2015-11-21 By In Omnibus Caritas
The horrific scenes from Paris, coupled with the European Union’s border policies, have led many of our elected officials (and hopefuls) to call for a cessation or “pause” in our national relief efforts to re-locate Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
This call is predicated on the fear that some terrorists may have infiltrated the over 200,000 men, women, and children who have been displaced by brutal terrorist and the hellish civil war in Syria. This “fear” is further exacerbated by the refugees’ lack of documentation, as they fled their homelands.
The human suffering of our brothers and sisters provides the United States, and the democratic west, with an unprecedented opportunity to defeat and destroy the evil hate embodied by ISIS and other radical terrorist groups.
Rather than suspend refugee relief, the U.S. and our allies, could facilitate refugee re-location as a clear demonstration of our national compassion and values as well as a clear means for setting a higher bar for security as well.
The expectation by refugees is that there is no free ride nor free ticket to entry to the United States. There would be a clear process in place to vet those who would be allowed to enter the country.
Temporarily housing the refugees at our existing military bases in the United States, Europe, Puerto Rico, and Cuba would be the entry point. Our recent downsizing of our military by over 90,000 personnel has provided excess capacity at our bases. This will provide secure re-location while alleviating immediate human suffering
While at these facilities, there would be a process of fully investigating and vetting the refugees to ensure authenticity.
If terrorists or criminals are found among the refugees – then we have them for due process and prosecution – at a minimum the terrorists are not wandering free through Europe or the U.S.
Once vetted, processes would be put in place to assimilate the refugees into the broader community.
There would not be a flood of refugees; for quotas can be established and with rigorous procedures in place through which any candidates would be vetted, the desirability by terrorists to use these channels would be significantly reduced.
Such bold action to alleviate human suffering through compassion will make a key contribution to bring an end of the hate-fueled ISIS movement.
Security led compassion is a tool in the fight against ISIS hatred and intolerance.
As President Hollande put it: “Our democracy stands more true than these assassins.”
“We are not engaged in a war of civilization, because the terrorists do not belong to any civilization.”
By putting in place a security led approach to handling refugees fleeing ISIS-death, we can aid in the war of civilization against those who do not know the meaning of being civilized.
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In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas is the saying:
“In necessary things unity, in doubtful things liberty, in all things charity.”
In Omnibus Caritas is the nom de plume of a former Marine who is concerned that we reenforce our core values while we step up the fight against ISIS,