Following yesterday’s mass killing of five people at Ft. Lauderdale airport, allegedly by Esteban Santiago, who served in Iraq from April 2010 to February 2011, I wonder if Mr. Trump will issue the following press release:
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of all US veterans re-entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Because there’s a long list of US military veterans who are mass murders.
According to one article:
Micah Johnson, who killed five police officers in Dallas in July, 2016 completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan;
George Jo Hennard, who killed 22 in Killeen, Texas, in 1991 had served in the navy;
Michael McDermott, who shot seven people in Wakefield, Massachusetts, in 2000, also served in the Navy;
Robert Flores was a veteran of the Persian Gulf war who shot his three nursing professors in Tucson, Arizona, in 2002;
Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army psychiatrist, killed 13 when he went on a rampage at Fort Hood, Texas in 2009;
Wade Michael Page, the white supremacist who killed six at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, had served six years in the U.S. Army, where he became a psychological operations specialist;
Radcliffe Haughton, an ex-marine, killed three women, including his wife, at a spa in Wisconsin in 2012;
Aaron Alexis, another Navy veteran, killed twelve at the Washington Navy Yard in 2013;
Ivan Lopez-Lopez, an Iraq War veteran, killed three at Fort Hood in Texas in 2014;
And, of course, Timothy McVeigh, whose truck bomb killed 168 in Oklahoma City in 1995, was a veteran of the Persian Gulf War.
So a person with very little training in statistics, or who just wanted to personally benefit from any animosity toward the US military (or toward Muslims) could capitalize on public fear and call for a total and complete shutdown of all US Veterans re-entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.
Or, (heaven forbid) we could take a deeper, unbiased look into rational, ’cause and effect’ reasons why certain bad things are happening.
But would honest investigation reveal that US politicians sending young men and women to bomb other people in their own homes could cause life-long psychological problems for those young veterans?
Would it reveal that the people who were bombed tend to want revenge?
Would it reveal that the US getting cheaper natural resources from the barrel of a gun as a path to higher corporate revenues, and that the empowerment of co-operative brutal dictators in those foreign countries might NOT be in the true interests of regular Americans?
Just blame those damned Muslims, and maybe US veterans too. And keep the wars going!