Barack Obama's late arriving compassion for Syrian refugees is puzzling. For years, he apparently felt no compassion for the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who were killed or maimed in the bloodiest civil war in memory. The casualties and suffering in Syria are beginning to approach the horrific and storied Spanish Civil war in which an estimated half million military and civilians were killed in combat or in atrocities.
But now that thousands of refugees of the Syrian civil war are arriving on our doorstep, Barack Obama is at last feeling some compassion.
Where the hell was that compassion during the five years that he frittered away while the Syrians were being gassed by the bloodthirsty Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and the population was being slaughtered by ISIS fanatics?
Now he's playing the compassion card to ridicule Americans who have real and genuine fears of Islamic terrorists making their way into America with the Syrian refugees.
"Apparently they're scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America," Obama said. Mocking GOP leaders for thinking they're tough, Obama said overblown rhetoric from Republicans could be a potent recruitment tool for the Islamic State group.
Americans want to be compassionate, even though the record of allowing Jewish refugees seeking shelter from Hitler before World War II isn't admirable. But the Paris Islamic murderers included at least one who arrived hiding among the Syrian refugees. Americans of either party or political persuasion are justified in worrying about how the the country can weed out the terrorists who arrive at our shores with the Syrian refugees.
I'm not saying we shouldn't accept the refugees, but I'm looking for acknowledgment from a head-in-the-sand White House that this poses a big, big problem. Saying that officials will be aggressive (and successful) in identifying terrorists among the Syrian refugees without the evidence just doesn't cut it, Mr. President.
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