Read this essay by Daniel Pipes on what I can only call a kind of Sophisticated Xenophobia, on the question of the Syrian Refugee, that he argues must be- the title expresses his singular idea: ‘Let Refugees Remain in Their Own Culture Zone’. Does this even meet the lowest standard of humanitarian concern? Should a reader of this essay be surprised at the brazen expression of Islamophobia voiced by the notorious Neo-Conservative, Mr. Pipes? Based on the cultural/religious differences between the ‘West’ and the ‘Arabs’ as presented by Mr. Pipes: the specter of Mr. Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations re-appears in an even more morally/intellectually pernicious form.
Mr. P. frames the question thus: Will the presence of a large un-assimilated population of Muslim refugees loyal, not to western enlightenment values, but to Sharia Law produce social/political chaos? One might answer: Does the presence of 500,000 Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn, with their roaming Modesty Squads, Law by writ of Rabbi abetted by the Brooklyn district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, and Tribal conformity, produce social/legal chaos?
I can’t say that this video from the Economist offers a rebuttal to Mr. Pipes. But ‘Paul Collier on Migration’ seems to offer a bit of sanity and the use of rational argument to an important question. Who we are regarding the refugee question that will not go away , it is ever present . America’s culpability in the production of circumstances that produce refugees is an unquestionable reality.