“Our position is straightforward. This is a bad deal [Iran Nuclear Deal]. Either fix it—or cancel it. This is Israel’s position.”—Binyamin Netanyahu (1949- ), Israel Prime minister, (comment made on Tues. Sept. 12, 2017).
“ . . . You know that I am the best thing that could happen to Israel . . . and I’ll be that.”—Donald Trump (1946-), (in a speech to Jewish donors and supporters to his presidential campaign, in Washington D.C., on Thurs., Dec. 3, 2015).
“When the representative body have lost the confidence of their constituents, when they have notoriously made sale of their most valuable rights, when they have assumed to themselves powers which the people never put into their hands, then indeed their continuing in office becomes dangerous.”—Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), 3rd President of the United States, 1801-09, (in The Articles of Confederation, 1793).
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you super add the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority.”—Lord Acton (1834-1902), English historian, politician, and writer.
There are presently warmongering characters (Netanyahu, Erdogan, Trump, etc.) in charge in some countries, and they show no respect for international law, whatsoever. The most dangerous among them is, of course, the U.S. President Donald Trump.
It has become more and more obvious, for those who have ears to hear and eyes to see that Donald Trump’s drive to power is making the world a less secure place, possibly a very dangerous place. Trump is constantly poking the flames of war with his bullying foreign policy, a policy that seems to be framed by Israel’s Netanyahu.
This is a complete reversal of what Donald Trump said during the last American presidential campaign, considering that he ran as some sort of ‘peace candidate.’ Indeed, on numerous occasions, Trump has denounced Republican President George W. Bush for having “destabilized” the Middle East, in making the “mistake” of attacking Iraq.
The most recent example is his reckless so-called unilateral ‘decision’ of Tuesday May 8, without any input from the U.S. Congress, to withdraw the United States from the Iran Nuclear agreement, a deal concluded between China, France, Germany, Russia, USA, plus the EU, and Iran, in 2015. Trump seems to be very anxious to return his country to a position of being able to raise aggressive sanctions against Iran, with even a possibility of a joint U.S.-Israel military war of aggression against that country, which has not attacked the United States in any way or form. Is this a means for him to pay his political debts to some of his rich donors? That is a fair question.
This could have been expected since Trump has surrounded himself with known Zionists, in the persons of his new national security adviser, John Bolton, a rabid neocon warmonger and one of the architects of George W. Bush’s 2003 illegal war against Iraq, Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and a close friend of Netanyahu, and Stephen Miller—the former being Trump’s special adviser and the latter being Trump’s speechwriter.
That may be one reason, among many others, why Donald Trump is considered by some observers to be the ‘most pro-Zionist’ American president, in U.S. history. It is not a coincidence that both Trump and Netanyahu are presently facing big political problems at home, and beating the drums of war could be a good way for both of them to change the public discourse. Indeed, the political technique of “Wag-the-Dog,” with the frequent active encouragement of corporate media, is quite alive in the United States, among unscrupulous politicians. American presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Donald Trump, among others, have all found it convenient to use it to deflect from their domestic political problems.
In general, it can be expected that when crooked politicians are facing a quagmire of their own making, and when they feel powerless and under attack, they will be tempted to spend unlimited amounts of public money and to sacrifice unlimited numbers of other people’s lives, in order to save face.
Sadly, it can be said that the warmongers are at it again. They will stir the pot to find pretexts for war, in any way they can, because they think that the more chaos they create, the more they stand to benefit personally, politically speaking.
History seems to repeat itself. And Donald Trump is true to himself in being autocratic and petty. His provocations are designed to please his rich Zionist donors, even if in doing so, he greatly increases the chances of war. He does not care, because he thinks that this is convenient for him at this juncture. Maybe he should study history a little more. He would discover that tyrants usually end up very badly.
Dr. Rodrigue Tremblay is an international economist and author, whose last two books are The Code for Global Ethics, Prometheus Books, 2010; and The New American Empire, Infinity Publishing, 2003. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.