In the aftermath of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday, every country in the West is being forced to reconsider its policies regarding the murderous jihadists of ISIS.
French President Francois Hollande rightly denounced the assaults, in which at least 129 people were murdered and more than 350 were injured, as “an act of war.” In response, he ordered French fighter planes to take the war to ISIS, by bombing several of their strongholds in Syria.
The three Democratic candidates for president of the U.S. held their second debate on Saturday night in Des Moines, Iowa. None of the three — democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and one-time Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley — was willing to use the phrase “Islamic extremism” or anything close to it to describe the enemy we face.
All three candidates said that this country should be willing to accept more refugees from Syria — but only if they were “properly vetted,” of course. Reports indicate that at least one of the terrorists in the French attacks got into the country posing as a Syrian refugee.
What the candidates didn’t say — and what no one in the Obama administration is willing to admit — is that it is virtually impossible to make certain that a trained and committed terrorist hasn’t infiltrated the ranks of the refugees. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that “there’s no way to background check someone that’s coming from Syria.” Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), a member of the Homeland Security Committee in the House, said the same thing when he appeared on “Fox News Sunday.”
ISIS has repeatedly declared that the ranks of refugees will contain some its supporters. We’d be fools not to believe them.
So hats off to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who put a halt to his state’s policy of accepting more refugees from Syria.
The governor declared in a statement, “Michigan is a welcoming state and we are proud of our rich history of immigration. But our first priority is protecting the safety of our residents.”
Of course it is. Don’t you wish that President Obama felt the same way about protecting all of the citizens of this country?
Although Snyder had a reputation as one of the most pro-immigration governors in the country, he noted in the statement that circumstances had forced him to change. “Given the terrible situation in Paris, I’ve directed that we put on hold our efforts to accept new refugees until the U.S. Department of Homeland Security completes a full review of security clearances and procedures.”
Good luck with that. As previously noted, it is virtually impossible to properly screen refugees from Syria, to make certain that their ranks don’t include committed jihadists.
Hours before the terrorist attacks began in Paris last Friday, Barack Obama told ABC News that “we have contained” the Islamic State. No you haven’t, Mr. President. His remark was as inaccurate as his previous dismissal of ISIS as the “jayvee” of terrorist groups.
World leaders just concluded two days of meetings at the G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey. In their public remarks, they paid a lot of lip service to the idea of defeating terrorism. But will they do anything that really makes a difference? We’ll soon see. Frankly, I doubt it. Do you?
Until next time, keep some powder dry.