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Submitted by Mitch Fugger (Netherlands), Feb 16, 2017 at 04:17

Maybe an ill-informed opinion, but my view is that vetting as an approach is still too 'nice'. How about a long-term ban? The arguments are:

- it forces their societies to clean themselves. True, it would be collective punishment, but moderate Muslims could exert considerable pressure on their radicalized peers
- as France is painfully discovering, the problems are with second- and third-generation Muslims. 1 Million Muslims immigrated to France after France left Algeria in the '50. These Muslims were never violent; in fact they came with the French to flee the Islamists in Algeria. But their children and grandchildren are now a huge problem
- the contribution of Muslims to Western society is still negligible
- the problem is not only belief and religious practice, but everyday life, interpersonal relationships, etc. Sons being brought up by a Muslim father and mother will always be treated as semi-gods. The few ex-Muslims that currently circulate in the Western media have the usual traits of spoilt sons: aggressive, aloof, arrogant, and, frankly, a bit stupid (e.g. Maajid Nawaz proposal that the West needs to change its perspective on Islam).

Only people that demonstrate a consistent Western-oriented *behavior* (e.g. regime critics) should be allowed in.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I explained in the article that it's easy to pretend to convert out of Islam.

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