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The warnings were stunning. Just six weeks before Nikolas Cruz killed 14 students and three teachers at his former high school in Parkland, Florida, a woman acquainted with him told the FBI tip line “I know he’s going to explode” and expressed her fear that he might go to a school and begin “shooting the place up.” Six weeks earlier, a family friend had called 911 and expressed fears about Cruz’s gun collection. (He managed to accumulate at least 10 rifles, including the AR-15 he took to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.) “I need someone here because I’m afraid he comes back and he has a lot of weapons,” said that friend. And late last year, even Cruz himself called 911 in an obvious bid — at least in retrospect — for attention and help. (“The thing is I lost my mother a couple of weeks ago, so like I am dealing with a bunch of things right now…”)

As we know, none of these incidents, nor reports about Cruz to the local police, including a warning that he might “shoot up” a neighborhood school and that he could be a “school shooter in the making,” resulted in the kind of action that might have stopped his future school rampage. But in Donald Trump’s America, let me put my money on one thing: if his first name had been Ahmed, not Nikolas — if he hadn’t, that is, been a white male fitting the profile of a future school shooter but of Arabic background or had a name that had an Islamic ring to it — the FBI and the local police would have been on his doorstep in no time flat.

From the moment Donald Trump rode that Trump Tower escalator into the presidential race in June 2015 and promptly attacked Mexican immigrants as rapists, drug-runners, and criminals, he’s conducted a domestic shock-and-awe campaign all the way to the Oval Office and beyond when it comes to immigrants, refugees, and Muslims of more or less any sort. (Ban them!) On such subjects, the relentlessness of the president and his key aides and officials, including White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has nurtured fears of the foreign, the alien, the non-white, and the un-American in this country in a major way. (Note that Nikolas Cruz, too, evidently denigrated Muslims and reportedly mowed a 40-foot swastika into a community field.) All in all, it’s been an impressive, all-fronts campaign against those tired, huddled masses yearning to breathe free and, as veteran foreign correspondent Arnold Isaacs shows today in his first TomDispatch piece, it extends even to the statistics the administration likes to offer on immigration and terrorism.

(Republished from TomDispatch by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Ideology • Tags: Donald Trump, Immigration, Terrorism 
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  1. freebird says:

    Total BS and pathetic —- President Trump just put forth a proposal to allow almost 2 million illegal dreamers to stay in our country. So much for his war on the poor brown and black huddled masses trying to be free BS. Just call a spade a spade and admit that those huddled masses are invading our country illegally. And yes they are shooting up our people. What about the BLM war on cops, San Bernadino, the Pulse Nightclub, etc. Indeed most of the mass shootings that take place have been done by wackos on the left or by mentally unfit folks who don’t even know what planet they are on. And by the way Cruz was a Latino so put that in you’re race-baiting pipe and smoke it.

  2. VX37 says:

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: “We got our own crazies, but let’s import some more!” isn’t exactly a compelling argument.

    Support for mass immigration into the West has only one main motivation – a malignant, irrational, genocidal, hatred of white people. The people who push it are racists, or quislings who collaborate with the racists in power for money and position (Republican/Conservative leaders) or out of fear (the Republican/Conservative rank and file). Both the introduction to the article and the article itself drips with that hatred. Hatred so deep that it is willing to embrace the project of turning sections of the West into sharia law zones. Hatred so deep it is willing to mitigate Islamic terrorism and Muslim crime in the West. In the war against whitey any ally will do. Mitigating Muslim terrorism and crime is a tool meant to help keep the borders open, a tool to keep the program of genocide through racist colonialism going against the West.

    Let’s set the cultural and physical genocide aside for the moment. All of these foreigners will vote as racial blocs and put anti-white, far left politicians in power and those politicians will butcher the First and Second Amendments and other traditional freedoms. Which would you rather have, freedom or the “benefits” of diversity? A government and society built on even worse white-hating racism than the present ones? Will that bring anything but misery to you and your family? What people have ever benefited by having their land, government and institutions taken over by hostile foreigners?

  3. DFH says:

    Some sort of Mestizo-Jew shot up a school
    Therefore we should allow millions of 85IQ third worlders into America


  4. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Why are you calling a Hispanic by the name of Cruz a “white male”? Why the link to a story stating that the majority of mass shootings are done by white males when any perusal of the subject shows that non-whites are actually overrepresented for that category? Why this hate mongering against white males? This has gone on too long and has gotten sickening. Cruz isn’t a Muslim, so what? That doesn’t mean we need Muslims at all. This country could function perfectly well without a single Muslim living here but couldn’t function a single day without white males making things run.

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