Immigration: A Winning or Losing Proposition for America?
Author: Glen Reinsford
Source: The Family Security Foundation, Inc.
Date: June 18, 2007
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Are you aware that CAIR insists
that any and all Muslims from around the world are automatically “entitled” to
immigrate to America? FSM Contributing Editor Glen Reinsford makes compelling
arguments on this issue. Is an ever growing Muslim population an asset or a
liability for us?
Muslim Immigration: A Winning or Losing Proposition for America?
Pardon the crude
analogy, but what if someone handed you a revolver with one bullet and five
empty chambers and asked you to put it to your temple and squeeze the
trigger? Would you indulge them?
If you are a sane
person, then you would naturally decline the offer, regardless of the number
of empty chambers. Even a one in a hundred chance of doing harm is hardly a
reason, in and of itself, for taking an unnecessary risk.
similarities to Muslim immigration:
In most cases, nothing bad will happen.
In some cases, it will.
The risk increases as the process continues.
There is an utter pointlessness to the whole affair.
First, let’s concede
that the majority of Muslim immigrants mean Americans no harm. They have their
reasons for not wanting to live in Muslim countries and these aren’t hard to
guess. Of the fifty-three Islamic nations on the planet, there is hardly a
single one that isn’t characterized by some combination of debilitating
corruption, economic blight, third-world standard of living, political
repression, or an appalling human rights condition.
however, more Muslims in America will inevitably result in a more Muslim
America, which ultimately means having to deal with the problems that plague
Muslim society. If there are tangible benefits that offset the added strain of
trying to accommodate a religion that is very much at odds with Western
liberal values (including freedom of conscience, social tolerance, democracy,
and the equality of women), then they are not immediately apparent.
Even the Council on
American-Islamic Relations, one of the most vocal advocates of unfettered
Islamic immigration into America rarely bothers to try and make the case that
non-Muslim citizens will benefit from an influx of those believing that Islam
is meant to be the dominant political, religious and social system that
Muhammad required it to be. Instead, CAIR merely implies that Muslims are
entitled to America by virtue of the fact that the
U.S. accepts other immigrants.
Beyond flirting with
cultural catastrophe, there is also the loss of American lives resulting from
the domestic terror attacks that will certainly escalate as the U.S.
inexplicably imports a fifth column in a time of war.
A Pew Research
released in May shows that one out of every four Muslims in America either
supports al-Qaeda outright or is ambivalent about the terrorists that
slaughtered 3,000 fellow citizens in the name of Allah just six short years
ago. About the same percentage of younger Muslims also believe that suicide
bombings can be justified in “defense of Islam.”
Support for terrorism
isn’t just theoretical. The release of the study was sandwiched between news
of a shooting rampage plot by Muslims against Fort Dix residents and a
separate Fedayeen plot literally to blow up JFK airport in New York. It also
follows the murder of five Americans at a Utah shopping mall by a Muslim
teenager in February.
In each case, the
terrorists are immigrants to America.
This is also true of
Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, who murdered two people waiting in line at an LAX
airline counter in 2002, Mohammed Taheri-azar,
who intentionally ran down nine students with an SUV in North Carolina in
2006, and Osama Ahmed Ibrahim, a Muslim doctor in Chicago who allegedly
allowed a Jewish patient to die under his care in 2003. Naveed Haq, who shot
six women at a Seattle Jewish center last year, was the son of immigrants.
The Qur’an, Islam’s
holiest text, contains dozens of verses that directly encourage religious
violence, and there are literally hundreds more that speak of Hell or hatred
toward nonbelievers. Muslim apologists usually insist that the bloodiest
directives are reserved for times of war (even if this stipulation is not
always evident from the context of the passage).
Many Americans naively
assume that they are safe from Islamic terror because they mean Muslims no
harm. Indeed, the Pew Research study showed that the majority of American
Muslims are “well-assimilated” and have a “positive view” of American society,
something that simply would not be the case if there truly was a “war on
Islam.” Even CAIR (an organization that normally tries to convince the world
of just how miserable life is for Muslims in the U.S.) hastily touted this
part of the study, as it tried to assuage the concerns of Americans over the
news that their Muslim neighbors may not be who they appear.
But whether or not
there actually is a war on Islam matters far less than what Muslims choose to
believe. Unfortunately, an
overwhelming majority of Muslims overseas and an alarming number of
Muslims in the U.S. are convinced that there
is a war against their religion. In fact, high-profile
organizations like CAIR and MPAC routinely feed this misconception with
negative propaganda, while very few Muslim leaders are active in countering
Suddenly the issue of
whether or not those Qur’anic mandates to “slay the infidels wherever ye find
them” are limited to times of war becomes somewhat academic. A Muslim who
actually believes the rhetoric of war (as most Muslims now do) has, at his
fingertips, a manual of instruction telling him to strike off heads and
fingertips in the cause of Allah. What sense does it make for the U.S. to draw
its future citizens from a pool of potential terrorists?
As if this weren’t bad
enough, the Pew Research study also finds that the younger generation of
Muslims is more accommodating of terrorism than their parents – a trend that
is supported by surveys of Muslims elsewhere in the West, with alarming
implications. While moderates are capable of breeding radicals, radicals
rarely breed moderates. Islamic extremism will expand with each new
generation, even if the overall number of Muslims stays the same.
radicalization is a persistent theme in Islam, not just in the West, but in
other parts of the world as well, where fundamentalism usually has a way of
winning out over pragmatism.
In Gaza, for example,
Palestinians recently used their new-found “independence” to elect the bloody
Islamist terror group, Hamas, to power, even though it meant an immediate and
drastic reduction in foreign aid.
It is also highly
unlikely that the Pakistan of today (where Islamists are forcing the
implementation of Sharia and the persecution of surviving religious
minorities) is what the father of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, had in mind
when he engineered an independent Muslim nation just 60 years ago. Jinnah was
a secularist who believed in the separation of church and state.
Lebanon, a vibrant and
predominantly Christian nation before 1975, is perhaps the most vivid example
of Muslim immigration pushing a nation past the tipping point in the modern
age. Native Lebanese expert, Brigitte Gabriel,
downfall of her country to the absorption of Palestinian refugees, which gave
radical Islam the foothold that it needed to trigger the civil war.
occupation by Syria forced out huge numbers of Christians and devastated the
social fabric of what had been the Arab world’s best example of economic
success, civil liberty and tolerance. The free reign of Hezbollah and other
radical groups has virtually ensured Muslim hegemony and Lebanon’s grinding
descent into the abyss of dysfunction that defines those nations under Islamic
Every country that is
Muslim today was once non-Muslim. Every culture that found itself under the
heel of Islam died a pitiful death as the concentration of Muslims within the
population gradually exceeded critical mass. This is because Islam is an end
unto itself. Like a virus, once it is introduced, it uses the host’s machinery
to make copies and eventually strangle native religions into tiny, persecuted
In the past, Islam
achieved its imperial goals by the sword. Today – notwithstanding the
occasional terror attack – Jihad against the West is waged via the tactics of
unilateral immigration and one-sided proselytizing.
This is not to say
that all Muslims are a threat to America’s future, of course. Indeed, there is
a handful in the United States that does stand against extremism, trying their
best to convince the rest of the Islamic world that America is not a
legitimate target for terror. Unlike, say, the first-generation immigrants who
mostly make up the executive leadership of the
Hamas-linked CAIR, these Muslims aren’t takers. They are makers – giving
back to America, rather than existing merely to foment grievance and group
identity for personal indulgence.
Presumably, there are
potential Muslim immigrants who would also become patriotic and productive
citizens. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing who they are or predicting
who their children might become. Like putting a partially-loaded gun to one’s
head, there is absolutely no compelling reason to gamble with American life
and civil liberty. What reward have Americans gained so far that can possibly
offset the loss of those already killed by Muslims on American soil?
immigrants who believe that Islam is the true religion, America’s message
should be one of challenge rather than appeasement. Over the course of
fourteen centuries now, Islam has demonstrated a proven ability to take
prosperous countries and turn them into disaster zones. Now it is time for
Muslims to show that their “one, true religion” is capable of building
societies in which Muslims themselves actually want to live rather than
After all, what
service to the Muslim world does the United States do by absorbing the most
reform-minded individuals from where they are needed most?
It should go without
saying that citizens of America who happen to be Muslim should not be viewed
with suspicion or treated any differently than anyone else merely on the basis
of their religion. But neither should Americans be afraid of confronting
organizations like CAIR, which cynically exploit Western tolerance for the
purpose of ultimately destroying that tolerance and advancing a theocratic
system that is fundamentally opposed to the very principles that made America
successful and attractive.
Again, the message
should be clear: If you want to live in a Muslim country, then go live in
one. On the other hand, if you don’t want to live in a Muslim country, then
stop trying to turn America into one.
The problems are not
uniquely American, of course. But Americans are best positioned to avoid them
if they can muster the courage. Others in the West are not as fortunate. Some
have developed a pathetic resignation to their fate.
On a recent visit to
the United States, Queen Elizabeth talked positively of the “challenges” posed
by “diversity.” This was a thinly-veiled reference to the consequences of
British immigration policy over the last fifty years, which now include a
disaffected Muslim underclass that is just beginning to flex its muscle. In
the Queen’s mind, it would appear that diversity is the tautological
justification for very social “challenges” that diversity creates.
But “diversity” is
merely a description, not a self-evident moral axiom that confers any sort of
legitimacy in its own right. The same social engineers who champion the cause
of diversity are often known to sing a different tune when it comes to
poverty, the uneven distribution of wealth and the many other elements of
Challenge and risk
often have their place at the personal level. There is usually nothing wrong
with the challenge to exercise, eat right or become more productive, for
example. Likewise, there are rewards in life, such as a lucrative career or
meaningful friendships that are often accomplished only through taking a
measure of personal risk.
The challenges posed
by Muslim immigration are not personal, however, and neither do the esoteric
rewards (whatever they may be) offset the all-too-tangible consequences for
the broader society, particularly since it will affect those members who never
wanted to incur these risks in the first place.
adds nothing that is truly necessary to the lives of Americans, but its
degenerative effects are already starting to threaten the American way of life
through demoralization, litigation and the other subtle tactics of cultural
In this sense,
Americans are following in Europe’s footsteps when they would do better to
avoid the example being set. Although the Brits may brag about the problems
that they have created for themselves, a more sensible France is quietly
trying to pay some of its five million Muslims to leave the country. Other
Western nations are also trying to accommodate the social strain that is
rising from a petulant and increasingly unruly Islamic minority.
The Muslim world does
not accept non-Muslim immigrants. In fact, it is becoming more homogenous as
Islamic regimes drive out religious minorities or whittle them down through
other means of attrition. Even Muslims who feel entitled to life in the West
often decry the presence of foreigners in Muslim lands.
But if Muslim lands
are for Muslims, then it is all the more reason for insisting that this is
where they stay, particularly since the legacy of Islamic immigration into the
West is becoming a series of unilateral concessions to appease Muslims that
not only go unreciprocated, but are then the new foothold for even bolder
Muslim immigration is
a losing proposition for America. At best, it is an unnecessary risk that
offers no comparable benefit. At worst, it is suicidal.
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