In the wake of CNN and a left-wing politician blaming President Donald Trump for the New Zealand mosque massacres, a Muslim doctor and journalist appeared on the same news network over the weekend and turned the tables on the leftist narrative that Trump and his administration are Islamophobic.
"Viewers should know this president and this administration is often castigated as Islamophobic, but I move in the Muslim world — in Egypt, in Oman, in Jordan, in Iraqi Kurdistan — where this president is beloved," physician and journalist Qanta Ahmed told CNN on Saturday. "This president and the Republican Party, going back to George Bush, is very dearly held."
She also noted the 1988 Halabja genocide in which Saddam Hussein's Iraq used chemical weapons to kill about 5,000 Kurds; it was part of the eight-stage Anfal campaign against the Kurds that claimed 182,000 lives.
"Today's the anniversary of Halabja, the massacre of 180,000 Kurds at the hands of Saddam Hussein," Ahmed added. "That only changed because of a Republican president. So it's very important not to lose so much perspective that we start believing our entire government is Islamophobic. That's not the case."
Ahmed added that "we must distinguish lethal, diabolical anti-Muslim xenophobia as has happened in Christchurch from Islamophobia. Why should we do that? Because if we do not, we empower Islamists who wish to propagate the myth — the same myth that the white supremacist gunman wants us to believe: That we are under siege in secular world, that we are victims in the west."