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Donald Trump and his Muslim travel ban to America
In his first week in office, Donald Trump signed an executive order banning entry of Muslims from 7 nations namely Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia. In one stroke nationals from these nations were barred from entering the USA. It was a draconian act and defied explanation. The ban against a select 7 nations needs study and shows the mindset of the president. I am afraid it shows him in poor light.
Luckily the US courts have stayed the ban after a chaotic week with an agitation that swept across America. Probably the president never realized that this could happen and he went on twitter to deride the judge.
Dissecting the Ban
The ban appears to be on the face of it an attempt to show that the president means business and the safety of America. But a deeper study will show that the travel ban was not only ill thought but only involved playing to the gallery. In no way will the ban make America a safer place.
Let's look at the nations selected by Donald. These are poor and impoverished ( except Iran) and are no great shakes as military powers. They cannot, in any case, hit back at the USA and the sad part is that not one national from these nations have ever taken part in a terrorist attack against America. The exception may be Iran, but there is a convoluted relationship between the USA and Iran that goes back to 1953 when the CIA engineered a coup and put the Shah Reza Pahlavi on the throne.
Another dissection will show that Donald who is an astute businessman has no interests in these 7 nations. In real terms the countries whose nationals have been involved in terror attacks in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Egypt are not included as Donald has substantial interests in these countries. Hence the ban was not with an intent to make America safe but simply to win some brownie points with his supporters.
The bulk of the US president's supporters is the low educated working class and these people would be delighted as they would not understand the sinister design of Donald which in real terms has no meaning. In effect, Donald shot himself in the foot and let him open to the charge that he had an ulterior motive in this ban and safety of America is not that motive.
The Courts step in
The ban was thoughtless and ignored ground realities. Including Iraq was self-defeating and many Iraqi soldiers who are fighting the ISIS must be wondering what wrong they have done. Men who had sided with the USA against the ISIS and their ilk, good Muslims were left in the lurch. One wonders how thoughtless could Donald be. But again that is the character of the man as he makes cosmetic changes and ignores ground realities with the underlying foundation being his business interests. Otherwise, no way could Saudi Arabia nd Pakistan be left out of the ban. Taking on the poor helpless nations is typical of a bully and Donald is one.
The US courts have stepped in and the ban is stayed. There is all around relief, albeit temporary but the case in all probability will go to the Supreme Court and there again a tie could be expected thus leaving the stay in place. Donald has one ace up his sleeve as earlier in 1882 the Chinese exclusion act was passed to debar Chinese from entering the USA. It remained in force for 62 years and was rescinded only in 1943.
Donald may quote this as a precedent, but the courts may or may not uphold Donald's ban. For the time being there is breathing space and the world better realize that Donald is basically a businessman and when he talks about making America great, the refrain is hollow. That is his last priority. Self-aggrandisement is the name of the game.