Just as the Balkans have served as Europe’s «soft underbelly» for the largest mass migration of refugees since World War II, the Caribbean, coupled with Central America, is proving to be America’s own «Balkans» when it comes to Syrian and other migrants flowing into the United States. In the cases of both Europe and America, the flows of migrants, including non-vetted military draft-age men from Syria, Iraq, and other Muslim countries, is being facilitated by the huge network of non-governmental and quasi-governmental organizations influenced by and linked to the international hedge fund tycoon and all-around global troublemaker George Soros.
As revelations spread through the news media in Europe that among the refugees who streamed into Europe from Syria were some of the suicide bombers who launched the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, America was faced with reports that the Obama administration was preparing to accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees. This resulted in calls for a moratorium from 31 state governors, including 30 Republicans and one Democrat, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire; the governor of Guam; and former Ohio Democratic Governor Ted Strickland. Hassan and Strickland are candidates for the U.S. Senate in 2016. Many governors and other elected officials, including mayors and Republican and Democratic legislators, were unconvinced that the Obama administration, which has been under pressure from the Soros machine to lift all border restrictions, could or would adequately screen the migrants. The Obama administration insisted that vetting was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, a department rife with incompetence, misbehavior by agents and officials, financial fraud, and bureaucratic turf battles.
As those who favor a moratorium on Syrian migrant placement in the United States came under vicious attack by irresponsible members of the «progressive» community, authorities in Honduras stopped five Syrian nationals who were trying to travel to the United States on fake Greek passports. These Syrians arrived from Costa Rica, the same country where Cubans, who are freely flying to countries in South America, are arriving in massive numbers in order to gain onward passage to the United States. Nicaragua, like many Balkan nations have experienced with Middle Eastern migrants, has complained about a Cuban «invasion» of their nation. For years, Soros has been trying to stir up Cubans against their government. With the advent of free travel abroad, the Soros operatives are now sponsoring Cuban emigration by air from the island. Destabilization of South and Central America has been the result of this migration. Now, with the addition of Syrian migrants to the mix, the same migratory routes used by the Cubans are now being employed by Syrians.
In July 2015, some 53 Syrians who arrived in the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda under a visa waiver program left by boat destined for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Nothing more was heard about what happened with the Syrians who entered U.S. territory seeking asylum due to religious persecution in Syria. The government of Antigua and Barbuda merely denied that it had sold the Syrians Antiguan passports under the Citizens by Investment Program (CIP). Antigua’s opposition United Progressive Party warned that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) could take advantage of the CIP if Syrians, like Afghans, Iraqis, North Koreans, Somalis, Yemenis, and Iranians were not barred from participating in the «cash for passport» scheme.
The mysterious Syrian migrants in Antigua and their possible connection to jihadist terrorism was not the first time that Antigua figured prominently in terrorist activities. In 2004, two snipers, later said to be a homeless man and a teenage boy from Jamaica, shot at least 13 people in and around Washington, DC. Ten of them died. When Maryland police finally captured lead sniper John Allen Muhammad and his young companion, John Lee Malvo, the story began to grow international legs. At the time of his capture, it was learned that Muhammad was a former U.S. Army Sergeant who served in the Gulf War and that he may have once been stationed with another U.S. Army Special Forces Sergeant named Ali Mohammed, who later became the chief training officer for Al Qaeda. It also was clear that Muhammad was far from homeless – he spent a large amount of time in the Caribbean (where Ali Mohammed had recruited Al Qaeda members) and had been involved in a plot to kidnap Antigua’s Prime Minister. Muhammad was apparently involved in a document forgery scheme on the island to smuggle people, likely including jihadist terrorists, illegally into the United States. Muhammad and Malvo possessed a Global Positioning System device and laptop computer, not the normal paraphernalia for homeless people.
In 2007, a Guyanese immigrant named Russell DeFreitas of Brooklyn was arrested in a plot, which the perpetrators called the «Chicken Farm» and «Chicken Hatchery,» to blow up fuel storage tanks and pipelines at John F. Kennedy International Airport. DeFreitas, a cargo handler at JFK, had two Guyanese accomplices, Abdul Kadir, a former member of the Guyanese parliament, and Abdel Nur. In 2008, Kadir, Nur, and a Trinidadian, Kareem Ibrahim, were arrested in Trinidad and the three were extradited to the United States. The four terrorists were identified by the CIA as part of a jihadist cell operating in Guyana and Trinidad. One informant who ratted out the four terrorist plotters was a member of a violent cocaine and crack smuggling ring in Brooklyn. De Freitas and Kadir received life sentences.
In 2000, Guyanese immigrant Daron Wint, aka Darin Wint, Steffon Wint, and Dillion Wint, came at the age of 20 from Guyana to join his family in the United States. Wint sought to join the Marine Corps the next year. Wint, who attended Marine Corps Basic Training in Parris Island, South Carolina in September 2001, washed out for reasons the Marine Corps has not disclosed. In May 2015, Wint was charged with brutally torturing and murdering Greek-American businessman Savvas Savopoulos, his wife Amy, their 10-year old son Philip, and their El Salvadoran housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa at their $4.5 million home in northwest Washington, DC in the heart of Embassy Row. The murders took place after ISIL posted a video showing the White House with an ISIL flag flying over it. ISIL had threatened to attack Washington. The police never were open about others having been involved in the murder on Embassy Row. Washington police chief Cathy Lanier, in a news conference held outside the Savopoulos home after the discovery of their bodies, said the multiple homicide was «under investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force». Realizing her misstatement, Lanier quickly corrected herself, saying it was the «Joint Arson Task Force».
The Obama administration, which will go down in history as the most secretive on issues of national security, would never admit a jihadist threat from Caribbean waters. After the Paris attacks, St. Lucia decided to provide extra security for the French embassy in the capital of Castries, unusual for an idyllic island paradise. France extended its post-attack state of emergency to its Caribbean territories of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, and St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.
Trinidad and Tobago’s National Security Minister Edmund Dillon estimates that 80 Trinidad and Tobago citizens, including entire families, traveled to Syria to fight for ISIS. The Guyana government, concerned that Guyanese Muslims may be lured to fight for ISIL, are warning against any such temptation. In April 2015, a 16-year old Jamaican boy was deported from Suriname back to Jamaica after he was discovered to be heading to Syria, via the Netherlands and Turkey, to join ISIS. Paramaribo airport authorities disclosed the Jamaican was the third suspected ISIS recruit stopped before boarding a flight to Amsterdam.
An ISIL recruitment video released just prior to the Paris attacks showed three young Trinidadian children in the ISIL «capital» of Raqqa, Syria. Obama criticized those who want to go slow on Syrian refugee immigration, proclaiming, quite petulantly, that the critics «are afraid of ... orphans».
The Obama administration now wants to convince the American people that they are safe from any Islamic State terrorists hiding among Syrian refugees. Many Americans are not buying Obama’s reassurances, pabulum that is cooked up by Soros and his gang of media propagandists and crisis manipulators.
Only when Obama can assure, without any doubt, that the southern and eastern Caribbean maritime borders of the United States are safe – that no jihadists can gain entry into the United States from an arc extending from the Bahamas chain, south to the Windward and Leeward Islands, Hispaniola, Cuba, Jamaica, and South and Central America – should anyone believe the president.