Saturday, May 20, 2017

Trump's Most Excellent Muslim Vacation

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

Yesterday Donald Trump began his first foreign trip as our nation's sort-of elected leader, and the world seems to be collectively holding its breath to see how the egomaniac handles himself on the world stage during this eight-day travelpalooza.

The first stop is in Saudi Arabia where, among other things, an assemblage of world leaders has been convened by the Saudi's to welcome their new best friend, Donald John, the American arms merchant.  (One has to wonder how many of those American-manufactured weapons being sold into Middle Eastern arsenals will ultimately be responsible for injuries and deaths of members of America's military?)

More than thirty of the world leaders gathered by the Saudis to meet Trump will be from predominantly Muslim countries, a situation that could be embarrassing for anyone capable of feeling either remorse or shame, but probably not for Donald John.  The man who trashed Muslims with wild abandon during the presidential campaign and played on the fears of his under-educated supporters, has now firmly shifted into his world statesman mode and all of that previous slobbering hatred has been relegated to the bin of  "just campaign talk."

While on the ground in Saudi Arabia, Donald Trump will be treated like a royal potentate by the Saudis, wallowing in a style he no doubt feels he deserves, but he will also have work to do.  Trump will there representing American businesses, and in particular arms dealers.  He also plans to deliver an address to the Saudis and the world to clear up some on his misunderstood views on Islam and to encourage the world's Muslims to unite against Islamic extremists.  According to H.R. McMaster, Trump's National Security Adviser:

"He (Trump) will develop a strong, respectful message that the United States and the entire civilized world expects our Muslim allies to take a strong stand against radical Islamist ideology, an ideology that uses a perverted interpretation of religion to justify crimes against all humanity."

Calling out religious extremism and encouraging responsible followers of the religion to rise up and counter the fringe forces attached to their religion is a sensible approach to addressing the problem.  It almost makes one wonder why Trump would not use that same approach here at home to quell the atrocities of Christian extremists.

Trump, however, cannot rail against Christian extremists because he is their love child.  He can only gnash his teeth and bemoan those terrible, awful, horrible, Mooslims.

In the world view of Donald Trump and his peeps, the Tsarnaev brothers were  religious extremists.  Dylann Roof and Eric Rudolph were not. 

Religious extremism, it would seem, is in the eye of the beholder.


Xobekim said...

It was so cute of the President to curtsy to King Salman after being given his golden necklace.

Don said...

That's our boy!