Long ago, when wars were fought, and two combatants met at night, one would ask the other "friend or foe?" - and would you believe it the other had to reply truthfully. Naturally, when one sees how much the EU seems to be spending in Lebanon, one cannot but be thankful. However, we must put things into perspective as well. In one of the statistics of the movie which accompanies the campaign which goes by the #indeeds common hashtag (and the Arabic #بالفعل) it says that the EU has, since the beginning of the Syrian crisis has increased its support of Lebanon by 790 Million Euros in expression of its solidarity with it. And that is money well-spent since the alternative would be for these refugees to live in even more mediocre circumstances than they do and end up paying someone for an illegal trip that sees them wash on some European shore.
The fact that Europa who supposedly comes from Tyre (a city located in today's Lebanon) and who was kidnapped by Zeus prompted me in 2012 to do an artwork about her brother Cadmos who, according to legend, went looking for his sister being denied visa to go see her.
Naturally, it is not a point of contention that Europeans have the right to protect themselves, their citizens and their territories, even if that means excluding people from their geographical spaces. But they say inside every altruistic act is a selfish component. And 790 Million Euros of increase is quite generous so selfishness within generosity could be true hypothesis indeed, or rather in this case, #indeeds.