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Trump's Refugee Ban Mightier Than Sword of Terror

Trump's Refugee Ban Mightier Than Sword of Terror

Anti-Trump, immigration executive order protesters at the Los Angeles International Airport, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2016. (Reed Saxon/AP)  

Monday, 06 February 2017 05:49 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Great. With his executive order temporarily suspending some Mideast immigrants from entering America, President Trump has ruined my spring getaway.

In a reciprocal move, Iraq’s Parliament has banned U.S. citizens from visiting that paradise in the desert. Darn. And I was so looking forward to a vacation of unforgettable activities such as dodge the IED, don’t lose your head, the Iraqi mine tour (no, not a coal mine), and the highly-interactive pick the car bomb shell game.

So the U.S. suspends entry to some who unabashedly want to inflict carnage, while Iraq denies entry to those who liberated it from Saddam Hussein and ISIS.

Nothing like chopping off the head of a gift horse.

Here’s what the president’s order does, and why it was issued:

  • The policy is sound, but the politics leave much to be desired. The timing could not have been worse — another example of how green Mr. Trump’s staff is.
  • It’s one thing to show you’re doing things quickly, but quite another to be seen as flailing. Why rush the executive order, instead of waiting until your Supreme Court nominee is confirmed? That lack of foresight has now painted a monstrous bulls-eye on Neil Gorsuch’s back where there wouldn’t have been one. 
  • It’s time for a politically-savvy adult to run the show. Anyone? Bueller?
  • A few bumps implementing the order were to be expected. However, the administration needs to learn that a little humility goes a lot further than smugness. Admitting that it didn’t go as smoothly as planned, and apologizing to those wrongly inconvenienced (such as legal residents with green cards) buys tremendous goodwill and political capital —  two things of which a President can never have enough of.
  • Unequivocally, this is not a Muslim ban. Banning Arabs/Muslims would not only be unenforceable because 1) there are many Christian Arabs, and 2) there is no way to verify one’s religion, but it would be unconstitutional. But the countries being predominantly Muslim is not coincidental, as they are the biggest hotbeds of anti-Western terrorism. Sure, terrorists can be homegrown, but it’s clear Mideast fundamentalists pose the greatest threat. That’s not opinion, but fact. All nineteen 9/11 hijackers were male Muslims of similar age of Mideast origins. As were the 1993 World Trade Center bombers; the trans-Atlantic shoe bomber, the underwear bomber, the bombers of the USS Cole, the Times Square bomber, the Madrid train bombers, the London subway bombers, and those who attacked Fort Dix and Fort Hood. Same for San Bernardino and the bombings in New York and New Jersey. And of course, the horrendous attacks in Europe.
  • A temporary suspension of people from countries posing the biggest threat to Americans is prudent until more stringent (and less politically correct) vetting safeguards are enacted. We finally have a leader who is proactive versus reactive. That should be applauded.
  • Should the ban have included Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt — homes of the 9/11 terrorists? To look politically evenhanded, maybe.
    But those countries are a far cry from the lawless hinterlands of Syria, Somalia, Libya, Iraq, Yemen and Sudan. (Iran is more modern, but espouses a hard anti-American line). The countries on the suspension list are wholly incapable of performing even the most basic background checks, in part because some in charge are themselves the enemy. Granted, America caused much of the turmoil, but that isn’t Donald Trump’s fault, and it doesn’t change the huge security risks facing America.
  • The U.S. has a strong relationship with the Saudi and Emirates’ governments and their intelligence services. Since they’re on notice that there’s a new sheriff in town, perhaps not including them in the travel ban will prove beneficial. But the administration hasn’t articulated that — to its detriment. It needs to run nationwide ads explaining what it’s doing, and why.
  • So-called experts claiming the travel ban will lead to more attacks in the U.S. need to get a life. Their level of stupidity is astonishing. Enough said.
  • Many politically-correct CEO’s are opposing the ban. Yet the irony of espousing such a sexist policy is immense, since none of those countries give a damn about their women, especially educating them, so that they too could work.

Utter hypocrisy.

  • America will always be a country built on legal immigration, one that opens its heart, and borders, to more people every year than the rest of the world combined. We are, and God-willing always will be, the shining beacon that keeps the flame of hope lit for billions.

God helps those who help themselves.

A significant step occurred, helping America, when President Trump signed his executive order. That is when his pen became mightier than the sword of terror.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now

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The U.S. will always be built on legal immigration. A nation open to more people every year than the rest of the world. We are, and God-willing always will be, a shining beacon keeping the flame of hope,for billions. President Trump's executive order pen has become mightier than the sword of terror.
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