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Weak arguments, lost battle, wrong strategy

Reader comment on item: The Case for Banning Burqas and Niqabs
in response to reader comment: Agree Totally with Cohen-Almagor's Logic, Pipes' Conclusion Except It Isn't Enough

Submitted by David (Israel), Apr 26, 2022 at 03:54

Let's face it: the opposition to burkas and niqabs is driven by the Western peoples' cutlural and civilizational disgust for this awful and repulsive (for us) garment. NOT by anything else. Everybody knows it, even if they do not say so for flawed PC reasons. Therefore Dr. Pipes' arguments are not only weak and inefficient, they play into the hands of the Islamists and useful idiots such as Prof. Cohen-Almagor.

Actually, Dr. Pipes' piece is no more than a self-defeating description of how his own arguments were efficiently used in a trivial jiu-jitsu counter-maneuver in SUPPORT of niqab wearing.

Seriously, Dr. Pipes? Do you really think that it is possible to prevent citizens of a *democratic Western* country to wear whatever ugly rags they choose to wear, with arguments such as vitamin D deficiency? The legal case for the right of women who legally reside in the West to wear whatever they please, is simply unbeatable.

The awful myopia of the Western countries lies in fighting this losing battle INSTEAD of not letting niqab wearing women and their families into the Western countries in the first place. At the borders, there is practically no law. The border officials' power is unlimited. They can put whoever they want on an airplane and kick them back to where they came from. This stems from the fundamental sovereignty of nations. Barring crimes against humanity, which are irrelevant here, nations can legally do pretty much as they please at their borders.

To summarize: do not let them in, on the grounds of cultural incompatibility and lack of respect for local custome and values, and kick them out BEFORE they reach the airport gates. They want to prove their bona fide respect for the customs and values of the country they want to enter and live in? Let them sign a commitment BEFORE THEY CROSS THE BORDER not to wear burka, not to force their women to wear it, and not to abuse local customs, Western style womens' rights, order in the public space etc. And if they break this commitment, kick them out very well just like America knows to *completely legally* kick out people who lied about their Nazi past, their intent to work in the US, or for that matter lied about ANYTHING, in a declaration they signed to get an entry visa, even if this lie is discovered decades after the fact.


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