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Guest Editorial: ISIS hits, the right panics

When did conservatives become this quivering mass, afraid of a few refugees?

Arizona Republic
Nov. 19

A terror army sends a strike force to Paris to drive a dagger into the heart of Western Europe and liberal democracy. It attacks restaurants, a theater, a bar and soccer stadium, killing 129 civilians and leaving a proud nation numb with grief.

And in America, the conservative party reacts how?

It rolls up its sleeves with cold resolve and vows to crush the Islamic State.

No.

It runs shrieking to the doors with padlocks to keep any bad guys away from us.

Guest Editorial

In an urgent hour when Western nations must find the courage to defend our values, the party of Reagan and Eisenhower, Lincoln and Grant is a jumble of nerves that wants to hide in the pantry.

So here comes the parade of Republican governors massing in overwhelming force to impose their will on some of the most beleaguered people on earth — the Syrian refugees.

They should be equal to the task.

Half of those refugees are children.

People who witnessed ISIS carnage up close and clawed their way out of the moonscape that was once their country must now contend with a phalanx of blue suits and power ties who demand they go away.

We know conservatives are frustrated. They see their culture eroding, their country going to hell, and peg much of the blame on the present occupant of the White House.

They might, however, take a good long look at themselves and ask what has become of them.

When did they become this quivering mass?

When did they lose their nerve?

The Paris massacre was only days ago, and here we are talking about minutiae, the tiny numbers of people who would find sanctuary in our country.

Sure an ISIS killer could melt in with refugees as they apply to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, report to the resettlement support center; endure the database check of the State Department’s Consular Lookout and Support system that examines visas, passports and other identifying information.

They could continue through to the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in-person interview, and undergo fingerprints and photographs that the Washington Post tells us will be screened against databases, including the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System and Homeland Security’s biometric I.D.

And after that, they might still find the patience to endure the required medical screening, cultural orientation and one more special examination at the airport by Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection before slogging through another stage of scrutiny at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services headquarters in Washington.

Any ISIS mercenary who would submit himself to this security equivalent of a root canal is probably too stupid to do much damage once in country. There are 10,000 easier ways to get into America, beginning with our southern border.

But, oh, sweet mother of mercy, let’s not go there.