No Laughing Matter …

The politics and inter-relationships of the Middle East are perhaps more complex than any other on the globe.  I have studied this area extensively for the past ten years, yet I do not claim to fully understand. What I can tell you, however, is that the Middle East has long been a powder keg, and is no less so today.  In fact, thanks to one Donald Trump, the turmoil in the Middle East is at an all time high.  Donald Trump does not, cannot possibly, understand Middle East politics and he does not appear to understand what he has caused.

jerusalen-2Trump, the ‘man’ who said on the campaign trail regarding numerous issues, “only I can fix this”, made a fateful decision on 6 December to announce that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move the U.S. Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem. With that one announcement, he made the United States look like fools in the eyes of the world, set off a wave of violence in the Middle East, and forfeited any hopes of a U.S.-brokered peace between Israel and Palestine. And still he has no idea what he has done, is seeing himself as the victim of the backlash that was inevitable in the face of his announcement.

He made this decision with the assistance of Vice-President Mike Pence, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, and son-in-law Jared Kushner.  Not a single one of these four people have so much as a semester’s education in the history or politics of the Middle East.  Donald Trump is a former real estate developer and television sit-com actor. Mike Pence is the former governour of Indiana. Jared Kushner is a former newspaper man. Nikki Haley is the former governour of South Carolina.  The people who do have at least some experience in the situation in the Middle East, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis and their career staff recommended against the move. Trump chose, instead, to listen to newbies with no idea the havoc they were wreaking.

The results were swift and ongoing.  Our European allies sharply criticized the move.  Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rejected any U.S. role in peace talks going forward. Christian minorities in Egypt rejected a meeting request by Vice President Mike Pence. Palestinian Christians are also organizing boycotts of Pence. In the words of Hady Amr and Arsalan Suleman, writing for Brookings Institute, “all indications are that the president focused narrowly on his political agenda instead of safeguarding U.S. national security interests.”

Trump criticized Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush for promising and then failing to deliver on the promise of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but both of those former presidents were smart enough to study the situation and listen to their advisors before determining that the consequences would be harmful to both U.S. national security interests and harmful to Israel itself. Trump, unfortunately, has no such intelligence.

But wait … now it gets even worse.  Fast forward, if you will, to yesterday when, in an emergency session, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to reject Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. 128 members voted on Thursday in favour of the resolution supporting the longstanding international consensus that the status of Jerusalem – which is claimed as a capital by both Israel and the Palestinians – can only be settled as an agreed final issue in a peace deal. Only nine nations voted against the resolution: the U.S., Togo, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Marshall Islands, Guatemala, Honduras and Israel.  Thirty-five countries abstained and twenty-one were absent.

Donald Trump, who of course must always be right, and who is a professional bully, threatened to withhold U.S. aid from any country that supported the resolution.  Nikki Haley said that the U.S. would make note and remember any nations that “disrespected” America by voting for the resolution.  Think about this one, friends.  Trump goes against all intelligent advice to interfere where he had no business, then threatens … yes threatens … our allies for voting in favour of a common sense measure to attempt to fix what Trump broke.  Donald Trump has, not for the first time, offended our allies and further isolated the United States, not to mention making us the object of worldwide scorn and derision.

This move by Trump has cast a long shadow over our relations with our allies. Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu declared that …

“I believe that even though we don’t have an agreement yet, this is what will happen in the future. I believe that all or most of the European countries will move their embassies to Jerusalem, recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and engage robustly with us for security, prosperity and peace.”

Guess again, Ben. Mexico, Canada, the UK and the EU Commission have all announced that they will not be moving their embassies to Jerusalem.

The United States passed through the ‘laughingstock of the world’ stage some time ago and is now racing toward the ‘most hated nation in the world’ stage.  All, for the most part, because of one ‘man’, one narcissistic fool who thinks his uneducated opinion is the only one that matters.  We must soon find our way to removing this ‘man’ from the White House, for he is jeopardizing not only our own security and future, but also that of the rest of the globe.  Nobody has that right, and the arrogance of the United States is in the spotlight now more than ever. The U.S. stopped being the “leader of the free world” on the day that Donald Trump was inaugurated. We are coming close to being ‘non grata’ around the globe.  For my part, I am once again ashamed of my country.

48 thoughts on “No Laughing Matter …

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  2. I’m so sorry about all of this, Jill, and I understand your analogy of riding the Titanic. I can’t imagine what 2018 might bring.

    I’m wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays and a wonderful new year, Jill. I’m going to take a break for 2-3 weeks and get off the Internet for the most part. I need a rest and some quiet time to think. Peace dear friend.

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    • I hope that you are okay, my friend, and I hope that I have not somehow added to your angst. I’m glad you are taking a bit of a break and hope you come back rested and happy. I will miss you, so hurry back!

      Meanwhile, I send hugs, love and holiday wishes to you and yours. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas … now go have some cookies and wrap some presents!!!

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    • Agreed. I keep wondering how it is he thought winning, by hook or by crook, the presidential election made him ruler of the entire globe? his arrogance never ceases to amaze me and it’s high time for somebody to put him in his place. If only he would read my blog 😉

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  3. Regarding the Jerusalem question, I think your your picture of DT riding the bomb still comes closest to the truth. Trump knows the Middle East is a powder Keg, and he wants it to blow, while pretending he is the only world leader capable of bringing peace to that region. He gets rid of the Muslims and the Jews in one fell sweep. What could possibly be better? You’re right, the man has no concept of what he is doing in the long run, but ridding the wold of Christianity’s biggest foes is TO HIM a terrific legacy to define his term in office. What is does to America he cares not one whit, and what it does to humanity is insignificant. All he cares is that they photograph him from the front.
    Now, to take the biggest unrelated leap at changing the subject of this comment, my girlfriend and I just took two history tests running currently on Fb. It says that the best score by an American on American History was 25 out of 29 (though how they figure that I have no idea), but we (read me) scored an amazing 29 out of 29. Then there was a second test on World History which they said no one ever got 100%. Not to brag, but two tests, two 100% scores here. The funniest part is, I don’t see myself as either a world history buff, or aespecially knowledgeable in American History. Anyways when the comments on the first test called me a TRUE AMERICAN PATIOT I almost killed myself laughing. .. But then, I guess a Child of the Universe should know everything about every nation on Earth. Not!!!
    Back to Trump, I still think he knows exactly what he is doing in the Middle East, and I hope to he’ll you institutionalize him before he does any more damage!!!

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    • You know I would love to institutionalize him … in a federal penitentiary! But, the ‘man’ seems to be untouchable. Great job on the American History quizzes … how did your girlfriend fare?

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      • Thank you.She was the one actually putting the answers in, so she just piggybacked on my answers. History of any kind is not her long suit. BUT having said that, we tried a test on car recognition she found last night, and we totally sucked at that, Barely 50% right. Many of the car manufacturers neither of us had ever heard of, let alone seen. We are just so unsophisticated up here in Canada, lol.

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  4. If there’s a wrong thing to do and a wrong way to do it, The Freak of The Democratic Process will do it. This will also give another excuse for left wing Anti-Semites to indulge while pretending to care about Palestinians.
    He is a positive Typhoid Mary of Terminal Stupidity.

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  6. Jill, we are thinking along the same lines in our recent posts. An emblematic comment in your post notes the White House Cabinet Directors with some Middle East experience advised against this move, but the President knows better. Here is a man who belittles his own intelligence agencies and refuses to listen to their input on Russian influence as it diminishes his ego, yet he listens instead to the reconnaissance of Fox and Friends. What could possibly go wrong?

    I saw a poll of Sean Hannity followers that said 95% supported the Jerusalem announcement. When you do not pay attention to news, then you make uninformed or ill-informed decisions. Keith

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    • Yes, what indeed could go wrong??? Everything is just hunky-dorey … nothin’ to see here, folks. Sigh. But now, it isn’t just about us anymore, for he is stirring pots that he does not understand and putting people all over the globe in danger, yet he and his followers are not able to see it. I’m not sure I believe that Hannity poll. I know we have a large segment of our society who do not understand the Middle East and do not care, but 95% seems awfully high.

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  7. Most hated country in the world? Hmmm…North Korea might still have that title.

    But maybe we are becoming an increasingly irrelevant country. The mere fact that few countries had qualms about voting on the opposite side of the U.S., even when we tried to stoke fears, demonstrates that maybe we don’t have that much power anymore.

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    • Well, if you think about it, he has been pushing isolationist policies for nearly a year now, and perhaps the rest of the world is seeing us already as basically irrelevant. He pulled out of the Paris Accord, has threatened to pull out of NATO, has pulled out of UNESCO, is threatening to abandon NAFTA … it would appear he wants to simply take his toys and go home, doesn’t want to play nice with the other kids anymore, so perhaps the rest of the world is going on with the business at hand and leaving us to founder. Who could blame them?

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  8. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    The seriousness of this situation never escaped me! It sickens me that this FIDIOT and his minions continue to wreck havoc no only here but worldwide …
    This is the statement that hits right on target …
    ‘The United States passed through the ‘laughingstock of the world’ stage some time ago and is now racing toward the ‘most hated nation in the world’ stage. ‘

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  9. I suppose many Americans will be wondering what all the fuss is about, after all to them he’s just said he’s recognise a new capital for an ally. They won’t see this in terms of the lives that may be lost as tension escalates or the possible repercussions from the Moslems of Palestine some of whom may be angry enough to join terrorists in attacks on America. Then they’ll moan again about Moslems most of whom are peace loving and also suffering at Trump’s ‘mistake’. The Israeli’s on the other hand will have an excuse to steal a little more Palestinian land.
    I am by no means anti-semitic counting many as friends but the Government of Israel and it’s Hawk policy have pushed many Palestinians out of their family homes and off their land to cope with Israel’s expansion. They are bullies and will take advantage of this recognition by the U.S.who are fast becoming pariahs.
    Cwtch

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    • Sadly, the average American cares not about Muslims or Jews, for that matter. The average American cares only about himself, and domestic issues. So many times, I have heard people say, “so what … that’s over there and it doesn’t affect me.” Most people in this nation tend to think of the Middle East as being an entirely different planet that is not intertwined with the Western world at all. And if they do think about them, Trump has many convinced that every Middle Easterner is a terrorist.

      Netanyahu is a bully just as surely as is Trump, and last I knew he was actually under investigation by police in his own country, but like Trump, he seems to be Teflon-coated. Those like Trump, who do not understand the politics of the Middle East, need to learn to sit down and shut up. Sigh. But he will never learn, and even when he is personally responsible for hundreds or thousands of deaths, he will still be patting himself on the back.

      xxx Cwtch xxx

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  10. Trump just goes off on tangents that make it impossible for his own staff to follow intelligently. ‘The Blind, leading The Blind,’ will likely result in ‘The Great American Fail,’ if things continue like this. I can see Alec Baldwin doing his impression of Trumps ‘fails’ as a comic piece on YouTube. But it is really no laughing matter. Mr Trump is destabilising world peace and at the rate he is doing it, could leave Jerusalem as the most volatile place on the planet this Christmas. Honestly, Trump needs to be taken away to a nice restful ‘home,’ before his obvious madness destroys everything sane in America.

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    • @ colettebytes, that could be just what his fundamentalist / evangelical followers want. Interviews with some people have attested they see the glory of their god in the destruction of both that area and the world so they can have their god come back and hold them in a tight embrace. Sucks for the rest of us that tRumpsky lets them lead him. Hugs

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      • Yes, I have read a few articles that say perhaps this is his way of appeasing his white supremacist, anti-Semitic followers. I’m not sure I buy that, but it is definitely an interesting theory, and in this topsy-turvy world … who knows? Hugs!!!

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        • No I think you misunderstood me. I did not write it clearly. Evangelical churches that believe in “End Times” believe one of the signs is a recognized whole Jerusalem under jewish control. It is not about hatred of Jewish people so much as biblical prophecy. When I was young sitting in the pews we were taught that when the “lord” comes back he will bring his shining city with him and set it where a destroyed Jerusalem was. So to get from point A to point Z one has to fix the pesky problem of Z Jerusalem. Hey it is holiday time, you, your family, and all others have a great one. Hugs

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    • In a normal world, in normal times, (whatever those once meant) he would have been removed from office by now. No, let me re-stte that … he never would have been elected to begin with. But, my friend, these are not normal times, and although he is the least popular president in modern times, those who support him do so loudly and have the support of the rich and powerful. These are men who care not a whit about global peace, but only about further lining their own pockets. Such is the 21st century in the U.S.

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  11. Mr Trump seems to operate on the principle that might is right , he would do far better to adhere to the Christian principle loving concern is right. Unfortunately many businesses also believe might is right and often the law supports them in this stance. Give me the man or woman who, although full of faults , shows loving concern and you can keep the rest.
    You are right he needs to come down off his high-horse and have a long heart to heart with Mr Tillerston. Let’s see Mr Trump show a little humility and lend a listening ear to others.

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    • While I completely agree with you, I also know that waiting for him to come down to earth, to show any degree of humility or compassion, would be an exercise in futility. I have read some about his early childhood, and he was a bully even as young as six. He is now 71 or 72. If he has not learned after all these years, the odds of it happening now are slim to none, I’m afraid. Meanwhile, he plows ahead to see just how many things he can break before his ultimate demise.

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    • Agreed … sadly, that is one of the effects of the whole populist movement both here and there … it encourages people to throw ‘political correctness’, which I consider as nothing more or less than manners, out the window in favour of just opening one’s mouth and lemitting whatever comes out, with no filters. Listen to how Trump talks … bullies, threatens, browbeats. Then listen to a snippet of any speech from Obama. A world of difference. You’re quite right … we need tact and diplomacy now more than ever, but are seeing it less than ever. Sigh.

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