We have yet to wade into the latest issuance from Mr Trump, that is, the call to halt all immigration from Muslim lands until we can, in his words, figure out just what the hell is going on. I neither love nor hate Mr Trump; I am by no means convinced that he is the leadership solution to the political problem– and I don’t mean to start that particular argument here.
However, I will say that he certainly has kick-started a conversation that is very much overdue. So I was greatly pleased happen upon this article on NRO by David French, who is not only one of the leading lights there (just a half step behind Williamson and Cooke, if you ask me) but is a veteran.
There will be no doubt some hand-wringing about “Islamophobia” and further calls to continue the American elite’s fourteen-year track record of whitewashing Islamic beliefs and culture, but I wonder if the media is missing a powerful, largely-uncovered influence on America’s hearts and minds — the experience and testimony of the more than two million Americans who’ve served overseas since 9/11 and have experienced Islamic cultures up-close.
He strikes some refrains that will have many of us head-nodding:
Yes, they were in the middle of a war — but speaking from my own experience — the war was conducted from within a culture that was shockingly broken. I expected the jihadists to be evil, but even I couldn’t fathom the depths of their depravity. And it was all occurring against the backdrop of a brutally violent and intolerant culture. Women were beaten almost as an afterthought, there was a near-total lack of empathy for even friends and neighbors, lying was endemic, and sexual abuse was rampant. Even more disturbingly, it seemed that every problem was exacerbated the more religious and pious a person (or village) became.
I encourage everyone to read it closely.
And as for halting Muslim immigration to these United States, I say yes. This is not pearl-clutching (thank you very much), but a very realistic, measured response to an immediate problem. We know who is causing the problem, and where they come from. I say we keep them out, at least for the immediate future. No good can come from admitting more of them.