“Trump’s executive order plays right into the ISIS narrative. It says that there’s a clash of civilizations. It says that all of Islam is our enemy. ISIS, which has perhaps, that has a few hundred thousand followers dreams of convincing all of Islam — dreams of convincing 1.5 billion Muslims that they are at war with America and the West.”
The “reasoning” here appears to be that if we defend ourselves against Islamic jihadists by temporarily stopping immigration from jihad terror hotspots, it will enrage Muslims, and thereby create more jihadists. So we must let that immigration continue, even though Islamic jihadists will be among the immigrants: doing that will presumably make for fewer jihadists. If, in other words, we allow jihadis to enter the country and murder a certain number of American citizens, that will pacify other Muslims and keep them from becoming jihadis. But if we stop this immigration even partially and temporarily in an attempt to prevent jihadis from entering the country, Muslims who were hitherto peaceful and moderate will be so enraged that they will take up arms against us.
Is Sherman serious? This is tantamount to saying that we must not defend ourselves, because that will only embolden our attackers further. We should instead surrender to those attackers. Also, Barack Hussein Obama was President of the United States from January 20, 2009 to January 20, 2017. He flung the nation’s doors wide open to Muslim migrants, and heavily favored Muslims over non-Muslims. Did this stop Islamic State recruitment? Did it even slow it down? No, the Islamic State proclaimed itself the caliphate on June 29, 2014, during Obama’s presidency, and repeatedly declared its intention ultimately to conquer the U.S. It also repeatedly called for the murder of Americans. So we have solid evidence that an open-door immigration policy does not in reality pacify Islamic jihadis.
“Calif. Dem Compares Trump White House To ISIS ‘Bent On Destroying Civilization’ [VIDEO],” by Kerry Picket, Daily Caller, February 3, 2017:
WASHINGTON — California Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman compared ISIS to the Trump White House Friday morning during a one-minute speech on the House floor….
“As many have explained on this floor, Trumps executive order — his Muslim ban — repudiates our values and violates our Constitution. After 20 years on the foreign affairs committee I think it’s important to come to this floor and explain how that executive order is harmful to our national security,” Sherman said.
He went on to say, “Trump’s executive order plays right into the ISIS narrative. It says that there’s a clash of civilizations. It says that all of Islam is our enemy. ISIS, which has perhaps, that has a few hundred thousand followers dreams of convincing all of Islam — dreams of convincing 1.5 billion Muslims that they are at war with America and the West.”
He concluded, “We do not have a clash of civilizations. We have a clash between civilization and the forces of darkness bent on destroying civilization — whether they reside in Racca or at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”