President Trump has put the thousands who are advancing to the U.S. border on notice: “To those in the Caravan, turnaround, we are not letting people into the United States illegally. Go back to your Country and if you want, apply for citizenship like millions of others are doing!” But there is no chance that they will heed his words. They will continue to advance inexorably toward the United States, and what will happen when they get here? A likely answer to that comes from the recent border protests in Gaza.
The Jerusalem Post reported last May: “Some 40,000 Palestinians took part in violent demonstrations at 13 different locations along the fence, throwing stones, explosive devices and Molotov cocktails at the fence and IDF troops, as well as burning tires and launching burning objects such as kites with charcoal or containers of burning fuel with the intention of setting fires in Israeli fields, the IDF said.”
This was a Hamas operation. That same month, Aaron Klein reported in Breitbart: “Hamas, desperate over its increasingly precarious situation in Gaza and eager to please Iranian paymasters, has escalated the premeditated, openly violent campaign aimed at breaching the Israel-Gaza border and attacking nearby Israeli communities.” And Hamas official Salah Bardawil admitted at that time: “In the last rounds of confrontations, if 62 people were martyred, 50 of them were Hamas.” IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus noted: “This proves what so many have tried to ignore: Hamas is behind these riots, and the branding of the riots as ‘peaceful protests’ could not be further from the truth.”
Indeed. But Klein’s observation was correct: “This while the news media hypes Hamas-provided casualty counts and portrays the Gaza rioters as peaceful protesters frustrated that there is no Palestinian state and angry that the U.S. moved its embassy to Jerusalem. In doing so, the news media are actually advancing Hamas’s cause.”
Predictably, the UN sided with Hamas against Israel. World Israel News reported in June: “The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Wednesday rejected a US motion against Hamas, but affirmed a Palestinian-led initiative against Israel that condemned the Jewish state for the actions it took to prevent thousands of Gazans from overrunning its border fence.”
So what will happen when the migrant caravan reaches the U.S.? It is likely that caravan organizers are working from the Gaza playbook, and hoping that something very similar will happen. American troops will deny the migrants entry into the United States, leading to photogenic incidents that will be spread throughout the world as evidence of the brutality and inhumanity of the Trump regime.
“Incidents” are not likely all that the globalists who are sponsoring this migrant caravan are hoping for. They are almost certainly hoping that the confrontations will get ugly and even violent, and that outrage over them will fuel Democrat midterm victories – although if they do, it will be because the migrants, not the military, made it so. Nonetheless, in the media, all the onus will be on Trump.
It’s a lose-lose situation. Even if the military handles the migrants with kid gloves and no one gets so much as a hangnail, the establishment media will portray the American soldiers who are stopping the caravan as redneck thugs, mindlessly operating on the orders of the racist bigot in the White House. And if the migrants are not stopped, and enter the country, the same media will howl that Trump has not kept his word, and cannot be trusted.
The overall idea is to create one more splash of shrill, hysterical negative publicity for Trump and the Republicans before the midterms – and as you read this, trucks are carrying these supposedly pedestrian migrants toward the border in time to influence the elections. Whatever happens, the sinister forces behind the caravan know that the media can be relied upon to spin it in the direction they favor, just as it did in Gaza. Will the UN also condemn Trump for his treatment of the caravan? Bank on it.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His new book is The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.
Image from Jordi Bernabeu Farrús.