The best way to protect America is by no longer attacking other countries, massacring their people, looting their resources, ruthlessly seeking unchallenged global dominance – along with harming its most vulnerable citizens and residents.
Decision-making in Washington is all about politics, unrelated to officially stated reasons. The only terrorist threat Americans face is from their own government – at the federal, state and local levels, no others.
The notion of gun-toting Muslim terrorists threatening US communities is utter nonsense. It’s racist.
Freedom-destroying policies, fantasy democracy, government serving privileged interests exclusively, killer cops, and growing tyranny are real issues of concern – making America inhospitable for most of its citizens and residents, nightmarish for its most vulnerable millions.
Trump’s Muslim immigration suspension and extreme vetting policy didn’t surprise. In December 2015, his campaign issued a statement, saying he “call(ed) for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
At the time, he said Muslim “hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine.”
“Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”
He provided no evidence of a homeland Muslim threat because there is none. Claiming otherwise is false. It’s flagrantly racist. It’s unconstitutional to target individuals or groups for religious reasons. Pretexts used as justification have no legitimacy.
Trump continued US war on Islam his predecessors began, despite claiming otherwise.
Saying his order “is about terror and keeping our country safe” is rubbish. He targeted seven predominantly Muslim countries, mostly ones America attacked aggressively.
Saudi Arabia and other tyrannical Gulf monarchies aren’t affected. Nor are numerous other majority Muslim rogue states or ones with predominantly Judeo/Christian populations – NATO members and Israel responsible for horrific state terror, waging endless wars on humanity, causing millions of casualties and unspeakable human misery, America the lead offender.
Trump said his order “is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries (he targeted) are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror.”
He had things backwards. So does Trump – blaming victims for high crimes committed against them by America and its rogue allies.
Top priority for any government is do no harm. Singling out Muslims from seven countries irresponsibly targets them all unfairly and illegally, US Muslim citizens tarred with the same brush.
Hundreds of travelers stranded at airports, detained in transit, or kept off flights to America solely for their nationality and faith is a Trump administration declaration of war on Islam, besides America’s continuing hot ones in multiple theaters he’s shown no signs of ending.
He’s continuing longstanding US discrimination against Muslims going back decades, intensified post-9/11.
Islam is disparaged in contrast to manufactured notions of Western values, high-mindedness, and moral superiority.
Islamic tenets are ignored. The Koran teaches love, not hate; peace, not violence; charity, not selfishness; and tolerance, not terrorism.
Denigrating Muslims as terrorists reflects fear-mongering, an unjustifiable pretext for waging endless wars on Islamic countries – besides making it the wrong time to be Muslim in America.
America’s imperial madness is the major issue of our time, inventing enemies to advance its agenda, millions paying the price for its ruthlessness at home and abroad.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected]
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