Would a Muslim ban by any other name smell just as rancid?

Would a Muslim ban by any other name smell just as rancid?

Courtesy of Lorie Shaull.

Courtesy of Lorie Shaull.

As reports over the weekend indicated, moronic president Donald Trump issued a revised Muslim travel ban today. He removed Iraq from the list of countries to which its citizens will not be issued visas for a period of 90 days until "vetting procedures" are in place.

The ACLU has a good rundown of how the ban is still illegal:

The usual suspects are just fine with the new ban.

Of course, the question arises: If the point of the ban is to prevent "terrorists" from entering the US, why not ban countries like France and Belgium, which have been shown to have home-grown terrorists? Why not Lebanon, which has an actual to God group which is on the State Department terrorist list in Hizbullah? Why not Turkey, which again has an honest-to-God group on the terror list in the Kurdistan Worker's Party? Egypt? Algeria? Saudi Arabia, which provided the bulk of the 9/11 hijackers? The list goes on.

Of course, it's because these countries would never be banned from being issued visas. Preventing terrorism isn't the issue. Giving a sop to his Islamophobic base is the point of this exercise. The countries cited are in varying degrees of collapse, except for Iran, and thus can't put up a fight against the ban. They're useful scapegoats for a regime trying to divert attention away from its own criminality. Iran, of course, is the eternal (since 1979) enemy, and is under sanctions, so it can be added to the list to satisfy the Frank Gaffneys of the world.

Aside from leaving Iraq off the list, it's the same executive order. It doesn't even do what Trump said was essential with the first order: have an element of surprise and immediacy. The order won't go into effect for another 10 days. A lot of "bad dudes" can sneak in during that time.

Trump's attempt to change the narrative won't work. Journalists are on the scent. The Russia story won't go away. And now state attorneys general will take up the fight against the ban again. To paraphrase Napoleon: When a man is busy making mistakes, don't get in his way.



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