Peace In Our Time

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Privately people have been whispering about this and finally someone of note has spoken out on the topic.

The future British king Prince Charles, in a speech to a Jewish fund-raising organization, said: “The work of World Jewish Relief enables us to rally together, to do what we can to support people practically, emotionally and spiritually – particularly at a time when the horrific lessons of the last war seem to be in increasing danger of being forgotten.”

At last, someone has said it. U.S. President Donald Trump is putting the world in a very dangerous situation … both politically and economically.

The world is coming out of the worst recession since the Great Depression and so many people are economically disadvantaged. That makes them angry. NATO is under threat from the Trump administration. Europe is disintegrating meaning that without NATO and eventually the European Union, Germany will have to rearm.


Video above: Neville Chamberlain’s infamous speech.


Under Trump, the U.S. is abandoning its world policeman role so China will expand its interests. Japan will have to rearm.

Many in the U.S. feel disenfranchised and the democratic system has not worked because of the Electoral College. That infuriates the losers in the recent election. Meanwhile the victors are recklessly throwing their weight around.

Trade has been a cause of many a war. The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour because the U.S. ended oil shipments to a warring Japan. The Japanese believed they’d be fighting the Americans sooner or later … why not cripple their fleet in a Pacific war when they had a chance.

The U.S. will build a wall along the Mexican border. Relations are so bad between former friends that the Mexican president refused to meet Trump. That’s a big diplomatic slap. That said, Trump won’t care.

Here in Ottawa, Canada has said it will accept the refugees the U.S. is refusing. This won’t go unnoticed in the new Washington. They don’t like the popular Liberal who runs the neighbour to the north. Meanwhile nervous Canadians are saying our good relationship will protect us from the United States. When will a Liberal cabinet minister step out of a plane waving a piece of paper saying: “Peace in our time”?

Don’t worry … our time is coming.

China won’t take the imposition of a 30-per-cent trade barrier with the U.S. sitting down. They own much of the U.S. debt. They could drop the value of the yuan a day after the U.S. imposed the trade barrier. The Canadian dollar on the open market would fall if Trump imposes trade barriers with Canada. Trade barriers with both China, Canada and Mexico would be negated by the drop in those countries’ currencies. The U.S. won’t like that. It will respond in ways unknown.

As well, the United States is turning Muslims into scapegoats and the rise of racism south of the border will continue. The most powerful nation in the world is divided. The U.S. was the glue that held the world together. Now it doesn’t want to. It can’t hold itself together. Old hatreds are likely to arise outside the U.S.

China won’t just play an economic card in a trade war with the U.S. They’ll put pressure on the South China Sea, on Japan, on South Korea and with a bad-tempered U.S. president, who knows how he will respond?

The Russians might move on Ukraine, former Soviet republics and eastern Europe with a weakened U.S. Any rise in tensions in the Balkans or the Middle East will involve Russia.

We live in very dangerous times. One can only hope that American legislators can find a way to impeach Trump on some past misbehavior, which shouldn’t be hard to find, and save the world from this lying, irrational man.

A lot is riding on the good hearts of America and the checks and balances of the U.S. political system.

We hope both won’t let the world down.

 


 

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4 thoughts on “Peace In Our Time

  1. Thanks for this, Ken. A very good summing up of the situation.

    Let’s hope that Prince Charles’ words will be the first of many that will call out the dangers we face. People are so busy tippy-toeing around for fear of offending the Carrot Caligula and that’s where he draws his power. Appeasement rarely works other than as a delaying tactic – the bully gets his way in the end.

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  2. Many,many years ago I read about the insane plan that was behind the eyes of Charles Manson – it was call “Helter Skelter”.

    When I was in high school I did a book report on Mein Kampf. I also did a report on 1984, the Animal Farm , and Lord of the Flies.

    I’ve read several pieces about Kim Jong-Un.

    The Donald has scared the hell out of me since the week before their election when I told my wife that this guy is actually going to win.

    It may be that someone south of the border has the same reading list but, he read them as tutorials.

    I might suggest that The Shoes of the Fisherman theme is the only thing that can stop this madness,

    Find a picture of Manson and look into those eyes; now look into Mr. T. eyes.

    Helter Skelter

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  3. First I think one should stop or cut back on watching CNN.

    They are in the panic business. They are also virulently anti-Trump. They were called the Clinton News Network for a reason.

    Yes there is much to worry about. Some of it brought on by poor governance. It has been known for many years that the trade deals, outsourcing and automation would bring job loss. The U.S. government chose to look the other way. The people spoke but the elites didn’t listen. Deplorables don’t count. At least until they vote. I think Trump’s arrival can be traced back to poor governance in the U.S. Note Clinton got votes on both coasts but the “flyover country” went solidly Trump.

    At the end of the Cold War a deal was struck with Gorbachev that NATO would never advance to the border with Russia. That agreement was broken. NATO lost its mission and like any bureaucracy it created a new mission to keep alive. It brought in many of the eastern European states that were part of the Russians security buffer. It is this move that bothers Putin. Interestingly the Western press doesn’t report on this. (rumour has it that the military industrial complex didn’t mind the NATO expansion, after all business is business) What’s good for the military-industrial complex may not be good for the people or for peace.

    Yes there is great change and great uncertainty. My advice to our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is that in the face of uncertainty watch and wait. No kudos for dissing Trump. He is the president. He has great power. And NAFTA is in play. Our prime minister has been impulsive and shown lack of judgment in the past. Best thing now is watch and wait for openings where Canadian interests can be advanced.

    Trump may be a bully but Canada is woefully unprepared to take him on.

    Sorry for the lengthy comment but the topic merits more, much more open discussion.

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    1. Robert:

      First, a person does not need to watch CNN or FOX for that matter to get the gist of what is going on.

      I do watch BBC and CBC. I also read newspapers from England, India, Australia, Vancouver, PEI, Argentina, Germany, France, Florida , Texas, New York, and New Zealand. And, let me not forget Toronto and Ottawa. (I used to read one coming out of Turkey but, it is now Erdoganized)

      Nobody needs CNN to see that there are some boorish people occupying spaces in the White House. Boorish people will always act like, you know what, boors.

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