It’s been an interesting if not harrowing week on the world stage. One cannot ignore the attacks that happened in Paris and the subsequent reaction. Especially toward refugees who are escaping the Middle East in fear for their lives.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced that he thought it was realistic to help bring in 25,000 refugees into Canada. But many are questioning this after the attacks. One of the main concerns is whether or not terrorists will come along with those refugees.
Here’s some facts.
Authorities in France have discovered that the identities of those responsible are all European nationals. Meaning, they already lived in different areas of Europe. One might say “but why would Europeans do that” and the answer is simple. Daesh (ISIL) is playing one side against the other. They are hoping that incredible Islamaphobia will drive Muslims to the fold and commit acts of terror against the West because Daesh wants that. They really want a holy war. And we’re falling right into that, because Daesh is smart enough to know that they can play off of the fears of right wing Christian fundamentalists in the West. All of the current talk going on in the United States right now about refugees, Daesh knew that was going to happen and counted on it to happen.
Since 9-11 over three quarters of a million immigrants have come to the United States and Canada. The percentage of those who have committed terrorist attacks since then; Zero. Not one immigrant of Middle Eastern origin has committed an act of terrorism since September 11, 2001. Any and all attacks were from natural born Canadians and Americans. And while there is evidence of one Middle Eastern American who did make an attack on an army base, he was born in the United States. All other attacks that have happened since 9-11 on Canadian and American soil, and there have been hundreds, have all been committed by right wing Christian fundamentalists. Many of those with white supremacist leanings.
Because refugees don’t want to come here. They’d rather not be on the run. They’d love to go back to their homes, but they can’t because Daesh is literally killing them. Scenes like what happened in Germany, where thousands welcomed Syrian refugees with open arms strikes a blow to Daesh because they don’t want that seen. They’d like nothing better than to see continued discrimination of Syrian refugees. Because they hope that will drive them to Daesh.
As for the 25,000 refugees Canada will allow; we have 10 provinces and 3 territories. Divided equally, that’s 1,923 people per region. In Saskatchewan, there are five major cities (Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert and Lloydminster), five secondary cities (North Battleford, Swift Current, Yorkton, Weyburn and Estavan), and several minor cities (such as Melfort, Humboldt, Melville and Kindersley). Taking those cities into account, if you did the math that’s 137 people per city.
We need to welcome these people with open arms much in the way Germany did. To send a message to Daesh that we aren’t going to fall into their trap. That we aren’t going to help drive Syrians and Muslims to join Daesh and fulfill their wish of a holy war war which pits Muslims against the West.