Then there is Syria. As far as one can tell from afar, here is the story. Syria was stable under its dictatorship---the mildest and most religiously tolerant and non-terrorist in an Islamic region where dictatorships are inevitable. It is an Israeli goal to destabilise Syria and possibly gain some of its territory. The American elite are armed evangelists of the fake gospel of “global democracy,” or at least pretend to be. Therefore the American CIA, in partnership with our quondam enemy ISIS, funded and created a revolt against the ruling regime. This was claimed as a “democratic” uprising against an ugly government. Actually its only possible outcome was violent instability or the triumph of a jihadist dictatorship. Obvious from the consequences of American “democratic” crusades in Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan.
The revolt succeeded under American sponsorship in taking over portions of Syria and installing a terrorist Islamic regime more brutal than the existing dictatorship. Done by America---the world leader in the “war against terrorism.” Fortunately, the Syrian government, with help from Russia with its sensible anti-terrorist policy, was finally able to defeat the revolt, which was accompanied by great suffering and loss of life.
President Trump campaigned against “foreign entanglement” and openly criticised the Iraq disaster caused by the Republican president who had preceded him. Yet, in the first weeks in office he bombed Syrian government forces upon a fraudulent report of gas attacks on civilians. He has promised several times to withdraw from Syria and Afghanistan but has failed to do so. Trump remains with the failed policy of catastrophic interference in the vast Islamic world. This has caused immense death and destruction and threatens your and my children and grandchildren with endless blowback.
Trump continues also with the policy of destroying the peace made possible with the end of the Cold War, by bating Russia, as demanded by his bitterest enemies. Why break good relations with Russia which his enemies beat him with mercilessly? Curious. It is hard to imagine any greater Presidential betrayal and any more stupid destruction of the best chance in modern history for “world peace.”
We also see Trump and his feckless advisors following a policy of confrontation with Iran and China. Iran, against which powerful elements obviously want a U.S. war, is no Syria or Libya. It is big, intelligent, and has the heritage of Persia rather than Arabia. The U.S. elite is starting to resemble the Bourbons—able to learn nothing and forget nothing.
China is obviously a rising power, economically and militarily. It needs to be dealt with prudently and rationally, something the Deep State is incapable of. The U.S. government is now a braggart and bully, flaunting a power that may well be weakening in relation to Russia and China.
America has survived in the past because it was a country of free men, courageous, determined and adaptable to new challenges. Is that any longer true?
It is hard to believe that Trump is dumb enough to really believe his booster hype about a thriving economy. A statesman in the White House would be working to strengthen his country, not by more expensive weapons but by economic policy, morale building, and preserving the American people from being over-run by foreigners with no interest in and often hostility to the real living America that we have known.
Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews