© 2016 Jim Spence - When Iran released fifty-two American embassy hostages on January 20, 1981, the Americans were led through a gauntlet of Iranian students who formed parallel lines and shouted "Death to America," as the hostages walked toward the airplane that would fly them out of Tehran. It would seem that Donald Trump is holding a grudge against Iran and others in the Middle East for the shabby treatment of Americans. Trump issued executive orders late last week to reign in travel and increase vetting from countries known to harbor, fund, and encourage violent terrorism of which Iran is the most flagrant perpetrator.
Did Trump go too far? Or should the change in policy have been extended to many other countries besides Iran, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen that also encourage hatred of America.
The Trump order certainly added a level of uncertainty and inconvenience for people attempting to enter the U.S. from those countries. This is true whether they had or did not have visas or green cards. It seems that a Federal judge has decided it was too much inconvenience, but it is a temporary order.
There is a dilemma here. On the one hand, you have people who made travel plans based on the Obama rules, which were to simply let people pass through U.S. Customs pretty much as they pleased. And on the other hand, the list all of terrorists who traveled out of the U.S. to these nations and others and then came back, before committing mass murders here is getting longer every year.
The question seems to be how does Trump change border security policies that are way too loose and implement policies that involve much stricter vetting of those coming and going from dangerous places, when people are in transit twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year?
The simple answer is you cannot change policies without disrupting the lives of those people in transit.
Another question that never quite gets asked by the propaganda ministries in the U.S. mainstream media, entities that support loose border policies is this: Why are people traveling to Iran from the U.S. or from Iran to the U.S.? Certainly there are a few people with families in both places. Perhaps a little review of U.S. history and view of current events can clarify reality. The reality is there is a cesspool of hatred out there that U.S. Homeland Security officials are dealing with.
Throughout the existence of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the slogan, “Death to America” is described by most observers as a pillar of Iranian values. “Death to America” is regularly chanted each week in Iran at Friday prayers as well as at other public events. This chant is often accompanied by a burning of the American flag. Every November 4th, which is the anniversary of the U.S. embassy seizure, the Iranians celebrate a national holiday, called "Death to America Day." There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of state-sponsored murals all over Iran featuring the slogan, "Death to America."
The bottom line is there is a very deadly problem in nearly every Muslim nation in the Middle East. In most if not all of these countries teachers encourage hatred of the U.S. as part of the general education curriculum. And this brainwashing of children is much more widespread than just the countries of Iran, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. The list of nations where children are taught from birth to hate America goes on and on.
Most people realize in the wake of the attacks on 9-11, the Boston Marathon, San Bernardino, Orlando, Paris, Nice, Brussels, etc. there is a need to change from haphazard border control systems, to an extreme vetting system where safety comes first. This is not as easy said as done……but it would appear that the changes planned by Trump are going to make it more difficult for those who wish to be on site when the Death to America parades and other such “celebrations” begin in Tehran next November.