By Letter to the Editor on May 18, 2017.
Re: “Mideast problems have long history,” May 12 Lethbridge Herald.
Mohammed Abushaban lives in an enlightened country, and is free to spout what J.W. Schnarr correctly points out as conspiracy theories to anyone willing to listen. However, it concerns me that Mr. Abushaban is contracted as an interpreter working with new Syrian Canadians settling in Lethbridge. In that regard, he is like a teacher who can pass on hateful lessons to classes of impressionable and vulnerable students; even more so, as an interpreter is often the most crucial link these new citizens have to the outside world.
How easy would it be for some or many of them to be radicalized by the notion that the West is “fuelling the hate between all parties” in the Middle East, that Saddam Hussein was executed because he was no longer fulfilling his “chosen role of creating chaos in the region,” that “efforts are being made to create total dependency on banking institutions,” that the mere existence of Israel is a constant source of instability, and so on. Even more important than screening refugees, it is imperative to screen those who assist them in integrating into Canadian society.
Speaking of screening, I was surprised to learn that he spoke under the auspices of SACPA. Should this organization not be doing some vetting to ensure that its speakers meet a minimum threshold of credibility and repute?
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