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UN's laughingstock, US' PTSD
by Thanos Kalamidas
2018-09-27 09:26:27
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The giggles heard inside United Nations General Assembly from the world’s leaders when US President started bragging about America First, were not a result of fun, humour, sarcasm or ridiculing a global clown; they were the result of fear. It was a random hysterical reaction, an outcry in front the man who has put world peace in danger with his hazardous supremacist nationalism.

Despite to what is often written and said, Donald Trump is not here to demolish whatever Barak Obama built but to destroy whatever Franklin Delano Roosevelt found. Donald Trump’s protectionism, isolationism and fervent nationalism are exactly the contrary of what Franklin Roosevelt represented, preached and practiced; everything modern 20th century USA was based upon.

trun01_400The following paragraph is from the US Department of State site:

In the wake of the World War I, a report by Senator Gerald P. Nye, a Republican from North Dakota, fed this belief by claiming that American bankers and arms manufacturers had pushed for U.S. involvement for their own profit. The 1934 publication of the book Merchants of Death by H.C. Engelbrecht and F. C. Hanighen, followed by the 1935 tract “War Is a Racket” by decorated Marine Corps General Smedley D. Butler both served to increase popular suspicions of wartime profiteering and influence public opinion in the direction of neutrality. Many Americans became determined not to be tricked by banks and industries into making such great sacrifices again. The reality of a worldwide economic depression and the need for increased attention to domestic problems only served to bolster the idea that the United States should isolate itself from troubling events in Europe. During the interwar period, the U.S. Government repeatedly chose non-entanglement over participation or intervention as the appropriate response to international questions. Immediately following the First World War, Congress rejected U.S. membership in the League of Nations. Some members of Congress opposed membership in the League out of concern that it would draw the United States into European conflicts, although ultimately the collective security clause sank the possibility of U.S. participation. During the 1930s, the League proved ineffectual in the face of growing militarism, partly due to the U.S. decision not to participate.

Somewhere among those words there is …today. There is Donald Trump somewhere in the back of his mind having MAGA equals no UN.

The very same text, somehow shows that this nationalism and isolation was somehow the evolution of a national Posttraumatic stress disorder:

“During the 1930s, the combination of the Great Depression and the memory of tragic losses in World War I contributed to pushing American public opinion and policy toward isolationism. Isolationists advocated non-involvement in European and Asian conflicts and non-entanglement in international politics.”

Donald Trump’s speech and appearance in the UN General Assembly was not much different of a possible appearance of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un: arrogant, testing others’ tolerance. Actually Trump’s “successes” either in peace talks or in trade are happening just because he’s testing everybody’s tolerance, he is testing “how far can I go with all of them just looking at me eyes wide open.”

In 1930s USA was coming out of the Great Depression era and the losses of WWI while in the second decade of the 21st century, USA is coming out of a devastating economic crisis just after the happy period that lasted over three decades (1960-1990) often memorized as “the good old days” a humiliating and lethal terrorist hit in the heart of the superpower and a disastrous war in Iraq and Afghanistan that never ends and has left thousands of casualties in a big number of dead and an even much bigger of wounded who return home to meet unemployment, occasionally  homelessness and a state unable to help them. Both elements contribute to a severe case of Posttraumatic stress disorder and Donald Trump the public sign of it.

Donald Trump is the consequent of this PTSD the US republic suffers and the fear it spreads globally. And as in PTSD cases, actions are unpredictable often lethal and this is where fear turns into absolute horror; the man holds the key for a nuclear war.

Democrats despite the signs haven’t shown yet a Franklin D. Roosevelt, principally because they are afraid of the …words. They are afraid that somebody will be accused for being …too democratic; too liberal; too left; too …left. Democrats are afraid to step up and in front the nationalistic front that destroys USA because they are afraid of their own political obsessions!

While the world needs a Franklin D. Roosevelt in USA.

P.S. the joke of the day: Trump accused China of ...interfering in Midterm elections.

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