French PM says attackers used refugee crisis to 'slip in'
The left says we must not over-interpret the Syrian passport found near one of the Paris attackers. Fair enough. However, fingerprints are tougher to fake, and by them one of the attackers is linked with Greece and the mass migration there from Syria.
Further, French prime minister Manuel Valls, exhorting France's neighbors to take responsibility to secure the borders, says that the attackers used the refugee chaos to hide before the dreadful day.
As debate raged about the failings that had let Abaaoud slip through the net, Valls urged France's neighbours to "play their role properly", saying the whole Schengen system would be "called into question... if Europe does not take responsibility" for its borders.
The Schengen system allows passport-free travel between 26 countries but it has come under severe strain this year as the continent struggles with its biggest migration crisis since World War II.
More than 800,000 migrants and refugees have arrived this year and Valls said some of the Paris attackers had turned the chaos to their advantage.
"These individuals took advantage of the refugee crisis... of the chaos, perhaps, for some of them to slip in" to France, he said on the France 2 television station.
I don't know how I feel about the refugee crisis as I balance my personal compassion for suffering people with the horrible facts on the ground, on November 13, 2015.
So we need a thorough vetting system for the refugees and more security at the borders, both Canada (9/11 hijackers "slipped in" across the northern border) and Mexico.