There is an underground war, between those who continue to deem Iraq's culture synonymous to extremism and those, many of whom are Iraqi, who seek to cherish the culture that lies beyond internal violence. Thanks to the recent 2015 Miss Iraq Beauty Pageant, it looks like Iraq has just had scored a victory in this war.
I hope and pray that Governor Christie is paying attention to real security issues, rather than coming down hard on refugees. Hopefully the state itself won't be misunderstood as sharing his perspective. We are a state of immigrants and refugees--what a disgrace if we are mistakenly thought to be a bullying-state at a time like this.
Emma Lazarus, who's proud and shinning words stand indelibly inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, would weep in sorrow and shame if she were with us today as an ever increasing number of our political "leaders" and citizens call for the United States to extinguish the flame of liberty on Middle Eastern refugees of war.
Some might call this policy discriminatory. But security and inclusiveness are two mutually exclusive concepts. French inclusiveness of refugees resulted in a tragic incident. American inclusiveness of white males has killed hundreds as well. If we want better security, then the trade-off is inevitable.