Our Opinion: Bans, walls, won't fix our, world's problems

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Donald Trump's non-interventionist policy is welcome from a Republican but shortsighted when it slides into isolationism. That won't prevent terror attacks in Brussels or the US.

In a pre-Brussels interview with the editorial board of The Washington Post, the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination questioned the value of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the United States' contributions in funding it. NATO has been a force for peace in Europe since its inception, which is why so many nations bordering Russia are eager to join it. NATO will also play an important role in uniting Western allies in the fight against ISIS, whose latest brutal assault took place in Brussels Tuesday morning.

Mr. Trump's cynical response to the terrorist attacks was to repeat his arguments for closing down America's borders to anyone who apparently fails to pass muster with the Donald. Senator Ted Cruz suggested send in law enforcement to "patrol and secure" Muslim neighborhoods in the US, which would violate the Constitution he supposedly holds so dear.

Mr. Trump made his comments even though it was unknown if the ISIS attackers had entered Belgium as refugees, legal or illegal immigrants, with work or student visas, or via parachute. In that regard, the repeated assertions by Mr. Trump, Senator Cruz and departed rivals like Senator Marco Rubio that the US' southwestern border is a "sieve" and people are "flooding" across it are patently false and have not been challenged sufficiently by the media.

In his meeting at The Post, Mr. Trump said the US should swear off nation-building and instead spend the trillions wasted on foreign wars and failed nation-building programs on education programs in the US and on rebuilding our collapsing infrastructure. That stance is to be applauded and ideally more Republicans will come to share it.

But non-intervention is not the same as building walls along borders and denying entry to America to anyone determined to be of the "wrong" color or religion. That would be antithetical to everything the United States is and stands for.


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