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

Is Trump a Russian puppet, a Putin sympathizer, or a fool played by the Kremlin?

Only the latter two assumptions in the headline are obvious. And the suffice to explain why US President Trump is giving the Russian regime a pass on everything, completely overlooking the danger they (with China) represent to democracy worldwide, including in the Middle East.

About the latter, Trump betrayed the only ally Israel has in the Middle East, the Kurds. A strategic blunder and immorality at the same time. He delivered them to the dictator of Turkey — you remember, the country with the greatest number of genocides that never admitted even one of them, and to Russia. Who needs enemies with friends like that?

Yet, the idea that Trump would try to cozy up to Iran says more about the one who suggests that than about Trump. Yes, he loves dictators and White-supremacists. But don’t overlook that one doesn’t forget what one heard at home about Jews. Donald’s father was a known friend of Jews.

In her new tell-all memoir, Trump’s niece calls their family toxic. Who am I to disagree? But unfortunately, she overstates and exaggerates (and thereby weakens) her case against her uncle by subtitling her book “My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.” I’ll tell you how.

You can’t call someone with Parkinson’s disease dangerous. But if you let him be a neurosurgeon, he could be the most dangerous surgeon in the world. By being a supremacist, arrogant, controlling bully and con artist, Trump is not a dangerous man. But making him president of the USA may make him the most dangerous president of the USA.

There are rumors that Trump will quit because he doesn’t like losing. He won’t just quit. What he could do, because besides belligerent he’s also terribly lazy, is say: listen, I love America very much but this is no fun anymore. He would retire and move to Israel and suggest that Nikki Haley would run instead of him. If she wins, he’d say: because of me. If she’d lose, he’d say: she ruined it. Mark my words.

Donald Jeopardy Trump — the sooner he goes the better.

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 (, 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, lehavdil 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, LGBTQIA, 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 quite 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 500th 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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