Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Ain't that the sorry truth?

Brendan O'Neill made the acutest remark about the US visa fuss yesterday.

This is the surreal and painful truth: if Hillary had won there's a very good chance she'd be bombing Syrians and Yemenis, rather than simply denying them visas, and no one would have protested.

The uproar at the temporary suspension in admission to the US from seven countries, in which Nato governments, former president Obama and crowds (organised, one suspects, with money from Soros) have taken part is extraordinary and worrying. 

Trump has not targetted Muslims, as he promised to do during his campaign. As his critics point out the Muslim countries which have produced most terrorists active in the USA have been ignored. But, at a subconscious level where emotions rule, Trump, by blocking entry of foreigners into his country in an admittedly crude and chaotic way, is felt to have sinned against the inchoate new religion of human rights, globalism and free movement of peoples.

He should be criticised for introducing the visa rules clumsily but that is not the reason why Western European politicians are shocked. Nor why former president Obama, not observing the tradition that former presidents do not comment on their successors, asked people to go out on the streets and protest. He did so because 'American values are at stake'. 

European post-national values are even more at stake. European elites are trying to create a space of pure values, free from history and ethnicity.

On Facebook a British novelist who votes Labour said to an American liberal Democrat:
This is how it begins. 
The American replied
You could feel on the computer screen the frisson. 

And this is the clue to the bizarre hysteria. 

Very many highly educated, well informed and sophisticated people, despite all the facts and all common sense, really do believe that Donald Trump is something like another Hitler. 

They warned that he would be and they take a savage pleasure in being, in their eyes, proven right.

And they are hugely powerful and will fight very ruthlessly to protect, as they see it, the world from Hitler.

How odd human beings are.

Meanwhile, a Belgian Catholic priest, Father Daniël Maes (78), who lives in Syria in the sixth-century Mar Yakub monastery, where people of different races and religions have found refuge, said in an interview:

I am happy with Trump. He sees what every normal person understands: That the United States should stop undermining countries which possess natural resources. The Americans’ attempt to impose a unipolar world is the biggest problem. Trump understands that radical Islam is a bigger threat than Russia.


  1. Trump is bombing and killing Yemenis, 28 innocent women and children were killed only the day before yesterday in a botched raid by American special forces. He remains complicit with Russia in the killing of Ukrainians in the Donbas, not calling them out over an illegal incursion.

  2. But Paul, the statue of liberty wept. I could see the tears rolling down her cheeks from New Jersey!

  3. I had some snarky comment but decided not to indulge myself. Too easy to get sucked in to the insanity.