Sorry, but Donald Trump’s decision to put a TEMPORARY halt on immigration from Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen is not turning back the clock to 1939 and the ill-fated voyage of the St. Louis:

On May 13, 1939, the German transatlantic liner St. Louis sailed from Hamburg, Germany, for Havana, Cuba. On the voyage were 937 passengers. Almost all were Jews fleeing from the Third Reich. Most were German citizens, some were from eastern Europe, and a few were officially “stateless.”

The majority of the Jewish passengers had applied for US visas, and had planned to stay in Cuba only until they could enter the United States. But by the time the St. Louissailed, there were signs that political conditions in Cuba might keep the passengers from landing there. The US State Department in Washington, the US consulate in Havana, some Jewish organizations, and refugee agencies were all aware of the situation. The passengers themselves were not informed; most were compelled to return to Europe.

None of the countries on Trump’s list have laws in place discriminating against those seeking entrance to the United States. It is in no way comparable to the situation that European Jews faced as Hitler’s Germany lurched towards war and the Holocaust.

Many in the media and the world of punditry are misrepresenting, wait, lying, about the nature of this temporary ban. It is not a ban on Muslims. It is an acknowledgement that these nations, which are largely Muslim and have been hotbeds of terrorist activity and a source of recruits for ISIS. Trump’s position is smart in highlighting the need to conduct a more thorough vetting of those who want to enter the United States.

No foreigner has a right to enter the United States. Sorry. Those are our rules. Guess what, you do not have a right to enter any other country without that country’s permission. That includes Canada and Mexico.

You have to wonder what the hell the Democrats, like Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe are thinking as they whine and weep about the cruelty of Donald Trump. News flash Terry–the average American gives a good goddamn about the welfare and well being of people from Libya, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Somalia. Sorry, just does not register on the “give-a-shit” factor of most people.

The average American wonders why other Muslim countries in the region don’t take these people in themselves. Culturally, the people from these countries do not fit in well in the United States. We are largely a Judeo-Christian nation and are not interested in welcoming a religion that considers Jews and Christians as heretics. We are not talking about a group of cosmopolitan Sunni and Shia muslims eager to embrace equal rights for women, abortion or homosexuality.

That is the real irony here. The Democrats want to welcome refugees from countries where anyone who believes what most Democrats believe would be tossed screaming from the top of a tall building. I think this qualifies as a new definition of insanity apart from the one normally attributed to Albert Einstein.

On this point I agree with Trump–we only want people in American who are willing to love America and its people. And the Democrats want to run against that? Good luck with that plan.

UPDATE–The dishonesty of much of the media on this story is staggering. It is being reported that Trump has banned all refugees. What? I presume that the people doing the reporting are not retarded nor are they incapable of reading. The Executive Order is very clear–it is a temporary ban for people coming from 7 specific countries. The largest Muslim nation in the world, Indonesia, is not on the list. So, it is not a Muslim ban.

Now, I think there is a legitimate case to be made to add the countries of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to the list. Increased vetting of people from those countries is entirely appropriate.

That said, we are still left with the reality that many of the original 9-11 hijackers came thru Europe and Europe has become a sewer of radical Muslims. That door into America is still wide open and will require some close coordination with our European allies.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.