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Had Pres. Bill Clilnton Banned Muslim Travel to the USA 9/11 Would Not Have Occurred
Candidate Donald Trump called for the United States to bar all Muslims from entering the country until the nation’s leaders can “figure out what is going on”. Saying that “hatred” among many Muslims for Americans is “beyond comprehension,” Mr. Trump said in a statement that the United States needed to confront “where this hatred comes from and why.” “Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life,” Mr. Trump said.
According to the New York Times, “Repudiation of Mr. Trump’s remarks was swift and severe among religious groups and politicians from both parties. Mr. Trump is “unhinged,” said one Republican rival, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, while another, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, called the ban “offensive and outlandish.” Hillary Clinton said the idea was “reprehensible, prejudiced and divisive.” Organizations representing Jews, Christians and those of other faiths quickly joined Muslims in denouncing Mr. Trump’s proposal…Mr. Trump made his remarks a day after President Obama delivered a national address from the Oval Office urging Americans not to turn against Muslims in the wake of the terrorist attacks.”
All seem to have forgotten that Muslims from many Mid-east countries participated in terrorist attacks in the U.S., attacks on U.S. passenger airplanes, attacks in friendly countries like the Philippines and France. The Muslim terrorists involved in those attacks came from Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait, Pakistan, Chechenia, and others with Muslim populations.
Had the ban been imposed by Pres, Clinton after the first bombing of the Word Trade Center in 1993 and after the warnings he received from the Philippine Police after the attacks in the Philippines in 1995, we would have avoided the attacks of Muslims in the U.S. during the past two decades and saved thousands of American lives. According to Wikipedia, the following Muslim attacks took place in the U.S. since 1993:
January 25, 1993 in Langley, Virginia. 2 killed, 3 injured. Who was the perpetrator? An American Muslim named Kasi who was captured by a joint FBI-CIA task force in Pakistan in 1997, tried and executed.
February 26, 1993 –First World Trade Center bombing with a bomb installed in a van parked in the garage of the World Trade Center in New York City. 6 killed, 1,042 injured. Ramzi Yousef, originally from Kuwait, and Evad Ismail, from Jordan who drove a van into the public parking garage beneath the World Trade Center and received further taining in the Bojinka plot in the Philippines the folowing year. Yousef was assisted by Iraqi bomb maker Abdul Rahman Yasin, who helped assemble the complex 1,310-pound (590 kg) bomb. The attack was planned by a group of terrorists including Ramzi Yousef, Mahmud Abouhalima,Mohammad Salameh, Nidal A. Ayyad, Abdul Rahman Yasin and Ahmed Ajaj from various Muslim contries. They received financing from Khaled Sheikh Mohammed (see below), Yousef's uncle then living in Kuwait. In March 1994, four men were convicted of carrying out the bombing: Abouhalima, Ajaj, Ayyad and Salameh. The charges included conspiracy, explosive destruction of property, and interstate transportation of explosives. In November 1997, two more were convicted: Ramzi Yousef and Eyad Ismoil, were involved in the Bojinka plot in the Philippines the following year.
1994-5. According to Wikipedia, the so-called Bojinka plot in the Philippines in 1994-95 began with construction of bombs, which they tested by placing one in a theatre in Manila injuring several patrons and one on a Philippine Airlines Flight 434 on a Manila to Narita route, stopping partway at Cebu where the terrorist Yousef left the airplane. Yousef had boarded the flight under the assumed name of Arnaldo Forlani, using a false Italian passport. e waHe HHH Another bomb was placed under a seat on a Boeing 747 and exploded over Okinawa, killing a Japanese businessman and injuring 10 passengers. The flight was carrying 273 passengers. The blast blew a hole in the floor and the cabin's rapid expansion severed several control cables in the ceiling, cutting off control of the plane's right aileron, as well as both the pilot and first officer's steering controls. The flight crew kept control of the Boeing 747-200 and brought it into an emergency landing at Okinawa's Naha Airport. One of the terrorists named Murad was named in a report from the Philippines to the United States on January 20, 1995, which stated, "What the subject has in his mind is that he will board any American commercial aircraft pretending to be an ordinary passenger. Then he will hijack said aircraft, control its cockpit and dive it at the CIA headquarters."
Yousef was arrested in the Su-Casa guest house in Islamabad, Pakistan on February 7, 1995 after a 23-day manhunt. Yousef later boasted to Secret Service agent Brian Parr about his plan. Wali Khan Amin Shah, the financier, was picked up in Malaysia in December 1995. His identity was revealed after he was fingerprinted. Shah was also extradited to the United States.Yousef got 240 years along with his life sentence for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Yousef was sentenced on January 8, 1998, and Murad was sentenced on May 16, 1998. Murad also participarted in the 1993 bombing. Mohammed Jamal Khalifa, a Saudi businessman from Jeddah who was married to one of Osama bin Laden's sisters, was in the Philippines earlier in 1994. He was arrested in 1994 in Mountain View, California, for conspiring in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He was financing the Bojinka plot, according to the content that the Filipino investigators forwarded to the United States. The United States Immigration and Naturalization Service deported Khalifa to Jordan in May 1995. He was acquitted by the Jordanian court and moved to Saudi Arabia. He was murdered in his hotel room in January 2007 in Madagascar.
September 11, 2001 –Second World Trade Center bombing. 4 planes hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda members: two planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, New York; one into The Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia; and one into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 2,977 victims killed. Fifteen of the perpetrators came from Saudi Arabia, a “friendly” Muslim country. The others were from the United Arab Emirates (2), Egypt and Lebanon. The terrorists had entered the United States on tourist or student visas.
July 4, 2002 - 2002 Los Angeles International Airport shooting. An Egyptian gunman shot and killed two people at Los Angeles International Airport and was himself killed by El Al airline guards.
April 15, 2013 – Boston Marathon bombings. Two brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnev, planted two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The blast killed 3 and injured 183 others. Both immigrated from Chechenia as Muslim refugees Russia warned that one of the brothers was a possible terrorist.
October 23, 2014 – Zale H. Thomson, also known as Zaim Farouq Abdul-Malik, an American Muslim attacked four New York policemen in the subway with a hatchet, severely injuring one in the back of the head and injuring another policeman in the arm before being shot to death by the remaining officers.
December 2, 2015 – In the San Bernardino, CA. attack,the perpetrators were two people, an American Muslim and his immigrant fiancée who had been living in Pakistan, shot and killed 14 people and injured 21 others in a killing spree.
Moreover, what Trump has proposed has plenty of precedent in U.S. history:
After the immigration of 123,000 Chinese in the 1870s, who joined the 105,000 who had mmigrated between 1850 and 1870, Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882 which targeted a single ethnic group by specifically limiting further Chinese immigration. Chinese had immigrated to the Western United States as a result of unsettled conditions in China, the availability of jobs working on railroads, and the Gold Rush that was going on at that time in California. The xenophobic "Yellow Peril" expression became popular to justify racism against Asians.
In 1932 President Roosevelt and the State Department essentially shut down immigration during the Great Depression as immigration was increasing. This was accompanied by voluntary repatriation to Europe and Mexico, and coerced repatriation and deportation of between 500,000 and 2 million Mexican Americans in the Mexican Repatriation.
In 1986, the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) was passed and contained an amnesty for about 3 million illegal immigrants already in the United States, and mandated the intensification of some of the activities of the United States Border Patrol or INS (now part of Department of Homeland Security). Several pieces of legislation signed into law in 1996 marked a turn towards harsher policies for both legal and illegal immigrants and vastly increased the categories of criminal activity for which immigrants, including green card holders, can be deported and imposed mandatory detention for certain types of deportation cases. As a result, well over 2 million individuals have been deported since 1996.
Mark Krikorian, who served as Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies since 1995, notes that 8 USC par.1182, recites: "Whenever the President finds the the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary. suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants."
Muslim failures to control or even criticize Muslim terrorism, to report potential terrorists in their midst, justifies taking action against the entire Muslim community in the U.S. and the rest of the world. As the terrorist actions that have taken place to date confirm, barring Muslim travel to the U.S., with some exceptions, is the least of the actions the U.S. should take.
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