Let's agree that the vast majority of middle eastern refugees aren't terrorists, nor do they have any intent of taking up arms against their host nations.
The problem is bringing in large numbers of middle eastern people who hold vile and repugnant views on gays, women, homosexuals, Jews, speech that slanders prophets and gods, etc. Views that make our christian far right look tame in comparison. Look at the polls. http://www.pewforum.org/2013/04/30/the-w…
99% of middle easter muslims see homosexuality as immoral. 30-50% believe honor killings of females are sometime permissible. 90%+ do not believe a woman has a right to choose abortion. The majority believe death is the appropriate punishment for leaving Islam. 80%+ believe a wife must always obey her husband.
America has succeeded and Europe has failed to integrate Muslim communities. The generation of Muslim's born in Europe hold more vile illiberal views than their parents. The key is to allow numbers of Muslims here seeking asylum who can be absorbed into American traditions and cultures so we can eliminate the barbaric way of thought they are coming to us with (yes, I consider anyone who views women as unequal, who views gays as an abomination worthy of state discrimination, who hold virulent anti-Semitic views as barbaric).
I don't understand how so many secular liberals (like me, like Dan Savage) have no conerns in bringing over masses of people who view these values as an abomination. Not all Syrians are terrorists, of course. Not all German's were Nazi's but you could excuse Israeli's if they were being asked to resettle large numbers of German's fleeing WW2. Not all white South African's were racist thugs but you could excuse African American's for being concerned if they were being asked to absorb large numbers of White South African's in their communities after the fall of apartheid.