The truth is that Syrian refugees can and ought to be aided abroad, in their own region, or in any of the 50 Muslim-majority countries, through a plethora of nongovernmental organizations. These organizations are able to and should also be supported by the U.S. government as well as by private organizations, including Jewish organizations. Yet resettling tens of thousands of poorly-vetted Syrian refugees in America by political fiat, in order to demonstrate moral virtue, isn’t a requisite or constructive policy choice; it’s the product of personal and political vanity.Meanwhile, here in Canada, the nitwit we call prime minister was overcome with emotion as he participated in a roundtable discussion with Syrian refugees and their sponsors:
Justin Trudeau wiped away tears during a roundtable with Syrian refugees and sponsors, as one newcomer recalled being greeted by the prime minister when he arrived in Canada one year ago...
Asked by Matt Galloway, host of CBC Toronto's Metro Morning, why it was important for him to be at the airport to greet that planeload of refugees on Dec. 10, 2015, Trudeau said it was because the Syrian refugee program "was something I knew that all of Canada was involved in, that making the commitment to bring over 25,000 and more Syrian refugees was something that the government couldn't do on its own."
Trudeau noted that he had only been on the job for about a month, and throughout the federal election campaign Canadians' expressed interest in doing more to help refugees.
"I felt that being there in the name of all Canadians to welcome people was really important," he said.
He also said the Syrian refugee issue reminded him of the power of the office of prime minister, noting the legacy of his father's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the legacy of the prime ministers who came before him.Justin Trudeau could be the poster boy for moral vanity. Just don't ask him what's going to happen now that this refugee cohort, most of whom are uneducated, have large families and don't speak English, are going have to fend for themselves now that the government's financial support has run out. That should really make him cry.
Update: At the aforementioned roundtable, Justin seemed to be channeling his inner Obama:
"The other two political parties have leadership races on now. I'd like to see more Canadians of diverse backgrounds engaging with parties that line up with their convictions and ideologies to make sure that no party gets to run against Muslim Canadians or any other group of Canadians and demonize them," Trudeau said.
"And I think the way we do that is getting involved in the whole breadth of the political spectrum in Canada. I'm happy when people decide they are more aligned with me and my party, but they should also think about being active and aligned with parties that disagree with me on certain issues."
Galloway also asked the prime minister about how his policy, which has brought more than 35,000 Syrian refugees to Canada in just over a year, contrasts with that of U.S. president-elect Donald Trump and some politicians across Europe, who advocate for a more closed approach on refugees.
"I'm not going to answer whys," he said. "I'm just going to continue to point out the facts that the way Canada is benefiting from welcoming in people who are so deeply committed to living up to the opportunity given to them."
He added, "I challenge any one of those governments or those citizens to sit down around a table like this and break bread and not be afraid of the other."How the hell does he know they're "so deeply committed to living up to the opportunity given to them"? Since they weren't subjected to a rigorous screening process, save for the fact that they're refugees, he knows absolutely nothing about them. For example, I would have loved it had someone at the roundtable had the presence of mind to say, "Hands up everyone who likes the Jews."
That show--or rather non-show--of hands would have been most illuminating, don't you think?