How could we have prevented the Nice attacks based on the idea of better intelligence and better security can save lives? The perpetrator of that horrific act was not on any radar as he was not religious and appeared to have no affiliation with any known terrorist groups. Plus the security in the area was on high alert with a plethora of armed, trained law enforcement, ready for anything.
And yet, this 70 mile-an-hour 20 ton truck enacted terror, death and destruction on innocent women, children and men in its path. How can we combat such events in the future? We could, as Zakaria suggests, gather better intelligence and come up with improved, more workable plans for the future. Or we could choose option B, which is what disgraced former Speaker, Newt Gingrich suggests: mass deportation based on illegal and unconstitutional methods that are downright idiotic.
Fareed Zakaria repeats the words of Newt, one of the rejects of the Trump Veepstakes; and somehow the words sound even more ridiculous coming from this tactful man.
'In the wake of the Nice attacks we should ask all American-Muslims whether they believe in Shari'a, Islamic Law, and if they do, deport them. '
Zakaria simply eviscerates Newt's argument from multiple vantage points.
Never mind that applying religious tests violates the First Amendment, never mind that punishing people for what they believe also violates the First Amendment. Never mind that there are no provisions for stripping American citizens of their citizenship; never mind it is not clear what country you'd deport American citizens to, never mind, in other words, that Gingrich's idea is immoral, illegal, unconstitutional and unworkable. It's also just STUPID.'
If we were to discover a person who might be the ISIS-trained would be-terrorist, they would answer the question with a resounding NO, and then, what would ol' Newton do? He concludes that Gingrich wants to feed and capitalize on emotion and fear, and that is the opposite of leadership.
That is demagoguery of the highest order.
The scholarly GPS host hopes to hear from some people speaking at the RNC in Cleveland, who can 'get serious' and 'stop the pandering.' Good luck with that pipe dream, Mr. Zakaria. Don't hold your breath.