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It's easier to make the case that America must stop "Jihadist sympathisers" from moving to America

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Submitted by Anon. (Israel), Jan 13, 2016 at 16:56

For example, in Britain, 30% of Muslims polled felt that the 7/7 suicide bombings were 'justified'. A much higher figure than the 10%-15% Pipes refers to in describing Islamists. Had the question been regarding blowing up Americans, the percentage would probably have risen to 40%-55%.
Stopping Islamists would however stop pretty much every Jihadist sympathiser from entering.

It's easier to make the case that America must stop "Jihadist sympathisers" from moving to America. It's much more intuitively true. And while most Islamists are not active Jihadists, they are Jihad sympathizers. Every care should be taken to stop "Jihadist sympathizers" from coming to America, rather than merely "extremists" or even "Islamists" since the latter would open the door to defining countless non-Muslims as "extremists" who must be stopped from entering. The bureaucracy is politically correct and will always try to target primarily non-Muslims.
This is why in Britain, in an effort to combat Islamic extremism in schools, OFSTED shuts down Christian and Jewish schools who don't preach enough about Islam's virtues and even shuts them down (or tries to) for not inviting enough Imams to lead assembly. That's what happens when the problem is defined merely as "extremism".

If the problem is defined as "Islamism", they'll try to stop Christian and Jews from entering, arguing that doing otherwise is a form of double-standards. However, focusing on "Jihadist sympathizers" neatly blocks their path and cannot so easily be subverted into easing the way of hardline Muslims while hurting non Muslims.

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