Trump’s War on Islam
by Stephen Lendman
America needs enemies to justify pursuing its imperial agenda. Since none exist, they’re invented.
Communism was public enemy number one from the 1917 Russian revolution to Soviet Russia’s 1991 dissolution - pausing to defeat Nazism, the Red army playing an unheralded indispensable role, US forces a junior partner.
Muslim Arabs today are America’s enemy of choice - dehumanized, wrongfully demonized as threats. For decades, Hollywood deplorably portrayed them stereotypically as culturally inferior, dirty, lecherous, untrustworthy, religiously fanatical and violent - post-9/11 as gun-toting terrorists.
Fear-mongering is rife. False flag incidents in Boston, San Bernardino, Orlando and 9/11, the mother of them all, manipulate public sentiment to support wars of aggression and crackdowns on precious liberties - convincing people they make us safer.
Trump’s views on Islam reflect racist US policy - including endless wars on Muslim countries post-9/11, scapegoating its adherents domestically, using them as convenient patsies, the public none the wiser.
He adds a new dimension, last December calling for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” maintaining a ban “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” adding:
“Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”
Yesterday on CBS’ Face the Nation, he called for racial profiling, perhaps with internment camps in mind, saying “I think (it’s) something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country.”
“You know, I hate the concept of profiling. But we have to start using common sense and we have to use our heads. We really have to look at profiling. We have to look at is seriously.”
“You look at Israel and you look at others, and they do it…successfully.”
Trump exploited Orlando, America’s latest false flag. Alleged gunman Omar Mateen was a convenient patsy, killed by SWAT police so he’d tell no tales.
According to Trump, “the only reason (he) was in America in the first place was because we allowed his family to come here (from Afghanistan).”
Immigrants built America. Forgotten are Emma Lazarus’ moving words on Lady Liberty, saying:
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Muslims and Latino immigrants today are unwanted - vilified for political advantage.
Trump overtly expresses views others in Washington don’t dare admit. Their deplorable actions speak for themselves.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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