While flying from Chicago to Washington, DC in 2011, I found myself sitting next to a U.S. Army official in uniform. After he had a couple of drinks, he turned to me and asked where I was from. I said I was from Syria."That place needs one thing to fix all its problems—an atom bomb to wipe everyone out," he said. He was serious and confident and I was too shocked to reply.
It seems like that man was not alone in his opinion. Donald Trump's new agriculture adviser, Sid Miller, has the same views, if a recent Facebook post that he enthusiastically shared is any indication. The post suggests that America make 'Peace With The Muslim World' by dropping a nuclear bomb on the region. The photo in the post, which was originally shared by Facebook page The Patriots IV Drip 2, shows a mushroom cloud with the following sentences: “Japan has been at peace with the US since August 9, 1945” and “It’s time we made peace with the Muslim world.” Miller refused to apologize for sharing the post.
Miller—who is the Texas agriculture commissioner—also posted a photo on Facebook comparing rattlesnakes to Syrian refugees. He didn't apologize for that one either, calling refugees "ISIS jihadist terrorists.”
Miller is also under investigation for taking a personal trip using taxpayer money. His communications director has admitted that the personal trip was "was mistakenly booked by a staffer as a business trip.
Naturally, people on social media had a field day with all of this.
Alaa Basatneh is a human-rights activist and a writer at Fusion focusing on the Arab world. She is the protagonist of the 2013 documentary "#ChicagoGirl."