So I’ve been saving this for a rainy day. I haven’t addressed the recent activity of Donald Trump and the subsequent reaction as I wanted to see how far things were going to go. Now however it feels right to comment on the news of Trumps travel ban as well as the demonstrations in America and internationally against said ban.
There is little point in explaining the ban as it is reasonably simple and unless you are as detached as the Donald himself from the real world, you probably know about it anyway. What I intend to do however is to highlight the main lies which are used by some to defend this ban.
The first excuse for this policy of fear and segregation was that Israelis are banned from some Arab countries and that this is exactly the same and idiotic liberals don’t raise their voice at this. The truth however is that this is to completely ignore the fact that some Muslim countries accept the United Nations’ judgment that Israel is guilty of war crimes and therefore take a decision to sanction that sovereign government in Israel with a restriction of travel for its citizens until that sovereign government falls into line with international law. Sorry ‘Trumpites’.
Then we come to the ‘but another person did it’ argument. In this particular case defenders of Trumps ban as well as the man himself say that the list was created by Obama and that he also put a six month ban on the people of Iraq coming to America. Again not true. Obama’s Iraqi visa policy in 2011 did not ban Iraqis from entering the country. Instead, following the arrest of two Iraqi immigrants who were linked to acts of terror in Iraq as their finger prints matches those on bomb fragments, the Obama administration initiated a new review of roughly 57,000 Iraqis refugees who had been recently admitted into the United States. As a result numbers coming into the country dropped periodically because of a delay in document reviews and security checks. Not a ban, sorry Conservatives.
Finally that this is simply protecting American citizens from dangerous terror states. The new US President has imposed a 90-day ban on travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. However recent terror attacks in the US – including the San Bernardino attack and the Orlando nightclub shooting – were not committed by citizens from the seven banned countries.The President left Saudi Arabia out of the order – despite most of those who hijacked airliners to attack New York and Washington DC on 9/11, the deadliest terrorist episode in history, being Saudis. Sorry Marine Le Pen and frankly anyone else who can somehow justify such a man.
The billionaire did however register eight new companies in Saudi Arabia during his campaign to reach the White House. He also failed to include Egypt, even though the leader of the 9/11 hijackers was Mohammed Atta, an Egyptian man. These are facts, no fake news here.
Not only do I find it confusing that people would want to protect this ban and the person who implemented it, I’m also hesitant to refer to the 45th President of the United States as person, with a name and morals. I agree with Amnesty International as they highlight the fact that refugees are fleeing war and human rights abuses in these countries, adding: “The ban is cruel, inhumane, and violates international law.”
Promise the next blog will be more uplifting (well I’ll try my best anyway!).