The Future of Walls

Life to many appears as a miracle and a mystery. For this very good and understandable reason, theological and mystical quests like those found in Islam will never be vanquished, and it is foolish to wish them away. Americans usually agree that diversity and religious freedom means accepting Muslims in the spirit of partnership as good neighbors. Despite this, objections are profound and hostile that belief systems from foreign countries with religious authority in state, especially Islamic authority, are so counter to the basic principles of American democracy that we are being asked to harbor an enemy within. This paper presents a different view, one that views Law Enforcement according to American principles as a resolution dilemma set to mitigate absorption and adjustment to allow a broadening of our spectrum to include a tolerant minority of Muslims.

Tales of forbidden love being punished by stoning, the kidnapping of young daughters by Boko Harem, wives lawfully killed by adultery, shame killings, and the heroic struggle of women to make names for themselves and enjoy recognition where it is widely believed that leadership is not their place, has a chilling effect on the welcome of Islamic values in places like American Educational Institutions, where minorities are outspoken and protected by law. Americans of a progressive mind often feel that when an individual is threatened, we are all threatened, and so, naturally, feel a deep protective instinct towards mavericks from the Islamic world. Indeed, the most terrible facts to emerge from the San Bernardino massacre where copycats of the bloodthirsty Islamic State went on a rampage were the deaths of Bennetta Betbadal, who fled to America to escape Islamic persecution, and Tin Nguyen whose family were Vietnamese immigrants who found asylum from the Vietnam War. It is important to remember, however, that the first principle of diplomacy is in understanding that conditions and experience have shaped beliefs and values for people we do not understand. Part of any effort to help foreign people must include a sincere effort to know what experiences have shaped their lives and made them the people they are.

It is too common to find half-truths being promoted as the entire story. It is unfair to the legacy of Islam to hold forth that the women are miserable, enslaved to their condition, ashamed of their culture and heritage or entirely unable to contribute meaningfully to the good of their country from the position they occupy. Not only was the Ottoman Empire under Sulieman the Magnificent liberal and benevolent to the poor, but women from the dawn of ancient Iran have always had methods distinctly their own for working their will and making their presence felt, enduring and permanent as a pride of place in their culture. Knowing what the half-truths being told are, can often be a useful point of departure for finding a more honest point of view. A doctrine graven in stone invariably spells out by contradiction the diametrical opposite. Every time that some says Islam is evil, another man says it is holy. It is important to avoid showdown between the caustic absolutists promoting half-truths about humanity.

Appeals for magnanimity and helpfulness in the face of cries for political asylum from people living in a condition of refugee facing terrible pain from a future dreadful with the promise of stereotype, disappointment and rejection are appearing in America now during a time of myths and anger being promoted recklessly by those who use illegal immigration from Mexico as a point of departure for their personal rage. The habit of scapegoating has become a war cry from the margins. This situation bodes badly for the refugees. This paper about Law Enforcement presents a resolution dilemma that shows not only what we should expect from newcomers, and from those among us seeking to prey on their sorrow, but also what we must demand from ourselves, as licensed by the America political heritage and legal estate.  This is a matter of human decency.

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