With as many people who are against Trump’s ban of refugees from Muslim nations, it’s hard to believe there are sick individuals who are actually celebrating the ban. Granted these individuals are chauvinistic and bigoted. The Washington Post reports that Jihadist terrorist groups are particularly excited over Trump’s executive order.
On Sunday, Jihadist groups celebrated the travel ban put in place by the Trump administration. They declared that the new laws being served as confirmation that there is a war between Islam and the United States, which is the last thing our country needs.
There were posts made on social media from pro-Islamic State accounts that are predicting that, in light of Trump’s executive order, more American Muslims will adopt extremist ideas. One post suggested that the Trump administration planned to start a war in the Middle-East and argued that such a war would be a great recruiting tool for ISIS.
Many experts on the Middle East have disapproved of Trump’s ban and warned that it could lead to an increase in terrorist activity. Trump and his team didn’t stop to think of the safety risks that would come along with their bans. Their only concern was finding a way to increase their political standing.
The Washington Post reports that Robert Richer, the former deputy chief of the [CIA]’s Operations Directorate during the George W. Bush administration said:
‘This was a win for jihadists and other anti-U.S. forces. It fuels the belief out there that Americans are anti-Islam. Otherwise, it accomplishes nothing, because the ones we are most concerned about can still get to the United States.’
Now we have Trump jeopardizing the safety of Americans just so that he and the rest of the Republican Party can say they are tough on terrorism. I’m an advocate for standing your ground and not backing down to prevent looking like a coward. I also believe in doing what is in the best interest of our country but there are more appropriate and civil ways to handle the issue at hand. The GOP is taking risks that previous presidents have successfully managed to avoid. Trump’s racist and xenophobic ban on Muslim immigrants and refugees is at the very heart of those increased risks. In less than two weeks our new boneheaded president has managed to alienate our allies, embolden our enemies, and make America less safe.
By putting bans on the Muslim countries of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen Trump is practically begging for another terrorist attack within the United States, especially considering there have been multiple attempts following 9/11. According to the ban, those seven countries are just the beginning of the list Trump is working on. Banning individuals from specific countries or areas of the world is like poking a bear with a stick, there is not going to be a happy ending to this mess. In general, the carelessness of the new administration could cost many Americans their lives.
Banning individuals from specific countries or areas of the world is like poking a bear with a stick; it simply will not end well for anyone involved. In general, the carelessness of the new administration could cost many Americans their lives.
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