Erdogan, Angela, & Chuck — Can Trump Save Europe?
Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in his unrelenting quest to be permanent dictator of his country and who knows where else, is accusing Dutch officials of Nazism for denying his proxies the ability to campaign for him among Holland's sizable Turkish population Almost simultaneously, a group of Senate Democrats is proffering legislation to overturn President Trump's temporary travel ban on six Muslim majority countries.
These two events seem unrelated -- NATO member Turkey is not one of the six -- but in actuality they are tied closely together because they highlight a growing dilemma that is approaching catastrophe. Trump's travel ban may be of some use, even necessary, in the short run, but it is only a temporary bandaid for what confronts us.
The president's intention is to stop the flow from these terror-ridden locales until we, in his parlance, "figure things out," while giving himself a scant 90 days to accomplish this. How do we vet, "extremely" or otherwise, cultures that are so dissimilar to ours in such a time frame? How do we determine whether potential immigrants will participate willingly in America's pluralistic democracy instead of adhering to Sharia law inculcated in them from birth that is antithetical to our way of life? How do we know if they are telling the truth when their religion countenances, even encourages, misleading unbelievers for the advancement of their faith?
Non-Arab Turkey was thought to be the most assimilable of Islamic societies, but what is transpiring now in Europe -- Erdogan corralling eager pro-Islamist voters all over the Continent -- shows how limited that view is. These people had something rather else in mind than liberal democracy when they headed to Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin in search of work.
Europe itself offers no hint of how this vetting can succeed, although it does offer a preview of what occurs when it is not in place. Anyone visiting the "old country" today is traveling to a different continent from twenty, even ten, years ago, with no-go zones surrounding almost every capital.
Meanwhile, the UN is reporting 20 million people on the brink of starvation in Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and northeast Nigeria. Even if the UN is exaggerating by half, that's a frightening World War II-sized number. What do these four locations have in common? Any good "phobic" knows the answer. Three of the countries are also on the temporary ban list. Yemen by itself is caught in a murderous eighth century Islamic crossfire between Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia, with al-Qaeda waging its own war in the margins. The outflow of this disaster is now the next global horror.
The Senate Democrats (led by the predicable Schumer and Feinstein) for their part are doing the usual virtue-signaling cum Trump-bashing with their attempt to stop the ban, which seems largely symbolic at this point. But a true moral rot and pervasive dishonesty lurks just below the surface of their contempt for the president. They offer nothing in return for their criticism of Trump and never have. They have no idea how to deal with the problem and aren't even talking about it, other than to again virtue-signal by saying we should open the door to yet more of these refugees -- this although it was reported only last week that 300, roughly one-third of all domestic terror cases currently under investigation by the FBI, are indeed from those admitted to the U. S. as refugees.