Wednesday, February 1, 2017
If Trump Had Not Done A Ban And And We Were Attacked, The Same Protesters Would Be Demanding He Did Not Do His Job
MURDOCK: Trump’s Order Shields US from Migrant Mayhem
(Deroy Murdock, Liberty Headlines) If President Donald J. Trump really wanted a “Muslim Ban,” as his manic critics insist, he would have barred from the Golden Door the citizens of Indonesia (Earth’s most populous Islamic nation), Bangladesh, and Egypt, for starters.
Instead, among 51 majority-Muslim countries and territories, Trump has placed temporary travel limits on just seven: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. While some 205 million people are affected by this 90-day order, just north of 1 billion people in those 44 other places are as welcome here as ever.
Some “Muslim ban.”
Trump’s executive order actually grants federal officials three months to figure out how to give people from those seven states stricter scrutiny — not because they are Muslims, but because those spots are awash in militant Islam.
“We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days,” Trump stated Sunday. “America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border.”
And, by the way, how did Trump select those seven nations? As CNN reported Monday, “The seven Muslim-majority countries targeted in President Trump’s executive order on immigration were initially identified as ‘countries of concern’ under the Obama administration.”
Trump wants to shield Americans from the mayhem attempted and perpetrated by denizens of these seven nations.
• Abdul Razak Ali Artan left Somalia in 2007 for Pakistan, where he and his family arrived as refugees. They moved to America in 2014. Last November 28, while enrolled in Ohio State University in Columbus, Artan drove his car onto a campus sidewalk, jumped out, and began stabbing fellow students with a knife. He wounded 11 of them before Ohio State Police Officer Alan Horujko justifiably and fatally shot him. Just before his attack, Artan issued this threat via Facebook: “By Allah, we will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims.”
• Jaber Albakr, 22, a Syrian refugee, was arrested in Germany last October on suspicion of plotting to bomb Berlin’s airport for ISIS. Peter Frank, Germany’s top prosecutor, said Albakr “developed a very high explosive for which special expertise was needed.”
• Nabil Fadli registered as a Syrian refugee with Turkish officials on January 5, 2016. Somehow, they missed the fact that, a few months earlier, Fadli’s brother blew himself up while battling the Assad regime at a Syrian airport. Not to be outdone, Fadli traveled to Istanbul’s beautiful Blue Mosque that January 12, approached a group of German tourists, and detonated himself. He killed 10 and wounded at least 11. In hindsight, authorities consider him an ISIS suicide bomber. According to the Wall Street Journal, Fadli triggered “concerns that extremists are using the migrant crisis to cross borders and carry out terrorist attacks.”
• Wa’ad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi of Iraq entered America in 2009 as refugees. The FBI and DHS later found their fingerprints on IEDs in Iraq. They were arrested in 2011. That December, Alwan pled guilty to attempting to ship explosives from Kentucky to terrorists in Iraq. Hammadi pled guilty to those charges in August 2012.
Meanwhile, the very same Leftists who bark at Trump today would howl from atop the Hollywood sign if immigrants from any of these seven nations entered America and launched a major, deadly terror attack. One almost can hear Ashley Judd, Ashton Kutcher, and Madonna now:
“Trump failed to do his job!”
“Trump didn’t protect us!”
Short of drinking hemlock, there is NOTHING Trump can do to satisfy his Leftist critics. Since Trump will get hammered, no matter what, he might as well endure the brickbats as he takes necessary steps to prevent the kind of carnage that refugees already have unleashed after departing the seven terror-tainted nations now under a federal microscope until April 28.
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor with National Review Online. William de Wolff furnished research for this op-ed.