Diana West

In 2012, following Ramadon's arrest, The Gazette sounded a note of disharmony: "At home, things weren't going as well as the publicity indicated, Hendrex said in 2006, especially after he redeployed and the boy was left in his wife's care. Because of cultural differences, Ramadon had difficulty being in a house run by a woman. A psychologist recommended that he live somewhere else, with a family without military connections, he told The Gazette. 'You had this vision of how you want this to work out, and when I had to go back to Iraq, it really was tough to hear that things weren't going well,' Hendrex told The Gazette."

It sounds as if young Ramadon had to leave the Hendrex house because he was unable to behave respectfully with the wife of his sponsor, his mentor, his lifesaver. Then again, maybe Ramadon was behaving himself -- but according to Islamic teachings that relegate women to inferior status. The "difficulty" young Ramadon had in "a house run by a woman" very likely fell within the norms of Islamic-Iraqi society. Indeed, Ramadon could have adhered correctly to the dictates of sharia (Islamic law) and also appeared -- to a Western man and woman, that is -- to have "had difficulty" with Hendrex's wife. It's easy to imagine a hundred scenarios short of the crime Ramadon later committed that might have led to him and the Hendrexes parting ways. Call it "cultural differences" vs. "this vision."

The problem, then, isn't "cultural differences." The problem is the "vision" that blinds a man like Hendrex to fundamental impasses between Islam and the West over the status of women, over freedom of conscience and freedom of speech. Such "differences" should have scotched the de facto immigration policy Hendrex and the other unnamed military members made on the fly to launch these five Iraqis in U.S. society.

While it's easy to imagine the gratitude the soldiers might have felt toward Iraqi helpers, immigration policy isn't a buddy movie. Then again, our lawmakers are similarly heedless when setting immigration policy. They are all afflicted with the same "vision."

That's what happens after a more than a century of Utopian drip, drip, drip -- Marxism, Leftistism, socialism, liberalism, progressivism, globalism -- all of it coursing through our nation's veins, disabling the body politic to an indefensible point of paralysis.

Islam and the West are interchangeable, this "vision" tells us. Just insert a ballot box on the end of a bayonet and dump a billion dollars worth of recreation rooms and air conditioning units on every outpost in the Islamic world, and, presto -- the House of Burgesses! Goodbye, sharia, and hello, Bill of Rights! Hello, religious freedom, freedom of speech, the works.

Stateside, "Steve-O" will be just fine with the wife because Hendrex, the military and government officials all have "a vision of how you want this to work out." And if it doesn't work out, just send Steve-O on his way.

These same visionaries now want the U.S. to admit 20,000 or 30,000 Syrian Muslim refugees. Why not? No one will ever notice the "cultural differences."

At least, few will talk about them, and even fewer will take them seriously at the national level -- regardless of the peril these fundamental religious and cultural impasses pose for peace and freedom inside our borders.

Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).