Trump in denial over anti-Muslim terrorism

25th Aug 2017
Trump in denial over anti-Muslim terrorism

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It should really come as no surprise that a US president who has specifically targeted Muslims for all the ills of American society should be in denial of growing Islamophobia sweeping his country and much of the rest of the world. As The Muslim News reported last month a new American study has already found that the plight of Muslims in the US has been exacerbated since his election. Not only do American Muslims perceive greater discrimination against their religion but almost half have personally experienced at least once incident in the past year.

The double standards of President Donald Trump were shown no more clearly when the President, infamous for his knee-jerk reactions on the social media, showed indifference to the recent terrorist bombing of a mosque in Minnesota. Worshippers had been preparing for dawn prayers when there was a huge explosion. Fortunately, no one was injured as the perpetrator was reported to have fled the scene in a pickup truck.

The Governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, was quick to brand the incident as an “unthinkable, unforgivable” hate crime and a “criminal act of terrorism”. But it was the silence from the President that left many questioning why he had not condemned the terrorist act, including many sections of the mainstream media. The Washington Post, for example, said that “silence after attacks where Muslims are the victims is not uncharacteristic for the president,” pointing out he had been “previously lambasted for a perceived double standard …when denouncing terrorism.”

The Editor at the progressive-leaning Mother Jones magazine, Mark Follman, suggested that Trump refusing to say anything was due to the target of the attack.

The response of the White House was a cynical attempt to pretend the attack did not happen by branding it as “fake news”. Presidential aide Sebastian Gorka said that Trump’s Administration would only comment when there is “some kind of finalised investigation.”

The general rule was “all initial reports are false, you have to check them, you have to find out who the perpetrators are.” Gorka even claimed there had been “a series of crimes committed, alleged hate-crimes, by right-wing individuals in the last six months that turned out to actually have been propagated by the left.”

What is not fake news is that the overwhelming number of terrorist attacks carried out in America as well as elsewhere are committed by non-Muslims. According to the FBI, only 6 per cent of terrorist attacks in the US were carried out by Muslims between 1980 and 2005.

The most recent figures compiled from the Global Terrorism Database the University of Maryland found only 78 out of the 89 terrorist attacks in the US in the past five years were committed by non-Muslims. None of them, in any event, have anything to do with Islam.

The distorted picture is often no less clear in Europe as well as in the UK, where there is also huge double standards. The discrimination also seems to affect the legal process with the latest example of a Catholic man threatening to blow up an ‘Islamic’ bookshop in London and “kill the Muslims” being sentenced to only 100 hours of community work.

Instead of being charged under terrorism legislation, he was apparently allowed to plead guilty to religiously aggravated harassment instead.

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