Donald Trump likes to use terrorist attacks to congratulate himself. He also cites Israel as a model for “profiling” — not understanding what it is that Israeli security profiles for. (Hint: It’s not race.)
Varda Spiegel writes in the Times of Israel:
Every Israeli I know was appalled by the cavalier announcement that the bomb had gone off and his subsequent attempt to take credit for calling it first. It prompted ridicule on the part of his opponents in the Hebrew media and an awkward silence on the part of their colleagues who support him.
Why? Because all but the most clueless and capricious among us — and children under the age of 10 — know that we don’t say something like that until the all-clear signal is sounded.
If you pop off when information is incomplete, she explains:
- You may be wrong.
- You may drive throngs of panicking and/or curious spectators to or from the scene, who may in turn interfere with investigations, law enforcement, and emergency and security services.
- Evil forces may take advantage of such premature revelations to make good on their intention to kill and maim.
- You may instill terror in people, particularly children, who are ill-prepared to deal with it and at physical or emotional risk of responding badly.
- You may tip off folks that their loved ones are in harm’s way or worse – setting off unnecessary or unmanaged grief. No one needs to hear on television from Donald J. Trump that a bomb went off in front of their daughter’s or son’s apartment or their father’s or mother’s workplace — especially if the ensuing dread is warranted. Letting people know that the worst has happened is better left to physicians and mental health professionals.
- You may thwart the media’s attempts to provide the public with vital information by attracting attention-starved halfwits who jockey for position in front of the cameras as such grizzly events unfold. We have our share of these idiots too. But imagine Israelis’ horror at watching a would-be leader of the Western world invite the likes of them to the after-party.
Trump consistently mistakes bluster for strength. He is not only reckless in his pronouncements and his policy suggestions (e.g. banning Muslims), but he also proves himself to be wrong — a lot.
In this case, according to news reports, it was the father, the head of the Muslim immigrant family, who tried to warn authorities about his son. It is not the only time a parent has heroically tried to head off a child’s plot. It’s the patriotic, decent immigrants we need to cooperate with law enforcement and national security officials; Trump would make them the enemy, painting all Muslims with the same brush.
Since Trump so admires the Israelis, he might consider a critical part of their anti-terrorism efforts. As one report explains, “There is little question that Israeli intelligence agencies have for decades relied on Palestinian informants to gather information on Arab communities in Israel and the Occupied Territories. These individuals provide the Israeli intelligence establishment with human intelligence or plant technical surveillance equipment as instructed by their handlers.”
Arab recruits also play a vital role in Israel security operations. But don’t bother Trump with reality. He’s too busy bellowing nonsense and providing fodder to Islamist recruiters that the West is irredeemably hostile toward Muslims.