Rethink the refugees

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By now we’ve all seen or heard about the horrific attacks in Paris.

There are a lot of reasons for the ‘radicalization’ of people ~ Muslims and others. One reason, maybe not a huge on, but a reason is that some young Muslim men cannot “fit” into our sophisticated, secular, liberal Western cultural-society; they want (they’ve been taught to want) a different, simpler, quranic, downright medieval culture. That may not be the biggest reason for the radicalization of young Muslim men, it’s certainly not the only one, but I posit that it is one of them.

So why, I must as prime Minister Trudeau, would we want to rush the resettlement of 25,000 Syrians into Canada? We must suspect that some of them are going to be young men who will not “fit” ~ who will not want to “fit” ~ into the society that 99% of us want.

(I oppose the entire refugee programme because I think we are “solving” the wrong problem. What we need to do is to help sort out the people and parties who are forcing people to flee their homes: the Assads, the ISILs, the Saudi and Gulf kings and princes, the Wahabi clerics and so on, so that decent folks can exist in the societies they want in their own homelands. But that’s another issue.)

Right now, since we seem bent on a course I think is folly, let’s slow down, let’s demand that our security services do a careful and thorough screening of all applicants for refuge in Canada and let’s accept only those who are above suspicion.

We don’t want repeats of Paris in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.

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