When it comes to combating terrorism, no two people can stand further apart than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US Presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Trudeau favors inviting more Syrian refugees to settle in Canada despite the increasingly worsening immigrant situation in Europe and America. Trump calls for temporary bans and making the screening processes more elaborate.
One talks of removing barriers while the other calls for raising walls. One crucial question, however, remains unanswered.
Deconstructing the arguments
One way to compare and contrast the potential merits or shortcomings of both policies would be to strip them down of all political rhetoric and analyze what remains. How functional are these policies? What impact will they have on the ground?
Admittedly, we have not seen President Trump in action. But we have seen the systematic breakdown of the pro-immigration Democratic policies. We have seen horrific attacks by Muslim immigrants, like the shootings in Orlando, Florida and San Bernardino, California. Muslims, though not all terrorists, continue to be a cause of major concern.
Take the example of Khizr Khan—the father of a slain war hero who severely criticized Trump while waving the constitution to thunderous applause. Even he wasn’t so sure of the power of the constitution when, in 1983, he published articles saying that the Islamic sharia laws—the very same laws which allow child marriages and the killing of non-believers—had a supremacy over “man-made” Western law.
So, in essence, we know that the pro-immigrant policies have not worked out so well in America.
But what about Canada?
It may be too early to say yet. Trudeau’s Syrian guests are in the process of settling down in the new reality. But already, cracks are beginning to appear. There are reports of violence by refugee children. And the attempted terrorist attack by Aaron Driver highlights the dangers of radicalization.
So far, the situation does not look good. In political climate, then, which policy would fare the best? What’s your opinion?