Analysis by Reporting San Diego
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Jan 30, 2017 (San Diego) The executive order banning people from 7 countries entering the United States is going to put national security at risk. How? For the moment, we know Iran is now barring U.S Citizens from entering its country. But it will do more. Iraqi Members of Parliament have voted a reciprocal action. This is as they fight the Islamic State near Mosul.
This would mean US Troops, 5,000 of them, some Iraqi-Americans, would not be able to continue their mission. Perhaps, and this is not crazy, Iraq will suspend relations with the United States. We have the largest embassy in Baghdad, It was built during the George W Bush administration. It is partly the nerve center of US operations against ISIS. So is CENTCOM, with a forward operating base in Yemen and another in Qatar.
There is outrage across the Muslim world.We have not even seen the move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, which will explode things.
There is more. This is the kind of action that will help the Islamic State (ISIS) recruit soldiers. Why? One of the things that ISIS has claimed for years is that the United States is waging a war against Islam, not them. This ban has now proven the point in the mind of many across the Muslim world.
However, we do not believe this is accidental. Some in the administration, for example General Michael Flynn, have called Islam a twisted ideology. They refuse to see it as a religion, followed by close to 2 billion people on the planet. For him, this is a war of civilizations, and one needs to exterminate the other.
He said this: “We are facing another ‘ism,’ just like we faced Nazism, and fascism, and imperialism and communism,” Flynn said. “This is Islamism, it is a vicious cancer inside the body of 1.7 billion people on this planet and it has to be excised.”
There is more. What happened over the weekend is a classic of a shock event. Naomi Klein described this in The Shock Doctrine in quite a bit of detail. This is to use fast happening events, such as disasters, or war, or in this case a change of administration, to impose changes that otherwise would not be allowed. This ban is also being done in the midst of many other executive orders. The speed of all these orders are not accidental and are meant to create a new normal. This includes appointing Steve Bannon to the National Security Council and removing the professionals in defense and intelligence from that same council.
This is meant to create confusion and reduce resistance to a new order, and one is imposed. Trump said that he was going to fight ISIS and destroy it. Weakening alliances, or even destroying them is not how you destroy ISIS. However, it has handed a propaganda victory to the same organization of Jihadis that we are fighting. It is also creating the fertile ground for a terrorist attack in the United States.