The Era of Evil

“Trump sees a problem and understands that it needs to be fixed. He doesn’t see the problem as liberal or conservative but only as a problem” [Dr. Charles Krauthammer, June 27, 2018].
Philosopher John Locke is often credited with founding liberalism, as a distinct tradition, arguing that each man has a natural right to life, liberty and property, adding that governments must not violate these rights based on the social contact.

At age 83, I cannot recall a time like this. Hatred and the evil incarnate permeates the atmosphere as never before. Dennis Prager has correctly drawn the distinction between liberalism and leftism. Observing the latter engage in violence, destroying property, and incorporating foul shameful and crude language as never before is enough to have Locke turn in his grave.

It is not difficult to find fault with President Trump. One could question his lack of professionalism, his tendency rather often to talk before thinking, rudeness and mistaken staff appointments. But does this necessitate shear and blatant hatred?

Interestingly, the seasoned columnist, George F. Will, who is most definitely not fond of Trump, had this to say.”— there is a Republican president who can teach Alexandria Ocasio Cortez a thing or two about the essence of socialism, which is 10-thumbed government picking winners and losers and advancing the politicization of everything.”

A few words from the mindless juvenile, which she delivered during an interview with Margaret Hoover of PBS, “Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs.”—–“Capitalism has not always existed in the world., and it will not always exist in the world. When this country started, we were not a capitalist [nation], we did not operate on a capitalist economy.”

In the same interview, Ocasio-Cortez also referred to the situation in Palestine as an “occupation” by Israel. When Hoover asked Ocasio-Cortez to clarify her position after pointing out the term “occupation” was controversial, Ocasio-Cortez, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from Boston University, struggled to explain her comment.

Victor Davis Hanson, a classicist and historian of considerable repute has penned an essay entitled, “The left can’t come to grips with the loss of power”, dated 7/05/2018, which has been published in several journals. In its introduction, he notes, “Progressive pundits and the liberal media almost daily think up new ways of characterizing President Trump as a Nazi, fascist, tyrant or buffoon. Celebrities openly fantasize about doing harm to Trump. What is behind the unprecedented furor?”
His answer; Trump did what no other Republican president would have dared, bombing ISIS into submission, canceling the Iran deal, seeking to denuclearize North Korea, pulling out of the Paris climate accord, and moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.” He notes further that to “progressives”, Trump became not an opponent to beaten with a better agenda, but an evil to be destroyed. Moderate Democrats were written off as dense; left-wing fringe elements were praised as clever.

Presumptive winner Hillary Clinton blew the 2016 presidential election. Clinton apparently forgot that the Electoral College, not the popular vote, elects a president.

On June 27, 2018, the Milford Daily News, published, “Mazzaglia , Seeing Trump as a Pragmatist not a conservative” by Frank Mazzaglia, their local columnist. He draws attention to a piece by Krauthammer, “A Take on Donald Trump”, written shortly before his death, which he felt “worth thinking about.” The thrust was Charles Krauthammer’s assessment that Trump was neither a liberal nor a conservative, but rather a pragmatist. He said that Trump sees a problem and understands that it needs to be fixed. He doesn’t see the problem as liberal or conservative but only as a problem. Krauthammer believes there are five reasons why some people will never like Donald Trump:

1. Trump refuses to go along with the “good old boy” backroom deals that fatten the coffers of Republicans or Democrats;
2. People are unaccustomed to hearing a president speak who is unencumbered by the financial shackles of those he owes because of their donations;
3. Trump is free of idiomatic political ideology;
4. He says what he is thinking and uses everyday language which is offensive to people who dislike him anyway;
5. For the most part, he does what he says he will do and;
6. He understands that it takes more than hollow promises and political correctness to get things done.

While Krauthammer didn’t much like Trump the candidate, he had an obvious epiphany about Trump as president. For Krauthammer, a pragmatist is precisely what America needs.

In The Daily Grind – Hatred Unbound: Acute “Trump Derangement Syndrome” by Jim Bratten on July 2, 2018, observes “that if you support Donald Trump, you’re an evil racist —-maybe worse.” Too true, the lack of balance does not speak well for common place society. Mr. Bratten’s extremely well written ode, singling out some specific known defectors turns out to be an indictment of a sizable segment of today’s Anglo world including a large number of Jewish groups whose Judaism is questionable. As Mr. Bratten has commented, “Nothing has worked in their hatred campaign against President Trump, so their anger becomes heightened, more violent and vicious. It’s aimed at his base, his supporters, and everyone around him.”

The Jerusalem Report in its December 12, 2016 edition featured a truly objective article by Amiel Unger, “Judge Trump on his results.” He engages the subject essay with “The president-elect shouldn’t be given a free pass, but the talk of anti-Semitism in his administration is out of place.”

Indeed, to accuse Trump of anti-Antisemitism or racism is ludicrous, given the number of highly credible voices who speak up for him. To mention but a few who appear daily in public places and the media. What is the color of Dr.Ben Carson and Herman Cain? What is the religion of Professor Alan Dershowitz? There biographies, associations and public statements speak volumes as to their character. and we should not forget the degree of support Trump enjoyed through his close relationship with Sheriff David Clark Jr. of Milwaukee County, an Afro American
Professor Dershowitz, an acknowledged registered democrat, famed Harvard law professor, is one of Donald Trump’s most vocal defenders on the Russian investigation, having compared special counsel Robert Muller to Stalin and Captain Ahab [Trump being the white whale in the analogy.]

Dershowitz has authored a book on Trump in defense of him, “The case against impeaching Trump.” Quoting from the book, “The idea of trying to create crimes just because we disagree with [Trump] politically, and target him, really endangers democracy.” Further, on in a radio broadcast, he said, “[It] reminds me of what the head of the KGB sad to Stalin,” Show me the man, and I will find you the crime.”

One can readily disagree with Trump’s poor judgments on some key issues. He expressed the opinion that he would replace Obama care in a day, rather ludicrous considering that it contains around 800 pages. He also maintained that he would have Mexico pay for the “wall”, equally absurd.

Returning to the Jerusalem Report December 12 issue, Amotz Asa -El’s “Middle of Nowhere; dealing with Trump’s presidency on the Middle East”, proved to be a particularly insightful report. It resembles a kaleidoscope, commencing with Napoleon in 1797. We pass through the Battle of the Pyramids where Napoleon’s 55,000 strong army faced 24,000 Turkish-Egyptian troops, after conquering Alexandria. Following this encounter, Napoleon had to face Britain’s Admiral Nelson.

While Alexander’s reinvention of the Middle East as a cultural bridge between Europe and Asia worked well in antiquity, this differed considerably when approaching contemporary times. In the words of Asa-El, “The modern powers were too secular and industrialized, and the Levant too angry, religious, tribal and poor for such cultural harmony to emerge.” What transpired was geography, religion, industry and politics, as centrality in the Middle East. The first involved the Suez Canal, completed in 1869, a major contributor to global commerce and diplomacy. So much so, that Benjamin Disraeli purchased a 44% share in it from a bankrupt Egypt. Here again, we have Asa-El’s astuteness, “—as WW11 approached, concern for the canal made London decide to appease the Arab world at the Jewish people’s expense.”

Moving past paragraphs of history carefully crafted by Amotz Asa-El to Baraq Obama’s “—declared aim in his Cairo speech – to make peace between Israel and the West – ended in tragedy and farce as Islamic terrorism accelerated worldwide while civil wars raged across the Middle East.” Sadly, the naive Americans , who cannot get beyond their guilt over the slavery promoted by their forbears, understood little about the speaker. Fooled by his black appearance, in their desperation they saw him as a native of Africa when his education in Indonesia had created in him Islam 1st unlike Trump’s America 1st.

Obama surrounded himself with useful idiots, of whom John Kerry was undoubtedly the leader. What we saw year after year was a repeat of Carter’s failed formula in so-called “land for peace” recast as “two state solution”. Asa-El rightfully observed in Trump, “The president-elect has no Cairo speech up his sleeve.” He points to Trump’s vivid recollection of 9/11, his distance from Harvard liberals and a past as a high-profile co-builder of Manhattan’s skyline, who will “see in Israel’s enemies not the peacemaker’s partners, but the terrorism victim’s trauma.”

In agreeing that to date, Trump has accomplished much in the way of his electoral promises, one cannot discount the other side of the enigma. His tendency to view the loss of Congress in the recent election as not being significant, is a grave error. He will find in those given to an unprecedented alarmist hatred, an extreme opposition to all of his meaningful plans. Regretfully, he will be spared nothing by a loathful power based leftist party unknown in past history. This being the case, Trump cannot afford any further losses.

One of Trump’s remaining key pledges variously called the ‘Ultimate Deal’ or ‘Deal of the Century’, while not disclosing its contents as yet, has resulted in obvious speculation. This is easily comprehended when Trump and his team make announcements that both parties must anticipate disappointments. So, despite all the meeting and investigative interviews, how different will the end result be? According to Haaretz of Nov 21, 2018, “Justice Minister says Trump’s peace plan is a waste of time” as reported by Noa Landau. She warns that the gap between the Palestinians and the Israelis is much too big to be bridged.

She speaks of counseling the American leader on a waste of time. She emphatically says, “Although I want peace like anyone else, I think I’m just more realistic. And I know that in the current future, it is impossible.”Perhaps her “realism” is based on the fact that Trump’s chosen advisors are totally unqualified for the given task.

As far back as March 29, 2009 American Thinker published Victor Sharpe’s, “The Two-State Solution is 87 Years Old.” As a highly acclaimed freelance writer and author of Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish State, Sharpe is well qualified to discuss Israel’s jagged history. He commences his extraordinary essay with the 1920 decision for Great Britain handing over responsibility for implementing the intention of reconstitution of the Jewish Home in Palestine to the League of Nations. Then, at the last minute, the British Colonial Office was granted an amendment, Article 25. And so became a pattern of eroding the intention of the Balfour Declaration, including Jewish willingness of cooperation and Arab intransigence.

The words of Article 25 are instructive. It permitted the League of Nations to “withhold or postpone” certain provisions of the Mandate with regard to the territory east of the Jordan River and thus was created Transjordan. Miraculously, in 1949, it became Jordan , which translated to an 80% of the territory of Palestine loss to the Jews. How curious a postponement!! However, the London Times responded to this injustice, as follows, but to no avail:

“The Jordan will not do as the eastern frontier of Palestine—-Palestine must have a good military frontier east of Jordan—Our duty as Mandatory is to make Jewish Palestine not a struggling state, but one that is capable of vigorous and independent life—-”

Sharpe references the infamous 1939 White Paper, which severely limited Jewish immigration on the eve of the outbreak of WW2—–” a death blow to millions of Jews attempting to flee extermination by Nazi Germany.” He then points out that in 1947, the UN proposed a Partition Plan, accepted by the Jews, but rejected by the Arabs, who instead entered into a war with the Jews in 1948 resulting in the latter illegally annexing the Biblical and ancestral Jewish heartland of Judea and Samaria and renaming it the West Bank. The conclusion of the Six Day defensive resulted in Israel recovering the lost territory and offering the West Bank to Jordan and the Gaza Strip to Egypt. The response – the infamous 3 No’s from the Arab League in Khartoum – no peace with Israel, no negotiations with Israel, no recognition of Israel.

Sharpe then moves onto discussions with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton following on from Sharon’s infamous 2005 disengagement from Gaza and the equally infamous Oslo Accords. He stresses that the dispute is not over borders, but a religious war, where Muslims can never accept the existence of a non-Muslim state in territory previously conquered in the name of Allah. He also mentions that one of the primary demands made upon the Palestinian Arabs in the Oslo Peace Accords was recognition of Israel which Muhammad Dahlan refused to accept.

No matter what Trump cronies think, any plan which envisages yet another Arab state, is not possible. They should rather focus on serious alternatives e.g. Rachel Neuwirth’s “A win-win solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict [July 26,2004]”

About the Author
Alex Rose was born in South Africa in 1935 and lived there until departing for the US in 1977 where he spent 26 years. He is an engineering consultant. For 18 years he was employed by Westinghouse until age 60 whereupon he became self-employed. He was also formerly on the Executive of Americans for a Safe Israel and a founding member of CAMERA, New York (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America and today one of the largest media monitoring organizations concerned with accuracy and balanced reporting on Israel). In 2003 he and his wife made Aliyah to Israel and presently reside in Ashkelon.