In the interests of making it easier to read for all of the masochists out there that might like to see the full conversation, I am offering this easy organizational post.
It all started with me stating on Facebook that I thought we should take in Syrian Refugees. My friend vehemently opposed this idea. He has 20 years experience in the military and is currently an officer in the armed forces. He has proven himself in the past to have an agile mind. I figured this would be an interesting opportunity to see where my own beliefs and arguments might fall short. If my ideas are not good enough to survive an encounter with a disparate belief, they need to be either refined or abandoned. This process is ongoing.
So, here is my original post.
Here is John's response.
Here is my rebuttal.
Here is John's return.
At this stage, I am not sure if there is any value in my responding or continuing the argument. I think the ideology is pretty clear on both sides and the various strengths and weakness of the ideas are present. Anything further than this threatens to devolve into a less illuminating process. I leave off with my opposition having the last word in an attempt to remove all strains of bias due to home field advantage. My hope is that anyone who reads this can get a better understanding of the positions taken by either side and use that understanding to build their own, more balanced opinion.