Donald Trump is arguably the most controversial presidential candidate in the United States. Currently aged 69, he has made some outrageously bold statements about numerous issues affecting America and how he is going to tackle them.
Just last year, Donald Trump stated that if he were president, he would ban all Muslims from coming into the United States. This was following a mass shooting incident that occurred in San Bernardino, California, apparently carried out by ISIS sympathizers. The following was his statement as reported by The Guardian.
“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.”
This was via a written statement. What followed was condemnation from numerous quarters, starting from social media to President Obama. Obama stated that it was important to take note of the Muslim majority that was peaceful and suffered numerous atrocities carried out by radical Jihadist movements. The following was his exact statement.
“We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam. That, too, is what groups like ISIL want. ISIL does not speak for Islam. They are thugs and killers. Part of a cult of death. And they account for a tiny fraction of a more than a billion Muslims around the world, including millions of patriotic Muslim Americans who reject their hateful ideology.”
This brings to light the rising number of Muslim refugees arriving in Europe and the United States. But looking deeper as to the cause of their exodus, the Muslim world has been ravaged by wars borne of radical movements.
And while it is important to be impartial, it is clear that the western world has also played a big part in aggravating the situation by giving arms to disorganized groups trying to topple governments. And once this is accomplished, the arms remain in the hands of foot soldiers who are fodder for anyone with radical ideas and money to give them a purpose in life.
As such, countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya have experienced nothing but war and suffering since the so called “liberation assistance” from western powers. And this is what has caused the upsurge of refuges seeking asylum in Europe and America. Which goes back to the initial point that western powers cannot simply ignore the cries of dying Muslim mothers and children trying to escape the torture, plunder, and abuse going on in their home countries.
As such, it is safe to say that Donald Trump was wrong in saying that American should deport all Muslims and prevent them entry. Going a bit into details on how America caused the growth of the terrorist organizations now attacking it, Al Qaeda was, for example, initially funded by the CIA. In a report indicating this, Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook once stated that Al Qaeda was a movement trained by the CIA and funded by the Saudis to initially drive out the Russians in Afghanistan in the 80s.
As to the rise of ISIS, it grew as a result of the power vacuum and restlessness the United States and western powers caused after usurping leaders like Saddam Hussein of Iraq and Muammar Gaddafi of Libya from power. It caused insecurity and joblessness in the region. And with Afghanistan already lawless, the conditions were perfect for the rise of a Jihadist movement.
ISIS is, today, an organization that prides itself in not only beheading innocent western captives, but also Muslims. As such, it would be imprudent for Donald Trump to state that the U.S. borders should be closed to them, as previous leaders did contribute to the suffering of innocent Muslims and helped cause the current refugee problem.
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