Trump ex­poses US hypocrisy

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Dr Firoz Os­man

PRES­I­DENT Don­ald Trump tar­geted Mus­lims, stat­ing dur­ing his in­au­gu­ral ad­dress: “We will unite the civilised world against rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ism which we will erad­i­cate com­pletely from the face of the Earth.”

This set the stage to con­duct Amer­i­can pol­icy, to blud­geon and de­stroy Mus­lim coun­tries as was the wont of the Bush and Obama ad­min­is­tra­tions.

Last year, Obama dropped 26 171 bombs on seven Mus­lim coun­tries. That equates to 72 bombs a day, or three ev­ery hour.

Con­ser­va­tive es­ti­mates are that 5 mil­lion Mus­lims have been killed since the US de­clared in 2001 its “war on ter­ror”, which in re­al­ity is a war on Mus­lims.

And yet, the West con­stantly ac­cuses Mus­lims of be­ing vi­o­lent.

In 2015, the US had a mil­i­tary and de­fence bud­get of $601 bil­lion, which is more than the next seven high­est spend­ing coun­tries com­bined.

With 800 bases around the world, the US prob­a­bly has more for­eign mil­i­tary bases than any other peo­ple, na­tion or em­pire in his­tory.

It has 11 air­craft car­ri­ers that con­trol the seas.

Amer­ica also dom­i­nates the skies and has a fleet of drones that kill its pur­ported en­e­mies from the depths of Afghanistan to Ye­men and So­ma­lia.

With all the so­phis­ti­cated weapons, tech­nol­ogy and money, how could the most pow­er­ful mil­i­tary the world has seen, feel so threat­ened by the most pow­er­less of all peo­ple –Mus­lims?

The Mus­lim world has, to this day, not been able to make a sin­gle plane or tank and worse, al­most ev­ery one of them is ruled by a bru­tal pup­pet, killing their own Mus­lims at the be­hest of the West.

Jour­nal­ist Nick Turse wrote in Novem­ber 2015: “In re­cent years the US mil­i­tary has, in fact, de­vel­oped a re­mark­ably ex­ten­sive net­work of more than 60 out­posts and ac­cess points in Africa. “Some are cur­rently be­ing utilised, some are held in re­serve and some may be shut­tered.

“These bases, camps, com­pounds, port fa­cil­i­ties, fuel bunkers and other sites can be found in at least 34 coun­tries – more than 60% of the na­tions on the con­ti­nent – many of them cor­rupt, re­pres­sive states with poor hu­man rights records.”

With Trump’s vic­tory and Is­lam­o­pho­bic rant, he has made pub­lic what was pri­vate. The anti-Mus­lim/Mex­i­can/black racism, misog­yny in a coun­try that pon­tif­i­cates about women’s equal­ity, hu­man rights, re­spect for in­ter­na­tional law, sup­port for genocide, wars and weapons sales and the hypocrisy of democ­racy have all come out of the closet.

How can the most pow­er­ful mil­i­tary feel threat­ened by pow­er­less Mus­lims

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