Opinion – The Guardian view on President-Elect Donald Trump: a dark day for the world | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

I recommend this Guardian editorial. It argues that this is a political and cultural cataclysm that few believed would really happen. The conclusion is that it’s a bleak day for America, and for the pluralism and diversity the country has come to stand for.

The Guardian view on President-Elect Donald Trump: a dark day for the world | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

This liberal newspaper reflects on how Trump managed to win so convincingly and highlights possible winners and losers.

For me, the Guardian misses out on another important dimension, namely time. I suggest that there’s a need for longitudinal analysis over the Obama years.

Obama came to power with enormous promises, especially for black Americans. He inherented a broken financial system, following the financial crash of 2008, and unpopular wars in the fight against terrorism. His fine words often remained just scholarly – his eight years demonstrated a president who was ponderous and slow to action. He squandered his majority in Congress on the controversial Obamacare legislation. But eight years of Obama foreign policy is the most telling – Russia and China have gained geopolitical strength, piggybacking off Obama’s weakness. Traditional friends, like the UK, Israel and Saudi Arabia were abandoned. Obama’s weak foreign policy allowed Islamic power to gain strength.  Most importantly, those who voted for Obama felt abandoned as they reflected on his achievements for their families. And Clinton represented more Obama and importantly, she was flawed by privilege, wealth and open questions in the public’s minds.

Despite no political experience, Trump now has considerable political power. One is reminded that ‘the king is dead long live the king!’ The news is full of world leaders trying to befriend the next US president.

I hope that Trump picks a team for their experience and judgement not just their personal loyalty.

Thoughts?

Opinion – Analysis: The delicate dance in the Turkey/Cyprus/Israel triangle | i24news – John Gelmini

Turkey headed up by Erdogan, who is a long-standing sympathizer of the Muslim Brotherhood, is playing a very dangerous game. As Dr Alf will know, Erdogan is building himself a palace four-times the size of Versailles and probably sees himself as a Sultan running an enlarged Ottoman Empire. The radical Islamists that he and the Emirs appear to be sponsoring are even more dangerous.

For the sake of all of us, and particularly Cyprus and Israel, which are in the firing line, all these disparate factions need to be dealt with firmly and effectively. If they are not, we will see radical Islamists creating trouble in Southern Russia, China and the Far East, all of which will be the tinder from which a widened Middle-East conflict will spread.

Muslims in India have up to 8 children versus 3 to 4 for Hindus, so there is danger there as well.

English: Map showing the territories of the Ot...

English: Map showing the territories of the Ottoman Empire in 1914, including nominal and vassal territories. According to the information on the map in http://ottomanmilitary.devhub.com/ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What we are looking at is a modern version of the old Domino Theory which used to exercise the Americans a lot vis-a-vis Communism. This time, it is the prospect of all the Sunni Muslim factions throughout the globe, uniting under one Caliphate and then, through higher birthrates in host countries, effectively overwhelming the rest of us by sheer weight of numbers.

Dealing with this will involve a much firmer approach towards militant Islam. Laissez-Faire is a commendable thing when you are dealing with people who share your values, or those who are so powerful you have to have treaties with them. With rogue states, enemies who are small and insignificant and countries you can control the preferred approach must be firm, severe and precise.

With countries like Turkey, who appear to have ambiguous intentions, while pretending to be our friends, we must bring be ready to apply economic sanctions.

John Gelmini