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My Response to Bill Clinton: On (My) Liberty and (Your) America

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Does Bill Clinton know that the majority of victims of terrorism are, in fact, Muslims?
Does Bill Clinton know that the majority of victims of terrorism are, in fact, Muslims?
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Donald Trump wants to keep us out of the country altogether. But Bill Clinton, former president and husband of a Democratic presidential nominee, does not mind us staying, as long as we -- Muslims -- behave ourselves.

Welcome to America where racial profiling is the country's most popular idea, and where citizenship is now conditioned on blind obedience.

This is what Clinton said at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on 26 July: "If you're a Muslim and you love America and freedom and you hate terror, stay here and help us win and make a future together, we want you."

If this is America's new social contract, I refuse to sign, and I think millions of Muslims -- and non-Muslims, for that matter -- should refuse to endorse it, too.

Oddly, the Democrats were meant to juxtapose Republican rhetoric -- racist, anti-Muslim, anti-black, anti-everyone else who does not look or sound like them -- with a more conciliatory language.

Yet this is the best that Bill Clinton could come up with.

But what if we, Muslims and others, entirely disagree with Clinton's definition of "terror"? And what if the "freedom" he is offering us is deceptive doublespeak? What if we want to take part in building an America that has no space for corrupt politicians like him and his wife?

Does it follow that millions of us are simply not wanted in this country? To leave and, regardless of who wins in November, to never come back?

The crowd roared when Clinton recited his denigrating conditions on Muslim citizenship, and, notably, this is the more "progressive" segment in American society.

How is this going to help the already charged situation, anyway?

According to the results of a 2015 Economist/YouGov poll, a majority of Americans believe that Islam encourages violence more than any other religion. Republicans are particularity anti-Muslim (74 percent shared these views) but a sizable number of Democrats (41 percent) hold such toxic ideas about Islam and its followers, as well.

Sure, one can understand how the terrorist attacks of September 11 2001 contributed to this massive misconception. But is it fair to forget that millions of Muslims have perished in America's seemingly endless wars, interventions and foreign policy debacles, decades before that date?

Bill Clinton's own legacy has proven most deadly to Muslims. The Iraq sanctions, which he sustained, in addition to his constant bombing of that country have caused hundreds of thousands of Muslims to perish.

Yet, instead of apologizing to Muslims, this conceited millionaire politician had the audacity to condition the presence of American Muslims in their own country on a laundry list of slogans.

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Ramzy Baroud is the Managing Editor of Middle East Eye. He is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media consultant, an author and the founder of His latest book is My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold (more...)

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