Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Donald Faces Backlash After Immigration Ban

An unprecedented global backlash against President Twittermouth Trump's immigration ban on 7 Muslim countries has gathered strength with Tens of Thousands protesting in Washington, other U.S cities as well as London and other world capitals.

Governments from London and Berlin spoke out against Trump's order to put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily ban on travellers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries. He said the move would help protect Americans from terrorism.

In Germany - which has taken in large numbers of people fleeing the Syrian civil war - Chancellor Angela Merkel said the global fight against terrorism was no excuse for the measures She expressed her concerns to Trump during a phone call and reminded him that the Geneva Conventions require the international community to take in war refugees on humanitarian grounds, the spokesman added.
Merkel's sentiments were echoed in Paris and London; "Terrorism knows no nationality. Discrimination is no response," said French Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, while his British counterpart Boris Johnson tweeted: "Divisive and wrong to stigmatize because of nationality."
Along with Syria, the U.S. ban of at least 90 days affects travellers with passports from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, including those with dual nationality that includes one of those countries.

So what has been Trump's response  he tweeted
Trump said his order, which indefinitely bans refugees from Syria, was "not a Muslim ban", though he added he would seek to prioritize Christian refugees fleeing the country.

Bad dudes out there? Hmm after less than 2 weeks in office why is this man already reminding me of  Germany 1936!!  It seems rather ironic that countries like Libya and Iraq which have descended into the chaotic states they are today after their leaders were violently toppled by action from the US, Britain and their so called allies now have to suffer the stigma of being labelled terrorist states, while Syria was a relatively stable country until the West decided to arm and support a rabble of opponents to the Assad government whom they have effectively tried to demonise ever since.

Meanwhile Saudi Arabia arguably the main sources of  the extreme Wahabi Islamist ideology and hardline terrorists - remember 911  has again been convenient left off the list.. hmm I wonder why.

What is also baffling is how this knee jerk reaction which at its best can be seem as symbolic rather than having any practical effect on the so called threat of terrorism will actually protect Americans at Home and abroad Iraq for example still hosts thousands of American soldiers
In Baghdad, influential Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr  has already been quoted as saying American nationals should leave Iraq, in retaliation for the travel curbs. "It would be arrogance for you to enter freely Iraq and other countries while barring to them the entrance to your country ... and therefore you should get your nationals out," he said on his website.

There are also American nationals present as expatriates in many Muslim capital cities around the world from Afghanistan, North Africa, Pakistan to Indonisia  will this measure stoke up anti American sentiments and attacks? and how will be Trump respond , Trump seems to forget that the threat of a terrorist attack can originate from almost anyone or anywhere at home or abroad for example  a home grown terrorist radicalised on the internet.

Only time will tell how these measures will play out and what Trumpy's next moves will be in the coming days weeks and years,  it seems we are all in for a bumpy ride, whatever happens I think his staff need to make sure his itchy fingers are no where near  that red nuclear button
Get some Russian hookers and a roll of spliff into the White House quick - that might just chill him out.  Peace not war man,  one love.

Reuters News Website
Merkel says U.S. travel ban not justified by terror fight

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