Nobel prize winner and girls’ education advocate and campaigner, Malala Yousafzai, has condemned the call by Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump to ban Muslims from entering the US. The 18-year-old, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 after advocating for education for girls, said Trump’s comments are filled with hatred and could “radicalize more terrorists.” She further said that: “There are these terrorist attacks happening, for example what happened in Paris or what happened in Peshawar a year ago,” referring to last month’s ISIS attack in Paris that killed 130 people.
Rthetorics like that of Donald Trump will only create more terrorists
Trump has been heavily criticised for calling for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States, following the tragic incident of a Muslim husband and wife that killed 14 people in a shooting rampage in California, an incident classified as a terrorist act. There have been more criticisms against Trump on his speech against Muslims, by the Islamic community and even from his own Republican contenders. Malala Yousafzai offered up a reality check for Donald Trump and any other politician attacking the entire Muslim faith: “The more you speak about Islam and against all Muslims, the more terrorists we create,” she said in an interview in the United Kingdom.
Speaking at a sombre ceremony in the city of Birmingham, central England, to remember the 134 children killed in a Taliban attack on a Pakistani school a year ago, Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai also criticised Trump’s comments. Referring to the number of muslims around the world, he said “It will be very unfair, very unjust that we associate 1.6 billion with a few terrorist organisations.”
American politics are undermining American national security.
In the quest for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, GOP contenders, especially Donald Trump, have managed to exacerbate dramatically the two U.S. weaknesses most likely to erode the country’s safety. These are: fear and Islamophobia. Fear-mongering has been a primary feature of the national discussion about terror since Obama assumed office. In recent weeks, the Republican presidential candidates have made matters worse through their relentless stoking of public panic and hatred of Muslims. U.S. politicians are, through their comments and gestures, creating fear and inviting attacks. With the rise of ISIL, the scare tactics have multiplied exponentially.