Whether Syrian Muslims kill each other with chemical weapons, guns, bombs, or their bare hands, Allah can help them. They don’t need the U.S. We already blame ourselves for precipitating outbursts of violence inspired by Islam (see: Americans Are Not to Blame for Savagery in the Muslim World). How can our government be so foolish as to get involved in sectarian bloodshed and a conflict that we know will only cause us more pain?
National Security and Foreign Affairs
The Boston terrorists brought Americans together. The shootings in Newtown drove us apart. What was the difference? The Newtown tragedy was pushed aside so members of Congress could focus on controlling guns with a polarizing bill that, ironically, brought a surge of Second Amendment patriotism.
The Boston attacks raised old questions about the sort of open-armed immigration policies that make life in America accessible to immigrants but less safe for citizens.
Will 2013 be the year America sacrifices the rest of her credibility to the world? We are dead set on continuing our ill-conceived policy of making nice to countries and groups that hate us (see: Countries that Hate America Could be Our Best Friends), no matter how futile or costly the effort. Instead of non-lethal aid to Syria, how about spending that money in the U.S., where we stand a better chance that our efforts won’t be reciprocated with anti-Americanism?
Religious tolerance is the refuge of politicians preaching that we share values with cultures whose beliefs conflict with and even spawn hatred towards Americans (see: Countries That Hate America Could Be Our Best Friends). Espousing values based on repeating what people want to hear means you can afford to embrace tolerance for all, something our nation’s security can ill afford.
Instead of treading water until the next election fighting over a doomed immigration reform bill, Congress should narrow its sights and take up a deadly immigration issue that has haunted us since 9/11.
As information comes out about the marathon bombers, background checks, immigrant visas, and the path to legal status and citizenship will be in the spotlight.