Saturday, July 01, 2017

No one is paying attention to the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II ... by gimleteye

The number of dedicated Trump and GOP-at-any-cost is growing smaller by the day. It's little consolation, though, for incredible damage done by the Trump W?H to America's reputation as a problem solver, innovator, and "shining city" among the world's nations. Under the Bannon doctrine, the world's powerful and wealthy must lock down their privileges NOW, before world crises -- like climate change -- overwhelm what stability is left of world order. The most extreme version of this paranoia was recently highlighted in an advertisement by the NRA: appalling. Here's the full transcript:
"They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse the resistance.

"All to make them march, make them protest, make them scream racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia. To smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports, bully and terrorize the law-abiding — until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness.

"And when that happens, they'll use it as an excuse for their outrage. The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom, is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth. I'm the National Rifle Association of America, and I'm freedom's safest place."

The ad prompted backlash from some progressives, who called it "an open call to violence" and "barely a whisper shy of a call for full civil war."

Trump is a visceral, visual symbol of a GOP that is so lost in doctrinal contradictions, its only solution is to lock us in. Our enemies are perfectly happy with that result.

No one is paying attention to the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II
By Jackson Diehl Deputy Editorial Page Editor June 25, Washington Post

"The never-ending circus that is Donald Trump’s presidency has sucked attention from all kinds of issues that desperately need it, from health-care reform to the creeping expansion of U.S. engagement in Syria. Still, it’s shocking that so little heed is being paid to what the United Nations says is the worst humanitarian crisis since 1945: the danger that about 20 million people in four countries will suffer famine in the coming months, and that hundreds of thousands of children will starve to death."


Anonymous said...

The N R A, always the voice of the unreasonable.

Anonymous said...

US hubris and indifference to the suffering of the Afghan people - following Russia's military departure - was sited as a reason for bringing down the World Trade Center. I find this reason implausible. Yet, the US has long been disliked, viewed skeptically by people whose cultures radically differ from ours - quite possibly for good reason.

Anonymous said...

P.S. Current actions/indifference to the suffering of millions of people does little to enhance this country's reputation - worldwide.

Anonymous said...

US wars are about strategic US interests - and besting Russia. In the end, a lack of humanity could be our downfall.
I really liked Obama, but felt a preoccupation with US healthcare was out of line for a country that had inflicted so much suffering on the Iraqis and the Afghan people - and continued to do so, as the US was still at war.