No doubt those living in Trumpdom (the Kingdom of Trump) feel safer today now that there is a travel ban, albeit temporary, on seven predominantly Muslim nations in the Greater Mid-East, but below is some information that suggests this step will change almost nothing, at least not for the good. There could be lots of bad, as indicated by someone who suggested Trump is snuffing the torch on the Statue of Liberty.
First of all, the way this executive order was turned out shows the difference between promising the moon on the campaign trail and actually doing something in real life. The president executed his order providing no time to develop an actual policy to implement it, so immigration officials were confused. A number of people already approved to come here were halted in airports around the country, which in turn prompted demonstrations and law suits and a temporary stay of the order.
It’s no way to do business, Mr. Businessman. But let’s say the administration had handled it much better, it still doesn’t make sense. First of all, according to statistics tallied by the conservative-leaning Cato Institute, not” a single American was killed on U.S. soil by citizens from any of those countries between 1975 and 2015.” You might want to read that sentence again.
On the other hand, most of the terrorist killings in this country were committed by natives of Muslim countries not banned, with Saudia Arabia leading that group supplying 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers.
So, why isn’t it on the list? The Daily News makes an argument that Trump’s decision might be affected by the fact he has various business interests in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the UAE and Egypt and no obvious important business interests in the seven nations banned.
I don’t know and our new president isn’t inclined to enlighten us. Perhaps it is some of that, but it might also be some of this. Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt are all run by strong men and all of them hate Iran. I imagine Trump thinks these are guys he can work with, like his buddy Vlad. Just a thought.
But back to reality. The Cato Institute estimates we each have about a one in 3.64 billion chance of getting killed by a terrorist with a much, much better chance of just getting shot by any good ol’ American who just doesn’t like us. About 80% of the terror related deaths after 9/11 have not even been committed by foreigners but by native Americans who have become radicalized. Travel bans aren’t going to stop that.
This travel ban is largely a show for Trump’s base. He has gained power by playing to people’s fears and resentments creating a terrorist hysteria. This executive order shows his supporters he will do what he said.
…..even if it makes no sense to the rest of us.