Hello everyone. First off, I want to start this post out with one simple sentence.
Vive La France!
For those of you who live off the grid or are otherwise insanely ignorant, Daesh cowards struck at the heart of one of the greatest cities in the world last week. In a sadistic display of brutality, multiple militants struck at a concert, soccer game and some restaurants in an attempt to kill and maim as many innocent people as possible. Sadly, they were able to accomplish their mission.
In the aftermath, media reports have emerged that suggest one of the attackers may have slipped in among the throngs of individuals from the Middle East who are trying to reach Europe and successfully claim refugee status. Although it is possible the document may have been a fake bought in Turkey, right wing politicians in the region and in America are now saying “I told you so” and taking steps to prevent individuals from resettling in their areas and warning of horror.
Now, I’ll be honest, I didn’t think this would happen. As I previously discussed, there weren’t similar concerns raised after North Vietnam overran the South. Back then we took as many as we could and everyone seemed chill about it, perhaps because there were very few Muslims around.
So as you can see, I have possible egg on my face (The man may end up having not slipped in as a refugee, we shall see.). Though I have been disproven, I am still hoping the United States, Canada and the rest of the civilized world can take in people from this shattered region. I understand the concerns raised and think there are ways we can do it and be safe all at once.
When it comes to possible terrorists, let’s be selective in who we examine. By all means, be cautious about the 20 year old who says he has family in LA or Toronto and seems to be on his own. That’s a little suspicious. But if you have a case concerning a family of 5 and one of the kids is disabled, there you can likely afford to be a little more relaxed and confident in them.
Point Two; process the individuals in a secure location before transferring them into the public space. President Obama will need to use Guantanamo for something. In my view, it would work well as a place to process the more suspicious refugee claimants that seek to come to America. Worst case scenario, you can just put them with the others if they turn out to be bad guys.
Finally, my last point of recommendation is this; only take what you won’t be overwhelmed by. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been quoted in recent media as saying he wants 25,000 Syrian refugees to come to the nation between now and January 1st. That in my view is far too many in a short period of time. That kind of overcharge can cause Canadian Bureaucrats to make mistakes that could possibly enable horrendous plots to occur in the distant future. If he wants to take in that many, great, but spread it out a little man. It’s not like they’ll fly away.
So in summary I say this to you dear reader. I know you may be concerned and maybe a tad scared, but I would advise you to at least give any refugees you meet a chance. I’m trying to immigrate (It’s not going well.) and empathize with their struggles on an immensely deep level.
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