Press TV has interviewed Kevin Barrett, an editor with Veterans Today from Madison, and Lawrence J. Korb, a US foreign policy analyst from Washington, to discuss the new anti-refugee sentiments in the United States.
Barrett maintains the United States is “so dumbed down” that a significant segment of its population, brainwashed by the neoconservative narrative, believes the “only way to unite a society is through hatred of an external enemy.”
The neoconservative thinkers have been pursuing a program to whip up hatred of Muslims and foreigners in general, he says, adding that the narrative has resorted to anti-Muslim sentiments after the end of the Cold War to identify the Islam followers as the new enemy.
Barrett argues: “The primary beneficiaries of this of course have been the military industrial complex,” noting that the US has also attempted to strengthen the position of Zionists in the Middle East through demonizing Muslim nations.
Pointing to the United States’ role in the Middle East region, he notes, the regime change policy has caused insecurity in Iraq and Syria and forced the people of both countries to flee their homes.
The United States has destroyed nation-states in the Middle Eastern and African countries like Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya and Sudan, but Washington refuses to shoulder its responsibility to the people who lost their countries as a result of the US foreign policy.
Korb, for his part, opines that US President Barack Obama will veto a new bill against refugees, adding that the anti-refugee sentiment dates back to the 19th century when people of different nationalities fled horrible situations in their homelands and tried to come to the United States.