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Dalai Lama Worries Europe Could Become ‘Muslim,’ But Criticizes Trump for Immigration Policies

Whether the head monk supports or opposes mass migration is difficult to say .

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The spiritual leader of the Tibetan people gave an interview to BBC Thursday wherein he warned against excessive Muslim and African migration in Europe, but also criticized President Donald J. Trump for his immigration policies.

“When he became president he expressed America first. That is wrong,” the Dalai Lama said on America’s current immigration crisis. “When I saw pictures of some of those young children, I was sad.”

Democrats are now insisting that there is a humanitarian crisis at the U.S. southern border with Mexico, despite denying such a crisis when Trump wanted funds to build a wall on the border and halt migration just a few months ago. Border security would, in theory, deter migrants from making the perilous journey north through cartel country to cross America’s border illegally.

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But the Dalai Lama also expressed dismay at the idea that Europe was becoming dominated by Muslims and Africans, and said that the goal should be to send migrants back to their homelands.

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“European countries should take these refugees and give them education and training. Then the aim is return to their own land,” he said. “A limited number is OK, but whole Europe eventually become [a] Muslim country? Impossible. Or [an] African country? Also impossible.”

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Baghdad Bombings Could Give Biden Administration Excuse to Increase US Presence in Iraq

The first major Baghdad bombings in three years happen on Joe Biden’s first full day as president.

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Two suicide bombings rocked a marketplace in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 32 people and wounding over 100. As of now no one has claimed responsibility, although Iraqi military leaders suspect the Islamic State, the paramilitary group often referred to as “ISIS” in years past.

Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji said that the first suicide bomber shouted in the marketplace that he was not feeling well, and when a group of people drew near him, he detonated an explosive belt he was wearing. Not long after that, a second suicide bomber then detonated his own belt several feet away.

This was Baghdad’s first major bombing in three years, and interestingly enough it came on the first full day of Joe Biden’s presidency. Even the Associated Press pointed out that “many questioned the timing of the attack.”

“The US-led coalition recently ceased combat activities and is gradually drawing down its troop presence in Iraq,” the article reads.

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The Jerusalem Post also writes that the bombings provide Biden with “an early opportunity to show US support for Iraq.”

“Biden has said that the US is ‘back’ and the world can expect the US to care again about foreign policy and work multilaterally to solve problems,” said the Post.

All this leads many to believe that the Biden administration will once again increase the US presence in Iraq, thereby dragging us deeper into a situation that the Trump administration had been eager to get out of.

This is not the first time that a Middle Eastern tragedy has coincided with a change of power. In March of 2017, two months after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Assad government in Syria allegedly used chemical weapons against its own people, leading to international outcry and the Trump administration’s unilateral decision to launch an April 7 missile strike on the Syrian government’s Shayrat Airbase.

Bombings and attacks have also been known to happen shortly after the US announces commitments to scale back military operations.

Perhaps groups like the Islamic State feel emboldened by such announcements and power changes. In any case, the military-industrial complex often uses such attacks to justify never-ending involvement in the Middle East. As of now, however, it still remains to be seen what they will do as a result of Thursday’s bombings, if anything. Fingers crossed that it’s not much.

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