This decision also needs to be viewed within the larger context of Western asylum policies. Throughout the Western world, asylum policies are nothing less than a joke. In some countries, an overwhelming majority of those admitted as “refugees” are nothing of the kind; they claim to be escaping certain oppression, imprisonment, torture, or even death in their home countries, and as soon as they get their hands on a Western passport they start commuting back and forth between their new “homes,” where they collect generous welfare benefits, and the countries from which they supposedly “escaped,” where they use those welfare benefits to build lavish second homes, keep their second and third wives and multitudinous progeny in luxury, and employ servants (or buy slaves). Even more absurd are cases like those of Norway’s Mullah Krekar, a terrorist monster of the first water who lives as a free man in Oslo and whom the government will not return to Iraq because it is feared he may face punishment there. And then there are the foaming-at-the-mouth imams and other inciters of anti-Western mischief who can give all the public speeches they want calling for the destruction of the countries that have given them food, shelter, and a comfortable unearned income without having to fear expulsion.
Yet the same countries who roll out the red carpet for these fake refugees, terrorists, and loudmouth enemies within have routinely turned down asylum applications from precisely the kind of people whom they should be letting in from Muslim countries – among them members of persecuted religious groups (Christians, Jews, Ahmadi Muslims, Ba’hais, Hindus, Buddhists, and so on), outspoken atheists, women who don’t want to be treated like cattle, and gays who would prefer to keep their heads. The U.S. and many Western countries have routinely sent gay asylum seekers back to the Muslim world on the grounds that, well, they’ll be OK as long as they refrain from acting on their sexual orientation. Rarely do the people making these decisions seem to ask themselves: Does this person want to live here for the right reasons? Does he share our love of freedom? Will he be a good and loyal citizen if we let him in? Too often, indeed, perversely, the people who get into the West most easily are those who hate the West and its freedoms the most. How many Saudi students, for example, are at colleges in the U.S. right now, busily participating in the anti-American and anti-Semitic antics of Muslim Student Associations? How can any American Commander in Chief with a shred of genuine decency and moral courage return to Saudi Arabia someone like Asseri – who simply wants to breathe free – when the U.S. is full of Saudis for whom the very word freedom is anathema?
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