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Students protest against Israel-Hamas war with campus encampment
Students protest against Israel-Hamas war with campus encampment
Dallas WiertellaApril 30, 2024

Yes, we can fight terror and help refugees

Refusing refugees from Syria is not the move best-suited for America. The enemy that the suffering Syrians face is the same as ours, and they are looking for a way to avoid any more disaster just like the rest of us.

Welcoming them in their desperate hour is a crucial move to maintain America’s leadership position in an increasingly global community and to protect great number of innocent onlookers living in a war-torn nation.

It is important to first distinguish between Muslims seeking refuge and Muslims involved with terrorist groups.

Those involved with ISIS are radical believers who have a unique take on a rather
docile religion.

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The aim of most Muslims is not to destroy or hurt, but radicals of the faith have decided that this is the means to an end they envision.

Saying the two are the same is like assuming all Christians are furious about a cardboard cup that refuses to sing jolly Christmas jingles.

It’s a small fraction of the whole that catches our attention, and we have to be able to perceive each aspect of the spectrum for what it is.

As terror grows in Syria and the surrounding areas, more people seek refuge in other parts of the world every day. By refusing these refugees altogether, what we do is increase the burden on other countries willing to help (most of them our allies), leave more people in harm’s way and leave a supply of recruits for the terrorist groups in their
own backyard.

America is a large contributor to the support of refugees across the world. We have made it known from the start that we are a country of asylum.

We are willing to accept people wishing to escape the injustice of their land because the founders of our nation fought for the same reason.

Since then, we have made it clear that we are leaders among the nations of the world willing to fight and protect against evil.

Our close allies have been
attacked. Our home has been threatened. It is anticipated that we will not remain idle in this current crisis, but how will we decide to help? By refusing refugees, we are limited to helping by way
of confrontation.

It would seem our options would be limited to retaliating with guns and machines of war. By doing this, we could put thousands of American lives directly in the line of battle with hopes that they aren’t harmed and come out 100 percent successful. We all know nothing is ever
100 percent.

Instead of taking that risk, our help should be offered in another way. By allowing the refugees into our country, fewer of those refugees will end up in the countries surrounding Syria.

These nations are quickly becoming saturated with refugees as more and more shuffle out of their home land.

Let us share that burden by allowing them beyond our borders too. If we refuse entry to the many refugees in need, we end up leaving them with limited options as well.

They could be left to fend for themselves in the middle of a war zone, or they could flee their country through a maze of grim and perilous paths. The land they live in is war-torn and offers them little chance of survival.

They live with a daily fear of bombs and gunfire in their streets, hoping their children will get home from school okay.

Would you not try to flee a situation like that too?

If they try to flee with no destination ready to accept them, refugees continue to risk death by traveling through desolate areas with large groups and little to no resources. The chance of success on their own dwindles significantly with each day they are on the run.

Dealing with hunger and thirst, constantly being on the move and illegally crossing national borders, their fears grow and grow as their hope is
diminished.

Large numbers of the fleeing refugees will suffer death on the journey out of their country because of rigorous travels paired with the lack of nutrients they receive on the run. If they are fortunate enough to make it to another country’s border, many will be turned away because these countries have already accepted so many other refugees who have taken the steps legally that they lack the resources for any more.

The refugees that are turned away from nations surrounding their own could find a home in America if we extend a helping hand.

The terrorists in Syria know how crucial it is to build their numbers if they hope to win any type of war against those they have declared as their enemies.

They also know that much of the population in Syria is trying to escape any more devastation than they have already encountered.

With this in mind, the terrorist groups have a pool of distraught people to recruit from to increase their forces.

They know these people have lost their home, loved ones and everything that means anything to them. They can easily use a safe place to live with food for them and their families to entice the refugees to stay near and support the same people who are against them.

Going from nothing but fear and desolation to a home and a full belly could certainly persuade a person to do things they do not believe in, especially if it means safety for their families.

The terrorists realize they have this power over them, and they are more than willing to abuse it so that their goals
are reached.

By allowing the beaten and broken into America, we show the world we are willing to take action. We maintain our role of authority by getting involved in this global crisis, but we avoid putting our own in harm’s way.

We help not only the refugees, but also our allies who cannot take in the amount of refugees looking for a home.

We show the terrorists that we do not fear  their threats while also stripping them of a much- needed resource.

It is clear that the world is in a time of emergency, so we need to decide how we will help. Denying a safe place for the thousands surrounded by danger is not the path we should take.

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