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Donald Trump has exposed the hypocrisy on both sides of the Israel-Palestine conflict

The conflict will be solved by a discussion of sovereignty, not one of moral right or wrong.

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Although in the Israel-Palestine debate, Donald Trump has said explicitly that he is an ally of Israel, he may be one of the most important figures to shine a light on the hypocrisy of those on the centre left/liberal left of both sides of the issue.

Donald Trump has exposed the inherent flaws in liberal geo-political ideology which has adherents among supports of Israel and supporters of Palestine.

One of the most defining elements of traditional conservatism is the subscription to the idea that domestically, it is a government’s right to regulate the moral wellbeing of a nation.

However, when it comes to international affairs, conservatives tend to not make moral judgements on the actions, culture, religion or policies of foreign states. Many rightly draw the line at support for a regime committing war crimes, but in the age of alternative facts, even this is up for debate.

Putin’s Russia is a perfect example of a conservative state inside and out. Internally, the Russian government is committed to preserving the Russian language, Russian culture and the Russian Orthodox Church. This is done not at the expense of the ethnic and religious minorities of Russia but at the expense of liberal globalists who have virtually no sustainable support among the Russian people.

Yet on an international level Russia has good relations with Communist China, the Iranian theocracy, the majority Hindu India, increasingly with Muslim Pakistan, neo-Ottoman Turkey (to a surprisingly large degree) and most interestingly with the leaders of both Israel and Palestine. Russia does not pass judgement on these places nor does it seek to change them, Russia deals with them pragmatically.

Donald Trump as a traditional conservative in the US context, has exposed how pro-Palestinian ideologues as well as pro-Israeli moral ideologues have done more to prolong conflict than to ease tensions in one of the most turbulent parts of a turbulent Middle East.

The problem with a great deal of the debates on Israel-Palestine is the moral component. The Palestinian moralists say that Israel commits atrocities against Palestinians including but not limited to military attacks, policing tactics that employ violence and intimidation and a deadly blockage of Gaza.

Likewise, pro-Israeli moralist point out Palestinian rocket attacks, suicide bombings and the events surrounding the Intifadas as Palestinian atrocities.

The problem here is that no one can ever create a global quorum in such a moral debate. Such things are only possible in a pragmatic debate and that itself is difficult enough given the structure of the UN Security Council. The hypocrisy of it all is that as with most moral debates, one labels the side one is instinctively sympathetic to as morally superior. Such an argument can no more be won than a revelation can arise from preaching to one’s own choir.

Moral objectivity is possible, but it is increasingly impossible in geo-politics. It ought not to even be attempted when pragmatic solutions are able to more rapidly and in reality more justly solve such conflicts.

The fact is that one can run one’s own nation however one likes. One can put walls on legally recognised borders, one can control immigration however one wants, one can establish a national church, one can establish state atheism.

The pragmatic problem in the Israel-Palestine conflict is one of sovereignty. If the entire area was settled as Israel, Israel could legally build border walls with all her Arab neighbours and have Judaism as the official recognised religion with no other having any official status.

Inversely, if the entire region was Palestine, leftist Palestinian groups could form an Arab socialist Republic or perhaps Hamas could form something resembling a Muslim Brotherhood style Sunni theocracy.

The question therefore is only one of sovereignty. Moral debates are important and moral atrocities anywhere in the world are of course a tragedy. But these debates rarely solve problems and politics is nothing else if not the art of problem solving. Wars over borders are often inevitable, but wars over ideology are preventable if a conservative political will exists.

Donald Trump seems to support Israel on the basis that it is a UN recognised state and for him, it means Israel can do more or less what it wants. Iran by contrast recognises a Palestinian state and wants it to be established and recognised by the UN. Then Iran too will say that Palestine can do whatever it wants.

Like Trump, the Iranian leadership speak in colourful tones but ultimately act pragmatically. Trump has done this as a man and I believe he will do it as President, so long as the neo-cons and Democrats do not subvert him.

In this sense, Donald Trump gives me hope. Whether there are two states living peacefully side by side or one state that is at peace with itself and all its citizens irrespective of background or belief, the issue can only be solved by addressing the issue of sovereignty rather than morality.

My personal view is that it would be impractical to say that immigrants to the region since 1948 must be kicked out, but it would be equally wrong to allow the theft of Palestine to become normalised.

Far from an exotic solution, it is the solution that ended apartheid in South Africa. I am not saying modern South Africa is perfect, it is far from perfect in more ways than one, but it is a problem that South Africans and no one else will have to ultimately deal with.

Such a solution is  increasingly possible, though still probably a long way off. Donald Trump’s unwillingness to act as a power broker and his insistence that both sides must negotiate a peace deal directly, may prove to be a catalyst for positive movement on the issue.  Trump has effectively washed his hands of the issue and given America’s record in the region, this is a positive development.

When in the future the issue is solved, it will neither be up to Washington nor Tehran nor anyone else when it comes to what future Israelis and future Palestinians do with their state or states. They will both have the sovereign right to do whatever they want, just as America and Iran do today.

The road to war is paved in ideology, the road to peace, however difficult is paved in pragmatism.

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US media suffers panic attack after Mueller fails to deliver on much-anticipated Trump indictment

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”

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Important pundits and news networks have served up an impressive display of denials, evasions and on-air strokes after learning that Robert Mueller has ended his probe without issuing a single collusion-related indictment.

The Special Counsel delivered his final report to Attorney General William Barr for review on Friday, with the Justice Department confirming that there will be no further indictments related to the probe. The news dealt a devastating blow to the sensational prophesies of journalists, analysts and entire news networks, who for nearly two years reported ad nauseam that President Donald Trump and his inner circle were just days away from being carted off to prison for conspiring with the Kremlin to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Showing true integrity, journalists and television anchors took to Twitter and the airwaves on Friday night to acknowledge that the media severely misreported Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, as well as what Mueller’s probe was likely to find. They are, after all, true professionals.

“How could they let Trump off the hook?” an inconsolable Chris Matthews asked NBC reporter Ken Dilanian during a segment on CNN’s ‘Hardball’.

Dilanian tried to comfort the CNN host with some of his signature NBC punditry.

“My only conclusion is that the president transmitted to Mueller that he would take the Fifth. He would never talk to him and therefore, Mueller decided it wasn’t worth the subpoena fight,” he expertly mused.

Actually, there were several Serious Journalists who used their unsurpassed analytical abilities to conjure up a reason why Mueller didn’t throw the book at Trump, even though the president is clearly a Putin puppet.

“It’s certainly possible that Trump may emerge from this better than many anticipated. However! Consensus has been that Mueller would follow DOJ rules and not indict a sitting president. I.e. it’s also possible his report could be very bad for Trump, despite ‘no more indictments,'” concluded Mark Follman, national affairs editor at Mother Jones, who presumably, and very sadly, was not being facetious.

Revered news organs were quick to artfully modify their expectations regarding Mueller’s findings.

“What is collusion and why is Robert Mueller unlikely to mention it in his report on Trump and Russia?” a Newsweek headline asked following Friday’s tragic announcement.

Three months earlier, Newsweek had meticulously documented all the terrible “collusion” committed by Donald Trump and his inner circle.

But perhaps the most sobering reactions to the no-indictment news came from those who seemed completely unfazed by the fact that Mueller’s investigation, aimed at uncovering a criminal conspiracy between Trump and the Kremlin, ended without digging up a single case of “collusion.”

The denials, evasions and bizarre hot takes are made even more poignant by the fact that just days ago, there was still serious talk about Trump’s entire family being hauled off to prison.

“You can’t blame MSNBC viewers for being confused. They largely kept dissenters from their Trump/Russia spy tale off the air for 2 years. As recently as 2 weeks ago, they had @JohnBrennan strongly suggesting Mueller would indict Trump family members on collusion as his last act,” journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted.

While the Mueller report has yet to be released to the public, the lack of indictments makes it clear that whatever was found, nothing came close to the vast criminal conspiracy alleged by virtually the entire American media establishment.

“You have been lied to for 2 years by the MSM. No Russian collusion by Trump or anyone else. Who lied? Head of the CIA, NSA,FBI,DOJ, every pundit every anchor. All lies,” wrote conservative activist Chuck Woolery.

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom was more blunt, but said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”

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Canadian Lawmaker Accuses Trudeau Of Being A “Fake Feminist” (Video)

Rempel segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career

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Canada’s feminist-in-chief Justin Trudeau wants to support and empower women…but his support stops at the point where said women start creating problems for his political agenda.

That was the criticism levied against the prime minister on Friday by a conservative lawmaker, who took the PM to task for “muzzling strong, principled women” during a debate in the House of Commons.

“He asked for strong women, and this is what they look like!” said conservative MP Michelle Rempel, referring to the former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, who has accused Trudeau and his cronies of pushing her out of the cabinet after she refused to grant a deferred prosecution agreement to a Quebec-based engineering firm.

She then accused Trudeau of being a “fake feminist”.

“That’s not what a feminist looks like…Every day that he refuses to allow the attorney general to testify and tell her story is another day he’s a fake feminist!”

Trudeau was so taken aback by Rempel’s tirade, that he apparently forgot which language he should respond in.

But Rempel wasn’t finished. She then segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career. This from a man who once objected to the continued use of the word “mankind” (suggesting we use “peoplekind” instead).

The conservative opposition then tried to summon Wilson-Raybould to appear before the Commons for another hearing (during her last appearance, she shared her account of how the PM and employees in the PM’s office and privy council barraged her with demands that she quash the government’s pursuit of SNC-Lavalin over charges that the firm bribed Libyan government officials). Wilson-Raybould left the Trudeau cabinet after she was abruptly moved to a different ministerial post – a move that was widely seen as a demotion.

Trudeau has acknowledged that he put in a good word on the firm’s behalf with Wilson-Raybould, but insists that he always maintained the final decision on the case was hers and hers alone.

Fortunately for Canadians who agree with Rempel, it’s very possible that Trudeau – who has so far resisted calls to resign – won’t be in power much longer, as the scandal has cost Trudeau’s liberals the lead in the polls for the October election.

 

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Why Joe May be Courting Stacey

Joe Biden has a history on compulsory integration dating back to the 1970s that Sen. Jesse Helms called “enlightened.”

Patrick J. Buchanan

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Of 895 slots in the freshman class of Stuyvesant High in New York City, seven were offered this year to black students, down from 10 last year and 13 the year before.

In the freshman class of 803 at The Bronx High School of Science, 12 students are black, down from last year’s 25.

Of 303 students admitted to Staten Island Technical High School, one is African-American.

According to The New York Times, similar patterns of admission apply at the other five most elite high schools in the city.

Whites and Asians are 30 percent of middle school students, but 83 percent of the freshman at Bronx High School of Science, 88 percent at Staten Island Technical and 90 percent at Stuyvesant.

What do these numbers tell us?

They reveal the racial composition of the cohort of scientists and technicians who will lead America in the 21st century. And they tell us which races will not be well represented in that vanguard.

They identify a fault line that runs through the Democratic Party, separating leftists who believe in equality of results for all races and ethnic groups, and those who believe in a meritocracy.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has expressed anger and frustration at the under-representation of blacks and Hispanics in the elite schools. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature have ignored his pleas to change the way students are admitted.

Currently, the same test, of English and math, is given to middle school applicants. And admission to the elite eight is offered to those who get the highest scores.

Moreover, Asians, not whites, are predominant.

Though 15 percent of all middle school students, Asians make up two-thirds of the student body at Stuyvesant, with 80 times as many slots as their African-American classmates.

The egalitarian wing of the Democratic Party sees this as inherently unjust. And what gives this issue national import are these factors:

First, the recent scandal where rich parents paid huge bribes to criminal consultants to get their kids into elite colleges, by falsifying records of athletic achievement and cheating on Scholastic Aptitude Tests, has caused a wave of populist resentment.

Second, Harvard is being sued for systemic reverse racism, as black and Hispanic students are admitted with test scores hundreds of points below those that would disqualify Asians and whites.

Third, Joe Biden has a history on compulsory integration dating back to the 1970s that Sen. Jesse Helms called “enlightened.”

Here are Biden’s quotes, unearthed by The Washington Post, that reflect his beliefs about forced busing for racial balance in public schools:

“The new integration plans being offered are really just quota systems to assure a certain number of blacks, Chicanos, or whatever in each school. That, to me, is the most racist concept you can come up with.

“What it says is, ‘In order for your child with curly black hair, brown eyes, and dark skin to be able to learn anything, he needs to sit next to my blond-haired, blue-eyed son.’ That’s racist!

“Who the hell do we think we are, that the only way a black man or woman can learn is if they rub shoulders with my white child?

“I am philosophically opposed to quota systems. They insure mediocrity.”

That was 44 years ago. While those views were the thinking of many Democrats, and perhaps of most Americans, in the mid-’70s, they will be problematic in the 2020 primaries, where African-Americans could be decisive in the contests that follow Iowa and New Hampshire.

Biden knows that just as Bernie Sanders, another white male, fell short in crucial South Carolina because of a lack of support among black voters, he, too, has a problem with that most loyal element in the Democratic coalition.

In 1991, Biden failed to rise to the defense of Anita Hill when she charged future Justice Clarence Thomas with sexual harassment. In the Senate Judiciary Committee, he was a law-and-order champion responsible for tough anti-crime legislation that is now regarded as discriminatory.

And he has a record on busing for racial balance that made him a de facto ally of Louise Day Hicks of the Boston busing case fame.

How, with a record like this, does Biden inoculate himself against attacks by rival candidates, especially candidates of color, in his run for the nomination?

One way would be to signal to his party that he has grown, he has changed, and his 2020 running mate will be a person of color. Perhaps he’ll run with a woman of color such as Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the 2018 governor’s race in Georgia.

An ancillary benefit would be that Abrams on the ticket would help him carry Georgia, a state Donald Trump probably cannot lose and win re-election.

Wrote Axios this morning:

“Close advisers to former Vice President Joe Biden are debating the idea of packaging his presidential campaign announcement with a pledge to choose Stacey Abrams as his vice president.”


Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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