Tuesday, 8 December 2015
Why Trump Is Right About Banning Muslim Immigration
Donald Trump is a blustering oaf, but in his recommendation that the United States (and hopefully all Western countries) impose a temporary ban on Muslim immigration, he is absolutely right.
In light of the fact that three of the Paris jihadis entered Europe posing as refugees, and in light of the fact that ISIS has threatened they would send more, and the fact that Tashfeen Malik, one of the San Bernadino jihadis, passed a background check by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, it is simply common sense to close the border and not expose the country to further potential risk.
As this superb, sane article makes clear in relation to similar bills being proposed by Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, the Founding Fathers of the United States understood that the people of their country have a right, through their elected representatives, to allow or not allow any group of people they wish to settle in America, and this includes the right to not import hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of people who identify with an ideology that stands diametrically opposed to American values.
Are Trump's critics - who now include David Cameron - really prepared to allow their citizens to be brutally murdered on their own streets, just because to do otherwise would appear "intolerant"? What have we become as a civilisation when this kind of suicide seems so reasonable to so many?
Those who criticise Trump's position have offered no tangible alternative, no way in which we can reliably vet Muslim immigrants entering Western countries, or distinguish in any clear way between a "moderate" and an "extremist" at point of entry. They fail to understand - willfully - that this is not an issue of discrimination or "blaming all Muslims", but a national security issue, and the national security implications of importing Muslims en masse without having any idea of their allegiances and suitability for integration is the definition of insanity.
The left-wing icon Franklin D. Roosevelt had his own understanding of how to deal with outside threats within the United States, issuing proclamations treating German, Italian, and Japanese immigrants in America as “enemy aliens,” slapping curfews on them, registering them, taking away everything from their guns to their binoculars to their right to travel to their jobs. That may be considered a step too far in this day and age, but Donald Trump's suggestion to simply not allow any more barbarians inside the gate is in the same spirit, and while he could never make a remotely competent POTUS, he is 100% correct on this issue.