More than two dozen United States governors have capitalized on the recent horrific acts of terrorism in Paris to announce their states will not admit a single Syrian refugee. Amid the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II, the politicians have seized this moment to evade any moral responsibility for even one of the millions of Syrians in need. Their knee-jerk reactions are devoid of any meaningful strategy and in total contradiction with domestic security assessments. Ultimately, their actions over the last week have marked an ugly new chapter in the U.S.’s failing of the Syrian people. Not too long ago, when several tiny bodies washed ashore in Libya, I wrote that it underscored DC’s failure to confront the humanitarian toll of the conflict and efficiently resettle a reasonable number of refugees. The outrage and ineffable sadness the world experienced as the photograph of Aylan Kurdi circulated appears to have proved ephemeral.
Should the West open its arms to Syrians, it counteracts ISIS’s own propaganda that the West seeks to destroy Muslim livesBrooklyn Middleton