The Ninth Circus Court has spoken, and the decision of the three-judge panel — to uphold the block on the administration’s temporary travel ban — is drawing cheer from liberals. This comes at a time when liberals are finding precious little to cheer about, but their victory dance may be short-lived. I hope to God I’m wrong, but a reliable source has confirmed that among the 4.8 million people who have fled Syria, there are “definitely” terrorists passing themselves off as asylum seekers.
So which Republican made that claim, which will almost certainly turn out to be specious? Try none. The observation was made by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — in English — in an interview with investigative journalist Michael Isikoff.
For those who are still skeptical, there is “videotape” to go to, as Warner Wolf used to say.
In the interview, which is to be published in its entirety tomorrow, Assad elaborates:
You can find it on the Net: Those terrorists in Syria, holding the machine gun or killing people, they [appear as] peaceful refugees in Europe or in the West…. [Y]ou don’t need a significant number to commit atrocities.
He explained that the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated and carried out by fewer than 20 terrorists, adding, “So it’s not about the number, it’s about the quality, it’s about the intentions.”
One question I have pondered is why Assad is suddenly getting cozy with western journalists. Maybe he is aware that the tides are turning in his own country’s civil war and plans on seeking safe harbor in the event the rebels prevail.
Regardless of his motives, I don’t think the U.S. can afford to take his warnings lightly.