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Sauerbrey: Refugees become terrorists if we don’t bring them here

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 7, 2007

Oh brother!     A couple of days ago we reported to you that Asst. Sec. of State Ellen Sauerbrey visited Louisville, KY, the city that lures refugees.   We’ve heard many explanations about why we are the largest refugee resettlement country in the world, but this is the biggest stretch I’ve seen (so far)!   She told audiences in Louisville that we are bringing them to keep them from becoming terrorists!

We do it because it’s the right thing to do, but we also do it because it is in our national interest,” Assistant Secretary of State Ellen R. Sauerbrey said, telling of how many refugees languish for years in crude camps.


“When you have people in these hopeless situations, this is where terrorism breeds, this is where failed states come from,” she said.

What kind of terrorists Asst. Sec. Sauerbrey?  Christian terrorists?  How about those potential Buddhist terrorists?  Or, could she possibly mean Islamic terrorists?    This idea that the economic plight of Muslims is what drives them to become the world’s leading terrorists is B.S.  This is what is wrong with the entire Bush Administration, Sec. of State Rice and right up to the President himself, they do not understand the imperative of Islam!

Then she made this interesting comment:

Among the most recent waves of refugees: a growing influx of Iraqi refugees, including a disproportionate number of Iraq’s minority Christian population who fear persecution. Sauerbrey said Sunni and Shiite Muslim refugees — who also are coming to the United States and Louisville — face similar fears.

Really?  We have not heard that we are bringing a “disproportionate number” of Christian refugees to America.

Back in October we heard quite the opposite, that Muslim UN employees were ‘discouraging’ applications for resettlement from the desperate Christian Iraqis.   See our post here.

So, what is it?   Give us the numbers Asst. Sec. Sauerbrey!   How many Christian Iraqis have we resettled and how many “persecuted” Muslims have we brought to America?  How many of each are in the pipeline?  Everyone should e-mail the Asst. Secretary and politely ask for the answer.   And, if anyone gets the numbers we will post them here.    Her e-mail address is

6 Responses to “Sauerbrey: Refugees become terrorists if we don’t bring them here”

  1. […] officials.  Note former Asst. Secretary of State Ellen Sauerbrey’s comments last year here (bring more refugees to the US so they won’t become terrorists).    Sauerbrey, before […]


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  3. boakai1ngombu said

    having been to a few of those camps, and, knowing others who have, i say that within those camps are mosques. and these undoubtadly were overseen by imams who – according to their training and background – taught the basic texts and interpreted them for other brothers in the camps. there might even be sunni and shiite mosques in one camp.

    by the way, the camps are difficult places to live. they may be considered to be “crude.” however, a sight better than a shantytown. The UN does make an effort to keep the areas clean, find adequate sources of palatible water, supervise sanitation, provide medical assist, and even provide policing [separating waring factions] and the incarceration of troublemakers >>> here is where contempt breeds, or, continues to breed, particularly amongst those of the mosque and those who are not, in the policing and camp courts…rumor, accuasation (application of civil law, tribal law vs demands for sharia) Another area where contempt breeds is in the registration of bona fide camp dwellers … hungry people do get greedy, often claim more dependants … so do hungry folks outside the camps who’ve allowed use of their land for the camp to be established; these often need something to sell at local markets …

    to my knowledge the UN – when it is allowed to function – does not provide separate camps for people of differing religions and practices. in doing so, well, it perptuates in microcosm what already exists in the larger afflicted arenas. camp directors do section off camp areas, but certain social dynamics remain.


  4. Infinicat said

    acorcoran wrote: “This is what is wrong with the entire Bush Administration, Sec. of State Rice and right up to the President himself, they do not understand the imperative of Islam!”

    That’s one possibility. Another, which we may be overlooking, is that they have a very different understanding of the problem from yours and mine.

    What Ms. Sauerbrey said I believe to be concocted propaganda to sell refugee resettlement as one’s patriotic duty to protect the nation. Yes, a ludicrous stretch.

    I agree with what Judyw had to day about the illogical nature of Sauerbrey’s argument.

    The terrorists of 9/11 were Saudis. They were educated and if not wealthy, at least upper middle class Arabs. Wahabism emanates from Saudi Arabia. None followed the precepts of Islam very closely, as with the London and Spain bombers, so maybe the Administration knows something we don’t. I doubt they’re so dumb as to be overlooking the obvious. Yes, even this bunch 🙂

    — Infinicat


  5. USorThem said

    Sauerbrey perpetuates the myth that poverty breeds terrorists.

    acorcoran is right. The imperative of islamic jihad cuts across all economic classes.

    Recall last summer’s car bomb attempts at Scotland airport? All doctors.

    Mohammed Atta had advanced degree in urban planning/design.

    Saudi Arabian wahabbists send 20,000 students (99% male-BTW) to the U.S. for college degrees per year.

    We are in Iraq to fight them there so we don’t have to fight them here.

    Sauerbrey’s policy delivers “them” right to our doorstep.


  6. judyw said

    >>>many refugees languish for years in crude camps. “When you have people in these hopeless situations, this is where terrorism breeds, this is where failed states come from,” she said.<<<

    If terrorism breeds in the camps, it stands to reason that some of the refugees we bring in have succumbed to this breeding of terrorism. If they have become terrorists in the camps, their pre-camp records may be clean as a whistle, but they may be dangerous. How would we know?


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