by Kevin Barrett (Special Reports, Crescent International Vol. 47, No. 6, Dhu al-Qa'dah, 1439)
In upholding US President Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban” — originally conceived as “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” — the Supreme Court of the United States has effectively eliminated the First Amendment to the Constitution, and made Islamophobia official US policy. Alongside Trump’s move of the US embassy to colonized Jerusalem (al-Quds), the Supreme Court’s rubber-stamping of the “Muslim ban” makes it unmistakably clear that the US government is now on record as a mortal enemy of Islam and Muslims, and of religious freedom in general.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in her dissent, belabored the obvious, “Taking all the relevant evidence together, a reasonable observer would conclude that the Proclamation was driven primarily by anti-Muslim animus.” The “relevant evidence” includes Trump’s initial statement calling for the exclusion of “all Muslims” from the US, and a long series of statements and tweets conveying the same, arguably genocidal intent (the First Amendment of the US Constitution mandates absolute religious neutrality on the part of the government).
Chief (in)Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority, approvingly noted Trump’s deceptive inclusion of two non-Muslim-majority nations, North Korea and Venezuela, in the latest version of the travel ban — alongside Muslim-majority Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. Roberts found that the relevant issue was not presidential intent, but rather the president’s power to do just about anything he wants in the name of “national security” (if the Founding Fathers of the USA were in power today, they would execute Roberts for treason, for the Constitution explicitly defines the US as a Republic, the diametric opposite of a monarchy in which the King has unlimited “national security” powers).
Roberts further argued that Trump’s alleged national security concerns regarding travelers from the seven targeted countries were legitimate. That argument is absurd on its face. There is no evidence that any immigrant or visitor from any of the seven named countries has ever threatened American national security in any way. Nor did Trump even try to present any actual evidence for that thesis.
So how could Roberts uphold Trump’s ridiculous “national security” pretext? Apparently Roberts accepted the empty propaganda bromide that the US is fighting a “war on terror” because “terrorism” threatens “national security.” The seven targeted countries, according to Roberts, might present “threat of terrorism” despite the complete absence of actual evidence that this is the case. In other words, the myth of the “war on terror” completely annihilated any reference to empirical reality in the mind of the Chief Justice of the United States.
Had the Chief Justice bothered to look at the evidence, he would have learned that America faces no statistically significant threat from terrorism, and even less of a threat from terrorists who claim to be Muslim. All terrorist attacks taken together, including such false flag events as 9/11 and the Boston bombing, rank far below lightning strikes and bathtub drownings as threats to Americans. And Muslims are blamed (whether accurately or not) for only 6% of terrorist attacks in America, according to the FBI. As for the seven countries on Trump’s list, not one terrorist event in America has ever been attributed to anyone from any of those countries! It seems Trump and Roberts are living in a paranoid fantasy with no reference to reality.
There is, of course, no actual “war on terror.” Terrorism, which is defined as “intentionally targeting civilians to incite fear,” is a military tactic. One cannot fight a war against a military tactic.
Moreover, it is national armies and their corporate and paramilitary allies, not insurgent fighters, who commit more than 99.9% of all terrorism. According to Vltchek and Chomsky’s On Western Terrorism, the US has murdered approximately 60 million people worldwide, almost all civilians, in CIA and military incursions since WWII. That makes the USA the world’s biggest terrorist.
Per capita, the world’s worst terrorist nation is Israel. That small nation of eight million people “raised terrorism to the level of a sacred principle” according to Moshe Sharett, foreign minister from 1948–1956 and prime minister from 1954–1955. Sharett blamed Israel’s devotion to terrorism on Ben Gurion, Pinhas Levon, Moshe Dayan, Shimon Peres, and the rest of the dominant faction of Zionist leaders, who wanted “to set the Middle East on fire” and “to frighten the West into supporting Israel’s aims.” For details on Israel’s history as the world’s worst-ever terror state, see Thomas Suarez’s book State of Terror: How Terrorism Created Modern Israel; and for evidence that Israel is by far the world’s worst perpetrator of political assassinations, see Ronen Bergman’s Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations.
So given that the US, Israel, and their allies are the worst terrorist nations; and that Venezuela, North Korea, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen have nothing to do with terrorism inside the US, which is a statistically insignificant non-threat anyway, why in the world did Trump select these seven countries for his “Muslim ban”?
Obviously the “Muslim ban” was a political ploy. Trump got elected by playing the Islamophobia card and pandering to ordinary Americans. They were brainwashed by 9/11 propaganda, “the most successful and most perverse publicity stunt in the history of public relations” according to National Medal of Science winner Lynn Margulis. Following the neocon-Zionist-orchestrated PR stunt on 9/11/2001, roughly half the US population suffered from clinical Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) according to research cited by Martha Stout in The Paranoia Switch. Lingering PTSD from 9/11 is the one and only significant causal factor behind the ongoing wave of Islamophobia in the US, and Trump rode that wave into the White House.
So why were these particular seven countries targeted by Trump’s Islamophobic ploy? Ironically, the one thing that Venezuela, North Korea, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen have in common is that they are all victims of massive US-sponsored terrorism! Venezuela is under attack by US and Colombian trained terrorists seeking to destabilize the country and overthrow the democratically elected government of Nicolas Maduro. North Korea has lost many millions of people to US bombs and bioterrorism. Iran has lost 17,000 innocent civilians to terror attacks by such groups as the MKO, the darling of the Trump Administration. Libya lost tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands after American terrorists bombed civilian infrastructure, destroyed the government, murdered President Muammar al-Qadhdhafi, and essentially annihilated the country. Somalia has likewise been massively degraded since the US sent in proxy terrorists from Ethiopia and other puppet nations to destroy that country, just when it had finally stabilized under the Islamic Courts Union. Syria has seen nearly half a million killed and millions of lives destroyed by US-backed terrorists on a Zionist-American regime change mission. And many tens of thousands of Yemenis have been murdered by US-armed Saudi terrorists.
Bottom line: Trump and Roberts are leaders of the world’s biggest terrorist group, the so-called US government. They and others like them — not the innocent people of nations victimized by American terrorism — would be the real targets of any real war on terror.