DARRYL BURKHARDT: Glad for delay in allowing Syrian refugees into state

TO THE EDITOR:

In a Nov. 21 letter to the editor, “Guest View offers insightful comments about ISIS attack” by Judy Cunningham, one can feel her pain and frustration with the victimization of Syrian refugees by fear-mongers, which included our own Gov. Rick Snyder.

Citing a stringent vetting policy that could take up to two years before any refugee could be allowed into the U.S., perhaps it’s not too early for her to get on a list willing to host a Syrian family, that would send and message and also would be the morally responsible thing to do.

I, however, am glad we pushed the pause button and erred on the side of caution as the freedom and safety of all American citizens should come first before the wants of any refugee from any country.

All my adult life, I have witnessed people of the Middle East chant “Death to Americans” (infidels), burn our flag, drag our dead soldiers down the streets while stomping and spitting on them, not to mention our servicemen murdered right here in the U.S. at recruit centers and military bases by Islamic extremists.

Label me an Islamaphobic bigot, but I don’t care. I have an honorary degree in gastrointestinal theology, and my gut tells me that this problem with terrorism is not going to go away any time soon.

Granted, the U.S. had a big hand in creating the instability of the Middle East by an inept past president through his illegal shock and awe invasion of Iraq. This gave them more of a reason to hate us, to die for Allah and paved the way for the extremist Muslim brotherhood to take up arms against anyone, particularly Christians, and if you couldn’t recite a few verses out of the Quran you got your head chopped off.

A lot has changed in this world since the U.S. welcomed with open arms immigrants and refugees in the 1800s and early 1900s to help build this country. President Barack Obama needs to get off his elitist perch and contempt for ordinary Americans’ intelligence and act in the world as it is and not the world he wishes it were.

Darryl S. Burkhardt

Bear Lake

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