Editorial: Reckless endangerment

  • Thursday, September 24, 2015 1:00am
  • Opinion

Don’t tell us America isn’t compassionate.

No other nation on Earth provides as much humanitarian assistance and relief to others. None. By government fiat and private good deed, this is the most giving nation ever known to mankind.

And in the context of the Syrian refugee crisis unfolding across Europe, it should be noted no other country has topped the $4 billion in aid the U.S. has offered since that country’s civil war began in 2011.

Kindness? We’ve got that nailed.

Self-preservation? That’s another matter entirely.

The Obama administration’s plan to admit 85,000 mostly Syrian refugees during the next year, and nearly 100,000 in 2017, is a potentially self-destructive act born of dangerously deluded notions of compassion. Considering the dangers involved, it’s a step bordering on suicidal.

The administration has turned a blind eye toward the Islamist terrorist groups who have made it clear they will exploit the refugee crisis to bring jihad to European and American soil.

If just one terrorist or terror-sympathizer gets through, Americans will die. Perhaps large numbers of them.

We take the terrorists at their word. So should our leaders.

The administration also seems to have forgotten the 9/11 attacks carried out 14 years ago by just 19 Muslim terrorists allowed entry to the U.S. through similar visas.

Along with Germany, who says it will accept more than 800,000 Syrians this year, the United States is practically tripping over itself to import migrants from intractably retrograde cultures that are completely and fundamentally at odds with freedom-loving Western society — and, notably, our laws and cultures.

In 2010, when Germany had only 4 million Muslims, a poll showed one-third of Germans believed the country was “overrun by foreigners.” Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared multiculturalism in Germany had “utterly failed.”

Now, just five years later, she’s leading the drumbeat to open Europe’s borders even wider. And right by her side — pistol neatly pointed at foot — is U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, practically lamenting he can take only an eighth as many migrants.

You know the Obama administration has crossed over into insanity when someone such as Bill Maher question its judgment.

“Let’s not kid ourselves,” warns the host of HBO’s Real Time. “There’s a lot of young Muslim men in European cities who, even though they are newcomers to the land, really are not humble about (adapting) to the ways of the Western world. … Free speech, we see, is not something they always agree with. And often their attitude is, ‘We’re biding our time until you will do things our way.’”

Indeed, if the hundreds of thousands of Muslims in this unprecedented migration wave were true refugees fleeing for their lives, they wouldn’t need to go any further than the safety of Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey. That they request — demand, in fact — passage to more comfortable societies in Western Europe and the United States is evidence that many are no more than opportunistic migrants — particularly the inordinate number of healthy young men in their midst.

It is reckless lunacy for this country to admit them, especially considering the lacking adequate screening. How can adequate screening even be done?

Moreover, how can this administration guarantee it will not import terrorists when it can’t even be trusted to secure this nation’s 2,000-mile southern border?

The Obama administration doesn’t need congressional approval to expand its resettlement slots, but Congress does have the power of the purse to fund them.

For the sake of America’s national security and culture, it mustn’t allow foreign terrorists to sneak into the U.S.

This country can be compassionate without committing suicide.

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