O.K. So the news story entitled, ‘U.S. response to refugee crisis is nowhere near that of Europe,’ starts out just like what you would expect from the LA Times carrying the water for the open borders Leftists who complain that the US is not acting fast enough to bring in tens of thousands of mostly Muslim Syrian refugees. Blah! Blah! Blah!
But, then check out the last few paragraphs as a warning creeps in from a Professor, Jeffrey Bale, of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey. I am heartened to know that there are professors like Bale in academia, and that mainstream media publications are quoting him!
Security concerns with refugees are legitimate!
We know that, but do readers of this LA Times story know it? Here is what reporter, Carol J. Williams, has helpfully added at the end of her story (for readers who get that far!):
Some scholars of terrorism chafe at the criticism that the U.S. doesn’t do enough to help refugees from the Middle East’s caldron of conflicts.
“I don’t really agree with the premise that the U.S. is somehow being unresponsive,” said Jeffrey Bale, a professor of nonproliferation and counter-terrorism at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey. “On the contrary, the refugee resettlement program in the U.S. has already taken in hundreds of thousands of Somalis and a significant number of Iraqis, and is now recommending taking in tens of thousands of Syrians, even though those Somali refugees have since created lots of problems.” [By the way, we have admitted almost 150,000 Iraqis since Bush’s last year in office and at least two thirds of them are Muslim Iraqis—ed]
He was referring to increased crime rates and welfare dependency, as well as security threats posed by inadequate vetting of migrants to prevent Islamic extremists from gaining entry to the United States and other Western countries.
Why aren’t rich Arab gulf states taking refugees, why are these refugees the responsibility of the West?
“Nor do I believe that it is mainly the responsibility of Western countries to resolve the refugee problems in non-Western parts of the world marked by war, other kinds of violence, poverty and disease. Why don’t the wealthy Arab gulf states, which are awash in oil money, take in tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of these Muslim refugees? Or why don’t nearby Muslim countries put pressure on [Syrian President Bashar Assad’s] regime or take military action against jihadist groups, actions which might significantly reduce the number of internal and external refugees in the first place?”
Go here and watch Professor Bale talk about the woeful lack of understanding by our security analysts of the apocalyptic ideology of Islam especially as it relates to the Islamic State. The Islamists are telling us exactly who they are and what they want, why don’t we listen?