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November 18, 2015


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Muller is right. Bowers is clearly a buffoon. America has turned into a weak country because politicians are afraid to make difficult decisions without apologizing to unworthy recipients.

There is a distinct difference between (1) the industrial-scale detention of tens-of-thousands of citizens for having a different shape of eyes but were otherwise upstanding citizens, and (2) denying importation of people whose lives have been lived in a relative war zone who follow demonstrably uncivil religion and will be delivered into a population wholly different from their own.

This apology trivialises the suffering of tens of thousands of Japanese Americans. If I were Japanese I would be unspeakably offended with this idiot’s politically correct garbage. Mayor Bowers should be ashamed of himself. Unfortunately, someone unable to comprehend such wholly different situations is likely to stupid to understand any of this reasoning.


Let's pause and reflect on the actions of FDR, Truman, and JFK with respect to race and war. Certain self righteous partisans today would do well to show a bit more humility about their party, as that party effected its "core principles" under stress.

No doubt, there is no valid comparison of the refugee issue today and the internment under FDR's administration.

Jack Chin

Thanks, Eric, for this important observation. I think another analogy is the exclusion of Jewish refugees before the U.S. entry into the war on many grounds including for some that, as Germans, they might be security risks. Blaming Syrian refugees for the conduct of European nationals is also unlikely to wind up a proud moment in U.S. history.

Steven Freedman

The opposition to admitting Syrian refugees is based on a false premise, that ISIS would attempt to infiltrate the U.S. via the refugee system. You'd be laughed out of terrorist school if you proposed that as a mechanism for launching attacks in the U.S. The refugee path is the most intrusive and lengthy method for entry to the U.S., making it the most likely path to have your plot discovered. You'd be better off trying to swim to America with an AK-47 strapped to your back.

That is one reason why among the 750,000 refugees admitted to the U.S. since 9/11, not a single one of these refugees has committed an act of domestic terrorism.

If your goal is to prevent terrorism, then you should support the refugee program. The alternative to a refugee program is to keep people in refugee camps. They will be underfunded, depressing and demoralizing. They will be easily infiltrated by terrorist groups. In other words, it will be a breeding ground for terrorists.

So not only is admitting people fleeing ISIS and Assad the moral thing to do, it is the smart thing to do.


If you all are really so worried about helping people in bondage, you should be advocating for making student loans dischargeable in bankruptcy.

Steven Freedman

@ anon. Done deal. I think student loans should be dischargeable in bankruptcy and I'd like our country to defeat ISIS and live up to ideals.

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