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Trump’s 7 Countries Ban and Clash of Civilizations

Donald Trump banned the entry of citizens of 7 countries into the US by signing an executive order.  They have been barred from entering the US for at least the next 90 days.  The administration officials also said that they are looking to add more countries to the list.  The 7 countries as of now are: Syria, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan.

I consider Donald Trump to be like Mohammad Bin Tughlaq – known as the Wise-Fool in Indian history.  He had good ideas but made a complete ass of himself when he implemented them.

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There are many questions and complexities to the whole issue.

Is this an Islamic ban? Is it in-human? Is it Un-American and un-Constitutional?  Is it the start of tyranny?  et al.

A Reality Check first please

Before we start however, let us get our basic and foundational information correct.  As far as the ban on entry of citizens based on religion is concerned, there is no equal to Islamic countries.  So, first of all, the citizens of these countries should stop crying foul about the whole issue of “religious bigotry” when their own nation has made that into a corner stone of their whole national ethos.  Here is the list.

  • Algeria
  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei
  • Iran
  • Iraq (except Iraqi Kurdistan)
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon (neighboring country; territory dispute – Shebaa farms)
  • Libya
  • Malaysia (Clearance permit needed from the Ministry of Home Affairs.)
  • Oman
  • Pakistan (Clearance permit needed from the Ministry of Internal Security.)
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • Syria (neighboring country; territory dispute – Golan Heights)
  • United Arab Emirates (accepted for transit only; not allowed for admission)
  • Yemen

Not just this, in Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – you are barred from entry even if there is any evidence of you having either traveled to Israel or have had either used or unused Israeli Visa.  So, at least people from these countries with decidedly the most bigoted religious and immigration laws should stop shouting against the entry ban to the citizens of 7 Islamic states.

Refugees ARE a problem lets face it

The naked extremism and shameful pusillanimity of “Moderate Muslims” (or was it complicity) around the world has now started the backlash in the West.  It was waiting to happen and in a way begotten by the Muslims by always focusing on the primacy of a religious ideology which should have been kept in the bins of history for long now.  We are now entering into the self-prophesied era of Clash of Civilizations.  Sad but true.  And there are no Saints in this battle! 
Assaults, rapes and violence has been the hallmark of so many Islamic refugees in Europe and the accompanying political correctness in the media is nauseating for how it not just conceals all that but even allows it to happen.  If the Europeans think that their civilization (which is somewhat of an oxymoron if you look at the European history – ancient and modern – honestly!) is under attack by refugee Muslims, then it is not an exaggeration.  Because it is!

Muslim migrants gang-raped a Swedish woman and streamed it live on Facebook but the European media were not willing to reveal the identity of the criminals.  The epidemic in Germany is even more stark and sad.  There is a rape and violence epidemic in that nation, thanks to the Muslim migrants.

    • Germany’s migrant rape crisis has now spread to cities and towns in all 16 of Germany’s federal states. Germany now finds itself in a vicious circle: most of the perpetrators are never found, and the few who are found frequently receive lenient sentences. Only one in 10 rapes in Germany is reported and just 8% of rape trials result in convictions, according to Minister of Justice Heiko Maas.
    • Up to 90% of the sex crimes committed in Germany in 2014 do not appear in the official statistics, according to André Schulz, the head of the Association of Criminal Police.
    • “There are strict instructions from the top not to report offenses committed by refugees. It is extraordinary that certain offenders are deliberately NOT being reported about and the information is being classified as confidential.” — High-ranking police official in Frankfurt, quoted in Bild.

Here are some sobering facts:

Radical Islam

Shameful Islamic Hate Rhetoric Would Beget Backlash

People and shameless rhetoric like that of Anjum Choudhary has been common place in British media for far too long.  What he has been saying is downright aggressive and nauseating.  It is a shock that such a person was being tolerated by the system for this long.  This rhetoric is very similar to that of Zakir Naik – who exploits the democratic values in India in his own vitriolic lectures!  Very few moderate Muslims come out strongly and openly against people like Anjum and Zakir.

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The impact of this kind of hate speech that actually emanates from Islam’s tenets can and will be devastating.  And when the backlash comes – as it is coming from folks like Donald Trump and his gang – Muslims, specially those who call themselves moderates have only themselves to blame!

Here is Pat Condell – an atheist and a Youtube commentator on Europe-Muslim issues – showing his disgust for the Islamic immigrants and what they do in Europe as he also roundly chastises the Europeans for allowing these immigrants to do all this to them.  You have to remember that Pat is no bigot as he denounces and makes fun of Christians as much as he detests Muslims.  But he does hold the prevalent law and rules based European society as a high achievement of governance and human endeavor, as he should.  So, his monolog does show the extent of disgust that a lot of people – not necessarily right wingers – have for the refugees from the Islamic countries.  These are people – quite a lot of them for anyone’s comfort – who come and bring their Islamic culture – the very reason why they are in the mess they are in – and try to impose it on their new homelands.

The fact is that Islamic culture and belief system is heavily intertwined with the refugee and migrant epidemic of rape and violence.  That is a fact which has been faced by millions now in Europe.  That cannot be wished away by liberal spin.  And, it has become so deep and terrifying that now masses are fighting back.  Britain and US will not be the only nations where the fear of Islamic terror and extremism has fueled aggressive and populist governments.  We will see this in France, Germany, Sweden, Norway and other places as well.  Because the political rhetoric of the liberal left in these societies is so numbing and mind-bogglingly masochistic, we have now created a situation where White Supremacists will use it to take the social state to the other end of the spectrum.  One poison will drown another.

Clash of Civilizations – clash of Radicals with Moderates as foils

The Clash of Civilization will not be a fight between Moderate Christians and Radical Islamists, but between Radicals of both the sides, with the moderates working as foils against their side.  So, while the moderate Islamists will become the liberal shield against the attacks on Islamists who are perpetuating crimes, the Christian liberals will in some way also not speak up enough due to their wont to be politically correct when Christian supremacist forces strike.  For example, we have seen how a White Supremacist coalition with Trump and Putin at its core is now in the works.  And indications of it have even been announced on Facebook.  Yet, no mainstream media picked that up!

Radical - moderates Muslims

On Fareed Zakaria, Rula Jebreal – a Foreign policy analyst – erupted into a hysterical showdown with constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley, where she even suggested that Fareed Zakaria may not be able to re-enter US if he left for abroad.  Something that is patently wrong.  There are a lot of things that are decidedly bad and wrong about what Trump is doing.  But the order was not on complete Muslim ban.

It is this kind of rhetoric along with the White Supremacist ways of the American Christians which will lead the world to disaster.  It is also a fact in this context that hate crimes against the Muslims have risen.  It is turning out to be a complete and unabashed clash of civilizational paradigms.  And, in this world of clash of civilizations, Trump’s administration has folks who not just believe and swear by the elements of clash but have been gearing up for the fight.

Two years ago, in 2014, Steve Bannon, President-elect Trump’s incoming chief strategist, told an interviewer that “the Judeo-Christian West” is “in the very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict … an outright war against jihadist Islamic fascism”—an enemy that, unless harsher measures are taken, “will completely eradicate everything that we’ve been bequeathed over the last 2,000, 2,500 years.”

And this past May Mike Pompeo, President-elect Trump’s nominee to run the CIA, went to the Center for Security Policy, a hardline think tank that has accused Obama administration officials of being secret agents of the Muslim Brotherhood, for a sit-down with the head of the center, Frank Gaffney. Pompeo told Gaffney in a recorded interview that the fight “extends beyond those [Muslims] who are just engaged in violent extremism.” He added: “We don’t have to say that all Muslims are bad. But … we’re going to have to have a broader approach in order to keep Americans safe.”

In all this, it is important to read this rather interesting piece by Robert Merry from Washington Times:

“Some Westerners,” wrote Huntington, ” have argued that the West does not have problems with Islam but only with violent Islamist extremists. Fourteen hundred years of history demonstrate otherwise.”

This is not to say, of course, that all or even most Muslims are Islamist extremists or that Western values don’t inspire many within that civilization. But the Islamist fervor we see bubbling up within Middle Eastern Islam today emanates directly from the doctrines and history of Islam. Most Muslims of the Levant know in their hearts, in a way that most Westerners don’t recognize, that Islam and the West have been locked in a civilizational struggle for centuries — reflected in the Moors’ conquest of Spain and incursion into France in the 8th century; the centuries-long Spanish struggle to push the Moors south and finally expel them entirely from Iberia; the wars of the Crusades, inexplicable as anything but a civilizational clash; the Ottoman conquest of the Balkans and slow push up the Danube to Vienna; the two Ottoman sieges at Vienna; the long effort to push the decaying Ottoman forces back toward Istanbul (a highly civilized seat of Christianity before it fell to Islam in 1453); the European takeover of large segments of the Islamic Middle East after World War I; and the eventual pushback by angry and frustrated Muslims bent on protecting their civilization through whatever means they can devise.

That’s a lot of civilizational clash, and it belies the notion that the Paris slaughter reflects the forces of civilization struggling to preserve universal values against the forces of darkness bent on destroying those values. Huntington again: “The underlying problem for the West is not Islamic fundamentalism. It is Islam, a different civilization whose people are convinced of the superiority of their culture and are obsessed with the inferiority of their power. The problem for Islam is not the CIA or the U.S. Department of Defense. It is the West, a different civilization whose people are convinced of the universality of their culture and believe that their superior, if declining, power imposes on them the obligation to extend that culture throughout the world.”

Given how “moderates” like Rula obfuscate the centrality of Islam in terror and go around rhetorically explaining the situation, one needs to revisit the whole notion of who the real villain is – “Radical Islam” or Islam itself.  Mark my words that this question will hit everyone in the world far sooner than we may think!

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Geo-politics is not Reality TV

The greatest misfortune that has befallen the US is that it has a President who thinks that geo-politics is akin to reality TV.  You can simply sign a piece of paper sitting at the head of a desk with servile sycophants (like Mike Pence, Reince Priebus et al) handing over bundles to be signed and made into law.  Laws which are loudly shouting “you are fired!”.

That is not how governments and nations are run.  Many things are done in ways that don’t make an unnecessary splash and also with adequate preparation.

With so many judicial challenges to the executive order of Trump, the chances are that he has messed up an important action that needed to be taken by doing it in a juvenile and immature way.  With Green Cards, and with people who have helped the US being caught in the same web, – we now have a situation in US where the very executive order may not stand scrutiny in court of law for very long.  And, it will unleash a constitutional crisis!  Worse than not doing something is to do something in a way that such actions will never be attempted again because you messed up so badly.

Job of governance needs serious people.  Not jokers.  And Donald Trump is an egotistical joker.  He has – through lack of preparation and juvenile bravado predicated on unprecedented power – gone ahead and totally messed up the work that was required against Islamic aggression and its attempt to plunge Western world into a society of rape and violence.  And it is quintessentially Islamic.  After all, isn’t that exactly what the refugees running into Europe are escaping from?

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