Closing borders to refugees is a common knee-jerk reaction to terrorist attacks, so it is not surprising that recent events in Paris are raising new concerns that the surge of Syrian refugees into Europe may facilitate the entry of terrorists. Yet closing borders to those fleeing the same kind of attacks that have been perpetrated against civilians in Paris and Lebanon this past month not only feeds into ISIS' divisive agenda, but suggests a misunderstanding of the refugee crisis.
As Crimean Tatar activists and Ukrainian nationalists prevented repair crews from getting to downed electricity pylons, Kiev closed its airspace to Russian planes and Moscow cut off gas supplies to Ukraine.
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