| There Are Serious, Unbigoted Reasons to Be Wary of a Flood of Syrian Refugees
| Thursday, November 19, 2015
Among politicians and their clingers-on, journalists, nothing takes
hold like a bad historical analogy.
Thus as politicians — 29 governors
chief among them — call for a halt to our Syrian-refugee-resettlement
program on the grounds that it might be exploited as a conduit for
terrorists, pundits are invoking the plight of Jewish refugees fleeing
Adolf Hitler’s Germany in an effort to soften American hearts.
Washington Post’s Dana Milbank wrote Monday, “This growing cry to turn
away people fleeing for their lives brings to mind the SS St. Louis, the
ship of Jewish refugees turned away from Florida in 1939,” while his
colleague Ishaan Tharoor contended: “Today’s 3-year-old Syrian orphan,
it seems, is 1939’s German Jewish child.” Meanwhile, a Daily Kos
headline shouts: “Replace ‘Syrian’ with ‘Jewish’ and we’re back to
This is prima facie nonsense, which should be obvious from the
terms being compared: Jews, an ethnic group, with Syrians, a national
one. An honest, apples-to-apples comparison would line up German Jews
and Syrian Muslims — the relevant ethnic group within the relevant
political entity. But do this, and the failure of the analogy becomes
The first, and most obvious, difference: There was no international
conspiracy of German Jews in the 1930s attempting to carry out daily
attacks on civilians on several continents. No self-identifying Jews in
the early 20th century were randomly massacring European citizens in
magazine offices and concert halls, and there was no “Jewish State”
establishing sovereignty over tens of thousands of square miles of
territory, and publicly slaughtering anyone who opposed its advance.
Among Syrian Muslims, there is. The vast majority of Syrian Muslims are
not party to these strains of radicalism and violence, but it would be
dangerous to suggest that they do not exist, or that our
refugee-resettlement program need not take account of them.
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|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 1:38 PM