The blind hope:
Speaking to The West Block’s Tom Clark, Brison said the Liberals are serious about keeping their campaign promise, which was to get 25,000 government sponsored refugees across Canadian borders by the end of 2015. That timeline has been called into question by experts who say it is likely unrealistic.
And then the brutal facts:
At least one Syrian refugee who had recently entered Europe was among the seven terrorists who carried out the deadliest attacks in France since World War II, according to authorities.
The strikes across Paris left 129 people dead and 352 injured.
This bit of cognitive dissonance isn't a bug of Trudeaupian Liberalism 2.0, it's very much a feature. A soaring rhetoric justified by its aspirations alone. It doesn't matter that there is no practical way to safely process 25,000 refugee claimants in six weeks. It seems to matter even less that once on Canadian soil it will be virtually impossible to deport any of them, regardless of how clearly dangerous they might be to Canadian society.
So why do it? Because it sounds wonderfully kind and noble. You can almost see Justin waiting at Pier 21 as the huddled masses wander ashore. Each in turn falling to the ground to kiss the frozen earth and swear unyielding loyalty to the Trudeau Family and their heirs and successors. The naysayers are the modern day versions of the hard-hearted bigots who sent Jewish refugees back to Nazi Germany in the 1930s.
That those fleeing from Syria have little in common with German Jews or Vietnamese Boat People does not matter. What does matter is the crude morality play that runs perpetual in the mind of the modern Canadian Leftist. This is a tale told in the starkest of terms. There is the pitiable victim, the merciful rescuer and the wicked thwarter of good deeds. This theatrical view of life is the primary filter through which the Left views the modern world.
When faced with a controversial issue the Leftist asks himself three questions: Who is the victim? How can I be the hero? Who will be the villain? This is why the political narrative of the Left is focused on finding - or even inventing - victims. Without the victim there is no way for them to play the hero. Despite preaching altruism the Left - as a practical matter - displays a petty and narrow selfishness.
Their response to the Syrian migrant crisis is not driven by greed for money or even power, ordinary examples of what's called selfishness. Instead it is a response driven by a shocking moral vanity. They wish to be seen as good and noble. If others must bear the price of their nobility then so be it. Whether in the suicidal quest for multiculturalism or ignoring the certainty that deficit financing will lead to national bankruptcy, facts are trumped by feelings. If it feels like the right thing then it is the right thing.
Such emotionalism is now the corner stone of our national public policy. The longer it persists the more brutal will be the wake up call.