Syrian President Bashar al-Assad seemed to side with U.S. President Donald Trump in asserting that some refugees from Syria are “definitely” terrorists.
In an interview with Yahoo News, the Syrian president said that he knows this because “you can find it on the [internet].”
During his first week in the White House, President Trump signed an executive order that indefinitely banned the entry of all Syrians, including refugees, into the United States. Trump claimed that his order was put in place to protect the country from what he terms “radical Islamic terrorism.”
Assad’s justification for supporting the idea that some refugees from Syria are terrorists is certainly in line with Trump’s own brand of propaganda regarding his so-called Muslim ban.
“Those terrorists in Syria holding the machine gun or killing people, they [appear as] peaceful refugees in Europe or in the West in general.”
In another clear nod to Trump’s own logic, Assad also stated in his interview that,
“The September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States were committed by [fewer than 20 terrorists], out of millions of immigrants in the United States.”
In essence, Assad was claiming that it only takes a few radicals to conduct terrorist operations in a country — clearly justifying Trump’s assertion that all Syrian refugees should be restricted from entering America.
Assad’s comments are troubling, to say the least — namely on account of the fact that war has been raging in his country since 2011 and created an unprecedented refugee crisis, leaving 4.8 million refugees and millions more internally displaced. Beyond this, the war has also claimed the lives of thousands. Rather than support efforts that are conducive to bettering, and in many cases saving, the lives of these people, Assad instead contributed to rhetoric that is used to keep them in harms way.
Watch Assad’s interview with Yahoo News here:
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