“A betrayal of our values,” said Joe Biden.
Vice President Joe Biden, in this week address to the nation, lamented that the heinous terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut, Iraq, and Nigeria reflects the best and worst of humanity.
“They showed us once again the depths of the terrorist’s depravity,” he said.
He noted that it also showed at the same time the world come together in solidarity.
“Parisians opening their doors to anyone trapped in the street, taxi drivers turning off their meters to get people home safety, people lining up to donate blood. These simple human acts are a powerful reminder that we cannot be broken and in the face of terror we stand as one.”
In light of these terrible events, he said both he and the President understood the anxiety and fear among Americans. However, they both considered keeping Americans safe a top priority.
“In the past few weeks though, we’ve heard an awful lot of people suggest that the best way to keep America safe is to prevent any Syrian refugee from gaining asylum in the United States,” he said.
He explained that refugees undergo thorough and rigorous screening test through the following: finger printing, background check, interviews by the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, National Counterterrorism Center, Department of Defense, and the Department of State.
“And to address the specific terrorism concerns we are talking about now, we’ve instituted another layer of checks just for Syrian refugees. There is no possibility of being overwhelmed by a flood of refugees landing on our doorstep tomorrow. Right now, refugees wait 18 to 24 months while the screening process is completed. And unlike in Europe, refugees don’t set foot in the United States until they are thoroughly vetted,” the Vice President argued.
He reminded Americans that vast majority of these refugees are women, children, orphans, survivors of torture, people desperately in need medical help.
He further said, “To turn them away and say there is no way you can ever get here would play right into the terrorists’ hands. We know what ISIL – we know what they hope to accomplish. They flat-out told us.”
He added, “Earlier this year, the top ISIL leader al-Baghdadi revealed the true goal of their attacks. Here’s what he said: “Compel the crusaders to actively destroy the gray zone themselves. Muslims in the West will quickly find themselves between one and two choices. Either apostatize or emigrate to the Islamic State and thereby escape persecution.”
The Vice President posited that what ISIL wants is to manufacture a clash between civilizations and to frighten people to think in terms of “us versus them.”
He said, “They want us to turn our backs on Muslims victimized by terrorism. But this gang of thugs peddling a warped ideology, they will never prevail. The world is united in our resolve to end their evil.”
Finally, the Vice President noted that the only thing ISIL can do is spread terror and hope that there will infighting among people outside their group.
“We will betray our ideals and take actions, actions motivated by fear that will drive more recruits into the arms of ISIL. That’s how they win. We win by prioritizing our security as we’ve been doing. Refusing to compromise our fundamental American values: freedom, openness, tolerance. That’s who we are. That’s how we win,” he concluded.
May God continue to bless the United States of America and God bless our troops.
Davy Desmond Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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