Dear Governors, dear American people,
as a French citizen, I would like to ask you not to show your compassion for Paris, if you think that your State is right not to accept Syrian refugees on its shores.
If you truly are compassionate people, start by treating all human beings the same. I am shocked and deeply saddened by the Paris attacks, but I am even more shocked by your isolationist and xenophobic reaction to it.
Please keep in mind that every human being, regardless of its nationality, is someone’s son or daughter, someone’s husband or wife, someone’s sister or brother, and has the same fundamental right to freedom as you. So if you can’t find it in your heart to see the Syrian people’s pain, or if you assimilate a refugee to a terrorist, please don’t bother pretending you are sorry for my country.
My country was the first to stand for universal human rights, and doesn’t need to get compassion from people who only wish those rights to be attributed to a selected few.