Will Trump’s legacy be a culture of conflict and a nation in ruins?
There are rumblings from the Middle East that the recent isolation of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Yemen, and the Maldives was not, as Tillerson said, merely the result of longstanding differences, but the direct result of Trump’s recent challenge, issued in Saudi Arabia, for the Muslim world to come down hard on terrorism. (This despite Trump’s message of friendship to the Emir of Qatar.) There is speculation that the current crisis was created by Trump.
It is frightening to think that one narcissistic individual can wield this kind of power. It is more frightening than a psychopath having access to the US nuclear launch codes.
A Louisiana representative to the US House is reported to have called for a war against the “Islamic horror” and is quoted as having said, “[the] free world… all of Christendom… is at war” with “radicalized Islamic suspect[s]” and “Kill them all.”
Could Trump’s polemics against Muslims, not just recently but consistently over the past years, have created a culture in which Clay Higgins, that Republican representative, felt not only motivated but comfortable in speaking that way?
It is frightening to think that Trump’s constant appeals to his base, and their base nature, could have created that culture.
Could Trump’s embracing President Duerte of the Philippines, a man responsible for more than 7,000 extrajudicial murders in that country, create an environment in which alt-right vigilantes felt empowered to follow that example and murder not only suspected or accused drug users, but also those who disagree with their (his) views?
It is frightening to think that Trump’s rhetoric and actions point so strongly in that direction.
Could Trump’s failure to contradict his Attorney General’s new “war on drugs” lead to even more Blacks being incarcerated for minor crimes? Already, over 40% of the American prison population is black, yet Blacks make up only about 13% of the population. (Can you not see what’s wrong with that?)
It is frightening to think that Trump’s failure to step in, a “sin of omission,” shows he accepts and endorses this situation.
Could the blatant conflicts of interest between Trump the occupant of the White House and Trump the businessman lead to similar crimes by others? After all, if the Criminal-in-Chief can do it, why shouldn’t I be able to?
It’s frightening to think that Trump is creating a culture that endorses criminality, that divides us by skin color and ethnicity, that further pounds the middle class into oblivion, that throws away the heritage of “liberty and justice for all.”
In “Holy Fire” (see the home page of this web site), I portrayed one way in which the world might end should right-wing radicals gain political power. I’m sorry to say that I was naïve. They are worse than I could have imagined. (Still, it’s a good story. Please check it out.)
Last night, while we slept, four Arab and largely Muslim countries cut diplomatic ties and land, air, and sea routes into Qatar, accusing Qatar of supporting regional terrorist groups including DAESH/ISIS, al-Qaida, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Hamas, among others.
What first struck me was that Qatar is not one of the countries in Trump’s travel ban, which he says was an attempt to restrict terrorists from entering the United States. [The countries the ban effects are Libya, Sudan, Syria, Iram, Yemen, and Somalia. Nope, no Qatar.]
What’s the logic?
First, Qatar is home of the al-Udeid Air Base, the forward headquarters of the US Central Command and staging point for as many as 10,000 US soldiers and support personnel. Hmmm. Can’t do without that, can we? Is this sufficient reason to turn a blind eye to terrorism?
Second, Trump has business ties with Qatar. Qatar Airways has been a tenant at Trump Towers since 2008. Trump has interests in four companies that “appear to be tied in businesses” in Qatar. Ivanka let people know in 2015 that the Trump Hotel Collection was looking for opportunities in Qatar. There’s no way to find out how close these ties are, how much Trump earns from them, or whether there’s been a move to get Qatar to finance a new Trump hotel.
Finally, Trump appears to be a buddy with the Emir of Qatar. During last month’s conference in Saudi Arabia, Trump asked the emir, “We are friends, we’ve been friends now for a long time, haven’t we?” Is this sufficient reason to embrace terrorism?
The conflict of interest is not just apparent, it is real.
http://time.com/4629308/donald-trump-business-deals-world-map/ 10 January 2017
https://apnews.com/8257ce650e224188a1884e34eabb5e90/Arab-nations-cut-ties-with-Qatar,-saying-it-backs-terror 5 June 2017
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