Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Racism as US State Policy will backfire! Here’s an alternative

The US President calls his ban against all immigration from certain Muslim countries “new vetting measures.” This is a foul euphemism, if that’s not a contradiction in terms. The President has defended it as “not a ban on Muslims,” but that’s just spin. But it’s more than wrong – it will boomerang!

For the Left-winger: What’s wrong with this ban?

  • Being careful with certain groups (“profiling”) proved highly successful in Israel, though it’s uncomfortable because it really smacks after discrimination.
  • However, being selective against every member of certain groups is
  • And to close the doors completely on every member of certain groups is the ultimate racism.

The criteria to admit or reject people must stem from individual norms – not group characteristics. N.B.: “No side curls” or “no beards” is not really personal.

The good thing of this new ban is that this will be condemned and fought until it’s taken down.

Activists, politicians, Members of Congresslawyers, the free press, commentators, watch groups (seven great links!), think tanks and bloggers, it’s times to show what you’re made of, so speak up and act up!

For the Right-winger: a Proposal for a smart alternative

However, the above humanistic and Left-wing arguments may be cozy for Left-wingers, but if one wants to convince Right-wingers, one should use arguments that’ll speak to them!! Well, here they come.

A total ban is even stupid because it will weed out all or most Muslim extremists and murderers from certain countries, and set the doors wide open for and even encourages immigration of dedicated White undercover converts to extremist Islam from Western countries, who are not only hard to catch – they also will be hard to distinguish and follow, once they’re in. It’s like using an inept antibiotic – the worst microbes will survive and the infection will become worse. (Not to say that people are bugs.)

A rational alternative: Let the State declare an official difference between devout peaceful Muslims and potential violent extremists. Make the average Muslim feel a full, respected and even loved part of the US population. Speak out all the time, and shape and sharpen laws against discrimination based on race or religion. Create courses fighting prejudice on TV and for law enforcement. We need everyone to have a mind open enough to distinguish between unrealistic and realistic fears, between ideology and reality.

When that’s in place, there is a realistic opportunity to say to the regular Muslim:

  • You live inside a democracy where you are respected and protected. We expect that moderate Muslims like you will be the first to discover violent extremists. In your countries of origin, if you went against the violent ones, you and your family ended up in a coffin. Here the situation is radically different. It’s not pleasant, but you have to report them. Whether it’s a member of your family or community, or an old friend or neighbor, if they begin to show signs of being dangerous, you must turn them in. That will be your safety and everyone’s safety. That’s how things are done in a democracy.
  • Of course, complains will be investigated, and not be believed in advance without question. Misplaced suspicion will be overlooked; lies and smears from animosity between people will be punished on the slanderer.
  • In our country, the good ones get protected and the bad cookies will be confronted. Everyone is invited to be part of the good ones and join the interconnected network of citizen protecting each other and all of us, with the State on your side.

Dear Right-winger! This is more laborious than a total immigration ban on certain groups, but it will create safety and will be held to your credit.

The vetting at the border is hard work, must be done well and humanely, and it never will be perfect. True safety will come from Muslims being part of society. They might even be able to export what they learn in the US, that resisting the mad ones will create safety, to other countries that would enable them there to establish democracies. This all will do the US proud. Making America greater than ever!

Comparison

Last but not least, some false comparison is made between this ban on all people from 7 terrorist breeding countries into the US and a ban of decades by 16 Muslim countries for anyone who visited the State of Israel. Why does that comparison not hold?

  • The ban on these Muslims is (supposedly) to protect the US; the ban on the people that live or visited Israel is meant to hurt Israel.
  • Muslims might want to flee to the US; Israelis and Israel-goers will not want to flee to countries boycotting Israel.
  • Some Muslim might want to hurt USers; no Israel-loving person would enter a Muslim country to terrorize the population there.

Quite a difference.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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