The U.S. is partly to blame for the destabilization and destruction happening in many of the countries included in President Trump’s “Muslim ban.” America’s disastrous foreign policies have played a major role in creating the current refugee crisis.
Six out of the seven countries on the list have been the targets of U.S. military operations — all except Iran, which has been subjected to devastating economic sanctions for over thirty-some years. In 2016, the U.S. dropped 26,171 bombs on seven different countries; five of them were on the ban list. Over three-fourths of the 26,171 bombs dropped were dropped on Iraq and Syria.
Since Trump came into office on January 20th, in just one week and a day, the U.S. has carried out more than 150 airstrikes on Syria and 60 in Iraq. Keep in mind that each airstrike can drop multiple bombs.
The ban, which is supposed to bolster national security, is likely to have the opposite effect and increase anti-American sentiment and extremism. After all, there’s absolutely no way that locking people inside their countries to be bombed and starved to death is going to foster warm fuzzy feelings towards America. With the ban dividing a nation, alienating over a million American citizens, and violating our Constitution, it seems as though the biggest threat to national security isn’t Muslim immigrants, but Donald Trump himself.
While we can’t go into all the details without writing an entire book, we’ve compiled some brief summaries on U.S. involvement in each of the countries, which you can find here.