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Europe and the United States should open their doors to Syrian and Iraqi refugees.More than a million Vietnamese were resettled in the U.S. during and after the Vietnam war, and nearly 400,000 refugees from Muslim-majority countries have been accepted by the U.S. since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.In the U.S., Republican politicians – congressmen, governors and presidential candidates – are trying to derail the resettlement of a minuscule number of Syrian refugees (just 10,000) in the U.S. In short, Western anti-refugee politics are playing directly into the hands of Daesh (ISIS) propagandists.It is, in part, these desperate conditions that are pushing refugees to Europe and beyond.Second, the U.S. should lead an international effort to coordinate the resettlement of qualified, security-screened Syrian and Iraqi refugees. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has taken a courageous stance by receiving more than 700,000 asylum-seekers this year – 70 times the number the U.S. has proposed accepting.
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