This can be realized in one simple, but perhaps controversial, choice--the only one--and that means first identifying the problem: Too damned much immigration of too damned many Third World Muslims who will never assimilate into Western society no matter what country they land in due to the vast, impassable abyss separating their native country's culture and religion from that predominant in France--and all of Europe and the West for that matter.
Their selfish resolve not to assimilate--more precisely, most often their refusal to assimilate--is reason enough not to accept them in the first place. Europe's gross underestimation of the long-term harmful effects of unrestrained immigration of any sort, and especially the preponderance of immigrants so opposed to Western culture, religion, and values found in our Western ideals of a democratic society, has evolved in a relatively short time into a clash of cultures, one that may not be won by the Europeans.
Once they arrive in such substantial numbers as we are seeing in Europe, not only will they not assimilate, they demand those countries instead adapt to their lifestyle, allow them their own laws and customs, provide them livelihoods, education, and shelter, and allow for their families and distant relatives to join them--referred to as "chain migration." It is always this way and never vice versa.
While we are in no way obligated to accept the type of immigrants now deluging Europe, humanity does require we, the rest of the world, provide for their basic needs while they are in such a state as having fled their home country for safety from war. This can and should be done by establishing refugee camps as near to their home country as possible with the intent to repatriate them at some point. Problem solved. They are provided for; we are not overburdened.
There, I've said it, like it or not! I am not the first to do so.
In August 2006, Patrick J. Buchanan published his book, "State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America," widely panned for his direct approach to illegal immigration and the problems he saw coming down the pike due to the lack of courage of our elected officials to face facts and strengthen our border, as well as to bolster our failed immigration policies. Nine years later, nothing has changed a damned iota, especially nothing dealing with what is now a clear and present danger to our culture and society.
Pat Buchanan's book is thorough and unbiased in his examination of the history of immigration to our country, and the long-term, damaging consequences as it is now. He convincingly debunks the liberal's argument of the old myth, now time-worn and irrelevant: "We are a nation of immigrants!" Nonsense! the feisty Irishman proclaims. We never have been substantially that way until now, Pat insists, and backs his repudiation of the liberals' political-correctness-based arguments with facts and numbers. They are all there in the book.
Buchanan wrote in 2006 that the United States must, as a minimum, provide for increased border security in addition to other reinforcements to our immigration policies, and legislative actions such as a "No Amnesty" policy, a ten year freeze of all immigration to provide the opportunity to sort out who is here now, who we want to admit in the future, and who should be required to leave our country immediately. At that time, Buchanan emphasized our southern border with Mexico as a major concern. In light of the current situation--especially in light of the Paris attacks--we now must reexamine our priorities and address admitting Muslim refugees and others from Third World countries in response to the Syrian refugee crisis.
Even the brash Donald Trump, although on-target in correctly assessing the immigration crisis, failed to zero in on the major danger to our culture and security--the ever-increasing Third World invasion by legal means--by invitation even of our feckless president and his left-wing, bleeding-heart lackeys.
Trump's hard/harsh stance on immigration now looks less "racist," less extreme, more acceptable--our national security is at stake. Indeed, your life, my life, our families' lives, our friends' lives--everyone is a target now. Accept it!
The list of those willing to put their left wing ideology ahead of American security are familiar to us. They are the ones using such terms as "diversity," "multiculturalism," and "racial profiling" in their emotional harangues of anyone in opposition to unlimited immigration into the United States. Frequent transgressors of this, such as Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, who authored a letter encouraging President Obama to accept additional Syrian refugees, and commended his pledge to take 10,000 additional next year as "a step in the right direction... I think the number has to be higher... ," are simply politicians who have neither common sense nor concern for America's feeble stance against a dangerous, dedicated foe.
President Obama recently announced his policy to increase the number of worldwide refugees the United States accepts each year to 100,000 by 2017, a significant increase over the current annual cap of 70,000 with almost no reassurance of security concerns. No mention of any anxieties for our safety, no recognition of the potential for terrorists to slip by our immigration screening and enter our country intent on bringing a "Paris" to New York City. Or Los Angeles. Or a city near you.
Voices of reason can sometimes, though rarely, be heard in Congress warning of this precarious approach to the European crisis of refugees, "Our enemy now is Islamic terrorism, and these people are coming from a country filled with Islamic terrorists," said Representative Peter T. King, Republican of New York. "We don't want another Boston Marathon bombing situation."
As for France, and the rest of Europe, the grand experiment of multiculturalism has failed. Speaking on MSNBC shortly after the attacks, Barry MCCaffrey, retired United States Army general, may have summed the situation up succinctly: "France has a problem; Europe has a problem--unassimilated Muslim youth, a recipe for disaster."
Let us observe their problem from afar while standing securely on our Atlantic shores, learn from their botched immigration policies and the myth of multiculturalism, and not import their failures to the United States errantly believing we could do a better job than they have. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." should now be our clarion call to end the folly of such erroneous slogans as "We are a nation of immigrants." or other equally silly approaches to the problem other than the priority of keeping our borders secure, controlling who we allow into our country, and when.
I support Pat Buchanan's call for a moratorium on all immigration until such time we determine who is here, how to deal with them, and structure future immigration to best suit our national ideals of a predominately Christian nation, accepting of others, but admitted here on our terms--"... the United States of America... one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
Taken from a sonnet written by Emma Lazarus, "New Colossus," also known as the Statue of Liberty poem, these words are mounted inside the pedestal:
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
Nowhere does it say we should include those who may prove to be a danger to our society, nor those inclined to refuse to assimilate. If it did suggest that, there are millions in the world who would be eligible for admittance and clamoring to do so. Common sense tells us we cannot, should not, open our doors too widely to the masses who may fit the description of "tired, poor, wretched, homeless, tempest-tossed refuse." There must be limits to our hospitality.
Our record of humanitarian assistance to those in need the world over is long and unblemished. We have joined in World Wars and other lesser wars, assisted earthquake victims and refuges of oppression. Our foreign aid budget exceeds all of the other countries in the world combined. But there are limits to our efforts. The Syrian refugee crisis is one of those--as is the unfettered immigration--mainly illegally--to the United States for at least the past twenty years. We have done more than our share in taking in those "huddled masses," etc. It is time to now take a short breather, assess our immigration policies, and act in what is our own best interest--as selfish as that may appear.
It is time--long past the time--for our elected leaders to see the light, take heed of our crisis of over-immigration, and recognize it as the problem it has become. No country can endure porous boundaries; no country can survive millions illegally entering no matter the reason for doing so; no country can long tolerate misplaced interpretation of their Constitution by allowing hundreds of thousands of "anchor babies." And, most certainly, no country can afford the risk of tens of thousands of Muslim refugees knowing that country will be faced with the problems seen in Europe now.
As for ISIS and their connection to the Paris attacks and the Syrian refugee crisis, I recently read the newest, most comprehensive book on this terrorist organization: "ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror." (Written by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan, copyright 2015, Regan Arts, publisher.) It is an excellent account of ISIS: who they are, how they came about, and their intentions world-wide. The authors write: "ISIS is a terrorist organization, but it isn't only a terrorist organization. It is also a mafia... It is a conventional military... It is a sophisticated intelligence-gathering apparatus... It is a slick propaganda machine... " The authors conclude their extensive, intense analysis of the world's greatest threat with a chilling prediction: "The army of terror will be with us indefinitely."
All the more reason to approach the immigration problems we see in Europe with due caution, with limitations on our normally generous idealism, and with studied deliberateness. Salus populi, suprema lex. "The safety of the people is the highest law." (Patrick J. Buchanan, "State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America")
I have Christiane Amanpour, CBE, British-Iranian, and CNN's globetrotting international journalist of exceptional talent and professionalism, to thank for perhaps providing the best conclusion I could have hoped for when she interviewed an obviously affluent, educated, suave French lady on the streets of Paris very early Saturday morning. Speaking softly, but deliberately, showing little emotion, the French woman said, "Immigration of today is the terrorism of tomorrow."
POSTSCRIPT: One American, twenty-three-year-old exchange student Nohemi Gonzales, a Cal State-Long Beach junior in Paris to study design in pursuit of fulfilling her life's dream, had that violently interrupted on Friday evening while dining out with friends. Pray for her family. She now will resume that dream in heaven.
Major Dennis Copson is a retired United States Marine and is a resident of Oceanside, California. He is a freelance writer and editor.