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Commentary, sarcasm and snide remarks from a Florida resident of over thirty years. Being a glutton for punishment is a requirement for residency here. Who am I? I've been called a moonbat by Michelle Malkin, a Right Wing Nut by Daily Kos, and middle of the road by Florida blog State of Sunshine. Tell me what you think.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Send them all back

Pat Buchanan at Townhall wrote-

Almost no attention has been paid to the fact that Cho Seung-Hui was not an American at all, but an immigrant, an alien. Had this deranged young man who secretly hated us never come here, 32 people would heading home from Blacksburg for summer vacation.

What was Cho doing here? How did he get in?

Cho was among the 864,000 Koreans here as a result of the Immigration Act of 1965, which threw the nation's doors open to the greatest invasion in history, an invasion 4pposed by a majority of our people. Thirty-six million, almost all from countries whose peoples have never fully assimilated in any Western country, now live in our midst.

Cho was one of them.
Buchanan is either full of hate or just doesn't get much. He obviously hasn't met any of the thousands of Philippine immigrants to this country. Like my wife, and they have more than assimilated into this country.

As to Korean-Americans, I'll point out.

1- 99,000 have been adopted by American families since the end of the Korean war.

2- Mary Karen Read, one of those killed at Virginia Tech, was born to an American father and Korean mother in Seoul South Korea in 1988.

At least four of those killed at Virginia Tech were foreign born. I haven't gone and counted. One was the Professor who sacrificed his life for his students. Hey Pat, do you ever think of what immigrants contribute to this country?

3- The thousands of brides brought to the US by their military husbands dating back to the end of the Korean war. Military marriages have high divorce rates, but still many of these women are still married and assimilated into US culture.

4- Korean Americans have made notable contributions to this country. Take for instance, Victor Cha.

Victor D. Cha, a Georgetown University international relations professor, started his job as an Asia specialist at the White House's National Security Council during Christmas week in 2004. His boss at the time said it would be a quiet period to settle into his new job, the first time Cha had worked for the government.

Then the Asian tsunami struck, killing at least 235,000 people as it swept across a dozen countries.

Cha's sudden introduction to high-level crisis management was a revelation. Debate over the rise of China and the eclipse of the United States dominate the discussions within the ivy walls of academia. But in the real world, he discovered, only one nation had the military might and the diplomatic connections to quickly deal with the tragedy.

"You see that in the crisis of this magnitude, what is the country that steps up and provides the public good? It wasn't China. China's role was helpful but peripheral. It was the United States," Cha said. "It is not only that we responded but that everyone is looking to us to respond."

Cha, 45, will return to Georgetown this week, but his government service has had unusual impact, especially for an ivory-tower academic with no experience in policymaking.

He arrived at the White House with a reputation as an advocate for a tough approach to negotiations with North Korea -- what he called "hawk engagement" -- but in the end he drafted the crucial memo that helped persuade President Bush earlier this year to allow U.S. negotiators to meet for bilateral talks with their North Korean counterparts in Berlin.

The approach all but shattered the taboo on substantive bilateral negotiations that Bush had imposed since the crisis over North Korea's nuclear ambitions erupted nearly five years ago. North Korea requested the meeting after refusing substantive talks at six-nation negotiations in December. (Pyongyang proposed Geneva as a venue, but that is where a Clinton-era agreement scorned by Bush was negotiated, so Berlin was chosen.)

Cha caught Bush's eye by arguing in his memo that it is time to test North Korea's intentions -- seeking an agreement with specific actions and a limited time frame. North Korea ultimately agreed to shut down its nuclear reactor in 60 days if the United States ended a banking inquiry, but North Korea has now missed the deadline by more than two weeks.

Cha declined to discuss the memo. But he said that despite media reports of intense ideological disputes over Korea policy, "from my perch, it is all what the president decides. He wanted to see if the North Koreans were serious about implementing the September 2005 joint statement." Cha was referring to a deal that had gone dormant for more than a year. "Part of trying to decide whether they are serious is that you pull on the negotiating thread a bit harder."

Cha, a fluent Korean speaker whose father-in-law was a general and minister in the Roh Tae Woo government of South Korea, was also responsible for policy to Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands, reporting to Dennis Wilder, senior director for Asian affairs. But Cha has made his mark on North Korea policy, particularly after he was elevated last year to be the deputy U.S. negotiator at the North Korea talks, working closely with Assistant Secretary of State Christopher R. Hill, the chief negotiator.
I guess we're supposed to forget all this, and deport all Koreans back to their home country because of one mass murderer. That's if you take Buchanan's writing to its illogical conclusion.

Dr. Steven Taylor writes-

Now, there is no denying the fact that if we had had no immigration from Korea, then Cho would never have gone on his rampage. By the same token if the US had a policy of killing all children save for firstborns, then Cho’s rampage likewise would never have happened. In other words, Buchanan’s argument here is utter nonsense.

Buchanan goes on to list numerous immigrants who have committed violent crimes.

What about Timothy McVeigh? Last time I checked, he was home grown. The Columbine criminals? Natives. Same for Charles Whitman, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy, to name a few.

The commonality is that human beings will sometimes do evil–even massive evil. Keeping immigrants out won’t stop that.
Buchanan is xenophobic but then I think that applies to much of the immigration debate that's going on right now. TFM is all for legal immigration, because this country needs workers.

Linked to- Perri Nelson, Right Voices, Third World County,

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