The columnist Dennis Prager makes an eloquent argument that Europe is shooting itself in the foot by allowing millions of migrants from Syria and Iraq to enter its borders.
His focus is that from a Jewish point of view, the parallels to the Holocaust “are far from precise.”
In particular, he points out that in Nazi-occupied Europe every Jew “was targeted for death.” In Syria, the Christians and Yazidis are the targets, and Prager calls on Europe to admit all from those two groups who want in.
And among other things, he notes that “the vast majority of the Jews of Germany and many other European countries were assimilated citizens of their respective countries, who thoroughly embraced western culture and values. In contrast, most of the Muslims of the Middle East — and the largely Muslim population (from non-Arab countries) already in Europe — hold values that are not merely different from, but opposed to, those of Europe.”
In the U.K., France and Sweden, Prager argues at RealClearPolitics.com, many Muslims have sequestered themselves and refused to integrate. And their children, “the ones born and raised in European [countries,] are usually the most radical and anti-western.”
Prager, who with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin published the bestselling “The 9 Questions People Ask About Judaism,” does not suggest that Europe and the U.S. sit on their hands. Both should supply the Kurds, whom he calls “the good guys in the Muslim Middle East,” with weaponry.
And if he comes up short in his argument, it is when he says that the U.S., Europe and the “rich Arab states” should spend more than $1 billion “to help feed and clothe Syrians who flee to neighboring countries.” We have been pounding the table saying that the Arab states should be spending uncountable sums to feed and clothe their people — before they run away.