All Downhill

November 19th, 2015

The Syrian Refugee Crisis

Download: 20151019.mp3 (31:41, 29.8 MB)

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Correction: according to their website, a roughly 3 1/2 minute report on the Beirut bombings aired on NPR the morning of November 13th.

In light of the November 13th attacks in Paris, Mike and Patrick discuss the Syrian Refugee Crisis and ISIS. Topics covered include media bias in reporting certain events more prominently than others, Islamophobia, the importance of winning the ideological war against ISIS, Facebook profile picture overlays, the protestant reformation, and the so-called “greyzone.”

Further Information

During the episode, Mike brings up the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon versus the number in France: for those interested, there are currently 1,075,637 Syrian refugees in Lebanon, 314,731 of whom are in Beirut. France, on the other hand, has a combined total of 308,126 refugees and asylum seekers from all countries combined (that is, not just Syria). Even under president Hollande's plan to accept 30,000 more Syrian refugees after the Paris attacks, that still leaves France's total far lower than Lebanon's. This is not an indictment of France in anyway (among other things, Lebanon is much closer to Syria than France, and so easier for refugees to get to), merely some numbers worth knowing.

Furthermore, in the episode Patrick brings up the existence of female suicide bombers. According to reports, a female suicide bomber was shot dead in France sometime early November 18th. Sources for this and for the refugee numbers can be found in the episode sources below.

Episode Sources

  1. Did the media ignore the Beirut bombings? Or did readers? -
  2. ISIS Takes Credit For Beirut Suicide Bombings; At Least 43 Killed -
  3. The New York Times Homepage (November 12th, 2015) -
  4. ISIS Claims Responsibility for Blasts That Killed Dozens in Beirut - The New York Times
  5. THE EXTINCTION OF THE GRAYZONE - ansarukhilafah (link via
  6. The Saudi Wahhabis are the real foe - POLITICO
  7. I Have Often Told You Stories (guitar instrumental) - Ivan Chew - © 2013 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.
  8. Lebanon - Refugee Stats. - UNHCR
  9. France - Refugee Stats. - UNHCR
  10. Paris shootout: 2 dead, incl. female suicide bomber, 7 arrested as police, army hunt suspects -


This episode contains some strong language.

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