by Ganesh Sahathevan
Anyone who has bothered to listen and read, rather than hyperventilate and stupidly ridicule President Donald Trump’s executive order on “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals” will see that the order is very likely to disrupt material and moral passive support for Islamists and jihadists both within and outside the United States, provided by those normally resident in that country.
For a very long time US based passive supporters have been able to provide Islamists and jihadists with ongoing support from within their well established communities, enabled by a secure relatively comfortable US base. The so -called "Muslim ban" executive order serves a useful purpose even in its incorrect labelling by the media for it immediately disrupts, both in thought and in substance, the existence of that comfortable base. Put simply, passive supporters are less likely to mount arguments about "the suicide bombers' legitimate grievances" when their own bases are disturbed. Material support both overt and covert is even less likely to be provided.
The similarities between the Trump plan and that of Sir Gerard Templer in the 60s in then Malaya are easy to see when one understands that in both cases the issue is civilian support in asymmetric warfare. It becomes even clearer when one sees jihadism as an innovation by Islamist pursuing their objectives.