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

‘I trust him and he trusts me’

Whenever Donald Trump has spoken, comedians have their new scripts delivered and the world’s press has a new ploy to unravel.

So when he said about his talks with the North Korean dictator “I trust him and he trusts me,” we have a new puzzle to put together.

First of all about trust. Con artists cannot trust anyone. It’s psychologically impossible for them. It’s good to know that Trump will never trust him. To say that Kim would trust Trump is also laughable.

True, Trump has a not-so-secret admiration (not: trust) for oligarchic leaders who do not fire people but fire on people: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and now North-Korean President Kim Jong Un.

Then, there are several reasons for Trump to lie. Sometimes, it’s to deny the obvious that he dislikes. But here the reason is to try to make his words a self-fulfilling prophecy.

A positive spin on risks to world peace is always a winner, on condition 1) that it doesn’t leave naive people unprotected and 2) for weapon sellers that it doesn’t come from someone who wants to cut military spending. Well, we all know that he promotes the rich getting richer.

Next week, Trump is likely to say the opposite, to distrust Kim, playing good cop/bad cop, if needed on his own, to keep everyone on their toes.

But at the end of the day, he will proclaim North Korean’s denuclearization going well whatever the facts – until he receives the Nobel Peace Prize. Hey, if naive humanitarian anti-Zionist Obama had one, if mass murderer Arafat could have one, why would con artist Philo-Semitic Trump not qualify?

And before we’d denounce Trump for being flawed, let’s not forget for a moment that the rabbis teach that the Holy Redeemer has ancestry from several sides that the Torah shows to have been violating sexual ethics.

However, Trump pulling this off is not doing the impossible. Rather, it’s scoring for open goal – if one believes in win-win solutions.

Kim is going to give up nuclear weapons, before actually having them ready, which will never be used anyway (they are only for power play and deterrence) – who needs them – in exchange for North Korea becoming part of the Western world, with prosperity and democracy, uniting North and South Korea, which all should make Kim a historic national hero. And Trump will formalize great trade deals there.

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About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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 vegan for 8 years now. 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. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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