Haroon Moghul is the clown prince of the “Islamophobia” victimhood propaganda industry, as he has shown himself to be many times. In life poor little Haroon so cowers in fear of “Islamophobic” coffee servers that his Starbucks name is not Haroon but “Dwayne,” but he is a paper lion behind the keyboard, trafficking in defamation and dishonesty and taking advantage of his audience’s ignorance about Islam to invert reality, portraying Muslims as victims of a cruel “Islamophobia” machine, instead of non-Muslims threatened by the global jihad.
Here he pulls out all the stops in a weepy creepy piece of victimhood propaganda designed to cast President Trump as a Hitler in the making, ready at a moment’s notice to force all Muslims into camps and fire up the ovens. It’s a particularly hysterical piece of fearmongering in a period of hysterical fearmongering, purveyed by the very people who decry any concern about jihad terror as…hysterical fearmongering.
And so poor little “Dwayne” wakes up every morning “with a sense of disbelief” and goes to bed every night “filled with dread”: will this be the night that the “Islamophobes” knock on his door at 2AM and cart him off to the Trump Tower’s dungeons, solely for the crime of being “brown”?
It’s ridiculous, it’s silly, it’s off-the-charts defamatory and hysterical. It’s classic Haroon Moghul. More below.
“Trump’s hypocritical immigration ban punishes Muslims from countries America has destroyed,” by Haroon Moghul, Quartz, January 25, 2017:
Every American Muslim I know is many kinds of frustrated up right now. We are anxious, uncertain, even terrified. We wake up every morning with a sense of disbelief—can this really be happening? We go to bed every night filled with dread—how bad is this going to get? If there’s any upside to this moment, it’s that the unpredictability and vagueness of the campaign is falling away, replaced with a clearer picture of where he stands. A small consolation indeed.
Trump is exactly who he said he was.
In the last few days, Trump has begun unveiling his plans for (among other things): potentially bringing back torture, restoring or expanding CIA black sites, and labeling the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. This last one is especially important because, in the minds of those who conceived it, every expression of institutional or collective Muslim life is possibly terrorism. Islam itself might be terrorism. From this perspective, I’m neither unreasonable nor unseemly in pointing out that Trump’s persecution of Muslims is just beginning. Because the world knows how Americans treat terrorists, actual or assumed.
Oh, the poor terrorists! Moghul is deeply afraid that the Muslim Brotherhood will be labeled a terrorist organization, because it would mean, he says, that “every expression of institutional or collective Muslim life is possibly terrorism.” No, Dwayne. It means that finally the United States is getting realistic about an organization that, according to a captured internal Brotherhood document, is engaged in the U.S. in a “grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” There is a great deal more to warrant the Muslim Brotherhood being declared a terror organization, as I explain here. But for the professional victim Haroon Moghul, it’s all about classifying “every expression of institutional or collective Muslim life” as “possibly terrorism.”
…And he’s making moves to realize his Muslim ban. According to reports, his strategy likely begins with a suspension of refugee resettlement, a suspension of travel visas issued from a selection of seven overwhelmingly Muslim countries (and non-Americans who have visited those countries since 2011), coupled with the beginning of an “extreme vetting” process, the specifics of which have yet to be revealed in detail.
The fundamental injustice of this initial policy is brutally obvious.
Many of the countries Trump reportedly is trying to insulate America from would’ve been happy to be insulated from America. We’re going to ban Yemenis, even as we fund a catastrophic war against their country? A war, by the way, that is almost nonexistent in the American press and that is being perpetuated by our best friends in Saudi Arabia.
Or take Syria, another country that has been floated as a potential nation non grata. For right and wrong, better and worse, America remains a proxy participant in that country’s bloody civil war, which means we have, at the very least, a moral obligation to aid those displaced or otherwise harmed by our actions, our policies, our weapons.
Same thing here. Muslim Brotherhood groups, and then al-Qaeda and other Sunni jihadis rose up against the Alawite Assad regime. Not our fault. Unless, of course, you’re Haroon Moghul, and everything is our fault.
…As an aside, if you come from a country that actually has a history of terrorism against the United States, you might still be okay. Because this isn’t really about keeping Americans safe, this is about racism and Islamophobia at its most basic level. This is about Trump throwing his most radical supporters a bone.
Remember, these policies begin with tourists, refugees, the undocumented, and the otherwise easily demonized. But it won’t end there. It’s possible mass deportations, a blanket ban on Muslims entering the country, and still worse, are first-term possibilities—if Muslims are too dangerous to let in, it follows that eventually we should start showing them out.
Note that none of these have been proposed, suggested, or even whispered by anyone on the Trump team. Moghul is just ladling out the hysteria thick, the way his marks like it.
Like probably any other minority in America right now, my phone is full of messages and emails, questions and concerns. One of these stood out: “I am just a brown colored human being who happens to be a Muslim,” she wrote. “I am terrified about my present and future and that of my family. I don’t know what to do and I need your help.”
“I am just a brown colored human being who happens to be a Muslim” — as always, it’s all about racism. Moghul doesn’t stop whining long enough to explain that Muslims from, say, Iran and Somalia, two of the countries named in the ban, are actually from different races, and that the concern motivating Trump’s action is not racism, but a desire to prevent jihad terror attacks.
…Every authoritarian regime starts on the margins, until the margins are gone. Then those who were reasonably close to the center suddenly find themselves on the edges, with no one between them and a furiously xenophobic base.
Notice the way Trump has so far only talked about banning Muslims from certain countries and only for certain time periods; he won’t pick every Muslim country at first (but he can add and drop at will), so he can be insulated from the charge of violating the letter and spirit of the US Constitution. By working gradually, and always under the guise of national security—in whose name we gladly suspend all our moral values—it will be harder to see the big picture. Until, of course, it’s too late.
In reality, no one from any country has any Constitutional right to come to the United States. But facts and Haroon Moghul have never met, and poor Dwayne would probably run the other way in terror if he ever encountered one.