Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

75 years after Hiroshima, Trump threatens war crime and again the world is silent

The monster in the White House threatens: “If Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites,” Trump wrote. “Some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD.”

It is a war crime and a crime against humanity to target civilians. The mantra ‘never again’ became hollowed out once more when the US president threatened to top Hiroshima and the world said nothing.

I demand a storm of protests against this evil promise.

Further, it doesn’t work to threaten dictators to kill their civilians. They don’t care about them. It’s like threatening someone to kill their head lice.

Last but not least, we learn from the junta in Gaza that fundamentalist Islamic dictators love it when you kill their own. The ‘victims’ go to heaven as martyrs and their reign is fortified as fighting killers of holy people.

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Talking of the WW II. Again the world, including the US, stands by while the Iranian regime threatens to annihilate the only Jewish State and races to produce atomic weapons — Heaven forbid. The only State to promise it won’t happen is Israel. Again, our very lives are at risk while the rest stands by and watches. 75 years after Auschwitz, antisemitism is alive and kicking.

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The assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani was not just taking care of the world’s greatest terrorist alive and of the # 2 of Iran. It was a humiliation. That’s how Trump meant it and that’s how it’s perceived. And that is why it will be their honor to try and kill ‘in revenge.’ To undo their loss of face. And of course ‘to consecrate’ the villain.

The thin-skinned US commander-in-chief clearly was enraged by the US embassy assault, wanting to retaliate. And he’s always in overkill mode. The excuse that that mob’s boss was the world’s number one terrorist, plotting imminent attacks, had killed 100s of USers, was all just pretext. Meanwhile, he endangered all Americans and all Jews for his own ego. The targeted killing had no calculated risk and had no plan for any fallout.

The problem of the Trump White House is not that that the boss is a bad negotiator or a bad strategist but that he’s both. He acts like a chicken with its head cut. He wants to be unpredictable. But he is rather erratic like a madman. Not from strategic calculation but from capriciousness.

To realize how much he blundered, look at these ‘goals’ he has laid down: Get the Nobel Peace Prize, bring the troops home (the Kurds; he now had to send extra troops out), end the endless wars (just started one), bring peace to the Middle East, America first (let the world figure itself out).

The solution to how to deal with individual rogue people and regimes is to corner them. But don’t threaten them when they still have a comeback.

Also, if you want good and threaten “if you misbehave, I’ll do something terrible” you create a lose-lose scenario against you. If the other’s ‘bad,’ you either follow up and lose (to keep it good) or you won’t and lose too.

What payback do I expect from Tehran? If they w/could respond in kind, they should aim at USA’s number two, the US VP. But in a wish to outdo the US, they’d rather hit Trump. With a few rockets to Tel Aviv on the side. (No Islamic terrorist will aim at Jerusalem because their missiles are too imprecise and they would not risk hitting the Al-Aqsa Mosque.) If they can’t achieve that, they might shoot down a passenger plane over the US.

Concerning the fears of war: the problem with fear that it’s almost always about past fears and seldom about reality or the future. Terrorists have shown how to wage war without war. Murdering people left, right, and sideways without ever declaring an armed conflict. This is how they so far have been getting away with crimes against humanity (targeting civilians).

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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