In 1939, a ship full of Jewish refugees set sail from Hamburg, Germany headed for Havana, Cuba. These men, women and children, like Syrian refugees today, sought to escape persecution in their homeland. The S.S. St. Louis made it to Cuba, only to be turned away by authorities – the same thing happened when they tried to seek asylum in the United States. Eventually, the S.S. St. Louis was forced to return to Hamburg, and quite a few of the refugees eventually ended up in Nazi concentration camps, never to be seen alive again.
After the horrors of World War Two, we should have learned our lesson about helping refugees who are trying to escape war and persecution, but the paranoia about Syrian refugees shows that we haven’t. It’s not just the Syrian refugees, America has a long history of immigrants and the descendants of immigrants who want to deny other immigrants the same chance for a better life that they got. A prime example of this is Louisiana’s governor, Bobby Jindal, who is the son of immigrants from India who were invited here to work for the state government decades ago. Jindal issued an executive order to block the federal government from resettling any Syrian refugees in Louisiana. In case you’re wondering, a grand total of 14 have been placed in Louisiana in 2015.
In issuing the order, Jindal referenced last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 people and injured hundreds more. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks. Jindal said the introduction of Syrian refugees into the U.S. without “proper prior screening and follow-up monitoring could result in a threat to the citizens and property of this state.”
He cited a section of the Louisiana Constitution that says “during times of emergency… the governor has emergency powers to protect the citizens and property of the state of Louisiana.”
Jindal also sent a letter to the Obama administration on Saturday demanding information about the refugees being placed in Louisiana. (Source)
Bobby Jindal isn’t the only Republican governor to latch onto the fear after the Paris terrorist attacks to score political points. Republican presidential candidates like Donald Trump are doing the same thing, and political pundits are also fanning the flames of paranoia and xenophobia for personal gain.
At the same time, whether they or know or care, the people who are demanding that America and Europe close their doors to these Syrian refugees are playing right into the hands of ISIS/Daesh. These terrorists want countries to shut their borders and turn people away so that they can tell these refugees that the West won’t help them because they are Muslims. ISIS/Daesh are evil, and they certainly are smart enough to manipulate the rest of the world with acts of terror. They know they cannot defeat the West on their own, but victory against the “crusaders” isn’t on their agenda anyhow.
As I’ve said before, they’re a suicide cult with an apocalyptic ideology that resembles the same beliefs held by fanatical Christians like Michele Bachmann or Congressman Louie Gohmert. They’re not really trying to win this war, they’re simply attempting to establish a caliphate which can be lead by a Mahdi, Islam’s version of a messiah. ISIS/Daesh then believes this Mahdi will lead Muslims to victory, shortly before the world ends.
They can’t go about trying to accomplish this if Muslims view the West in a positive light. While Al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden didn’t necessarily share the same end times beliefs, they knew that the best way to radicalize Muslims is to trick Western powers into attacking Muslim countries, and promote the kind of hatred you see toward Muslims regularly on your local news station’s comments section.
ISIS/Daesh wants these Syrian refugees to be turned back, so that they can terrorize them, control them, and promote the narrative that the West is just as hateful as radical Islam. Bobby Jindal and the conservative media are playing right into the hands of Islamic terrorists – and they’re too stupid or hateful to care.
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