The news from the Once United States of America has been beyond belief.
Many readers will not have heard of Mark Zuckerberg. His one claim to fame is having brought two disasters to the world, Facebook and Instagram. But he sees no problem with attempting to silence the world’s most powerful figure – the President of the United States.
“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” he said, while blocking the president’s accounts for the two services.
It may come as a surprise to Mr. Zuckerberg, but the President has many ways to address his people without resorting to an obscure computer program.
Mr. Zuckerberg is not alone in belittling the President and the country itself. When hundreds of rioters stormed the US Capitol building, someone made sure that the many arms of law enforcement, that usually surround the country’s most sensitive spot, were nowhere to be seen. The demonstrators, a mere handful compared to America’s 331 million people, did not understand that America is a democracy where the will of the majority determines the country’s path. They were given full access to the country’s seat of government while a few policemen stood idly by. We can only ask – qui bono, who benefits? Someone has an interest in making the President look weak, ineffectual; not presidential material despite his four successful years in office.
Let us hope that the Russians or the Chinese were not watching; the complete collapse of the Capitol’s defences may give them ideas. If a howling mob can take over the Capitol just think what the Chinese army could do.
This is beginning to look like a repeat of the American Civil War. Perhaps it is time to break the US into two independent states. Reason and Sanity on one side of the line and Facebook and Instagram on the other. The last civil war lasted some four years, but with today’s instant culture the two sides should be able to get it over much quicker, almost instantly.
We in Israel have much need of a strong and stable America. With America looking inwards, with no time for the outside world, we, and indeed much of the Western world, are in danger from rogue countries that are just waiting for America to take its eyes off the ball. We wish our Americans friends a calm, peaceful, even boring, new year.