Shock horror! Racial profiling!
Seriously, this is a very interesting proposal, and I hope American authorities will study it, especially in the wake of the defeat of the President’s disastrous immigration plan. Lebanon is treating this as a national security issue, as it manifestly is, and certainly we also would do well to regard immigration as a national security issue. And with refreshing directness, Lebanese officials are considering heading off the problem at its source, or one of its sources, by taking steps to restrict entry into the country from Arab countries from which jihadists come. Likewise the U.S. also could, and should, institute restrictions on immigration from Muslim countries, as I called for in Onward Muslim Soldiers in 2003. This issue has been clouded by national traumas about “racism,” but in fact it has nothing to do with racism, as jihadists with blonde hair and blue eyes are just as lethal, and should be just as unwelcome, as jihadists with dark skin, this is about taking prudent steps to protect ourselves and defend our nation. It is only a matter of common sense to recognize where the great majority of jihadists come from, and acting accordingly.
Officials should proclaim a moratorium on all visa applications from Muslim countries, since there is no reliable way for American authorities to distinguish jihadists and potential jihadists from peaceful Muslims. Because this is not a racial issue, these restrictions should not apply to Christians and other non-Muslim citizens of those countries. Those who claim that such a measure is “Islamophobic” should be prepared to provide a workable way for immigration officials to distinguish jihadists from peaceful Muslims, or, if they cannot do so, should not impede basic steps the U.S. should take to protect itself. And Muslims entering from anywhere — Britain, France — should be questioned as to their adherence to Sharia and Islamic supremacism. This is not because anyone will expect honest answers, but so that answers proven false by the applicant’s subsequent activity can become grounds for deportation.
Meanwhile, Islamic organizations in the U.S. who refuse to renounce and teach against political Islam should be reclassified as political organizations, as we have called for many times here, and made subject to all the controls and scrutiny to which political organizations are subject. And here again, words must be backed by deeds, or can justly be regarded with suspicion.
Lebanon on Friday was reportedly considering stopping issuing entry visas to Arab citizens at the airport in a bid to prevent any terrorist infiltrations into the country.
The daily An Nahar said contacts in this regard were already underway between the Foreign Ministry and the General Directorate of the General Security Department.
It said Arabs interested in visiting Lebanon would be asked to apply for visas at the Lebanese mission accredited in their countries.
The move comes after several citizens from various Arab nations suspected of having links with the terrorist groups Fatah al-Islam and al-Qaida have been detained in recent weeks.