If you hear someone in the media talking about Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban,” you can pretty much assume that they have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about. After all, how is a 90-day travel ban on seven countries that house fewer than 10 percent of the world’s Muslim population a “Muslim ban”?
If Trump wanted to ban Muslims from entering America he’d ban immigration from Indonesia. Clearly, that wasn’t the case. In fact, Trump didn’t even pick the nations to be included in the ban – Obama did when he signed off on the 2015 Terrorist Travel Prevention Act.
Nonetheless, the majority of Americans support the ban – including some Muslims. Among the latest to praise the ban is none other than the United Arab Emirates, which ironically seems to be more strict with what they’ll classify as a terrorist organization. For instance, they classify the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), as a terror group. You likely know CAIR as the Muslim advocacy group you’ll see on CNN referring to any criticism of Islam in any way as Islamophobic.
As Western Journalism reported:
The foreign minister to the United Arab Emirates, a Muslim-dominant country that borders Saudi Arabia and Oman, has come out in defense of U.S. President Donald Trump’s recently enacted moratorium on immigration from terror-prone nations.
“The United States has taken a decision that is within the American sovereign decision,” foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan reportedly said during a press conference Wednesday alongside his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.
“There are attempts to give the impression that this decision is directed against a particular religion, but what proves this talk to be incorrect first is what the U.S. administration itself says … that this decision is not directed at a certain religion.”
The ban even had the unintended consequence of having other countries with a terrorism problem to toughen up their act out of fear of being included on the list of banned countries.
As the Washington Post reported: The sudden house arrest of a high-profile Islamist cleric in Pakistan on Monday sparked peaceful protests Tuesday by his followers, who condemned it as a government effort to appease the Trump administration after it banned visitors and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries over the weekend — and after a top presidential aide hinted that Pakistan could be added to the list.
Supporters of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the fiery leader of the Jamaat-ul-Dawa movement [an affiliate of the Pakistani Taliban], said the move by Pakistani officials had also come at the behest of India, Pakistan’s Hindu-led rival and neighbor. The group zealously opposes India’s claim to the disputed Kashmir border region, and a previous militant group led by Saeed, Lashkar-e-Taiba, was blamed for the 2008 terrorist siege that killed 166 people in the Indian city of Mumbai.
“There was pressure coming from the U.S. on Pakistani authorities to either arrest Hafiz Saeed or face the sanctions, and the government succumbed to that pressure,” Nadeem Awan, a spokesman for Saeed, said in an interview Tuesday. The U.S. government offered a $10 million bounty for Saeed’s arrest in 2012.
Today, Pakistan added another 38 terrorists linked to the group on their “exit control” list. That’s 39 terrorists prevented from entering the U.S. (or any other country) and Trump didn’t even have to add them to the list!
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