23 September, 2019

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Observations On The Trump Triumph

By Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Sometimes the great writers get it right when all or most of the others fail to do so. They are not systematic thinkers and may be idiosyncratic in their views but they show an intuitive faculty that is uncommon. A famous example is that of D.H.Lawrence who went on a walking tour of Germany in the ‘twenties and was stunningly prescient about the eruption of the Nazis many years later. According to Harry T. Moore’s scholarly and scrupulously researched biography Lawrence, after a period of residence in the US, had declared that the Americans are “a dangerous people”. At that time, in the inter-war years, the US was isolationist and the Europeans seemed infinitely more dangerous than the Americans. But after the Second World War, with US intervention here there and everywhere leaving a trail of death and destruction, it was shown that Lawrence was spectacularly right. Now we have Donald Trump, an unguided missile equipped with a nuclear bomb.

According to a book by a member of the Monty Python Show, Hemingway – a lesser writer than Lawrence but assured of classic status – told a Cuban fisherman shortly before he left Cuba after the Revolution that the time would come when the whole world would turn against America. That was in the late ‘fifties and today the US is certainly a widely detested country. Trump may see to the consummation of Hemingway’s prophecy. Another American writer who was far above average, James Thurber, wrote in the ‘forties a great story satirizing the savagery underlying American civilization, The Greatest Man in the World. He was an aviator who accomplishes a stupendous feat, but the committee that was organizing a program to exhibit him all over America thought that would be impossible because he was so obviously a Neanderthal. At the end of the story he was pushed out of a high storey window in a pretended accident. Trump is a modern as a realtor of stupendous ability but he too is obviously a Neanderthal. Could his Presidency come to an abrupt, though not necessarily gory, end?donald-trump

The truth, as the preceding paragraphs suggest, is that Trump is as American as apple pie. That can be seen very clearly in his nostrums for the ills facing the US. There have been a vast number of analyses appearing all over the world about what Trump’s triumph signifies. Apparently there is a very broad consensus that those ills are due to the failure or shortcomings of neo-liberalism. Trump’s nostrums emphasize nationalism, racism, populism, and semi-isolationism, all of which can be seen as embedded in American political culture. For example, the populist Governor Huey Long inspired Robert Pen Warren’s best novel All the King’s Men, which in turn inspired two Hollywood films, one in the ‘fifties and the other more recently with Sean Penn in the lead role. As for American racism, I need not expatiate on it. There is a great deal to be said about American nationalism and semi-isolationism. Suffice it here to merely mention that American semi-isolationism lasted until the Second World War, except for a brief spell of a few years during the First World War.

However, populism and all that goes with it is not the only strand in American political culture. There is also far more importantly liberal democracy, animating which is a culture that was capable of producing two waves of great literature, the first in the nineteenth century and the second in the first half of the twentieth. Not every society under the sun is capable of that kind of cultural achievement. We have to bear in mind the duality to which I am pointing, between the populist and the liberal in American political culture, in trying to make out what political developments might ensue from Trump’s triumph. We must also bear in mind the fact that in American philosophy the trend regarded as the most characteristic has been pragmatism, shown in the writings of John Dewey, William James, and others. That pragmatism has been so important in America that it can be expected to pervade to a significant extent the whole of American politics regardless of the duality to which I have pointed. Consequently, although Trump’s populism looks neo-Fascist and parallels have been drawn with the neo-Fascism of Marie le Pen and others in Europe, it is doubtful that Trump will be able to take make the US neo-Fascist to the extent that might be possible in some European countries. The tradition of liberal democracy in the US is probably far too strong for that. Besides, Trump’s own pragmatism, which must have weighed in his spectacular success as a realtor, could count in moderating his extremism.

But we know that power tends to corrupt, and it could turn out that Trump starts behaving like an unguided missile. I believe that it is that possibility, not the inability to accept defeat as is popularly thought in Sri Lanka and elsewhere, which makes the pro-Hilary protest crowds surge in the American cities. Those crowds, I hold, attest to the maturity of American democracy. That should be clear if we bear in mind the contrast with what happened in Egypt after Morsi was elected President. He could not have succeeded without the support of the pro-democracy groups but he assumed that his Moslem Brotherhood support represented a national consensus entitling him to introduce a Constitution shaped by the Moslem Brotherhood ideology. As Egypt did not have an entrenched democracy the pro-democracy groups turned to the army with fateful consequences. In the US which has a well-entrenched democracy those who want to ensure that Trump does not go in a neo-Fascist direction have taken to the streets. Those surging crowds have behind them the consciousness that Clinton won the popular vote. The chances therefore are that if Trump behaves like an unguided missile he will be making his exit from politics – speaking figuratively of course – through a high storey window.

In conclusion I must declare that I approve of Trump in some ways. In particular, I find exhilarating his strong disapproval of the US’ excessive intervention in the external world, which promises a semi-isolationism, and – most exhilarating – the decline and fall of the American Empire. His position was clear when at the time of the abortive coup in Turkey some months ago he declared that Americans should not pontificate on human rights abuses elsewhere when their own record in that regard was so dismal, and he was admirably outspoken against the massive death and destruction wrought by American intervention in the Middle East. The message was clear that Americans should first and foremost mind their own business, and – as his own spectacular career exemplifies – America’s business is business. That amounts to a retreat into semi-isolationism.

I call it a semi-isolationism because America’s isolationism was always, right from the inception, imbricate with American imperialism. The Monroe Doctrine was explicit that the US would not interfere in the affairs of Europe and Europe should reciprocate by not interfering in the affairs of the US. That was the text, but there was implicit in it a sub-text, which was this: the US would not interfere in the affairs of Europe and its empires and Europe should reciprocate by not interfering in the affairs of the US and its empire in Latin America. That empire was the

consummation of the US’ first imperialist drive. It began with genocide against the Red Indians and thereafter into the annexation of more than half the original territory of Mexico. It’s a pity that the Mexicans did not have the means to build a wall to exclude the racist American imperialists. Thereafter the US went into semi-isolationism, with its neo-colonialism over the whole of Latin America, until after the Second World War when it began its second imperialist drive. It has raged over a great part of the third world, with terrible consequences for its peoples.

I therefore find the prospect of the decline and fall of the American Empire exhilarating. But our Tamil brethren will find it depressing. The reason is that if Trump is true to his word the US will stop playing the lead role in pushing Tamil interests through the UNHRC. The time is opportune for our Government to present the case for a solution to the ethnic problem to the Government in Washington. There can be no solution through ethno-based devolution. We therefore want to apply the American model of giving fair and equal treatment to the Tamils through a fully functioning democracy.

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    Trump is the “ugly American”, loud, vulgar, and full of himself. He is going to be a disaster for the US and the rest of the world. He has chosen as CIA director, Attorney General, and as National Security Agency head, 3 controversial men, who are anti Muslim and going to help Trump make America “white” again. The idiots who voted for Trump have no clue that they have voted for a very inexperienced and dangerous man. He has admitted to be a serial groper, has insulted everyone who stood in his way to the Presidency, and fact checkers find he lies 70 percent of the time. He has married 3 times, had many affairs, and is morally bankrupt.
    Americans wanted this.

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      “”He has admitted to be a serial groper, has insulted everyone who stood in his way to the Presidency, and fact checkers find he lies 70 percent of the time. He has married 3 times, had many affairs, and is morally bankrupt.
      Americans wanted this. “”
      Bengalis (Rohingya) Rakhine state, Manel you got your ambude in a twist.
      The world record for number of wives is held by a ole legged Muslim at Dubai 100 women- now that is official screwing permitted by the king.

      Only muslims live the life of sri lankan monkey- polygamy- Polygamy laws are some of the most controversial rulings throughout the world.
      In many western societies polygamy, also known as polyamory, has been outlawed for centuries, however in some parts of the world it is still practised.
      This map demonstrates just how many countries still allow polygamy (which is a marriage containing more than two people), and in which countries it is illegal but not criminalised.
      Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2015/06/22/where-exactly-is-polygamy-legal-5257418/#ixzz4QPi35Z00

      “”Trump is the “ugly American”, loud, vulgar, and full of himself. He is going to be a disaster for the US and the rest of the world. He has chosen as CIA director, Attorney General, and as National Security Agency head, 3 controversial men, who are anti Muslim and going to help Trump make America “white” again.””

      It’s been white country from the day of Christopher Columbus for over 500 years.
      Voted one of the 10 most intelligent men in the world Bombay boy Host of CNN-Fareed Zakaria has no problem living in the USA.

      The gay Arab Muslim student (20, Missouri)
      ‘My parents are horrified’
      As a gay muslim, the Republican Party has not been kind to me, to say the least. However the Democrats almost arrogantly expect me to hand my vote to them because of who I am, which insults me.

      I am a son of immigrants but we have always followed the law to the letter. Donald Trump’s discussion on immigration is extremely relevant. I even support the temporary ban on Muslims, even though I still have many law abiding family members in Syria who deserve the opportunity to come to the US and escape the horrors of the war. We don’t vet these people properly. To let them in willy nilly is ludicrous.

      Ironically enough, Trump may be the best thing for moderate average Muslims
      Trump will break the poisonous bonds that hold America and the cult state of Saudi Arabia. Clinton would never do that; she would continue supporting Saudi Arabia while bombing Islamic countries left and right.

      My parents are horrified at the thought of a Trump presidency. They say things like “Trump is going to round up all the Muslims and put them in camps.” For all his bombastic remarks, Trump will not attack innocent Muslim countries. Ironically enough, he may be the best thing for moderate average Muslims. He isn’t our enemy, he is the enemy of the globalist Wahhabi cult that has propagated mass violence and murder through out the world.
      ‘Not even my wife knows’: secret Donald Trump voters speak out.
      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/mar/03/secret-donald-trump-voters-speak-out

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        And then you get the types who cannot resist making an Islamaphobic comment and showing us how a racist can turn an article about the US elections into an attack on Muslims and their religion, showing total ignorance in matters they simply know nothing about.
        For a start America was NOT a “white country”, America was stolen by the White people from Native Indians, who were killed by the thousands, and their lands stolen.
        http://endgenocide.org/learn/past-genocides/native-americans/

        It is easy to spot naivety, Muslims are NOT going to be safe under Trump, in fact from the time Trump started his bid for the WH, the attacks on Muslims have increased.

        “WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. reported Monday that attacks against American Muslims surged last year, driving an overall increase in hate crime against all groups.

        The data, which is the most comprehensive look at hate crime nationwide, expanded on previous findings by researchers and outside monitors, who have noted an alarming rise in some types of crimes tied to the vitriol of this year’s presidential campaign and the aftermath of terrorist attacks at home and abroad since 2015.

        That trend appears to have spiked in just the last week, with civil rights groups and news organizations reporting dozens of verbal or physical assaults on minorities and others that appear to have been fueled by divisions over the election.

        In its report on Monday, the F.B.I. cataloged a total of 5,818 hate crimes in 2015 — a rise of about 6 percent over the previous year — including assaults, bombings, threats, and property destruction against minorities, women, gays and others.

        Attacks against Muslim Americans saw the biggest surge. There were 257 reports of assaults, attacks on mosques and other hate crimes against Muslims last year, a jump of about 67 percent over 2014. It was the highest total since 2001, when more than 480 attacks occurred in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.” The New York Times

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          “”And then you get the types who cannot resist making an Islamaphobic comment””
          Why like the sour grape socialist/illiberal don’t you say sexist, racist etc. -stupid cows.

          “For a start America was NOT a “white country”, America was stolen by the White people from Native Indians, “

          You do not need to tell us that we are well aware of it so the limit clearly given above.
          SL does not belong to sinhalese but Bharat.-

          Trump demands apology from ‘Hamilton’ after cast’s message to Pence.
          The cast of “Hamilton” delivered a message to Vice President-elect Mike Pence from stage after he watched the show at Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York on Nov. 18. Pence was booed by some audience members when he first walked in.

          The lost cases – drugs/vice/ human smugglers would get shot like deer in a park then they understand.
          what it is to be gentleman and live in a powerful nation.
          You read animal farm.
          you stupid sinhala/muslim
          https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2016/11/19/trump-demands-apology-from-hamilton-after-casts-message-to-pence/?pushid=breaking-news_1479552005&tid=notifi_push_breaking-news

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      Manel
      Hard to swallow isn’t it “Basket of deplorable” about 30 million (Trump got around 60milion) bloodied the noses of Political pundits, intellectuals, Hollywood elites, Obamas, serial womanizer Bubba (Bill) and his crooked wife Hillary, billionaire’s likes of George Soros, Oprah Winfrey, Sheryl Sandberg, Mike Bloomberg, Mark Cuban, Meg Whitman, Warren Buffett, Haim Saban, J.B. Pritzker Washington lobbyist, CNN, NBC, CNBC & plethora of US Fourth Estate.
      So the idiots won the day. Now it’s time winging,, Bitter high intellectual’s wall flowers likes of you, I presume you are on the top academia because you just categories 60 million American who voted for Trump as IDIOTS rediscover the word DEFEAT and get back in the cosy little rabbit hole for next for years.
      By the way I’m not a Trump supporter.
      Buffet, Oprah changed their stance since the election I’m sure you won’t because you are much more highly educated principled and way more successful Buffet or Oprah.

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        Facts.
        The admiration for a man whose only experience is selling real estate, steaks, and who just settled a 25 million just now because his so called university scammed thousands of people, is obvious.
        Those who voted for Trump are short sighted, lack judgement, and want “change”, and change they will get. There were idiots who voted for Bush, and then got wars based on lies, economy in shambles, and people dying because of false intelligence. This administration is going to be WORSE. He has surrounded himself with demagogues, whose policies are for a white nationalist nation – already Asians, blacks, Hispanics, Muslims and Jews are targets of hate crimes, the racist scum have taken the cue from the man they voted for and are turning against everything non white. The non whites who voted for this man thinking his administration will take care of their interests, have to think twice again.
        Clinton has her own baggage but would have been the lesser of the two evils, and we would not have this. Yes we should thank the idiots who voted for Trump for this:

        “Police are investigating a wave of alleged hate crimes against Muslims, Hispanic Americans, black people, ethnic minorities and the LGBT community in the wake of the US election.

        Attackers professing support for Donald Trump have been accused of numerous attacks in the 24 hours following his shock victory, including death threats, physical assaults and racist graffiti.”

        http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/donald-trump-president-supporters-attack-muslims-hijab-hispanics-lgbt-hate-crime-wave-us-election-a7410166.html

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          Manel
          Still don’t get it do you.People you put in the basket of IDIOTS out of them more blacks, Hispanics,Married women and single women voted for Trump do a fact check. In case of the peace full majority of Muslim’s how many believe in Sharia? do another fact check while you at it check out who carried out the attack & massacre in St Bernadine & LGBT night club Orlando US. Oh sorry Republican Radical Islamist Jihadist Trump supporters to be blamed. And while you fact checking KKK do the same with Black Panther’s and Muslim extremist groups. You got one thing right word demagogues one definition of the word in case you are confused”(in ancient Greece and Rome) a leader or orator who espoused the cause of the common people”. Which is what Trump did?

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            M fonseka is [Edited out]

            When trying to make sense of all of Trump’s past comments and contradictions “you shouldn’t take him literally, but definitely take him seriously.”
            Watched him on The Apprentice USA.

            BBC-Trump election: Jeff Sessions picked for top law job;as attorney general 18th nov.
            Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke previously praised Mr Trump for his appointment of Stephen Bannon as chief White House adviser. But Mr Trump has poured scorn on the KKK and Mr Duke, describing him as “a bad person”.

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            You must be getting all your information from the ultra right conservatives who spew the same nonsense. This has nothing to do with Muslims, the people who voted for Trump were voting against the system, and they have absolutely no judgement. Who in their right mind would normally vote for a serial groper, liar, who played out people at his university and just settled paying them 24 million, someone who has been caught lying again and again on tape? People who are angry that they have no jobs, and those brainwashed into thinking minorities and immigrants should go home and leave them their white nation. Get real. Sharia law has nothing to do with it. Trumps policies are mostly for the rich and white people, the poor and the brown skins are going to get really disappointed when they find out he simply scammed them like he did at his university. He is morally bankrupt. He was caught on tape bragging how he attacked women (all in his own words).
            Trumps supporters are a basket of deplorable, just look at who is picking for his administration all racists who have a history of making racist statements.

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              Manel
              Just in case you didn’t get it Basket of deplorable won Period.
              My finale comment on Trump’s win
              TRUMP WON Period.
              CLINTON’S,OBAMA’S,LIBERAL’S, Hollywood ELITE’S, Big MONEY lost. stop crying in your soup bowl its getting salty.
              Get over it asap otherwise next four years been in a depression, sobbing and been bitter is going to take the hell out of.

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                Be careful what you wish for, Trump will not last four years, too many business conflicts, inexperienced administration, and hearts filled with hatred that will cause conflict and mayhem. His policies are like George Bush’s, which will result in the rich will getting richer. Hard to read the signs eh? Bush won too,( twice), voted by the same deplorables, but look where he took the country, economically bankrupt, wars which costs trillions. Trump is going to be a disaster, sit back and enjoy the ride. Strange how these Sri Lankans are supporting this reality show jackass, despite knowing how morally corrupt he is. Ignorance is bliss…..

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        Len,

        I was neither for Hilary or Trump although, admittedly, I was of the view there will be less turmoil with a Hilary victory. That was before the Republicans won a majority in both the House and Senate.

        But there is little doubt, Trump in the style of bogus political promises we see in these parts, conned his way through. He has already flip-flopped on the Wall, Immigration issues – even he was sworn in. He will soon eat his words on his shocking remarks on US-NATO, Japan-Korea
        defence ties (notably expenses) He will have his nose rubbed on the China-Mexican economic deals. He will fail in producing the jobs he promised to US Steel miners, Coal miners et al. If Hilary was called a liar on the e-mail issue, wait until the world sees Trump drop his pants on many cons. In about an year urban America will hit the streets dwarfing the anti-Vietnam demos of the 70s. I am no doomsday predictor but the American voter is not the kind that can be fooled wholesale like on the rice-from-the-moon or I-alone-defeated-the-LTTE cons where cheats fooled the Sinhala masses and took over governments here.

        Noam Chomsky is not wrong. 2017-2018 are likely to be the most turbulent years for the entire world – post-WW2. The name Trump will be remembered in history in as endearing terms as Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Pol Pot and others of the same ilk. The US$, in all probability, will lose its pre-eminence.

        Backlash

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      Manel,

      You have got it right. You can ignore these trolls who write under several aliases.

      Some SL people look at everything through the prism of how the US presidency will affect Sinhala-Tamil issues, erroneously assuming that Tamils for Hillary is an influential group and she would be supporting Tamils in everything. So, many Sinhalese hardliners like Trump. And some Indian/pro-Indian Hindu hardliners see Trump as helping India fight Pakistan.

      Strangely, Trump and those close to him would deride these same supporters as ‘house nxxxxrs.’ Trump hates African-American women unless they are some playboy-playmate types.

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        Go to the pansala like your god Wiggie and the SL army will do the rest.
        Neither the Tamils nor Sinhalese can be trusted.

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        I agree with you. For some irrational reason, there are strong opinions that Hillary is for the Tamils, which is by itself a joke – Hillary has no time for a zero percentage of people who do not make a dent in the votes casted, and who had no logical use for her political ambitions. This is all a baseless theory used by some deliberately to cause friction here. As if Sri Lankans matters in the grand scheme of American things, there are far bigger fish to fry, and we are merely sprats. :))

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    For goodness sake, cannot this man Izeth Hussain write an article without inflicting an unnecessary jibe at the Tamils? Here he is supposed to be writing an article on the triumph of Donald Trump in the recent American Presidential Elections. Then, what is the need to make Tamils feel bad by the provocative and unnecessary statement “..our Tamil brethren will find it depressing” Who and when did any Tamil express that feeling to this established anti-Tamil pretender-philosopher?

    It is equally unfortunate he should, characteristically, discharge his inexhaustible verbal diarrhea by the uncalled for remark “I find the prospect of the decline and fall of the American Empire exhilarating” I do not think most Lankans will subscribe to this mischievous wish. The Americans have been our friends for long and have helped us in many a field – and still continue to do so. Our talented students and professionals, from the different communities, are desperately trying to secure positions in the job market there and also to get to respected schools of higher learning in the US. They certainly will not share the toxic thoughts of this deranged man wishing America ill. The USA is not in “decline” if you read the declarations of NATO leaders that gathered in Germany this week to honour President Obama.

    However, the world is in a state close to a recession for sometime. The USA, in fact, has been the leader in averting it – seen by the strength of the US Dollar in a world in near financial disarray. But, of course, we know many Islamic countries in the world wish otherwise as they have for a long time – while furtively investing heavily in the USA and pretending to be America’s friends. But the world is all too well aware of this two-faced culture. Donald Trump and team more so.

    I am personally aware of many decent Muslim families here from upwards the middle-class are desperately trying to emigrate to North America to avoid the depressing climate here- created against the community by rabid Sinhala extremists. Izeth H is in no way helping their cause through his irresponsible and unbecoming attitude.

    Backlash

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      Backlash

      I agree. Trump has said vulgar things about the Muslims during his campaign. He said will not allow any Muslims in to the country.

      Our friend Muslim Izeth chose to completely ignore it

      I hope he doesn’t write Part II to clarify his Part1

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        In 1971, when Sirimavo’s safety was in jeopardy, Shanmugam was the one protected her.

        In 2014, when Aluthgama was attacked Indiran was the one took the pain.

        In 2016 When Fashion Bug was burning Mano Ganesan took the interest to visit in the mid of the night. Sure he is going to take it to parliament and demand for arrest if that is sabotage.

        Trump has not taken the job yet. When he start to give pressure to Yahapalanaya arrest all ISIS and send them to America, Izeth will stand in front line that time, I guess.

        This guy is a lazy, driveling, clown writes only lousy things. Thinks cheap of Tamils.

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        At least he did not behave like Jaffna Tamils suicide bombings or Muslims beheading innocent people or like the Sinhalese killing all and sundry with the assistance of Obama Hussein.

        For fear America and Iraq have taken him seriously once he made the statement to CNN on November 2015. Aren’t the Iraqis fighting to regain at present?

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          But did he behave like Vijay Veera living in the jungle with girls and killing the villages?

          I think no, in’t it?

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            you may live down under as an immigrant in a box not to understand the essence of western culture.

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      BackLash

      For goodness sake, cannot this man Izeth Hussain write an article without inflicting an unnecessary jibe at the Tamils

      How about Tamils raping girl children and women from low castes. Even Sinhale North has that. It is very common in Tamilnadu.

      Is that bothering you ?

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        Jim,
        “”How about Tamils raping girl children and women from low castes. Even Sinhale North has that. It is very common in Tamilnadu.””

        neither Sinhalese or Tamils are wanted at India and that includes Tamil Nadu.
        They will die with Sinhalese as it is tradition like the elephant.

        Or better still the 2 of you go to Royinga land Bangaldesh because your DNA 28% and theirs 21%

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    I hope Trump will force Saudi Arabia and other oil rich countries of vast land expanse to open up their borders to Muslim minorities from other countries.

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      I agree. Saudi Arabia is one of the key instigators, and have backed many of the Sunni extremists, and they have even embraced the zionists, who with the US, supply weapons to them, to bomb the poor people in Yemen. Despite the holiest of Mosques in their nation, they cannot find the kindness nor compassion to open the doors to the endless refugees that have resulted because of these wars. They are also playing proxy wars against Iran, and the results are thousands of civilians being killed, injured, and refugees. Because of Saudi and the zionists, there is much turmoil in the region. Apart from a couple of Arab nations, the rest do not seem interested in their fellow Muslims who are suffering as refugees.

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    Izeth Hussein

    You say “Sometimes the great writers get it right when all or most of the others fail to do so.” And you say “Trump is as American as apple pie”.

    The moment I heard Trump’s victory, I was reminded of two feature articles of one Dr Kamal Wickremasinghe on the Island Midweek Review (18 October) titles “A bonfire of democracy lights up America’s silly season” and on 25 October titled “A bonfire of democracy lights up America’s silly season”. To my knowledge, this writer was the only one in SL media to predict a Trump victory. Your reference to “Apple Pie” suggested to me that you were referring to the same articles.

    It is notable that more regular commentators, columnists and other busybodies couldn’t get this right.

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      I was taken aback more by Hussein’s opening remark that “Sometimes the great writers get it right when all or most of the others fail to do so. They are not systematic thinkers and may be idiosyncratic in their views…”

      That statement looks like the stupidest left-handed compliment ever. How can one be a ‘great writer’ without being a ‘systematic thinker’?

      Lets put it down to senescence, shall we?
      Religion matters.

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      Whether ever some writers get it right or not, Izeth never get it right to write anything useful. He is exaggerating the importance of something worthless to praise. That is how he earn his peeny for his bread.

      In an election people vote.

      To know that beforehand There are two ways
      1). Lankawe’s Horoscope readers who timed the last 2015 election. Sometimes that can go right too, like Izeth writings.
      2). polls. That can go wrong like the Hillary’s victory. The best chance of most accurate polling coming out in the November, 8th election is from American media who conducts its, not from a biased media in Lankawe.

      Sometimes Somebody write something out of their hateness against somebody. This guy dies hard to find out those filths and honor them to substantiate for his convoluted theories. There is nothing serious in that type of predictions to ruminate.

      Now the pollers know people can be not outspoken. They may have to compensate for it in the future.

      If it is about a sexually transmitted deiase in a third world country, there is nothing to surprise people hiding it. Strange is Americans have behaved like a third country and have been backward to express their political opinion openly.

      Everybody may get at least something right one days, but Izeth never anything.

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    I started reading your article expecting you to be prejudiced by the Trump’s stand on restricting refugees from countries with ISIS sympathizers. I was pleasantly surprised by your analysis, free of prejudice and appreciating the policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of countries. I dread to think of the fate of Sri Lanka under a Hillary Clinton administration. Her policy was implementing the agendas of her special interest groups, which included the extremist wing of the Tamil Diaspora.

    I look forward to an end to the inquisition of Sri Lanka at the UNHRC sessions by the war criminals of western nations that destroyed a resurgent Middle East by their regime change tactics using jihadists. I expect a period of détente among the major powers, with less expenditure on troops.

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    I have much respect for Manel – a regular, intelligent and welcome commentator. I understand her disappointment with Donald Trump. I am no fan of Trump. Who is? But the American people have spoken. The Republicans have won both the House and the Senate convincingly. Even if Clinton had won, with the Congress against her, she/Democrats could not have governed easily. Gridlock would have been the order of the day.
    America wanted a change after two terms under Democrat Obama. The excesses of Islamic terrorism all over the world – particularly aimed at the Western world – was bothering the psyche of the American – both White and Black. The mindset of voters in Germany, France and Britain overflowed into the USA.

    I believe Manel is a former Leftist. It is almost natural for her to dislike the American Right – with their chequered history. The US Press was very unfair by Trump. I was surprised at the manner in which the main networks were trying to set up one candidate against the other.

    Realising the enormity of his potential trouble Trump tries to unite the Republicans. Hence his hand of friendship to Ryan, Romney and others – totally opposed to him until a fortnight ago. His overture to the Russians and Putin is refreshingly welcome. This is one of his more mature political moves. The influence and counsel of senior Republicans like Kissinger will help Trump considerably.

    The quarrel (“knife fight”, if you like) between Trump and the powerful US media has not begun. With the many contradictions in his strange and novice type of politics it is unlikely Trump will last two years. In the interim his foolishness will shake the USA and the world. The talk of his possible impeachment is already public knowledge.

    Backlash

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      you never take Trump literally but seriously- if you have watched The Apprentice or read why T. May and Boris had sugary things to say after having spoken ill. you would understand why the international media and Soros have their hair on fire.
      You too live in the UK but you are not aware the UK needs USA trade which is 50%.
      Any request to Trump has to be in few words he does not believe in stories which no one reads but pretends to have.

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        “”I have much respect for Manel – a regular, intelligent and welcome commentator.””
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      Thank you for that. I am one of billions around the world who find it unbelievable that many Americans watched a reality show host, with absolutely no political experience, insult his way to the White House, and that many voted for a self confessed womanizer, who conned students in his university and was found to be lying up to 70 percent. It boggles the mind. Yes, the media did play a HUGE part in setting one against the other, sensationalizing the news, and going for ratings, but they gave Trump the biggest coverage over his fellow Republicans during the primaries, giving him free publicity, and when they covered him during the campaign, it was all Trump with his own words, insults, and actions. All they had to do was show his tweets, play his insults, attack the Hispanics and Muslims, attack anyone who stood up to him the most disgusting names, so unbecoming for a gentleman and Presidential wannabe, and the American voters could see him in all his glory. It seems the American voters had a very low standards for a leader. Even his own Republican party distanced themselves from him, and some refused to endorse or vote for him. The people around the world do not realize that any turmoil in the US will have far reaching effects around the world, and think he is some entertainment. Ignorance is bliss.

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    “”The quarrel (“knife fight”, if you like) between Trump and the powerful US media has not begun. With the many contradictions in his strange and novice type of politics it is unlikely Trump will last two years. In the interim his foolishness will shake the USA and the world. The talk of his possible impeachment is already public knowledge.””

    you are hearing voices.Neither the New York Times or Washington Post (both Dem) say it.But they fear the media is going to be squeezed to play fair or be prosecuted with the constitutional amendment due on 21st January.

    Thank god Boris made a mess criticising Trump on 3 occasions after winning Brexit. The labour leaning Tamils will never get a solution for the next 8 years. Jaffna Tamils never know how to retain a golden goose they are all thick headed like Prabhakaran. Rev Ganasara of BJP with the support of Indian Dalits will do the rest I suppose so. Have a nice day stupid puli padde.

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    Stupid woman gods second mistake- George Bernard Shaw.

    The best news during the last stages of election came from Julian Assange therefore Trump made great progress and won that landslide 2/3.

    hopefully he would be out February next.

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    Secretary Kerry had released his Financial statement showing 580 million spent on Lankawe, Nigeria and Burma. Well wasted money is the one spent on building democratic constitution in Lankawe. It is as obstinate as Izeth for lent to heed for any correction.

    He outed Old King out of Temple Tree house. Then he spent the money on Lankawe. Dinesh has predicted an army takeover after this expenses. He might be basing his speculation on having some privileged information. Apparently Secretary Kerry couldn’t put his money on that direction. So when he leaves, Denish prediction can become true.

    We had explained to him that Sinhala Mahajan could not be able to select a proper leader because Tamils are there. If their hatredness towards Tamils is not there they will not do this mistake for 70 years, time and again. So only way to build democracy in Lankawe is separating Tamils from them. In that case, they will see the black as black and white as white. They can be educated by spending money on them to recognize their unscrupulous politicians. Secretary Kerry refused to take this simple talk and devised a complicated methods to seat the UNP, who in fact is the one took the first step to kill the democracy by disenfranchising the Tamil voters. This time his money would have been well spent if had paid that money to Somaly pirated to find a jobs, instead spending it on UNP.

    Anyway long live Secretary Kerry, for his achievements after Secretary Condoleezza Rice.

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    Izeth Hussain = Sri Lankan- Donald duck Trump, Racist.

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