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Sumidor

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Subj: Re: Im talking about war refugees not economic migrant workers
Posted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 at 02:21:48 pm EDT (Viewed 196 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Im talking about war refugees not economic migrant workers
Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 at 03:20:47 pm EDT (Viewed 173 times)



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          He does make a valid point though...IF crimes are also going up. Terrorist or not who cares? It's bad. Just because its not terrorist inspired doesn't make it any less terrible.

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          To my mind he is conflating the two. Crimes committed by immigrants is terrorism. That is not the case.

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        Actually I took it more as...BOTH will increase with massive amounts of refugees and immigrants. I don't see the conflict in saying that at all.
        They will BOTH increase.



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    I am not sure I buy they increase on equal levels. Pending other factors. Crime will go up, terrorists acts may or may not. IMO.



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      You were trying to minimize the crime aspect by saying its not terrorism. So imo you are combining the issue not him. I read his statement as saying these were 2 negative impacts. And that just because their crimes are not terroristic in nature (when they are just crimes) is not an argument for letting massive migration in...its another reason NOT too.



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    I may have read his post wrong, but most of his post is pretty much implying they are one in the same.


You absolutely read my post wrong. Terrorist activities and crime are not always the same. I explained that in a post four days prior to you posting this. While there is certainly no expectation that you read all my posts, if you are going to refer to my posts and speak about my comments, then it would be wise to read my replies to you, which were four days old, before continuing to reference what you think I have said.



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    I am not saying that crime is ok. I am saying that when one allows large numbers of any population in there will be increases in crime. I do not think that is grounds to keep people out in and of itself. Unless there is reason to believe that it is moreso.


It is moreso. I dislike simply repeating what I typed in earlier posts, but you continue to make the same incorrect claims or straw-man arguments. Yes, I think we are all in agreement that an increase in population will usually bring an increase in crime in absolute numbers. But what we are witnessing in Europe is different. Cologne did not previously have mass sexual attacks in New Year's Eve celebrations. Sweden did not previously have no-go zones. These are new problems, not simply a slight increase in crime pari-passu with an increase in population.

While terrorism and crime are not necessarily always the same, they can be two separate problems. Focusing on the crime aspect, Germany released numbers showing that 40% of migrants from North African nations of Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria have arrest records. You keep stating that crime will increase as population increases. And I keep insisting we look at crime *rates*. Do you believe the average German citizen before the current migrant crisis had a 40% likelihood of being arrested for a crime?


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        It can be a problem, but the issue is also assuming that crimes from immigrants or refugees is somehow worse. Taking in more people will lead to an increase in crime. But that is not a new observation nor changes the need to take in refugees because some act poorly.

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          Punishing all for the actions of a few is a way to justify nearly any sort of policing action.

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        And saying some bad apples are not a reason to react in some way can justify all sorts of appeasement. I think we both agree the truth is somewhere in the middle.



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    Except I am trying to argue for a middle ground of sorts. If you read my post I am taking the opposite end but most of my points are trying to fall somewhere in there.



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    Countries do not have an obligation to take everyone but they cannot turn a blind eye either.



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        Not really. Being a supporter of the US in and of itself is not going to make one a strong target. In terms of PR. Britain and France are more involved in the middle east and have been pointed out as areas to focus on.

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        Are you serious? You think being known to the world over as a USA ally, has no impact on countries who have negative views of the USA?



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    That is not what I said.



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    Poland is a US ally but not as strong as other European countries. Poland also has a minimal footprint in the regions where the war on terror is occurring.


Sweden and Denmark also have a minimal footprint in the middle east, yet have suffered terrorist attacks. Having a minimal footprint in that region does not prevent terrorist attacks. I have explained this previously. Are you seeing any connection at all between Poland's policy of not allowing migrants and Poland's lack or terrorist attacks?


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    Being an ally in and of itself would have minimal impact. At least in my mind. That is not zero. I imagine it would factor in, but from the experts I have listened to on the matter it seems that punishing those involved that directly stick their nose in things is more important.



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    At least as far as symbols go. From what I have heard, it is a major factor. Does not mean there are not others.



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        Maybe there is more to it, but that is generally what I hear when I listen to experts on the matter.

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        And there are experts on the opposing side. But we ignore them yes?



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    Probably, but I can only go by what I hear on various reports. Various shows with round tables on the matter. Some are for exclusionary methods, but most of them agreed with what I am pointing out.



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    I did not just make that up on the spot. I am not sure there is a need for hostility here.



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        Economics in and of itself does not really affect being a target for terrorists attacks in and of itself.

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        Well we disagree...Economics is a huge factor in everything that happens on this planet. Everyone wants things, Corporations practically rule the world, etc...I would argue Economics may be the biggest factor bar none in the world.



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    At some level, not sure a terrorist group or a criminal enterprise picks a target based on GDP though.



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    Economics is a reason for major instability in regions of the world. Along with primary scarce resources etc. There are multiple aspects that factor in.



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    I am not sure this diminishes the point I was making. Unless you can point me to a source indicating that the general wealth of a country is indicative of acts on them. Seems like it has more to do with other factors. Maybe I am mistaken.



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        Except I never made the claim you are assuming I am. I never said that there should not be some sort of vetting process. I have an issue with keeping everybody out. As was proposed. I do not find it to be much of a response.

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        No I agree you have not. But you seem to automatically ignore that there is some reasoning behind this other view. IMO it has as much validity as those who say let them all in. The truth is somewhere in the middle yes?



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    So, you sort of agree with me, but not really. And are singling my view out for attack but not really addressing much of the other fellows points?



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        My thoughts are that there are numerous middle grounds between letting them all in and trying to keep them all out.

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        See I think we agree...my above responses were that you seemed to think there was nothing valid in his comments. Not that you don't think he is just going too far.



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    At various times in my response to him I indicate that I have sympathies with some of the ideas and reasoning he is putting out. Particularly at the end of one of the things.



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    However, just because I do does not mean I agree that they are the strongest points to be had. I concede that terrorism occurs in Europe. I agree that they have an interest in protecting their population. I also think that civilized countries have a duty to help those in need.



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    Like I said in my original response to him. It is a game of degrees. What is acceptable to one may be unacceptable to somebody else. He seems to find any criminal activity as a zero some game for those that did not do anything. I disagree with that.



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          But no outcry from those politicans with an agenda to keep those refugees coming yes? They attempted to cover it up. Should they not be held accountable? Should not their reasons be examined and questioned? Or do they get a free ride here? The politicians to be exact.

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          They should be. But I am not a total expert on what happened there. Looking at the things I see, it looks like alot of the cover up was by local police. At least if I am reading right.

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        This come across as apologetic for those politicians you realize. Why would the Police hide this? They don't have an agenda or stated platform about allowing a large number of refugees. That is the Politicians. That they are clearly from the liberal party should not be cutting them slack. Or is it the modern knee-jerk reaction to blame everything on the Police?



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    It is one I read about the matter. In the original post I stated I was not an expert on this. So, I read up on it to a cursory degree. The sources I looked over indicated that this was the police.


You should do more research. Politicians were absolutely involved in covering up migrant crime. It is the policies of these politicians that have so negatively impacted many of their citizens. The politicians don't want the full story of this reaching voters.

http://www.express.de/koeln/koelner-silvester-mob-warum-sollte-vergewaltigung-verschwiegen-werden--23836610


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    Jump on me about political biases all you want to. All I can come back with is what I read from sources that seemed to be unbiased.



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    But sure, think I blame the police for everything. Police are and can be political if you want to get at it on that end too. It is foolish to pretend that they are not. As those in charge have bias too.



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        They are the same but not the same.

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          Terrorism is a crime. Not all crime is terrorism. Just because an immigrant or refugee commits a crime does not mean it is an act of terrorism. That is the whole thing. Period.

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        Again unless you are arguing that refugees committing acts of crime with the caveat that they are not terrorist acts is a GOOD thing...doesn't really help your case.



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    Read what I wrote and consider the context. You made a statement about them being the same but not the same.



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    I piece by piece put together what I was thinking in quick fragments.



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    I am not defending crime, but nor do I pretend that one should expect no increase in crime from influxes of people. At various points I think I make the case that those who commit crimes should be punished.


As I stated above, migrants from certain countries are arrested for crimes at a rate of 40%. You have to admit that is incredibly high. This is not simply crimes increasing at the same rate as population increase. This is something drastically different.


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    From the few statistics I have seen, most crimes involve non violent crimes. Does not mean there is no rape, murder or so on. Or that those should not go punished.



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    My general point, that seems to be lost on all, is that keeping everybody out does not promise to keep out terrorism. Given citizens of the countries are helping in these acts. And while crimes need to be punished an discouraged, because there is crime where there are people is also not great grounds to keep people out that would die otherwise.


Your point is not lost, I hear you loud and clear. Keeping everyone out does not promise to keep out terrorism. I agree. But keeping out people who we know some percentage of them have radical jihadi mentality does *help* prevent terrorism. It won't be 100% effective, and other measures are needed, but it is a factor. Will you agree to that?


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    At least my two cents. Others can disagree with me and they do. I am allowed an opinion though. Even if you do not think so.


You are absolutely allowed an opinion. But so are the people of Poland. If Poland chooses not to allow migrants because it is their opinion that it will help keep Polish citizens safer, do you respect their opinion?


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        Not arguing about Japan one way or another. Or their politics. Merely that they are a bad example.

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        In and off themselves alone I would agree, they do add to the validity if other countries with their trends in policies are in a similar state. Personally I would need more examples of such countries...because then you have a trend.

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              3. Japan is an island, meaning an increased degree of geographical separation.

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              This supports his argument though...harder for terrorists to get to. Harder to enter their society, and they have much less terrorism.

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            Not really, it makes it easier to control their borders than other countries. They are not right up on their neighbors which has led to histories of isolationist policies over the years. And ironically, expansionist ideals at other times.

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        Britain is an island too. Also why are you bringing up other times, those times are not the issue being discussed here. As you like to say...not relevant to the topic.



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    Why are you hammering me for addressing your points and trying to explain things. You made a point I disagree with. You them come at me like you are stating I am coming off. Being very dismissive.



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    Is Britain not part of the EU and the policies there in? Is Britain not involved in the middle east and the war on terror? Is it easier to travel from France or Poland to Britain or Japan?



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    And yes they are. You and the other fellow are pointing out that it is a good example. It is not at all a good example. Poland is a better comparative than Japan for a laundry list of reasons if you want to consider policy.



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    For that matter, we also do not consider that many Britain are more angry about Polish immigration than they were about taking refugees. It is a reason for Brexit.



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        That is a separate issue. A country that is in the EU has to abide by the rules the EU sets up. If they want out than that is fine.

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        Or...you try to force a change. Not everything has to be a Brexit. But by your answer...YES every EU country must do as they are told or take their ball and go home.



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    Some do see it that way from what I can tell. Brexit was caused by multiple sources that included but not only about refugees. It was also about immigration around the EU and other factors. Both real and imagined. By the later some of the things brought up were blown out of proportion.



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    By joining the EU countries accepted to act in some manner as a collective. The EU cannot demand things of the countries per se but if countries in the EU define general ideas than it is defeating the purpose in the first place. They are in effect ignoring what they agreed to be a part of in the first place.


Poland agreed to the free flow of citizens from other EU member nations. It did not agree to take in migrants from other parts of the globe. Period.


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    I am unaware of a good refugee policy on the matter by the EU as a whole. Partly because of extremely different opinions.



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    However, there are international agreements that could be being ignored along the way.



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        It is not possible to make that case. It is nice that you want to debate each point but it changes nothing about it.

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        Just as it was nice of you to make every single point and not want to talk about it.



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    Except where I did.



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        One of the things that allows easy movement of potential unsavory types in Europe is free travel for citizens in the countries. This has been cracked down on a little but only to a point.

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    But is ignored by the other poster and your points at times. As even keeping outsiders out does not change dealing with internal terrorism or crimes.


I am *not* ignoring the above. Free movement of citizens of EU member nations is very different than million of migrants from outside Europe flowing into the continent.

And as I have explained before, having a problem with citizens who may be radical jihadis is not a rationale for accepting migrants.


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    Which to me is a major inconsistency of keep them out policy when a fair bit of some of the more high profile cases have had a more local component that can freely move about the EU. Legally


It should not be hard to understand that a nation uses one set of laws/policies when dealing with citizens who may harbor radical jihadi ideas, but that a country will use a different set of laws/policies when addressing the same threat from outside it's boarders. In most cases, citizens who have not yet broken any laws have a right to permanent residence within their own country.


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            6. You assume that for the purposes of impact targets that Poland is equal to other countries in the EU. Which is not really the case. Not to mention many seek to punish countries involved in the ME. Poland has minimal footprint and taken few actions there.

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            Poland is not a top 3 EU country but it is a top 6 (at least economically...maybe 5th since Brexit). And has strong ties to Germany. That they resist this refugee decision, championed by Merkle does make this an issue.

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          Again, what does that have to do with it. Being a strong economy does not mean one is a target for terror.

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        Why would terrorists go outside their one poor country to target other poor countries...they don't...they target those with a strong economy as well. You seem to thinks it s a complete non-factor, I think its a factor though not the only one.



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    Except that is not what I said. Having a strong GDP is not what marks one for terror. Being in outspoken opposition to the terrorist organizations etc. does.



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    Those countries tend to have more economic power. The responses to the countries that are targeting them in order to try and get a change in that country.



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    Also, your premise is incorrect. Terrorists attack individuals in poorer countries all of the time. Unless we think those in Syria and suppressed regions of the middle east are not poor. They are attacked a fair bit more often. to try and get political change.



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    The goal of ISIS is to promote their ideology. To my knowledge on the matter economics is not high on the list of things terrorists target. Nor are most terrorist targets in wealthy countries. If there were maps of such things the middle east, generally much less wealth than the EU, suffers far more from terrorist acts.



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            7. You disregard all of this and attach it to one policy alone in isolation. That alone seems highly flawed.

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            Not wanting mass refugees with a unarguable higher percentage of terrorists among them is not isolationist.

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          What is the percentage? And wanting outsiders not allowed in is very much an isolationist policy. It is not taking the country full that way.

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    No idea, but it would be good to know. You are the one talking about percentages here. The only study I cited you disregarded. I would be happy to see something more relevant.



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    Not about the EU but about the US, I think it is generally telling.



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    http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/29/us/refugee-terrorism-trnd/index.html



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    http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/30/politics/immigration-stats-by-the-numbers-trnd/index.html



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    However, before you tare into this and me. These are about the US and not apples to apples. But I think they may give an idea of the rarity. That is my entire point. I wish I had numbers on the EU but I do not. These acts are more common in Europe for sure but consider how the US population reacts to these acts when they do occur. As a whole we respond with knee jerk fear. I see little reason to give into fear on these situations. Consider security but also consider that policies pointed out by the other poster are probably along the lines of what some groups want.



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    How easy is the message that they do not want you etc. It is a complicated situation. I merely agree with the absolute idea of keeping everybody out and the examples given.



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    Even if we do, at what point are they ok? As every bodies sensibilities differ. We would all like to say we want 0% terrorism and 0% crime but that is not possible.



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    How did economics factor in? The US was not directly a target of terror attacks because of their economic strength. They were targeted for reasons including activity in the given regions, culture and standing in the world. The last part has economics involved but moreso in what it allows a country to do with the resources provided.



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    I assume you are talking about 9/11. The major target was NY, the one plane was brought down. I do not recall the target. The other hit Washington DC. The Pentagon in fact. Also, a powerful symbolic target of US strength.



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        1)What is the political agenda of the group that did this research?
        2)Does their study of previous waves of immigration actually apply here. They use the word immigration...this is not the same as refuges. Then later they mention asylum seeker did have a small increase in crime where as workers did not.
        3)Where exactly did these immigrants come from? Does their idealogy vary as drastically as the current waves? Are the conditions the same etc...or are apples and oranges being compared.

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    To the best of my knowledge. Researchers can have political views of their own. They are human.



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    The best analysis undergo peer review. Examination by experts with potentially different points of view on the matter. The methods were found sound and the conclusions reasonable by those in the know on the matter.



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    Think Tanks for most part release publications that were not reviewed. Theirs are more pamphlets etc. They may have facts in them but they are under no obligation to put forward the limitations of their work or avoid cherry picking whenever possible. They are highly biased sources.



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    If a given study has been peer reviewed and supports one side or the other it alone in isolation would still not be enough. It would need to be taken as a collection of the best available data to come together on the clearest picture possible. This normalizes any bias of a given study, most without clear political attachments are reasonable.



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    The reason for migration matters more than political leanings. As political leanings are not in and of themselves indicators of terrorism. Not every uber religious person is a terrorist. Some are. Most are not. Why they are fleeing is important.



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    I did not say that he was anti-refugee. I take him at his word that he feels for them. That said, the policy position throws them to the wolves. Putting the two in a moral conflict. As many would go back to die.



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    And yes, you are using a straw man. You are arguing against letting everybody in and putting that position on me. I am not saying that. I even give other ideas in my reply to him. Which is very much a straw man. Your main point is that you are defending him because you find a need to force some sort of balance in.



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    I do not know what the answer is. I am giving my opinion. Just as he did. I found his to be extreme. You do not, somehow you found it cautious.



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        If this is what you are trying to say I agree with you. But they way you are doing so is not coming across that way, at least to me.



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    And to me you come off as letting him totally off the hook for views that he freely admits are let them all in or keep them out. With the later as the only choice.



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    I have issues with that. Particularly when you single me out for bias. My entire point if you read everything is it is not black and white. You seem to think I am taking the opposite side of the coin he is. That is not my total argument or point. It never was.



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    One is allowed to point out what they perceive as flaws. I do not think some of his examples are the best either. I would rather see actual solid reports on the Poland thing. If I do a quick google search the only websites discussing the matter are highly political. Which makes me skeptical to start with.


What solid reports can one provide that there have *not* been terrorist attacks or high rates of migrant crime (two separate things) in Poland. I've discussed before the difficulty in providing evidence of absence. The fact that one can provide dozens of evidence of terrorist acts and high rates of migrant crime (two separate things) throughout the rest of Europe, but no such evidence can be found in Poland is all I can offer. What evidence would you like?


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        Also, increasing the number of people in an area leads to increases in crime. That is just the way it is. It is a problem, but innocent until proven guilty is something that we pride ourselves on in the West.

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    Except it is. Saying keep people out because they are terrorists or as you are implying because they may commit a crime is prejudging them for actions they have not yet taken.



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    Very very relaxant. If we start deciding things like that than it has bad potentials. In the US for instance we love to prejudge people before their trial. Mostly for our own ideological reasons. Say somebody is a terrorist and people are already against them.



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    Remember when Sean Hannity said the one random guy was the one who was responsible for the Boston bombing and got off the hook? People turned on that guy, despite the fact that he did nothing. Just because of how he looked.



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    That is prejudging somebody. Assuming innocents until found guilty of a crime is critical or why bother with the judicial system at all.



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    To me that is a MAJOR issue at hand. And highly related. As I point out in a few of my posts that punishing crime and terrorism is critical, but to the best of our ability we have to punish the right people. Even in the battle field a civilized country does not start out aiming at kids because they are there. You get the best info you can and hit those that are doing the bad stuff.



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    It is not perfect, but it is the argument the US had too. Personal liberty vs safety. In the US we went too far one way and only now are gradually getting it back. It is scary to think that because of fear we can give away so much of who we like to think we are.


This thread has become quite long, and there are a few splinter conversations. I will sum up, and you can choose to just respond here.

Terrorism and crime are two separate problems. We agree on that. But they both can be related to the recent migrant crisis. Regarding terrorism, we know a portion of the migrants have radical jihadi views, and we know ISIS wants to hide their fighters in with the migrant flow. Regarding crime, Germany and Sweden as examples have seen crime *rates* of some migrant groups that far exceeds the norm. They have suffered mass sexual assaults by migrants, and now have areas that the government acknowledges as no-go zones.

You may have noticed that I do not use the term "refugee". The case with Syrian refugees is truly tragic, but the migrants flowing into Europe are not only from Syria. The Syrian case brings the most sympathy, so politicians and media focus there. However, there is a large number of migrants from Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The idea that the bulk of the migrants are fleeing the war in Syria is not true. They are largely economic migrants.

I may be wrong on this in certain areas. I really do wish I had a better solution for those suffering from war. And you have expressed some uncertainty as well. So since there is so much uncertainty, isn't it best then to let every country decide for itself rather than dictate one solution for all? My first post in this thread was regarding Poland, and I have been trying to keep the focus there. Poland believes the threat to it's nation from migrants is too dangerous. Should they be allowed to decide for themselves? Or should the EU be allowed to bully them to accept migrants from outside Europe? That is not a rhetorical question, I am looking for your opinion on the Poland question.

You rarely agree with my analogies, we look at things very differently, but I will try another one to explain my thoughts on this. Imagine a husband and wife and their 2 children going on vacation to a major US city, it could be NY, Seattle, DC, or San Francisco for example. If they spent a 10-12 hour day walking around, sightseeing, eating at various places, then it's entirely possible they could see up to 20 homeless people. No matter how caring and compassionate the couple are, they would not take the homeless people back to their hotel with them. The couple's responsibility is to keep their children safe. In this case it would be hard to yell at the couple and claim they are choosing the lives of their 2 children over 20 other people. The couple would likely not be accused of judging the homeless people guilty of crimes without any evidence. It would be agreed by all that the couple must safeguard themselves and their children above all else even if the homeless people they saw are not guilty of crimes. I apply the same responsibility to a nation's government. It's primary responsibility is the safety of its citizens above all else. A country should not be criticized for putting the lives and well-being of it's own people above citizens of other countries. Regarding the acceptance of millions of migrants, the onus should on others to prove that the migrants will cause no harm, then there should still be a choice to each nation. The onus should not be on a nation to first accept mass migration, especially after the sexual assaults and other problems which have occurred in nations which previously have accepted those same migrants.



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