Everyone is looking for a scapegoat. It couldn’t possibly be that you are inept or uncommitted or lazy that contributes to you doing the things you do, no, it must be someone else’s fault. Sure, politics is rigged and the fat cats get what they want almost all of the time. But that doesn’t mean you stop trying and given in to your baser impulses of indifference. Questioning is the first step and being ignored probably the second. What you have to realize is that you need to do the things that have to be done regardless of the possibility of success. Cervantes would be proud.
The reason for refugee persecution is the same whenever anyone looks for a scapegoat – there’s fear and lack of understanding and a complete lack of human emotional development. The history of refugee persecution from the awful trip of the ship St Louis to rounding up refugees and citizens alike and depositing them as if they were some sort of flotsam in internment camps for being…beings is a history of sad results based on flimsy to no evidence.
When we get scared so many of us turn our backs on the reality of refugee persecution (or show out bigoted side ala Trump). It is difficult to discern when a government has any real concerns or when it is made up. Part of me wonders if the high alert in Belgium is all about making it easier for the government to round–up suspected terrorists and less about ‘imminent threat’.
The Jews on the St Louis posed no danger to our country yet were subject to refugee persecution. The same is true of the recent Syrian refugees. The press, pretty much bullies in their own right, has gone along for the refugee persecution ride. And this is all about defending our way of life?
“Yes, security is critical, but I’ve known people who have gone through the refugee vetting process, and it’s a painstaking ordeal that lasts two years or more. It’s incomparably more rigorous than other pathways to the United States.”
“If the Islamic State wanted to dispatch a terrorist to America, it wouldn’t ask a mole to apply for refugee status, but rather to apply for a student visa to study at, say, Indiana University. Hey, governors, are you going to keep out foreign university students?”
“Or the Islamic State could simply send fighters who are French or Belgian citizens (like some of those behind the Paris attacks) to the U.S. as tourists, no visa required. Governors, are you planning to ban foreign tourists, too?”
“If Republican governors are concerned about security risks, maybe they should vet who can buy guns. People on terrorism watch lists are legally allowed to buy guns in the United States, and more than 2,000 have done so since 2004. The National Rifle Association has opposed legislation to rectify this.”
“Although Donald Trump fulminates about President Obama supposedly wanting to bring in 250,000 or more Syrian refugees, that’s preposterous: Obama proposes admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees over a year. That’s tiny, just 1 percent of the number that Lebanon has accepted.”
“The Islamic State is trying to create a religious divide and an anti-refugee backlash, so that Muslims will feel alienated and turn to extremism. If so, American and European politicians are following the Islamic State’s script.”
“Let’s be careful not to follow that script further and stigmatize all Muslims for ISIS terrorism. As a young British Muslim man, Kash Ali, wrote in a post that went viral on Twitter: “I don’t understand why non Muslims think we British Muslims can stop ISIS. Mate, I can’t even get a text back from the girl I like, and you expect me to stop a terrorist organization?”
“Look, accepting 10,000 refugees is not a solution. Indeed, there is a risk that Angela Merkel’s admirable compassion will lead far larger numbers to undertake the difficult journey and die on the way. The top priority must be making Syria habitable so that refugees need not flee. This is where I believe President Obama has failed — Syria is his worst foreign policy failure — but it’s good to see him push back at the hysteria about Syrian refugees.”
“Helping Syrian refugees today doesn’t solve the Middle East mess any more than helping Jewish refugees in 1939 would have toppled Hitler. But it’s the right thing to do. Syrians, no less than those Jewish refugees, no less than my father, are human beings needing help, not flotsam.” http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/19/opinion/betraying-ourselves.html?emc=edit_th_20151119&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=63667984