Even before the Paris terror attacks of November 13 finally ended, many people assumed that the perpetrators were refugees from Syria, or ISIS operatives who had disguised themselves as such.
And when a "Syrian passport" belonging to one of the suicide bombers was discovered, it added more fuel to this theory. While it turns out that most of the terrorists were actually European nationals -- mostly from Belgium -- many politicians on both sides of the Atlantic have used the Paris attacks as a reason to close the doors on refugees fleeing from that war-torn country.
But it turns out that the passport is a fake: According to The Independent, an identical copy was discovered in Serbia -- and it may illustrate what ISIS' refugee strategy really is.
Why would terrorists carry passports with them before they carry out their missions? Because they really wanted us to find them, and then to draw the seemingly obvious conclusion.
Just as the Communist states of Eastern Europe considered the people property of the state and did everything possible to keep them from leaving, ISIS feels that devout Muslims have a duty to live under their command, and consider the act of leaving a betrayal.
They really don't want people to flee before they can enslave them -- and I suspect they've also been following the news from Europe over the past few months, as the continent tears itself apart over the controversial issue of refugees. Aside from the bombings and shootings, what better way to sow further chaos and division than by making people think every refugee is a terrorist in waiting?
That's why it's so distressing to see so many American (mostly Republican) state governors and GOP Presidential candidates take the bait and demand that no Syrian refugees be allowed. America's refugee-vetting system is already thorough -- and painfully slow -- and since 9/11, a grand total of two out of over 750,000 refugees have been charged with terror-related offenses.
But what does that matter, when you're scared? And what does it prove, except that terrorism works?
Here in Canada, the Conservatives have been demanding details about how the new Trudeau government plans to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to the country in a relatively short time. That's what we should be doing. Importing a large number of people into the country poses tremendous logistical challenges, and whether ISIS is involved or not, there will almost certainly be those we don't want anywhere near us. If we're doing this, it must be done right, and the safety of the public must be protected to the greatest extent possible.
And we have done it before: In 1956 thousands of Hungarians came to Canada and the United States after the Soviet Union crushed their rebellion, and after the Vietnam war many more thousands of Vietnamese and Cambodians fled the Communists and came here. Conservatives welcomed people fleeing our enemies then, so why are so many trying to keep them out now?
The answer is Islam, of course. And where you stand on this issue almost certainly coincides with whether you think Muslims are inherently violent, or whether we should be standing with Muslims in their struggle against violent Islamism.
It looks like the Republican Party has already decided.
Here in Canada, how Conservative Party supporters decide will define the movement for a generation.
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