Trump’s Muslim Ban: Another Symptom of the War on Terror

Photo by thierry ehrmann | CC BY 2.0

Photo by thierry ehrmann | CC BY 2.0

 

On January 28, President Trump signed an executive order denying entry for 90 days to the United States for individuals from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia. A spokeswoman from the Department of Homeland Security told Reuters the ban would prevent people from banned countries who are green card holders from returning to the United States if they travel abroad. Trump defended the order, claiming, “it’s not a Muslim ban,” but in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network he noted Christian refugees would receive priority in resettlement process. The Huffington Post reported there have been no fatal terror attacks in the United States committed by immigrants from the seven countries banned.

Protests erupted at major airports across the country in response to the ban. The ban, rather than an anomaly induced by Trump’s presidency, was enabled by a long campaign of misinformation and a destructive U.S. foreign policy predicated on fears over terrorism since 9/11. These misconceptions were manipulated to manufacture support for the Iraq War, and increase U.S. intervention, weapons exports, and bombing campaigns throughout the Middle East. Despite a congressional inquiry suggesting the Saudi Arabian government supported the 9/11 hijackers and helped fund terrorist organizations, Saudi Arabia’s prominent status as allies and wealthy business partners with America’s political elite and…

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