Six cowardly Republican governors refuse to take Syrian refugees

The Islamic State (IS) speaks and acts for itself, not for the rest of Islam which consists of 1.6 billion mostly peaceful Muslims.

I oppose the cowardly reactions of Republican governors Greg Abbott (Texas), Robert Bentley (Alabama), Asa Hutchinson (Arkansas), Bobby Jindal (Louisiana), Mike Pence (Indiana) and Rick Snyder (Michigan) who have closed their borders to refugees from war torn Syria because they fear some members of the Islamic State might conceal themselves in the flood of refugees, settle within their borders, blow stuff up and kill people. These six governors announced their decisions in the past two days in response to President Obama’s decision to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees.

CNBC News is reporting today,

Statements by the governors came as Obama addressed the G-20 meeting in Turkey. He called suggestions from political leaders that a religious test be applied to refugees seeking asylum in the U.S., “shameful.”

“That’s not American,” he said. “That’s not who we are. We do not have religious tests to our compassion.”

Presidential hopeful, Donald Trump, isn’t helping. He too is beating the fear drum. Calling them a “Trojan Horse,” he promised to deport all Syrian refugees, if elected.

One reason why their knees are knocking is the discovery of a Syrian passport near the body of a suicide bomber in Paris. The Guardian is reporting,

One of the most chilling details from the Paris attacks is that the passport of a Syrian refugee was found on or near the body of a dead suicide bomber. The Greek government has subsequently said that someone using the passport was among the refugees who landed in the Greek islands in early October, and the Serbian government says the passport was again used to cross its southern border a few days later.

This development has increased fears of Isis infiltrators among the thousands of desperate refugees arriving in Europe. Allies of the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, have voiced security concerns over her open-door policy and one, the Bavarian finance minister Markus Söder, told a German newspaper: “The days of uncontrolled immigration and illegal entry can’t continue just like that. Paris changes everything.”

The Guardian mentions several reasons why freaking out is unwarranted. The passport may have been planted because,

[O]n at least 12 occasions, Isis has actually criticised refugees for fleeing to Europe. “For those who want to blame the attacks on Paris on refugees, you might want to get your facts straight,” wrote Aaron Zelin, an analyst of jihad, in an online commentary about the 12 outbursts. “The reality is, [Isis] loathes that individuals are fleeing Syria for Europe. It undermines [Isis’s] message that its self-styled caliphate is a refuge.” It’s therefore unlikely that the vast majority of Syrians fleeing to Europe are Isis supporters, since their actions are in obvious contravention of the group’s creed.

Even if one of the bombers did conceal himself in the flood of refugees, which seems unlikely, the appropriate response is to develop better screening procedures. If everyone were to ban Syrian refugees, more than 4 million people would perish.

That is not acceptable.

18 Responses to Six cowardly Republican governors refuse to take Syrian refugees

  1. anita says:

    Christie is one of the absolute worst, wanting to refuse even orphans under 5 yrs. old. The repubs. always fear monger & use everything they can to scare people. They are so predictable, even the terrorists can guess exactly how they’ll react. The stupidity of what seems to be half of the american people really scares me. What in the hell is wrong with these idiots? Most of them claim to be christians. They don’t even know the true meaning. Oh yeah, Timf, you are so right! The Greatest Gen. were true heroes, now the GOP wants never ending wars, but only the “poor, lower class, & minorities” fighting. Never their own fucking rich assed, spoiled brats going to serve the country. What a sad, sad, world for so many human beings, all because of religious nut jobs. This is the exact opposite of any true meaning of religion. I feel so badly for all the victims. I pray sometimes, not daily or even often, but now I’ve been saying a few short & sweet prayers for us all. I just think it can’t hurt. I only hope it helps.

  2. Malisha says:

    So the terrorists in Paris were EU nationals? MURDEROUS WHITES!! Keep Europeans out of America! No Europeans need apply. Build a WALL! (Oh, BTW, they’re rapists too!)

  3. Timf says:

    Cowardly is the right word. What gutless, selfish, undeserving heirs to the country that kept the world free through the courage of the Greatest Generation.

  4. gblock says:

    It’s now up to about half of the governors who have said they don’t want Syrian refugees. I’m not sure that they really have any legal authority to keep them out, however.

    One correction to what you said, or at least implied. The US agreement to accept up to 10,000 refugees isn’t news, it goes back at least several weeks. The part that is new is President Obama saying that the offer will not be rescinded as a result of the violent incidents in Paris.

    Even without a change to the number, it could spell bad news to refugees hoping the resettle in the US, however. It could cause Homeland Security to resolve to vet everyone more thoroughly, resulting in delays in anyone being able to actually come here.

  5. As the number of panicked Republicans climbs, usuncut reports,

    At least one top EU official is claiming every one of the radicals identified so far in Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris are European Union nationals, as serious doubts have been cast on the authenticity of a Syrian passport discovered in proximity to one of the attackers killed at the scene.

    “Let me underline—the profile of the terrorists so far identified tells us this is an internal threat. It is all EU citizens so far. This can change with the hours, but so far it is quite clear it is an issue of internal domestic security,” High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini stated, following a gathering of EU foreign ministers.

    • bettykath says:

      France just got its “new Pearl Harbor”.

      • What was its old Pearl Harbor?

        • bettykath says:

          I was referring to the PNAC report that said that the US needed a new Pearl Harbor in order to carry out its intended war on Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Iran (hope I remembered the countries correctly.) We have bombed hell out of all of them plus Jordan and a few others in Africa. Syria was the most difficult to go into except by covert grass roots means so now France has its own serious terrorist attack that blames non-governmental people in Syria (a la our excuse for invading Afghanistan). France got a Pearl Harbor-like attack and the immediate response was air strikes on Syria even though there is no evidence that the attack came from Syrians.

  6. girlp says:

    I guess they have to ban all humans because we sure do have a lot of domestic terrorist in the U.S…

  7. Paul Krugman as reported by Newsmax:

    Western civilization won’t ever be destroyed by terrorists – but global warming “could and might” do just that, according to Nobel laureate economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.

    In a commentary Monday, Krugman argues the most recent slaughter of innocents in Paris by terrorists was designed to inspire fear and horror, “but the biggest danger terrorism poses to our society comes not from the direct harm inflicted, but from the wrong-headed responses it can inspire.”

  8. The internet is full of conservatives posting nonsense, stirring up sentiment against Muslims rather than portraying outrage against IS extremism. Predictable. But I notice many people standing up more than ever against conservative fear-mongering too. #TerrorHasNoReligion

  9. Malisha says:

    They don’t really think there are going to be terrorists coming in with the refugees. They need someone to blame (the weakest and neediest are easiest to blame) and to revile (ditto ditto). They are vultures and they need weakened prey.

  10. Rachael says:

    Donald Trump is one of the most pathetic specimens of humanity ever.

  11. The number is now up to 13.

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