Kuwaitis might need us to lend them some of our professional protestors.
Donald Trump’s immigrant ban from countries that harbor extremists is nothing new to the Arab rulers of Kuwait.
According to the Arab news outlet Al Alaraby,
“Syrians, Iraqis, Iranians, Pakistanis and Afghans have not been able to obtain visit, tourism or trade visas to Kuwait since 2011…
“Passport holders from the countries are not allowed to enter the Gulf state while the blanket ban is in place, and have been told not to apply to visas.
“Kuwaiti sources originally told local media that the restrictions were in place due to the “instability” in the five countries and that the ban would be lifted once the security situation improves.
“Kuwait is concerned about the threat of extremist groups such as al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group, and both militant organizations have offshoots in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Kuwait’s attempt to protect its citizens from terrorism and maintain stability seems like a rational approach to what has been happening in places like Iraq and Syria.
Donald Trump’s temporary ban seems equally rational. Why all the hissy fits? The jihadists are trying to get into the U.S. to massacre Americans. So why all these diversions from the reality of the need to prevent terror attacks in the US?
Al Alaraby also reports in the same story that after an attack that killed 27 in Kuwait City in 2015,
“Kuwait responded by arresting dozens of suspected IS sympathisers and rolling out a mandatary DNA testing programme and database for the Gulf state’s four million population.”
Oh no, a registry!
Can’t we please ship our professional protestors to Kuwait? Judge Robart ? I’d like that.
Note: Of course, neither Kuwait’s ban nor Trump’s ban is a “Muslim Ban,” as it has been portrayed. But by lying about the intent of Trump’s ban the Democrats see a political opportunity. Unfortunately it may lead to future casualties on American soil.