12 Jul 2011
No Muslim is a refugee, anywhere, for the purposes of Western asylum-granting. It is Christians, Jews (the handful who are left in Muslim-ruled lands), Hindus, Buddhists, and other non-Muslims, who are the only true refugees -- that is, people who flee persecution -- who are entitled to a first hearing as to whether or not they might or should be admitted to the West, or whether they should seek asylum elsewhere in that Third World we hear so much about but which is asked to do so little.
Cultural coherence depends, in the end, on a certian level of ethnic coherence. It's hard to state this unawkwardly, or unapologetically. But there it is.
And the Western world cannot be in the business of taking care of all those who suffer because they are not part of that West, nor is it a lifeboat of unlimited size.
Furthermore, every third-world immigrant who moves to the West immediately becomes not only a burden, sometimes a great and lasting burden, because languages must be learned, educdation provided (which dilutes the attention, and uses up the time, that should be spent on the children of those who have a deeper claim on the teacher's attention), housing offered, and so on. The other day I heard about an iraqi family that has come to my town. No one in the family knows anything save Arabic. The children -- and the family is large -- will have to be taught English. They will go to school, where they will take up resources. The family, with its many children -- it's a Muslim family -- will need housing. The mother will not work; she's got a large brood to take care of, and besides, she is completely unskilled, and furthermore, women with her background generally do not work. The father, too, is unskilled. Why are they here? Why are they not in Iraq? Who is persecuting them? In vast Iraq, with its nearly 30 million people, or somewhere in the vast Arab domains, with 300 million people, among people whose language and culture and Total Belief-System they share, they cannot find a place? Nowhere? Who let them in? Who decided that this was a Good Thing, a sensible thiing?
My welcome mat is not out. I know too much about Islam. One out of ten thousand, or maybe even one out of a thousand, or even one out of a hundred, might have the only views, for someone born into Islam,that non-Muslims can live with - the views of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Wafa Sultan, Ibn Warraq.
One out of ten thousand, a thousand, a hundred, is not enough.
Why are we continuing to do this to oursevlves?
There is no obligation to makie our own lives more unpleasant, more expensive, more physically dangerous.
The discussion of who is a refugee and who is deciding who to let in, without apparently much oversight or control, has to be discussed.
This can't go on. Not anywhere in the Western world.