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Anyone notice that Saudi Arabia and Turkey were not on the list?

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President Trump’s Muslim ban ran into a brick wall Saturday night.

Judge Ann M Donnelley laid the legal smackdown on the President, but she did not erase the policy entirely.

The executive order is still in effect, and the emergency stay is only temporary.

Homeland security been quoted as saying that they plan to respect the wishes of the court, while also enforcing the President’s order.

Talk about a rock, and a hard place.

The DHS will have to defer to the will of the courts before anything. Fealty to President Trump will not pass the constitutional smell test in a situation that already has been found to be illegal.

This wonderful system of democracy will work against President for weeks to come, should be a barn burner.

The impacted countries, and the impetus behind the list however is a much larger question.

How were the nations selected?

On what basis?

The very premise of banning refugees from Muslim majority countries is immoral, and won’t stand the test of time.

Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen were all blacklisted.

But it’s some of the countries that were not on the list that raised questions.

Especially considering the Trump organizations does business in those countries.

Saudi Arabia, Turkey and others.

In all of those countries, the President has made money.

Hotels bearing his name, the Trump brand has lived in these countries.

From The Independent

Saudi Arabia, where Mr Trump had declared he registered a number of companies including THC Jeddah Hotel and DT Jeddah Technical Services, in the kingdom’s second city, Jeddah

In Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, the Trump International Golf Club “features a 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art clubhouse” and is due to open this year.

In Turkey, Mr Trump’s company has been paid up to $10m (£8m) since 2014 by the developers of the luxury Trump Towers Istanbul to affix his name to the complex.

From Twitter

There is several problems here.

Trump’s policy banned 134,000,000 people from the United States, but absolved citizens of the same religon that happened to live in countries where the President has made money.

This ban is selective, and shameful, an argument can be made that Saudi Arabia has had it’s issues with terrorism, after all, 15 of the 19 hijackers on 911 were from Saudi Arabia.

The US has enjoyed friendly relations with the Saudis, but to take the position, that Saudi Arabia is incapable of producing radical Islamic terrorism while the Sudan and Yemen are hot spots is incongruent.

The logic does not jive with history.

Turkey meanwhile has been in a state of chaos, the failed coup, the crackdown on basic civil liberties, and the war in Syria that has spilled over into the country at certain points.

Turkey has also been victimized by terror attacks, a Russian diplomat was  executed on television in Turkey a month ago.

With all of that unrest, and the uptick in attacks against the Turkish people, does Trump honestly believe Turkey is much less likely to produce a terrorist cell than Egypt?

Oh yeah, Turkey is 96% Muslim, that’s beyond majority.

The United Arab Emirates has wonderful relations with the United States, but the country is 73% Muslim, and there is also this.

From Wikipedia

The UAE was one of only three countries to recognise the Taliban as Afghanistan’s legitimate government (Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were the other two countries). The UAE maintained diplomatic relations with the Taliban until 11 September attacks in 2001. The UAE has long maintained close relations with Egypt and is Egypt’s largest investor from the Arab world

While not having a prolific history of terror related attacks, is it impossible that such a radicalized individual could immigrant to the UAB from Egpyt, and board a flight for New York?

Trump’s ban is counterproductive, and self defeating, it’s a humiliation to the United States, and brutally oppressive to the innocent people that have been affected.

It’s woefully unconstitutional for refugees from any of these countries to be banned from the United States on the basis of religon, or anything else.

The sins of the few should not be an indictment on the many.

But Trump’s list excludes nations where is making money, and the possibility that such an historical decision could be influenced by cash flow makes me want to puke in a trash can.

This is where the conflict of interest comes into play.

Trump’s motivations, his agenda, the reasoning behind this list should be torn apart.

By Trump’s own stated logic, he is attempting to prevent radical Islamic terrorist from entering the country under the guise of immigration, and that targeting Muslim majority countries with a travel ban is the fastest way to do it.

But he is being extremely selective, almost nonsensical in the selection of who can come, and who should stay home.

At some point, he will have to explain all of this, his list does not make any sense.

 

 

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