Trump crit­ics cite dou­ble stan­dards af­ter So­mali at­tack

African Times - - International/Africa - SAAD MUSE – CAJ News

CRIT­ICS have al­leged dou­ble stan­dards by the United States Don­ald Trump on the sub­ject of ter­ror­ism af­ter the al-Shabaab at­tack left hun­dreds dead in So­ma­lia.

The dou­ble sui­cide bomb at­tack on Satur­day killed more than 300 peo­ple, in­clud­ing at least one Amer­i­can.

The Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Is­lamic Re­la­tions (CAIR), the na­tion’s largest Mus­lim civil rights and ad­vo­cacy or­ga­ni­za­tion, is in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports of other Amer­i­cans be­ing killed or in­jured in the at­tack in Mo­gadishu.

CAIR mean­while con­demned ques­tioned Trump’s al­leged si­lence on the ter­ror at­tack in So­ma­lia while he was vo­cal on at­tacks Is­lamic mil­i­tants car­ried out in his coun­try and the West.

“We con­demn this hor­rific and cow­ardly at­tack on in­no­cent civil­ians in Mo­gadishu go­ing about their daily lives, and of­fer con­do­lences to the loved ones of the vic­tims,” said CAIR Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Ni­had Awad.

He al­leged dou­ble stan­dards by Trump.

“If this at­tack had tar­geted peo­ple of other faiths or races, we be­lieve there would have been an im­me­di­ate re­sponse from the pres­i­dent in a state­ment or on Twit­ter.”

How­ever, on Mon­day, the US mis­sion to So­ma­lia is­sued a con­dem­na­tion of the at­tack. Heather Nauert, the US De­part­ment of State spokesper­son, also de­nounced the ter­ror act.

The al­le­ga­tions against Trump have re­vived con­cerns by crit­ics who ac­cuse the West of be­ing only tak­ing ac­tion against ter­ror­ists when they struck against Euro­peans and dis­re­gard when the de­vel­op­ing world was at­tacked.

Fel­low Africans are also ac­cused of com­plic­ity.

“Africans use Euro­peans’ flags in pro­file pic­tures to ex­press sol­i­dar­ity each time there is an at­tack there but how many have used the So­mali flag to ex­press sim­i­lar grief?” asked Mo­gadishu an­a­lyst, Maahir Ghedi.

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