Arlington County Says, “Sure, Why Not,” to Syrian Refugees

Stupid, suicidal.

Be sure to watch the news clip too.

Syrian refugees are welcome in Arlington County, public officials said Wednesday, noting that the county has become home to those fleeing the Vietnam War, civil wars in Central America, the Ethiopian-Eritrean conflicts and the wars in the Balkans.

“Our collective conscience has been shaken by both the refugee crisis resulting from the ongoing conflict in Syria and the terrorist attacks across the world,” the County Board said in a statement. “We firmly believe that responding to today’s urgent humanitarian crisis by serving as a new home for those seeking refuge is in keeping with both our nation’s tradition” and the county’s 2007 resolution affirming its welcome to immigrants, it read.

Although local governments don’t have the power to determine where refugees are resettled, Arlington officials said they are sure that they and the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington can successfully handle any assignments.

Catholic Charities is going to get a call from me today– this my diocese by the way. Charity doesn’t have to be suicidal. I say yes, yes, a thousand times yes to every Iraqi or Syrian Christian driven from their ancestral homelands by the bestial, blood-soaked Mohammedans, and a million times NO to those others. Let them wallow in the filth and horror that is their Caliphate.

Oh, and as for that rigorous Fed vetting process?? H/T to WRSA…

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About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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7 Responses to Arlington County Says, “Sure, Why Not,” to Syrian Refugees

  1. Mike Burke '73 says:

    Major Hasan’s terrible story is in part the fault of Army Medical Department leadership–his class president from his residency reported to the hierarchy that he was going off the rails, and was ignored or told to shut up–the military needed psychiatrists, I guess, and the system chose to protect its own interests over the interests of the country, as we have found out, tragically. This is not a failure of vetting, but of weak leadership. Heads rolled later, but of course that was too late. I have had two Syrian refugees as students, one Catholic and one Muslim–he’s the one I have this semester. Most of the Syrian refugees are actually middle class people running away from ISIS and other forms of religious extremism as well as the cosmic disruption of the civil war. Reducing all this to a grossly misleading and oversimplified Internet meme is not in our best interests.

    on another note, I can’t imagine a worse header photo of the Corps at VMI than the one chosen for this site–it looks like the entire Corps has come to an abrupt, surprise halt as they march onto the Hill–maybe it’s my distaste for the addition of the bagpipes to the regimental band (VMI was founded by and follows the drill of the 19th century French army–no bagpipes), but the picture does not represent us well. Bring back the old b/w image that graced Op-For!

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    • keydet1976 says:

      Mike, it is a temporary photo. We had to get the new site up and running fast and I had to go with something that I had available at the time. This site will evolve over time as you can imagine, but since none of us are code geeks we are doing the best we can.

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      • John Minehan says:

        I like the bagpipes and, although I, like most Highland Scots, come from the “Old Religion(or, in many cases, the Episcopal Church), it does honor the role that Scots Presbyterians in America had in the growth of VMI, as they had in most institutions in that part of Virginia.

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    • John Minehan says:

      Great points (although I like the bag pipes). There are a lot of Americans from that part of the world and many of them were in lines of work that meant they had wide networks. (Like your students.) That can really make up for the lack of records due to the war and the fact that the Syrian government is not going to share with us in vetting these people.

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    • John Minehan says:

      I’m not trying to be funny, here, but wasn’t Hasan both ex-enlisted (he served at NTC as part of the OpFor, I understand) and was a product of the Tech Corps?

      I’m not trying to make fun of the Tech Corps, which would be both inaccurate and in poor taste, I’m trying to make the point that this is an IO War and that Muslim Americans have many conflicting currents buffeting them and that may even touch the life of a very “All-American” man.

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  2. John Minehan says:

    Two thoughts:
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/11/19/why-roanoke-s-mayor-put-up-the-internment-camp-test-balloon.html; and
    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/should-we-admit-syrian-refugees-so-how-john-minehan?trk=pulse_spock-articles.

    Constitutionally, I doubt a religious test for refugees passes First Amendment scrutiny.

    Practically, it is an IO nightmare. Do we really want to say, in effect, we hate and fear Muslim Refugees?

    There are better ways, not least NATO Safe Zones in Theater and a vetting process using infor from US citizens of Syrian, Lebanese and Turkish descent.

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  3. BK Price says:

    Not sure I’m tracking the significance of Hassan. He was born in the States. No vetting required.

    Similarly, it appears all of the Paris attackers were also EU citizens, not refugees. The leaders was born in France.

    The problem is not refugees.

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