Feb 6, 2017
A week after taking office, Trump issued an executive order banning travel into the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, suspending the U.S. Refugee Admissions program for 120 days and indefinitely stopping entry by Syrian refugees. Trump called his order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”
Trump’s list of seven banned countries includes Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. But if his order were really about preventing terrorism, these are not the countries he would have chosen.
Trump specifically mentioned the 9/11 attacks as a reason for the ban. The 9/11 attackers came from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Lebanon, and Egypt, countries not on the list. Saudi Arabia admits to aiding terrorists as a matter of foreign policy. The majority of funding for 9/11 went through the UAE. Qatar is not listed, yet provides massive funding to jihadists fighting in Syria. These are countries with which U.S. imperialism has friendly ties and which it has used in order to create terrorist gangs used through the Middle East to carry out U.S. policy in the region; policy directed to insure the control of the region’s oil.
Trump’s list has little to do with stopping terrorism and everything to do with continuing America’s war policy and economic domination in the region – all while convincing Americans he is acting in their best interests.