In the wake of this week’s crowd-attack in London – in which 52 year old Khalid Masood (aka Adrian Russell Ajao, aka Adrian Elms) drove through a crowd of innocent bystanders – pro-Trump supporters were quick to defend the U.S. president’s infamous Muslim travel ban.
Their reasoning: barring travelers from terror-suspected nations would be a valid means of defense against this sort of thing. The irony though is that despite Masood’s apparent conversion to Islam (and a radical form at that) at some point in his life, the perpetrator of this attack was actually born in the U.K.
In an interview with none other than Sean Hannity on Fox News, former Breitbart.com editor and Trump national security aide Sebastian Gorka asserted that while the attack “should be a surprise to nobody,” it should be seen as a validation of Trump’s war on Muslims.
“The war is real and that’s why executive orders like president Trump’s travel moratorium are so important,” Gorka said.
But this “war” is vastly misunderstood. As noted by Mila Johns, a former analyst for theNational Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, Gorka’s arguments “make absolutely no sense at all”.
“Even if you look at the last time London suffered a major attack, three of the four 7/7 bombers were born in Britain and the other was born in Jamaica – not really a place you think that radicalized Islamists are going to come from.”
To date, Trump has issued two executive orders in an effort to bar travel from select Muslim-majority nations – none of which hold any current suspected terror ties – as well as increase and indefinitely prolong “extreme vetting.”
Since 9/11, no immigrant, refugee or visitor from any of the six countries targeted by Trump’s travel ban – Sudan, Somalia, Iran, Yemen, Syria and Libya – has carried out a deadly terror attack in the US. And currently, vetting for refugees is already “extreme” whereas procedures typically take 18-24 months to complete. Refugees resettled in the United States are already subjected to rigorous vetting procedures that take between 18 months to two years to complete.
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