As Europe tries to grapple with the most serious immigration crisis since World War II made worse by terror attacks by radical Islamic terrorists, and the United States debates whether to admit tens of thousands of refugees that may or may not be legitimately seeking asylum, oil-rich Muslim countries stand on the sidelines doing little.

The reason is simple, they are trying to avoid what they call “the risk of terrorism.”

The United Nations estimates that upward of 12 million Syrians have been uprooted by civil war in the past four years and although most displaced Syrians have remained in their homeland, as many as four million have tried to escape the violence and bloodshed by crossing the border to Turkey to the north and Lebanon and Jordan to the south and east.

Many have attempted to cross the Mediterranean to access Europe at such entry points as the Greek island of Leros as they seek asylum throughout the continent and most often in immigration-friendly Germany, Serbia, Austria, Sweden and Great Britain.

President Obama has vowed to bring 100,000 Syrian immigrants to the U.S. for resettlement throughout the country, but the revolt of 24 states that no longer want to accept the risk associated with unvetted Syrian immigrants, raises doubts as to how the president will effectuate that promise.

At the same time, five Muslim countries among the most wealthy have refused to accept any Syrian refugees, citing the risk of exposure to terrorism as their justification.

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain, the most wealthy Muslim countries in the world, have refused to accept a single refugee from Syria recognizing what the U.S., the U.K. and many countries in Europe have not acknowledged in the threat posed by Islamic extremists mingling among legitimate asylum seekers to gain access to European communities for the purpose of carrying out jihad from within.

Lebanon closed its borders to Syrian refugees in June and Jordan did the same in August.

Amnesty International’s Head of Refugee and Migrants’ Rights, Sherif Elsayid-Ali, attacked the refusal of Muslim countries to take in Syrian refugees as “shameful.”

“The records of Gulf countries is absolutely appalling, in terms of actually showing compassion and sharing the responsibility of this crisis. It is a disgrace.”

The Muslim countries are adopting a policy of donating aid to benefit the refugees with the UAE funding a refugee camp in Jordan, and Saudi Arabia and Qatar donating food, shelter, clothing and funds to those who have fled to the bordering nations.

The total donated by the wealthy Muslim nations, estimated as $896 million, falls far short of the less than the $4.2 billion donated by the U.S. so far.

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