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

Trump wants a military parade

US President Donald Trump wants a military parade, like he saw in France during his last visit there, July 2017. I’m sure many of his citizens would rather like a parade like Anwar Sadat saw in 1981.

This just confirms what I wrote in my previous blog post, that he’s shaping up the military not for deterrence but for use.

He will play the silly boy who wants to glitter, pomp and circumstance, just like he always pretends to be an embarrassment of the office to get free publicity, and analysts will say that he’s playing to his base (which he is) but his main objective will be: to make being militaristic decent.

Actually, with its sickening amount of chauvinism, patriotism, nationalism, isolationism and growing xenophobia, this step could be dangerously successful in generating more racism and selfishness.

However, never forget that his objective is not the nation’s glory and success, but rather only to sell weapons to benefit the super-rich.


I’ll tell you a story that bears on this. It’s a true story. You won’t find it in the history books yet. Historians do not even want to investigate it. Yet.

I was told first-hand by an old loyal worker of the Dutch postal authority this account that I’m sure he never had told before and never ever since.

It was probably four decades ago and he then looked close to pension. The temperature in Amsterdam was above 300C/850F (which is very high in a humid maritime climate), streets were deserted and sweating in his uniform with his collar open, he still was doing some job that needed to be done, though the doors to the post office itself were closed.

I complimented him on his sense of responsibility and there came the story.

He said: Do you know that even during the war [“the war” in the Netherlands is always WW II since that was the only war it was involved in, in modern history] we continued the transmission of the messages between the markets in Germany and London? We never missed a day, he added with clear pride.

I don’t understand. He elaborated.

Here, right under the main postal office of Amsterdam, were the telegraph lines between the Ruhr area and London. We made sure that twice a day in both directions at each stock exchange knew what happened at the other one.

The implication was clear. While the man in the street from England and Germany were killing each other off at the battlefield, so-called for the sake of their nations, silently, the rich of Germany and England were doing good business with each other. They were not enemies; they were acquaintances negotiating business deals.


I remember this Israeli general who had some shares. He had foreknowledge that the next day would be war and (unethically) he sold all his stocks before the stock market in Tel Aviv would crash. The idiot. Thankfully he was a better general than economist.

The next day the war broke out and the stock market went up! Every missile send by Israel cost millions. You would expect that to be hard on the economy. It’s not. The stockpile of these projectiles needs to be replaced, bought anew. The super-rich are going to profit and the public is going to pay. “The economy” means: the interests of the super-rich. (If only, all Jews would be rich, as anti-Semites believe. Unfortunately, most of us are barely getting by.) That’s the nature of war in capitalism.


Trump will get his parade. Let’s hope that the opposition demonstrating will not be just pacifists – because their admirable moral stand will be too idealistic (idiotic) for most Americans. Let’s hope that most counter demonstrators rather will call for moderation in military expenditure.

About the Author
The author 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 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. 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. * 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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