I am just a new boy
What is the preparedness community to make of the current debate on whether the United States should accept refugees from Syria?
Here's what I've learned in the last few hours, perusing my social media feed:
Liberals/Progressives: Yes, we should be taking in Syrian refugees. As many as we can. (Insert New Testament Bible verse to make my point but that really doesn't make my point because it's being taken out of context, which just shows I haven't read the Bible in a while). We took in Jews after World War II so we should take in Muslims now. These are refugees, and the data shows that refugees don't cause terrorism. It's the right thing to do.
Conservatives: What we need to do is secure the border. Suspend all necessary laws and rights to do so. (Insert something about the government's obligation to protect American citizens that sounds unconstitutional on its face.) Muslim refugees can commit acts of terror, just like they did in Paris the other night. It's the right thing to do.
I'll be honest - I have no idea what the correct answer is. I don't want to turn on the news one day and see that we've had a Paris-style attack in New York. Or a Beirut-style attack in Dallas. I also don't want us to forget that we are a nation of immigrants, and that - dare I say it - we value human life and humanity more than any terrorist.
A few weeks ago, I made a donation to a charity that is funding efforts to rescue Christians from Syria. For those of us who are Christians, I think we have an obligation to help others in need - especially other Christians fleeing persecution. But if we say "no" to all Syrians, aren't we then saying "no" to the ones who share our faith? And if we are willing to admit that "not all Muslims are terrorists," then are we not obligated to take on some share of the burden this crisis has created, in our role as global citizens?
Moreover, shouldn't some of those people be staying behind to defend their country from (insert the enemy du jour here)? Why are we committing military assets (and U.S. tax dollars) if able bodied people are fleeing the enemy?
Oh, a quick minor point here - we helped to create ISIS. Just wanted to mention that.
What is the preparedness community to think? For me, it's pretty simple:
Always look to do what is right. Set fear aside. Help others. Beat evil with a stick and without hesitation. Think for yourself. Do your homework. Prepare for the unexpected. Set an example.
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