For the Media, the Only Jihad Is Against Trump
In their zeal to "Jump on Trump," is our media -- not to mention their 9th Circuit cohorts -- doing an immense disservice to the American public by obfuscating, effectively censoring, serious discussion of Islamic immigration and what to do about it?
It's a global problem, surely, and we have a lot to learn from the mistakes of the Europeans who -- according to the latest polls -- are expressing serious regrets about their open-border immigration policies.
Several young gang-rapists started laughing in a Belgian court while yelling:
“women should not complain, they should listen to men.”
The seven ‘men’ were seen in a video where they are standing around an unconscious girl who is lying on a bed, then seen pulling down her pants and raping her. Also in the video, they are dancing around the victim and singing songs in Arabic.
The gang of perpetrators, aged 14 (!) to 25, consist of five Iraqi nationals, and two who hold Belgian citizenship. At least two of them are currently in their asylum procedure.
I imagine they'll be getting some "extreme vetting." Let's hope so anyway. But does this "extreme vetting" go far enough? In America's case, it's complicated by the fact that Trump's original seven countries in his travel ban are rather circumscribed and arbitrarily limited, despite having been the seven singled out by Obama. As we have seen on multiple occasions, second-generation jihadists come from all over Western Europe, like two of the above un-magnificent seven, not to mention North Africa and the obvious omissions of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. They come from Russia and the Far East as well. Shouldn't they all be on the list? Yes, I realize the seven countries were chosen because at least some keep no verifiable records of who's coming and going. But I'm not sure that matters. These days identities are more easily forged than ever. The Daily Beast reports you can buy an undetectable UK passport from the Neapolitan Camorra.
So can "extreme vetting" finally do the job it's supposed to do? What is the real extent of its capability?
Marine/contractor Steven Gern's video from Iraq (before being asked to leave) is viral for a reason. Gern has an authenticity and seems to be telling the truth, two truths actually, and those truths are, to say the least, uncomfortable. One is that many Iraqis (I would assume most Middle Easterners) hate Americans despite all we may have tried to do for them and would kill us if they had any opportunity. The second is that they are master dissemblers (remember taqiyya?) and are willing to wait years, all the while seeming perfectly pleasant, before acting on their hatred. This does not augur well for immigration, to put it mildly.
Given this dissembling/taqiyya that Gern speaks of, we do have some serious"extreme vetting" to do. It's almost impossible to see how it can be done without the most detailed attention. Obama, Hillary and Kerry did less than zero to improve the situation. They either exacerbated or ignored it, mostly the former.
Trump asked for a 120-day travel ban, a tiny length of time under the circumstances, to try, in his words, to figure out what's happening. But his rapacious opponents in the media (and the judiciary), slavering like a pack of morally narcissistic wolves, would have none of it. He was not to get one day.
Did they have another suggestion? No, of course not. Their suggestion comes down to this: anything but Trump. Forget reason. Forget what's left of their own thoughtfulness. Forget the safety of the American people and the world. The Orange Man must pay. He's too vulgar... or something. Maybe one of his daughter's shoes gave someone a blister. Or Stephen Miller was too rude to one of his high school teachers. Something significant like that.
Meanwhile, the media in its fact-finding mission does nothing to help us because it finds no facts, other than scurrilous gossip about Trump. That's all they seem to look for. Their myriad liberal and progressive pundits make no suggestions either, contribute no fresh ideas (have you noticed?) to the fight, as if the status quo were just fine with them. (This is true of many conservative pundits too -- no thoughts on what to do about radical Islam.) It's a mixture of selfishness and envy from which we all lose. Let our children or our children's children deal with it. (And they will.) There may be a jihad in the big world, people being raped and having their throats cut, bombs going off, trucks driving into crowds of innocent tourists, but to our media, the only jihad worth fighting against is against Trump.
Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and co-founder of PJ Media. His latest book is I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn't Already. You can find him on Twitter @rogerlsimon.