In this perceptive piece, Stanley L Cohen,
an attorney and human rights activist who has done extensive work in the Middle East and Africa, he argues that ” The US has long targeted immigrants and American citizens alike for no reason other than heritage, race or religion. ”
Writing in Al Jazeera
, Cohen reminds us that “ours is an experience long rooted in theological and social animosity and domination; one where majority religious groups have long controlled domestic political power and opportunities that derive from its reach. Indeed, historically, theocratic rule has been quick to punish dissent within our midst and viewed immigrants with “competing” religious beliefs and values with suspicion as very much outsiders and undemocratic. “
“So, one might ask, what is there, then, about the most recent Trump attack upon Muslims, all Muslims, that stands in dramatic contrast from a long and sordid American history of targeted persecutions of minorities based upon nothing more than religious and immigrant status? “
This is an impressive list of military and political leaders, ambassadors, deputy secretaries, directors, etc who have had extensive foreign policy experience and served under both republican and democratic administrations. They rightly remind us that “bans like those included in this order are harmful to U.S. national security and beneath the dignity of our great nation.” Several states have filed against the latest ban, and legal challenges will only amount.
The New York Times