I am not an American and I can’t see myself voting for Donald Trump if I could. I wouldn’t have voted for Hillary Clinton either as she was an even worse choice, but I would have voted. I am not defending Donald Trump, but I find the strong anti-Trump sentiments quite disturbing. It’s like the journalists are in the middle of a dirty divorce where they besmirch the other party with any means possible. Dignity is clearly not an option.
There was a photo in Norwegian newspapers yesterday where they wanted to show how many people attended the inauguration in 2009 compared to this year, and they were clearly pleased to announce this as an humiliation. Trump was also criticised for the cake, he was ridiculed for his first dance as president, and anyone with a Twitter-account showed a remarkable interest in politics. There has also been women demonstrating in the USA and Britain today. Imagine if we could show the same indignation and willingness to speak out against injustice that didn’t affect ourselves.
Many didn’t protest against NATO’s warfare in Iraq, Libya and Syria before it became fashionable. Let’s face it, most of us conform to the custom because if we are the first to criticise our own government, we know the risk of public condemnation and being called unpatriotic or a traitor is very high. I don’t know what kind of a president Trump will be. He could be as bad as many say, but not long ago Obama was considered to be a much worse president than George Bush had been. The latter had been viewed as a really bad president, but when Obama failed to fix everything, the seemingly helpless man from Texas was suddenly back as one of the best in US history.
I am sure that Donald Trump’s comments about women didn’t help, but his extreme unpopularity could have just as much to do with an alleged link to Russia, and to President Putin personally. There has been some development on that story, and if mainstream media don’t report on it, one wonders if everyone from CNN to Washington Post will be kicked out of Facebook for reporting fake news, or failing to report real news.
The claim that Russia hacked The Democratic Convention and the election could have been a bait, and if it was the press swallowed it. I thought it sounded suspicious from the start because we are not talking about an inept intelligence agency (KGB). If other countries can cover their tracks we have to assume that Russia has that capability too. That seems to be an opinion John McAfee holds as well. He has looked at the IP addresses FBI included as an appendix in the report on the DNC-attack, and he concluded that the majority of the addresses came from all over the world, which means they faked their locations. That’s something anyone could have done, and it would have been easy for skilled hackers to make it look like the Russians did it. Read about in on YourNewsWire.com.
The former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, had an interesting post where he commented Obama’s last press conference. It sounds like President Obama said that the DNC mails were leaked and not hacked. It has to be said that Murray is an associate of Julian Assange, but his claim in this story from Mail Online, that the mails were handed over to him by a Democratic whistleblower is nevertheless interesting.The newspaper is naturally skeptic, as it should be, but compared to what John McAfee said it is worth considering this information.
It’s a question of asking the correct questions. I have mentioned in previous posts that things rarely just happen in politics. If we had known everything it would be obvious, but I think we know enough to be a little hesitant at least. Let’s look at it this way: Who would benefit if Russia was isolated?
I am not a big believer in conspiracy theories, but if I ask myself, what if all the Syrians defending their president have a point? What if many think that Assad is the right man for the job of reforming Syria? NATO seems unwilling to even consider a solution that includes the present regime. Could there be another reason for wanting Assad gone? I am just speculating, but there is no doubt that Russia has strengthened their position in Western-Asia. There is also the Qatar-Turkey natural gas pipeline. One route from Qatar to Turkey is through Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria. This pipeline could then be connected to another pipeline that supplies Europe as well as Turkey. Syria said no because that pipeline could damage their relationship with Russia, the largest supplier of natural gas to Europe. Assad had every right to oppose this pipeline, but that seems to be when the trouble started.
Incidentally, my own country exports oil and natural gas to Europe, and we have a border to Russia. I think it’s safe to say that it’s not about doing the right thing, no matter who we vote for in our election in September. It’s more about money than helping people. These are strong words when I don’t have evidence, but this seems like a good place to start looking for a reason to tear a country a part.