Barring Syrian Refugees From The West Would Be Bad For The Middle East

ESPMI Network

Syrian boys herd sheep near a refugee camp in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.

The Middle East is bursting at the seams from the Syrian refugee crisis. When I was in Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley a few months ago, tension was mounting between the locals and the tens of thousands of Syrian refugees who’ve flooded into the area. Officials in one town were threatening to evict hundreds of Syrians living in a squalid camp in a muddy lot. Schools have been overwhelmed by Syrian students. The Lebanese overall have been welcoming but with no end in sight to the Syrian war many Lebanese were starting to complain that Syrian laborers are driving down wages and driving up housing prices.

And now the situation could get even worse.

In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris and Beirut, there’ve been calls to bar refugees from Europe and the U.S. The concerns were prompted by some early reports indicating that at least one the attackers in…

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