“America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms.”
So said former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush in a morally clear statement released this week. This statement should be applied equally, across the board.
Evidently, judging by the media uproar, white supremacism is the consummate policy issue of our time and represents a more pervasive and consequential threat to our existence than any other supremacist ideology or any other national security threat. As such, I have a hypothetical question for liberals: Should we admit immigrants in large numbers from areas of the world and cultures dominated by overwhelming white supremacist sentiments? Should we vet their social media postings and background and deny entry to those who promote the neo-Nazi agenda?
I can’t answer for liberals, but as a conservative, the answer to the first question is an emphatic no and the answer to the second question is an emphatic yes. We don’t want them in our country.
Remember, immigration is an elective policy, a function of a nation’s self-determination. Nobody has an affirmative right to immigrate. Americans already living here have a right to harbor hateful views and even to express them, so long as they don’t harm someone else or break other laws. However, there is no right for any individual to immigrate, and we should bring in only those who share our universal values.
One would hope liberals would support such a policy.
Since they should support that policy, why should there be any different policy on Islamic supremacism? Every supremacist and hateful ideology is just as evil, but it’s undeniable that Islamic supremacists are more dangerous because they are hooked in with a global terror network that is extremely well funded and organized, with the ultimate goal of world domination. They are not confined to a handful of malcontents operating some shabby website set up by a guy working out of his basement. They are the biggest existential threat to Western civilization.
Also, unlike white supremacism, which has never been much of an immigration problem, Islamic supremacism has come to our shores exclusively through mass migration from the Middle East in recent decades, accelerating after 9/11. Every terrorist attack perpetrated by immigrants or refugees brings the point home. The murder of Heather Heyer is just as evil and the result is just as devastating as any murder perpetrated by an immigrant — Islamic or otherwise. But while we are primarily limited to justice after the fact in murders committed by citizens, from a political and public policy standpoint, there is a lot more we can do to avoid importing murder by Islamic supremacism, because immigration is an elective policy.
So why is there no clamor from the Left or the Bush Republicans, in light of the endless attempted terror attacks by Islamic immigrants and refugees on our shores, to support more responsible immigration policies? Why is there none of the same frenetic zeal with which they are going after dead Robert E. Lee in response to a white supremacist attack? We don’t need to look back 160 years to ascertain our danger. We just need to gaze across the pond at Europe.
Arabic is now the fastest-growing language in America, one of many indicators that immigration from the Middle East has rapidly accelerated. Just during the seven-year period from 2009 to 2015, we’ve admitted almost one million immigrants and long-term visitors from the Middle East, dwarfing the entire Muslim population of Belgium, which is now overrun with jihad. While not all of them will harbor anti-Semitic views, the reality of their beliefs on a large scale cannot be denied. Is it really an exercise in tolerance and compassion to turn America into France, where Jews are under siege?
Is it moral, tolerant, and within our values to bring in people in such large numbers from countries that hate Jews and believe in a Sharia system that is supremacist to its core? A recently published survey conducted by a German think tank showed that “more than half of Muslim asylum seekers showed clear tendencies of an anti-Semitic attitude pattern” and harbored conspiratorial theories about Jews. Yes, these are the type of views that you will read on the comments section of random Neo-Nazi sites liberals are now obsessed with, except in this case, we are talking about hundreds of thousands of people rather than a few hundred.
Take a look at the percentage of those from selected Muslim countries who dislike Jews and/or support Sharia law:
Nothing exemplifies the dangerous road on which we are travelling in western democracies as well as the willful imbalance of priorities in combating hate than the decision of a local council in Australia to bar the construction of a Jewish synagogue for fear it would become a target of Islamic terrorism. And the Australian courts upheld the decision! This is tolerance and multiculturalism coming full circle, where the non-fundamental right of mass migration trumps inalienable rights of the citizenry. It’s so bad in France that thousands of Jews are leaving the country. But … how about that Neo-Nazi blog destroying civilization? It would never get any attention if not for the media!
Is this where we are heading in America? Jewish institutions already spend large sums of money for security. Clearly, there are multiple threats, including neo-Nazi attackers, but the reason security has increased so much in recent years is primarily the increased threat from Islamists. This is the result of elective immigration policies. The fear is not that that some Syrian insurgents will fly over here in military jets and attack Jewish or American institutions. It’s that individuals we’ve voluntarily admitted in recent years and continue to admit in growing numbers will act upon their deeply rooted supremacist and totalitarian mindset.
I wish we truly had an altruistic political class that had such a sensitive heart for hatred, murder, and mayhem. Such a people would constantly express outrage and work to root out hatred and violence wherever it comes from — whether it’s the growing inner city violence, the existential Islamic threat, criminal aliens in sanctuary cities, or white supremacist groups. They’d especially be sensitive to the growing anti-Semitism paralleling the rise of Islam in the West and would work on real policy solutions to mitigate this avoidable problem in a way that can be authentically redressed. But when the outrage is solely focused on one group and is directed towards a very specific political agenda with solutions that redress nothing but erase history and needlessly elevate the relatively small group of haters, it is all about politics and not about sensitivity. Which is truly a shame, because there is nothing about combating terrorism, violence, and murder that should be political.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.