person drinks that much water, plus the free coffee, there will be a whole bunch of bathroom breaks. How will they get anything done?
Life is good for negotiators, who all are housed in luxury hotels. The hundreds of men and women in the room and along for the ride must cost a pretty penny, as the saying goes. I can imagine the salaries of these people, plus their benefits and per diems. Add this up for the time they spend in Switzerland, plus the travel costs (government plane, private jet, or 1st class), and a tidy sum would be available to improve the water supply and quality for refugees.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.