Critics such as the ACLU refer to President Trump's so-called ban on immigration, etc., from several countries as a ‘Muslim ban’ because the seven countries listed in the executive order – Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and Sudan – are predominantly Muslim. Yet somehow, in his fascist haste, the Bigot in Chief overlooked such predominantly Muslim countries as Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, U.A.E., Algeria, Egypt, (Northern) Nigeria, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Indonesia. How could he be so sloppy?
Sarcasm aside, if the ACLU, etc., were acting in good faith, they'd have noticed that the countries on Trump's list share an important distinction other than their Muslim population: Instability and an inordinate production of murderous radicals with a broad view of their heavenly mandate. I never discount the role of intellectual dishonesty – e.g. confirmation bias, the tendency to see what one already believes to be true – in the average person's interpretation of events, but the ACLU and the press have no such excuse. It is their job and in their training to investigate and distinguish, to see and call things as they are, not as one might carelessly imagine them. In short, they know better and are, at best, deliberately overlooking relevant facts.
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It should also be noted that the seven-country ‘ban’ is for ninety days, with additional month for refugees generally, while immigration authorities rethink and improve the vetting process. President Trump expects uncharacteristic alacrity from the bureaucracy and will be disappointed, but his impatience seems likely to at least improve their efficiency.
Update: A reader notes that some in the press are now claiming that President Trump omitted some Muslim countries because he has business interests there. What, in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh? Really? (Go ahead and laugh. They earned it.) In fact, the Trump order's list is of coutries designated by the Obama Administration as presenting particular risk for visa entry. It's Barry's list, not The Donald's. The difference is that Trump takes the problem seriously.