I’ve done a few blogs saying: “Trump is wrong,” so I think it’s fair, that in the interests of balance, but mostly because it’s true, that I point out that Trump got it right; on the Charlottesville riot, and on North Korea. I’ve been working on two blogs making the case for each assertion, but Conrad Black trumped me with his column in today’s National Post. It’s an excellent, and very readable analysis, and one which there is absolutely no chance you will see on the CBC, or in the Toronto Star, or the New York Times.
But here’s my take. Trump’s initial comment on Charlottesville was that there was blame on both sides. Unless you have a full blown case of Trump Derangement Syndrome, it should be obvious that there was. Because, like it or not, the white supremacist nutters had a permit to demonstrate. Like it or not, the so-called antifascist (Antifa) and Black Lives Matter nutters didn’t. Both sides came armed. They’re all racists and fanatics. There was blame on both sides. Both sides should be marginalized by decent society.
My perspective is that Nazis, Fascists, Marxists, Antifa, BLM, etc., are all part of the same dystopian tribe, and that the mayhem in Charlottesville was nothing more than a violent family feud; one that the police should have stopped long before someone died.
I detest everything that the neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan stand for, but mostly I regard them as fools, best to to be ignored. Until Barack Obama unwisely spent eight years poking and blowing on the dying embers of race-based conflict in the United States, the KKK and neo-Nazis were largely ignored, which is the last thing they want. Based on his handling of race relations alone, Obama should have returned his Nobel Peace Prize.
On North Korea. In 1994, President Bill Clinton paid the North Koreans $4 billion to end their nuclear program and bought “… Peace for our time.” Oh, sorry; I got my history mixed up. It was actually Neville Chamberlain who said that in 1938, after he bought peace by appeasing Hitler over Czechoslovakia. How did that work out?
Churchill, who at the time was regarded as an unstable warmonger, (sort of like Trump), because he advocated stopping Hitler, was ignored. If Churchill had been listened to, the cost of ending Hitler’s Third Reich in 1938/1939 would probably have been less than 1% of the 50 million who died during World War II, from 1939 to 1945.
Anyway, Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s trash talking dictator, recently threatened to send his missiles to Guam, which is a US territory in the South Pacific. Donald Trump said that such an action would result in North Korea being subject to an onslaught of fire and fury like the world has never seen. Obviously that’s trash talk from an unstable warmonger.
But for some reason, Kim Jong Un just announced that he’ll allow Guam to exist for a while longer.
I’m Dave Reesor