ISIS wants to trap Syrians in its perverse nightmarish world and has released propaganda videos calling refugees back. By welcoming those who have escaped, we send a message to ISIS and Assad simultaneously: Your people have chosen freedom, we are proud to offer it to them. Your threats will not shake us.
During World War II, the American government rounded up anyone with even a whiff of Japanese heritage, over 100,000 people in all, and placed them in internment camps.
Aside from a fake Syrian passport, there is no evidence that the Paris attacks were masterminded or perpetrated by migrants. Even if evidence does emerge, the dividends of migration in Europe clearly and demonstrably will continue to outweigh the risks.
In the wake of terror we must similarly hold our heads up and show the terrorists that they cannot break us or sour our freedoms. Our mettle is being tested, and we cannot be seen to be brittle.
The reaction of the Iranian political establishment in regards to the shootings and bombings in Paris has been intriguing and contradicting.
The woman told us again that she would pray for us, and we promised that we would do the same for her, and the city lights of a battle-scarred Syria twinkled on the horizon, and the night was very quiet, and I felt very small, and very big.
Emigration and refugee success stories are not new to Syria. Damascus itself has always been a city of refugees, inhabited by Arabs, Turks, Armenians, Kurds, North Africans, and Circassians fleeing violence in their respective countries.
SIS in its call to the Caliphate is also offering a new world order in which the current geo-political conflicts will, according to ISIS, be resolved with everyone ultimately living as Muslim in a utopian life governed by Islamic ideals--heady stuff for the young who are disheartened by real injustices in the world and still believe in the possibility of utopias.
Thank you to all of our ancestors, those that left their homes for a better life in America and those that embraced the refugees of yesteryear, helping them find their way. I am grateful for what you built. I hope this generation continues those principles.
While the action in the Middle East should lead to both terror attacks and fears leveling off over time, an equally important part of the fight is within French borders. There is no justification in the world for terrorism. But if these areas are not given hope, some of its residents become tempted by radical Islam.
Several years ago, when opposition to the repressive Assad regime began to erupt into open violence, I was frustrated that the U.S. was not being more assertive. While I continue to think we might have done more there early on, I have come to appreciate that the White House essentially got the policy right.
Despite the current violent unrest in Israel that is not yet a third intifada, I came away thinking that as hopeless as it too often seems, against all odds, there's still a solution to be had, still time for the sides to sit down at the table and make a deal. But not much.
It's a breath of fresh air that attracted art, culture, design and creativity aficionados to Nuqat's conference in Kuwait amid a storm of insanity engulfing the Middle East.
Is Daesh actually Islamic? If mainstream followers of the faith are any proxy, then the answer is a resounding no. But unfortunately, many see the hesitation to cast blame on Islam as a matter of political correctness. To me, it ought to be part of our strategy.
This is another our-interference-in-the-Middle-East-got-us-into-this-mess piece. For this, I'm not ashamed.
Her conversational tone pulls the reader in, so that I felt like a new friend she was explaining her customs to, and not an unwelcome voyeur peeking through a window. Humorous, lighthearted, respectful but not unduly submissive, Soad Nasr's book gives a glimpse into one woman's life in the Middle East that will break down stereotypes and create space for real understanding.