Sunday, May 28, 2017

Trump's Trip

                                               

                                               From The Ramparts
                                              Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                    Trump's Trip

            Donald Trump recently concluded a much ballyhooed trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Europe. While a contrived controversy about his  alleged ties to Russia rages at home, Trump did little while he was abroad to promote peace, engender confidence or create economic good will.
            Trump revealed himself to be one of three things: a complete idiot about world affairs, a blatant hypocrite by going to Saudi Arabia the prime supplier of fanaticism and terror in the world today, or a stooge for the military industrial security complex/Deep State.
            The corporate media is not going to tell us about the role Saudi Wahabbism plays in hate and terror on a global level, but I will.  "Modern Islamic extremism and terrorism simply cannot be explained or understood without looking at the history and influence of Wahhabi Islam. This means that it's important from an ethical and an academic perspective to understand what Wahhabi Islam teaches, what's so dangerous about it, and why those teachings differ from other branches of Islam...
               Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab (d. 1792) was the first modern Islamic fundamentalist and extremists. Wahhab made the central point of his reform movement the principle that absolutely every idea added to Islam after the third century of the Mulsim era (about 950 CE) was false and should be eliminated. Muslims, in order to be true Muslims, must adhere solely and strictly to the original beliefs set forth by Muhammad.
             Because so many Muslims lived (so he claimed) in jahiliyya, al-Wahhab accused them of not being true Muslims after all. Only those who followed the strict teachings of al-Wahhab were truly Muslims because only they still followed the path laid out by Allah. Accusing someone of not being a true Muslim is significant because it is forbidden for one Muslim to kill another; but if someone is not a true Muslim then killing them (in war or in an act of terrorism) becomes licit. It would be hard to underestimate the importance of this principle to modern terrorists and extremists...
             Even though Wahhabism is a minority position overall in the Muslim world, it has nevertheless been influential for other extremist movements throughout the Middle East. This can be seen with a couple of factors, first of which is al-Wahhab’s use of the term jahiliyya to vilify a society which he does not consider pure enough, whether they call themselves Muslim or not. Even today, Islamists use the term when referring to the West and at times even to their own societies. With it, they can justify overthrowing what many might regard as an Islamic state by essentially denying that it is truly Islamic at all." Wahhabism and Wahhabi Islam: How Wahhabi Islam Differs from Sunni, Shia Islam https://www.thoughtco.com/wahhabism-and-wahhabi-islam-250235
            Make no mistake, Saudi Arabia is a Wahhabist state ruled by a family of desert pirates who were recognized and given status as monarchs by the British Empire in 1926. Al Saud a Bedouin thief and his family formed a partnership with al Wahhab's fanatics in 1744 and have been in cahoots ever since. Most if not all Islamic fanaticism has it's roots in Saudi Wahhabism which has been exported from Saudi Arabia around the world! https://my.nps.edu/documents/105988371/107571254/DillonWahhabismThesis.pdf/23fc46fb-17a6-41da-83b8-8e312191b5bb
            For Donald Trump to go to Saudi Arabia bow down to these thugs and give them additional billions in US arms is an utter disgrace! The corporate media is not going to tell us the US partners with Saudi Arabia, Israel and NATO to run their proxy wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen and other places around the world nevertheless it is a fact.
            From Saudi Arabia Trump ventured to Israel where he also promised billions of additional US taxpayer dollars to them while simultaneously cutting funds for social programs at home in his proposed budget. What's wrong with that picture? What type of hornet's nest will Trump stir if he follows through with his idea of moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem?
            From Israel Trump flew to Europe to meet with the Pope, NATO and the G7 leaders. There he chastised NATO members for not paying their "fair share" while hypocritically calling NATO which for all intents and purposes is the thug arm of US global imperialism an "organ of peace". Whew, you can't make this stuff up.
             He criticized Germany for having a thriving economy exporting more goods to the US than the US exports to Germany. I wonder why? Could it be German products are better made than the USA's?
            People appear relieved Trump did not make a complete fool of himself and embarrass the country. Maybe, maybe not; his dance with the Saudi swords made him look like a doofus in my book. But let's not forget what an idiot George W Bu$h was, how he led this nation into perpetual wars and debt based on lies and how his successors both Obama and Trump are building upon that pattern.

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