Monday, January 04, 2016

Not All Huddled Masses are Yearning to Breathe Free

Why is our president -- and so many others, whether in positions of power or not -- focused solely on ISIS/ISIL/Daesh? Attacks have been going on for years throughout much of Western Europe against non-Muslims, by Muslims, whether via spur-of-the-moment attacks against a random target by a bunch of people with no apparent organizational structure, or by groups formed locally and independently for the purpose of attacking individuals or institutions. Are there people out there so naive that the idea doesn't occur to them that among those refugees are those who are taking that long, hard road to immigration just so that they can slip into these countries and continue the violence? Also, do you think the remainder, coming in with no organized agenda, will integrate into European societies en masse, and adapt to their new surroundings, or do you think a good number will expect the countries that are stupid enough to let them in adapt to their desires, as has proven the case for so many? Have the leaders of these countries not learned yet? Or is it just easier to blame "Palestinian desperation" (aka Israel, aka "The Jews") -- as Sweden's foreign minister Margot Wallström stated after this past attack in Paris? 

We live in a world in which the word, "refugee," can no longer automatically be associated with the desire for freedom; it can also be a means of destruction, and of conquest. The Tsarnaev brothers were from a family of refugees. Just look what they did. Their parents and sister continue to maintain it was all a conspiracy against them and that they were innocent, and both the mother and sister have sworn revenge. 

Having been born into a people who have been punished simply for praying differently, I have long believed that you have to take people on a "case-by-case basis," assessing them by who they are, not what they are. But the longer I live and the more I see, it's getting harder and harder for me to do so. I refuse the idea that this is some kind of shortcoming on my part. It's called waking to reality.