Via HuffPo, we learn “Why A Backlash Against Refugees Only Helps ISIS”:
“Anti-Muslim and anti-refugee sentiment really play into ISIS’ hands,” Shadi Hamid, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and an author on Islamist politics, told The WorldPost. “The more that happens, the more French Muslims feel alienated and are susceptible to extremist recruitment.”
Ah, yes. If we don’t work to stop Muslim immigration into the West, radicalization is likely to continue. But if we do try to stop Muslim immigration into the West, we will exacerbate extremist recruitment.
A tacit premise of Hamid is that French Muslims are not capable of rationally understanding increases in anti-Muslim rhetoric following, oh say, the slaughter of 129 innocents in Paris.
“France has long had a problem with integrating its Muslim population, and France does have a disproportionately high contribution of foreign fighters to ISIS,” Hamid said. “So there’s a deeper issue here and it hasn’t gotten better, it’s only gotten worse.”…
Yeah, there’s those two minor points.
“You hear Republicans saying clash of civilizations and civilizational war, and they don’t realize that’s exactly what ISIS wants us to be saying,” Hamid said. “It’s remarkable to me, and just shows a very basic lack of understanding of the threat that we face.”
Yup, the public waking up to the realization there is a clash of civilizations taking place, with the survival of the West at stake, is… dangerous for the West. Much better would be a more piecemeal process of Islamic conquest.