Washington, DC (TFC) – The tailspin of American politics has hit an unimaginable low with a Presidential Candidate openly advocating the mass murder of innocent civilians. Donald Trump, the man who took advantage of deferments to miss out on the fun of Vietnam, not only wants to commit the US to a new war against the Islamic State, he wants to kill the family members of terrorists.
Let’s skip over the fact that deliberate targeting of the civilian populace and collective punishment are war crimes, and that to do so systematically by policy would qualify as a crime against humanity. It would end with Mr. Trump being executed by the international justice system. Let us forget about the moral implications of murdering innocents. Let us forget about the psychological toll it would take on the US soldiers ordered to bayonet babies. Let’s forget that for a moment. Instead let’s focus on the fact that it won’t work. If you kill a terrorist and “take out their families” as Trump said, you have created more terrorists. Having a family member arbitrarily executed for a crime they did not commit is certain to radicalize anyone. Cousins, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other distant relatives would certainly take up arms against the United States. In order for this policy to be even remotely effective, it would have to literally exterminate bloodlines on a scale not seen since World War II. The United States would have to implement a structure for determining who is a close enough relation to the terrorist to be executed.
Here’s a possible statute to define who a terrorist family member is:
A terrorist family member is one who is descended from two terrorist parents, if (a) he belonged to the terrorist community at the time this law was issued, or joined the community later, (b) he or she was married to a terrorist person, at the time the law was issued, or married one subsequently, (c) he is the offspring of a marriage with a terrorist.
The above statute is a rewrite of the First Regulation of the Reich Citizenship Law of 1935. It was later used as the basis to determine who died in Nazi concentration camps.
In Trump’s short career as a politician he has been seen insulting Latinos, making fun of the disabled, tweeting neo-Nazi propaganda, and advocating a Nazi-style registration system. Now, he’s advocating a policy that can only end in Genocide. If you must vote, vote for anybody except this lunatic.