Cruel Ban on Refugees Sets a Chilling Precedent
This self-serving move may only be the
beginning from the new President. If he can stop
refugees from coming in, who's to say he won't also kick
them out – or worse?
By Robert Fisk
January 30, 2017 "Information
Donald Trump is going to f**k
them all. No excuses for such filthy words today.
I’m only quoting the man whose Pentagon offices he just
used to disgrace himself – and America. For it was
Secretary of Defence
James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis who told Iraqis in 2003 that
he came “in peace’ – he even urged his Marines to be
compassionate – but said of those who might dare to
resist America’s illegal invasion of their country: “If
you f**k with me, I’ll kill you all.”
getting round it. Call it Nazi, Fascist, racist,
vicious, illiberal, immoral, cruel. More dangerously,
what Trump has done is a wicked precedent. If you can
stop them coming, you can chuck them out. If you can
demand “extreme vetting” of Muslims from seven
countries, you can also demand a “values test” for those
Muslims who have already made it to the USA. Those on
visas. Those with residency only. Those – if they are
American citizens – with dual citizenship. Or full US
citizens of Muslim origin. Or just Americans who are
Muslims. Or Hispanics. Or Jews? Refugees one day.
Citizens the next. Then refugees again.
No, of course,
Trump would never visit such obscene tests on Jewish
immigrants – for they would be obscene, would they not?
— and nor will he stop Christians from Muslim countries.
America has always condemned sectarian states, but now
Trump declares that he approves of sectarianism.
Minorities will be welcome – the Alawites of Syria, to
Bashar al-Assad belongs, will presumably not count,
and I guess we can expect all US embassies to have three
queues for visa applicants. One for Muslims, one for
Christians, and a third marked ‘Other’. That’s where
most of us will be standing in line. And by doing so, we
will automatically give approval to this iniquitous
system – and to Trump.
point in wasting time over the obvious: that America has
bombed, directly or indirectly, five of the seven
nations on Trump’s banned list. Sudan just escapes, but
the US blew a packed Iranian passenger airliner out of
the sky in 1988 and has raised no objections to Israel’s
bombing of Iranian personnel in Syria. So that makes
six. There’s nothing to be gained by reiterating that
the four countries whose citizens participated in the
international crimes against humanity of 9/11 – Saudi
Arabia, Egypt, the Emirates and Lebanon – do not feature
on the list. For the Saudis must be loved, cosseted,
fawned over, approved, even when they chop off heads and
when their citizens funnel cash to the murderers of
Isis. Egypt is ruled by
Trump’s “fantastic guy” anti-‘terrorist’ president
al-Sisi. The glisteningly wealthy Emirates won’t be
touched. Nor will Lebanon, although its tens of
thousands of dual-national Syrians may have a tough time
in the future.
But no, this
vile piece of legislation is not aimed at nations. It’s
targeting refugees, the poor, the huddled masses
yearning to breathe free. The Muslim ones, that is, not
the Christians. How can they ever withstand a “values
test”? And what are America’s “values” anyway? It’s OK
to attack sovereign states. It’s OK to use pilotless
planes to assault men and women in other countries. It’s
OK if your allies steal land from others for their own
people, if you support Arab dictatorships that
emasculate and execute and rape their prisoners, as long
as they are “allies” of the USA. It’s OK to fast-track
Saudi visas – as the Brits have been doing for years –
even if they are members of the most inspirational
Wahhabi cult in the world: membership includes the
Taliban, al-Qaeda, Isis, you name it.
There’s even no
value in touting our own participation in this charade.
Having just patted the killer governments of the Gulf on
the head – and heading off to do the same to Turkey’s
autocrat-in-chief – our poodlet prime minister, fresh
out of Washington, hasn’t uttered a word about Trump’s
wickedness. Wasn’t it Britain – and America, for
heaven’s sake – that was weeping copious tears, buckets
of the stuff, for the 250,000 (or 90,000) Muslim
refugees of eastern Aleppo a couple of months ago? And
now, so much do we care for them, that they are being
well and truly f****d.
almost all Muslims in eastern Aleppo, by the way. The
Christians of Syria have, through no fault of their own,
sought protection from Bashar. And what message did the
Christian priests of northern Syria give when I
interviewed them? They did not want their people to
leave for the West, they said. Hard though it was,
Christians should stay in the lands of their faith, the
Middle East. In the West, they would merely be lost in a
secular world. Trump is going to make sure they are.
Thus America is
henceforth going to “protect” itself from “radical
Islamic extremists” – “Islamic” note, not “Islamist” –
and we’ll all be able to follow him. Is non-EU Britain
not going to be able to march along the same awful path?
If America is our economic lifeline, will it not also be
our moral lifeline for the political buffoons of the
United Kingdom? Sure, it’s a long time since World War
Two. But then, what did the US do before – or after –
Hitler’s evil? It prevented Jewish refugees from coming
to America. Yes, even Anne Frank. And now they’re at it
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