Terrorists Are Hardly Ever Refugees

Banning refugees from seeking asylum in the West is not the solution to ending terrorism.

The prime minister of Poland, Beata Szydlo, has stated her country will no longer accept the 7,000 refugees that it reluctantly agreed to during its negotiations with the European Union, in light of the Brussels bombing attacks.

“After what happened in Brussels yesterday, it's not possible right now to say that we're OK with accepting any number of migrants at all,” she told local broadcaster Superstacja. “I will be very clear: At the moment, I don’t see a possibility for migrants to come to Poland.”

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made a similar comment, implying terrorism in Europe was associated with the refugee crisis.

What politicians like Szydlo and Turnbull fail to realize (or, perhaps, ignore) is that attacks of terrorism were carried out way before the current migrant crisis.

The chief perpetrators of the most recent and notable attacks around the world — the Boston Marathon bombing, Paris attacks, San Bernardino attacks and the Brussels bombing — were born and bred in the countries they attacked.

In the wake of the Paris attacks, Jean-Charles Brisard, a French expert on terrorism, called this a “shift in paradigm” in which European citizens were themselves the attackers.

And it is a fact that Muslims are not the only terrorists in the world. Just take a look at how many blacks have been killed in the United States by white supremacists and how many “insane” individuals broke into schools and killed dozens of children. Some even justified their killings by claiming “demonic possessions.”

Not to mention the absurd gun laws of various U.S. states that give license to anyone to kill.

If all these examples do not constitute terrorism, then what does?

Thumbnail/Banner Credits: REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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