Rev. William Alberts, counterpunch.org
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The Republican candidate who would be president is “calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”Donald Trump does not want to “figure out what is going on.” Years before he started verbally assaulting his way toward the presidency, a Pentagon advisory panel “figured out what was going on.” The panel’s “harshly critical report” found that “Muslims do not ‘hate our freedom,’ but rather they hate our policies,” that “when American public diplomacy talks about bringing democracy to Islamic societies, this is seen as no more than self-serving hypocrisy.” And, “In the eyes of the Muslim world . . . ‘American occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq has not led to democracy there, but only more chaos and suffering.’” (“U.S. Fails to Explain Policies to Muslim World, Panel Says,” By Thom Shanker, The New York Times, Nov. 24, 2004) ...