Tuesday, March 21, 2017

President Trump's dumb anti-terrorism policy

Mr. Trump defended his travel ban, asserting that hundreds of immigrants had been implicated in terrorism. “Hundreds of people from outside the country have been related to terrorism-related offenses.”

This is misleading. Independent analyses do not support Mr. Trump’s claim. The New America Foundation identified 12 jihadist terrorists who had killed people in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001. All were American citizens or permanent residents and none had ties to the countries named in Mr. Trump’s executive order [emphasis added].

Out of the nearly 400 nondeadly jihadist terrorist attacks on American soil since 9/11, perpetrators were linked to Iran or Somalia in three cases. Both countries were named in the travel ban.

According to Charles Kurzman, a sociology professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, immigrant Muslim extremists have accounted for 16 out of 240,000 murders in the United States since 9/11.

Rob's comment:
Since 2005 I've posted more than 400 times with the "Islamic Fascism" label. (This was the first.) The Trump administration is actually making the danger of terrorist attacks in the US more likely by his anti-Islam travel bans, which play into the narrative by Islamic terrorists like ISIS and Al Qaeda that the US is waging a war against Islam, not Islamic terrorism.

The attacks cited in the above story accurately portray the real threat: by individual "lone wolves" here in the US, not from refugees or immigrants.

See The Islamic State’s suspected inroads into America

Later: A perfect example of a "lone wolf" attack happened in London today. Is there any doubt that the guy was an Islamist? This is the kind of terrorism that is most likely in the US also, not a large scale 9/11 attack.

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