UPDATE: Moments after this story was shared, reports hit the news of a terrorist attack at the international airport in Istanbul, Turkey, where three suicide bombers have killed at least 36 people.
MESSAGE FROM DENNIS MICHAEL LYNCH:
Currently, my family and I are taking a cruise outside the United States. The staff members are from all over the world.
Last night, we had a wonderful waiter who served an outstanding dinner. He is a citizen of Turkey. I held a short Q&A session which I believe is worth sharing with you.
DML: Where in Turkey are you from?
WAITER: Istanbul. Have you ever been to Istanbul?
DML: No. And I don’t think I’ll be going any time soon — you have a growing problem with terror cells — do you not?
WAITER: Yes, we do. Istanbul used to be one of the best places on earth. It is no longer that way.
DML: Because of the terror?
WAITER: Yes, and now we are getting so many Syrian refugees — these are young men who are animals.
DML: Really? How would you describe these animals?
WAITER: They don’t care about life. They are criminals. For some reason my country accepts these people. We are supposed to take in only educated people, but we don’t. We take in people with no education. We take in young men with no skills and no chance to get work. They join ISIS because ISIS will pay them.
DML: Is it getting worse?
WAITER: It’s getting worse each day I am told. I am supposed to work on this ship for months at a time and then return home. Not this time. I have to return home early — I am returning home soon because I have to help move my sister and mother.
WAITER: We live in a nice apartment in a beautiful part of Istanbul. But now 8 Syrian refugees moved into our complex last week and more are coming. They are bad people. My mother and sister are very scared. I have to move my family away from them. Everyone is doing same thing. Everyone wants to move away from these bad people.
DML: Where will you go?
WAITER: I don’t know because there is no place without refugees. They are everywhere.
DML: They are coming to America now.
WAITER: Yes, I know. America does not want these people. They are evil. They hate women. They hate all people who do not think like them. I will probably have to rejoin the military when I return home.
DML: What do you mean?
WAITER: I was in the military a few years ago. Those of us who left may have to return because it’s getting so bad.
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