First, my hearts and prayers are with the people of France and Paris.
Second, yes, I know not all Muslims are terrorists or even terrorist-sympathizers. I also know that a good percentage of Muslims – perhaps a majority – do not wish harm to the West or to Westerners generally (the fact that they maybe Westerners notwithstanding).
But, neither of those points are what I really wanted to talk about….
First, it seems evident that at least one of the Parisian terrorists was admitted to Europe as a Syrian refugee. Possibly more, though I have seen no evidence in public reports that would indicate that. This is not to condemn refugees from the conflict in Syria with a broad brush, but instead to warn. Allowing large numbers of refugees from Syria increases risk to Western populations.
Yes, any intelligent Western government would do extensive screening on prospective refugees who may be resettled in their territory. On the other hand, how many intelligent Western governments actually exist? The Obama Administration wants to drastically increase the number of refugees we accept, both in general and specifically from Syria. Yet, our administrative infrastructure for that is not capable of handling that many. Can we adequately screen them all for our own national security purposes? Will we have the political will to do so given the international pressure to “do more?” Will the rest of the West, whose security screening doesn’t seem as robust as ours? I, obviously, have my doubts.
Second, as usual, we here in the States have already started using the Paris attacks for our own partisan purposes. The Left complains that the Right’s language of exclusion and violence has no place in polite society anymore because it seems to give excuse to the terrorists (???). They also all but claim the West (and specifically the U.S.) deserve what happens to us because of our past deeds. The Right argues that their preferred interpretation of Second Amendment rights, applied to France, would have saved lives and that all Syrian refugees should be…something, sent back to Syria, they aren’t quite clear on that point.
There are some valid political discussions that can take place as a result of these attacks. The refugee crisis is one – though most refugees are just trying to flee the mayhem, we cannot assume that they all are doing so. We must make sure that we do thorough security screening on any refugee before they arrive in the U.S. or in any territory that they can get into the U.S.