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Trump's Travel Ban Will Not 'Help' ISIS Recruitment

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 4:40am

Trump's Travel Ban Will Not 'Help' ISIS Recruitment by Simon Cottee, The Atlantic

The conventional liberal wisdom on the Trump administration’s executive order suspending immigration to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries—also known as “the Muslim ban”—is that the ban is as counterproductive as it is illiberal. The argument, roughly, is that with the order signed on Friday, the Trump administration has “played into the hands” of ISIS and other jihadist groups, giving a boon to their propaganda motif that America is at war with Islam.

This argument is also widely shared among counterterrorism experts and commentators, who worry that the travel ban will imperil “the gray zone” that defines and facilitates the liberal democratic order. The “gray zone,” as conceived by ISIS propagandists, is the liminal—and, as ISIS sees it, fundamentally corrupt—public space in which moderate Muslims and non-Muslims peaceably co-exist.

Trump’s travel ban, his critics claim, puts that zone in grave jeopardy by creating a polarization that risks pushing more Muslims into the arms of the jihadists. The ban, Jessica Stern argued in the Boston Globe, is “likely to make us less safe.” Paul Pillar, a former official at the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, echoed this: “[The order] is not targeted at where the threat is, and the anti-Islam message that it sends is more likely to make America less safe.” According to Nada Bakos, a former CIA analyst: “All it [the ban] does is help [Islamic State] recruiting.”

On the crucial matter of moral principle, the conventional liberal wisdom is right: The ban is parochial and un-American and will deal a massive injustice to hundreds of genuine asylum-seekers fleeing war and genocide. But the argument that it will aid ISIS recruitment just doesn’t stand up to scrutiny…

Read on.


Outlaw 09

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 9:39am

The author of this article apparently has not spent years on monitoring the global propaganda reach of first AQ....then QJBR...AQ in the Land of Two rivers (Iraq)...then AQI...then IS and NOW all the related global offshoots of AQ and IS.....globally.......

There is an very strong underlying narrative they have never come off of...that the US has been and will always be anti Muslim and anti Islam.....and that there is now a "clash of civilizations ie religions"....

AND already that narrative has been expanded to include the Trump/Bannon/Flynn Muslim ban as "proof".....that their narrative over the last ten years has been totally correct.....

AND that does not assist in radicalization and further recruitment??????