The World According to Trump

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Donald Trump Executive OrdersA single policy measure, a so-called Executive Order, has affected a great many people from seven “Muslim” countries. Excluded are Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Tunisia, countries whose citizens, a handful,  were in fact involved in terrorist attacks in Europe and in the United States. Still, added up, these countries have a combined population of more than 200 million, so the number of those who were involved is a tiny fraction.   

Citizens of the “banned list” especially from Syria and Iraq are victims of a protracted war imposed on them.  Should they be awarded refugee status or banned altogether?  

In fact, according to the Cato Institute, between 1975 and 2015, no citizens from any of the countries listed in Trump’s ban have ever been involved in any acts of terrorism on American soil. 

Iran is perhaps the oddest country to be on the list.  In the U.S., not a single Iranian or Iranian-American has ever been involved in any terrorist activity against Americans. 

But let’s face it, the policy to isolate Iran didn’t start yesterday or today with this so-called Executive Order.  

There is no question that one single country has been in the forefront of this isolation crusade.  Israel, under Netanyahu, has relentlessly tried to influence the different U.S. administrations in order to cut all ties with the Islamic Republic, which Israel considers to be its number one enemy.  At various times, Netanyahu spoke at the UN showing his ridiculously made-up charts, indicating when and how Iran might acquire the bomb. 

He lied as blatantly as his friend in the White House is doing these days. 

The Obama administration tried to find a balance by pursuing the nuclear deal.  That is one of the reasons why Obama and Netanyahu never got along.  Among the other issues were of course the question of settlements, which is now a fait accompli.   

With a Trump administration, Netanyahu has become even more emboldened to grab land.

Recently Mr. Netanyahu sent a message to the Iranian people speaking of the great Persian nation, having a rich history and culture.

But beyond listening to the message which sounded all too rosy and complimentary to the Iranian people, it is important to realize who the messenger is.  

Obviously, Mr. Netanyahu who addressed the U.S. Congress while snubbing President Obama, feels more resolute with his newly found friend in the White House.  Having the backing of Donald J. Trump, a clueless person who has become the President of this great nation, he has found a new way to zero in on Iran and Iranians as members of this new “axis of evil.”  

Trump’s foreign and domestic policies are upon isolationism.  “Make America Great” again would not work because we live in a globalized world.  His advisors have no background or experience in foreign policy.  And if they do, it is racist, xenophobic and conspiratorial. 

By signing executive orders, Trump thinks he can bully his way as he has done so in his various bankrupt businesses and undermine the Constitution of the United States.  A Constitution, as so eloquently said by Imran Khan who lost his son in the Iraq war, he probably has never read!  

Showing off every order that he signs, is all but manifestations of the White House showman who loves the attention, without realizing the ramifications of his orders. Chaos it has created.  His way is take it or leave it, as he said recently in a memo to the employees of the State Department, “Get with the program or leave!”

Iranian Americans have been a very strong and dedicated community in this country.  Many have held public and private office.  Their contributions have enhanced the quality of the American society.  From NASA, to E-bay, from judges to lawyers,  the community of Iranian-Americans counts some of the best doctors, some of the most distinguished professors in every field of study to philanthropists and highly educated students among its ranks.     

Many have come from Iran, escaping unemployment and oppressive conditions.  Yet, in the midst of this brain drain, there are academic exchanges which have now been halted with a single stroke of the pen.  

This executive order is as detrimental as some of the others, such as building a wall, opening the field to extract oil from Indian land and the pipeline from Canada.  

The U.S. Has been involved in wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen, the last one initiated by Saudi Arabia where hundreds of children have been ripped to pieces. 

Yet, the moralistic Republicans like Pence are against abortion which shows their absolute retrograde thinking:  To kill a child is ok but to kill a fetus is sinful!

On the other hand, the Islamic Republic has its own agenda.  It has been involved in various conflicts in the Middle East and it has been a thorn in the side of many leaders especially Bibi Netanyahu and the Saudis.

But to brand all Iranians as potential terrorists is absolutely preposterous and will only antagonize the whole nation.    

Obviously, the next step is to undermine and eradicate the nuclear deal.

What Trump and his cronies have in mind for the future is still vague but if they have the Russians on their side, it will become a very complicated situation.  Iran may look towards China and leave its onetime partner, Russia, to do her deed of destabilizing the U.S.  

It is a mad mad world out there.  A world according to Trump.  But as the great Bertolt Brecht said some fifty years ago: 

“In the dark times
Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will also be singing.
About the dark times.”

In the streets of major cities in America and now at its airports, people are beginning to sing the song of resistance.  The drums are beating.  Fast and furious.  



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Siavash Siavash (@Siavash) Pinned comment
"Mr. Netanyahu who addressed the U.S. Congress while snubbing President Obama, feels more resolute with his newly found friend in the White House. "

WRONG,
Decision of muslim banning mostly made by Steve Bannon. He is the one who is calling the shot. He has Mr. President's ear. He describes himself as "American nationalist" rather than "White Nationalism".He avoids to give racial theme to his speech. He views Islam as a "political ideology", NOT religion. Something that Iranians should have known before they had an Islamic revolution. He views Islam as enemy of western values. In that view, to ban muslims from coming to America seems very legitimate. Bannon also doesn't care about Jews as much as he doesn't care about blacks or foreigners. Many Americans accuse him of "White supremacist" individual. Again, White supremacist hate Jews as much as they hate blacks. David Luke who attended Tehran's anti semantic conference was another white supremacist.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to Siavash (@Siavash) Pinned comment
Saying Bannon is merely 'accused' of white supremacy is like saying Hitler is accused of hatred.
Bannon's itinerary is very clear. We know where he comes from & where he's headed.
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Siavash Siavash (@Siavash) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) Pinned comment
It seems you didn't read the blog as usual.
The blog is saying : Now Mr. Mr. Netanyahu has a friend in the white house.
Netanyahu was please to have republicans in the office, but NOT trump. Trump and his cohorts are anti jews more than to be anti muslims. Muslims came to picture after 911 attack, but Jews have been discriminated, kicked out of the countries and massacred throughout history.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to Siavash (@Siavash) Pinned comment
No, the blog was read, it is rather the illiterate lumpen monarchists projecting their ignorance, once again.
Trump's daughter is Jewish, so is one of his chief advisers. As usual illiterate lumpen monarchists are ignorant of Christian Zionist traditions, currents and their weight within Trump's WH.
Illiterate lumpen monarchists can't even spell Duke.
Perhaps illiterate lumpen monarchists can't recall the circumstances prior to 9/11 but Muslims and colonization of their societies has been "in the picture" for a few centuries now.
Monarchists as faithful water boys of their Western masters have a hard time recalling or comprehending Colonialism.
Sad.
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Siavash Siavash (@Siavash) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) Pinned comment
"Trump's daughter is Jewish"


First of al you don't need to be nasty to make your point.
Second for your information Trump's daughter is NOT jewish. She married a Jewish guy. She is Christian.
I am remorseful to respond to your comment. Sorry.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to Siavash (@Siavash) Pinned comment
First off monarchists are the nastiest, most despised cult in Iran. Monarchists are the source of all our problems. You can't respond because you don't have an answer. Illiterate lumpen monarchists ought to be remorseful about all their crimes against humanity in Iran & how the criminal monarchy paved the path to power for mullahs.
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Fariba Fariba Amini (@Fariba) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) Pinned comment
I would like to intervene. The issue has nothing to do with Trump's daughter being Jewish o not. Trump 's daughter converted to Judaism after she married her husband. The family is pro-Israel and so is Trump's lawyer. He is in fact surrounded by both the Christian right like Pence and Banner who is a white supremacist ( even if he denies it). I also think in conversation we should discuss matters but stop slandering the other person. For God's sake, that is the least we should have learned after living in a democracy!
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to Fariba Amini (@Fariba) Pinned comment
Dear Ms. Amini thank you kindly for your intervention.
In my humble opinion it's O.K. to be accurate about information.
So, if she has converted then she is considered a person of Jewish faith.
Although Trump family's true religion is an insatiable greed for money, power, and pursuit of short term profit (at all costs) aka Capitalism.
Perhaps not exactly as Walter Benjamin's cursory notes on "Capitalism as Religion," but close enough:

Capitalism as Religion
www.rae.com.pt/Caderno_wb_2010/Benjamin%20Capitalism-as-Religion.pdf
Though Trump family's capitalism is registering on the most garish, ostentatious side of spectrum.

Furthermore in my humble opinion it's also O.K. to provide an objective and accurate description of those advocating Crimes Against Humanity: the SAVAK loving monarchists who lament about SAVAK's leniency and are regretful why SAVAK didn't kill more people and torture more political prisoners.
We condemn Trump's defense of torture as an advocacy for Crimes Against Humanity. By the same token illiterate ,lumpen, SAVAK loving monarchists who after all these decades are still so demented and deranged as to justify SAVAK's crimes, also ought to be exposed and condemned.
There are no statute of limitations for Crimes Against Humanity.
Whoever commits crimes against humanity will always and permanently be eligible to stand trial for their crimes, be it Trump or illiterate, lumpen monarchists.

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Fariba Fariba Amini (@Fariba) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) Pinned comment
You are absolutely right.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) Pinned comment
Excellent analysis Fariba-jaan! (and timely!)
Thanks for sharing :)
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