Sunday, November 22, 2015

SYRIAN REFUGEES AN ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION


LATE EDITION

SYRIAN REFUGEES & DEFEAT OF ISIS

IS NOT A BLACK & WHITE ISSUE

-- A Revised Post and Addendum (4th Edition)

There is an alternative and it is based upon how we identify who are the most likely terrorists? The current refugee debate is fueled by fear. This fear is not only about who these refugees are, but how we fight the distortion of Islam.

Since posting the original blog I have come across critical data we must recognize if the West and Muslims is to defeat ISIS. The transcript of a speech appearing in a Foreign Policy post today. It supports my theory I purported several years ago in a published letter (The Detroit News). The letter described how Communism flourished in Vietnam and a philosophy to combat (and defeat) the ideology in theory without war.

I strongly encourage you read the transcript of a speech presented by Prof. Dr. Olivier Roy, European University Institute in San Domenico, through the Foreign Policy link below.


Dr. Olivier Roy raises critical questions and answers them. Here is a sample.

"Can we draw a general portrait of an Islamist radical? Can we define the conditions and circumstances.... sociological, psychological, cultural patterns that could be identified as characterizing the radical?"

Some of Dr. Roy's conclusions (my emphasis in bold) follow.

"Radicalisation is a youth revolt against society, articulated on an Islamic religious narrative of jihad. It is not the uprising of a Muslim community victim of poverty and racism: only young people join, including converts who did not share the ‘sufferings’ of Muslims in Europe. These rebels without a cause find in jihad a ‘noble’ and global cause."

The recruits are consequently used and directed by organized groups such as Al Qaeda and ISIS with a radical and a strategic agenda, but only after their delusions have taken hold.

Professor Olivier Roy goes on to cite statistical data to dissect the numbers and demographics of these European born young terrorists. The core of those attracted to ISIS is not based on any religious devotion of Islam. These youth are the disenchanted, those with records of petty crimes who convene in jails and find a commonality. They do not think of a "heavenly cause" where the "suicide bomber" is a martyr in the cause of Islam, but rather a narcissistic view" seeking attention in a violent attack on the system that suppresses them.

The vast majority are not recruited by the Internet per se, but by social media where an exchange of ideas based more on frustration and hatred with peers of like minds. A smaller number of this group actually "entertain" an actual defection to the ISIS cause in the Middle East. It is of great importance to convey that the "Muslim" parents are as confused by this adopted ideology and subsequent rebel behavior. There are also parents of youth with no ties to Islam at all.

The concept to scrutinize, monitor or close American mosques is ill conceived (Mr. Trump). The Imams and those whose faith resides in true Islam are not the enemy nor can they accurately finger the youth caught up in this craze. The reason is simple. The youth who espouse terrorism are not in the mosques. They are in a transition process where the indoctrination comes from their peers and not the teachings of an Imam. The ISIS core leaders take control and direct their new recruits once the metamorphosis is complete and these youth become known to them through the Internet. 



The Paris attacks has served to further discussion of who are the terrorists and from where do they emanate? The Syrian refugee issue then advances an emotional and legitimate debate among Americans. Most is based upon fear of the unknown and without the benefit of Prof. Roy's analysis. President Obama, Hillary Clinton have advocated for the admission of 10,000 refugees fleeing the war in Syria and the torture inflicted by ISIS.

The question is this. Why is the United States painted first as the ironclad black knight or Satan by any intervention in the Middle East? And then, the world turns to the same United States to act as the white knight at the ready to the rescue when a civil war or ethnic cleansing occurs?

Republican Presidential Candidates such as Donald Trump opposing any emigration from Syria. He is advocating for close monitoring of mosques arguing that members there "know who the bad people there" and fail to turn them in. Trump in the least wants a "watch list" of those now present who have demonstrated support for the Islamic Jihad.

Ben Carson explains his Syrian view in a metaphor comparing the incoming refugees to a population where there exist the "unknown known" when “rabid dogs" mysteriously materialize within the whole of the group.

I may be stretching the overall picture by including my photo I found poignant and in a way that represents the problem. Perhaps, the fresh pure snow covering this setting represents the softer more compassionate approach of some. They keep referring to the 10,000 Syrians as "elderly women" and "orphans." The President argues that blocking the innocent from entering goes against the very nature of our Freedoms and policy espousing "give me your weak...the poor" etc.


BLACK IRON & WHITE SNOW
Ben Carson explains his Syrian view in a metaphor comparing the incoming refugees to a population where there exist the "unknown known" when “rabid dogs" mysteriously materialize within the whole of the group.

I may be stretching the overall picture by including my photo I found poignant and in a way that represents the problem. Perhaps, the fresh pure snow covering this setting represents the softer more compassionate approach of some. They keep referring to the 10,000 Syrians as "elderly women" and "orphans." The President argues that blocking the innocent from entering goes against the very nature of our Freedoms and policy espousing "give me your weak...the poor" etc.
 
DO WE PLACE AN IRONCLAD BARRIER TO THE SYRIANS?



 





   

TO DATE, I have not seen any photos of elderly women and children, grouped or in a line waiting to leave the Middle East for the safety and welfare offered within the United States. I am not yet certain of a policy and procedure to go forward. We do not know what we are getting among these refugees. Many have no papers, no identification as we require. Who are these people?

I would like to point out that during the "bloodbath" of what we may loosely label it "a civil war" two million people have fled Syria and taken refuge in neighboring states. These are the adjacent countries of Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. Germany and now the United States are called upon (by whom?) to transport thousands of miles to take in a large population that will be difficult if not impossible to assimilate. There are language barriers and the question of housing, jobs, medical care and everyday support. What positives do they offer? How do they enhance our economy?

The United States fails to adequately care for all of our own. These are the poor, the sick, the elderly, the marginalized youth, the disenfranchised the under employed, unemployed and the mentally ill. The most visible of which is the group of 11 who periodically take the stage and orchestrate what they term a GOP debate. These are those Sermon on the Mount tenets of Judeo-Christian theology that found fabric within the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States. These are God given Human Rights afforded across the board, not to be dismissed by a powerful few. Those same servants of a larger group would rather scrutinize email rather than principles of our Democracy.

How can we assimilate an influx of refugees from a culture we do not understand and fear?

In the early hours following the attack I viewed the televised "shoot-out" in the St. Denys neighborhood. A female Muslim leader, (her name escapes me) raises an important question. She has serious reservations to a plan to transport thousands to nations (United States) as far in distance as the language, religion and culture inherent with them.

The question is: Why are the other wealthy Middle East countries not mentioned or pressured to take in refugees? Why is there no mention of how many refugees that Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Qatar and Egypt have given safe haven? The reason the countries of the Middle East she explains quite adroitly with those words we have come to be so familiar "In the Interest of National Security."
Unless these oil rich nations step forward and accept the burden to accept refugees, the Western Nations should not take in these Syrians.

An Alternative plan must be considered. Since the refugees cannot be properly vetted and suspect of motivation may be among the ten thousands, here is one rather simple solution.

The United States will accept Syrian refugees. However, give us only the elderly, children and orphans. NOT ONE single male or female between the ages of twelve and fifty-five be allowed safe haven. This age demographic, especially those age twenty (20) to thirty (30) are most suspect of ISIS ideology. The young teens also present a danger as they have been exposed to the same ideology and no doubt subject to indoctrination. This age group present the largest danger to America. The United States should now learn for once, say NO.

I apologize to the readers for this revision, a written product that appears as scrambled as my brain. There is so much information coming to light each passing day. I wish to argue that the young terrorists in Paris, Syria, Great Britain, Germany, etc. have a connection that may be strengthening in the West. Where? Right here in the once unified United States.

Caution: This is a topic of a future blog and the huge propaganda machine in place for decades. I believe Karl Rove was not quite of age to introduce it to our media, though it may have been a boyhood dream.

There is so much more to investigate every day and process in a cogent manner. I cannot do it alone, so my posts may be irregular and as always contain typos, run-on sentences and other sentence structures I should have the competence to diagram. How many know of which I write?

And there is more to come. This Jihad of the youth is not confined to the Middle East or Western Europe and Asia. It is happening here in America. Oh, you will not recognize it as it exists in Paris. No, it appears every few months from Timothy McVee to Darryl Kleebol to the midnight movie murderer in Denver, assassination attempt upon a dedicated Arizona Congresswoman to church shootings, to the riots outside of St. Louis and Baltimore. I speak not of just the citizenry but the brutal overreaction of a police force coming from the same psychological profile and the inhumane treatment of young inmates at the hands of guards and a system bent on private profit and keeping tight hold on traffic violators as witnessed in the Macomb County Correctional Facility.  The proverbial “we” have consistently alienated many of our youth, denied education or pushed a system void of virtue and value. Our youth, believe it or not are systematically introduced to drug addiction. There is a denial of the epidemic of heroin addiction and deaths among our youth. They are driven to commit petty crimes and incarcerated where among them they move toward hatred. A contagion spreads among them where violent opposition begins to take root.

There are those within government and especially the multinational corporate global economy who by omission or commission foster this state of mind by their greed.  Worse, they pay no attention. The time will come when the wealthy and those bastards within a bastion of greed will or need to accept responsibility. They will need to be accountable for this culture where profit is placed before people and average Americans are disposable.

If a government so dependent upon the corporate influence does not wake up, they will be replaced.  The largest multinationals, the greedy financial institutions fail to accept their responsibility in the demise of our democracy. The America we recognized will cease to be. This is now a nation controlled by the wealthy few who aspire to even greater wealth and a devotion to oligarchy. We have a form of government that once was deposed as well as despised. We have new model that resembles that of the former Soviet Union.

The terrorism we fear and wish to exterminate will not be exported from the Middle East. It will come from within.

I invite your comments.