“The pithiest summary of Donald Trump’s foreign policy comes from the president himself. Referring to the mayhem he has uncorked in Syria, he tweeted: “I hope they all do great, we are 7,000 miles away!” Mr. Trump imagines he can abandon an ally in a dangerous region without serious consequences for the United States. He is wrong. The betrayal of the Kurds will lead friends and foes to doubt Mr. Trump’s America. That is something both America and the world should lament . . .
“Mr. Trump campaigned on bringing troops home. He has argued that America must rid itself of ‘endless wars.’ When he says Russia, Iran and Turkey can deal with the mess in Syria, many of his voters will agree. After almost two decades at war, they have tired of America’s acting as the world’s policeman. Some Democrats would like to pull troops out of the Middle East, too, including Elizabeth Warren, a leading contender to replace Mr. Trump.” (“Who can trust Trump’s America?” – The Economist, 10/19)
TURKEY MAY GO THE WAY OF VENEZUELA
Turkish citizens are wildly optimistic about the invasion of Syria that began Oct. 9. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s decision finds broad support within Turkey, including from all the major opposition parties except the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party. The incursion is understood domestically not only as a measure to protect the country from the Kurdish forces Mr. Erdoğan calls “terrorists,” but also to affirm Turkey’s status as a power; Ankara no longer must bow to the wishes of Washington, Berlin or Moscow.
Then there’s the pessimistic view, the one I share. The invasion damages Turkey internationally: Western and Arab governments have condemned the military operation, as have the Russian, Iranian, Indian and Chinese governments. Volkswagen paused a planned investment in Turkey, and other companies may follow suit. Congress is weighing economic sanctions. Italy, France and Germany have suspended arms sales. Tensions are heightening between Turks and Kurds in Germany, and will likely rise within Turkey as well. (“Turkey may go the way of Venezuela,” Daniel Pipes from the Wall Sreet Journal, 10/24)
The Canadian election has been held and leaves Justin Trudeau in charge, albeit with a minority government. He will now have to negotiate with other parties to keep himself in power. The following is an item from before the election.
In a Friday, October 11, 2019, sermon that was uploaded to the Muslim Youth Victoria YouTube channel, Canadian Sheikh Younus Kathrada reminded his audience that who they vote for in the upcoming Canadian elections, if they decide to vote, will be recorded by the two angels on their shoulders and that Allah will ask them on Judgment Day why they voted for “filthy non-Muslims” who approve of homosexuality. Sheikh Kathrada said that all of the candidates are “evil and filthy” people who support the Zionists against Islam and who do not have Muslims’ best interests in mind. He added that this is consistent with the Quranic statement that the Jews and the Christians will never be pleased with the Muslims. (MEMRI 10/16)
DRAGHI BOWS OUT AT ECB WITH WARNING ON EUROZONE WEAKNESS
Mario Draghi blames slowing global economy, Brexit uncertainty and recession fears in Germany
Speaking in Frankfurt after his final ECB policy meeting before stepping down, Draghi said the ECB was concerned that the economy of the 19-member currency bloc, which has slowed this year along with much of the global economy, faced “protracted weakness” going into 2020.
With consumer and business confidence low and trade with the US hit by Donald Trump’s latest raft of import tariffs, risks were all “to the downside,” said the Italian economist, who will be succeeded on 1 November by former International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde.
German companies were the worst affected, with employment in Europe’s largest economy falling for the first time in six years according to a closely watched business survey. After 14 months of falling new orders from abroad and a steep drop in sales across the manufacturing sector in October, the German economy’s slide to the brink of recession appeared to be continuing unabated. (Guardian * 24 Oct 2019)
TO THE POINT
- The search for the perfect impeachable offense against President Trump is reminiscent of overzealous prosecutors who target the defendant first and then search for the crime with which to charge him. Or to paraphrase the former head of the Soviet secret police to Stalin: show me the man and I will find you the crime. (“Impeachers searching for new crimes,” Adam Dershowitz, Gatestone, 10/24)
- If, according to Hamas, Turkey has the right to protect its border, why does Israel not have the same right? (“Why Hamas supports Erdogan’s War,” Gatestone, 10/22)
- With only a few days to go until Brexit, scheduled for October 31st, it seems doubtful it can go ahead. The British parliament has made it virtually impossible for Boris Johnson to leave. The EU, however, is clearly growing tired of this and has granted an extension of undetermined length (to be decided next week). Clearly, this is the last extension they will grant. EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker described the whole Brexit process as “a waste of time and energy.” What has become clear through the whole Brexit process is that the EU is in charge and Britain plays the subservient role. This is Britain’s national humiliation. It is also clear that it is impossible to negotiate a deal with the EU, as the former Greek finance minister warned, as they won’t budge an inch. Donald Trump should remember this when negotiations begin for a new trade deal with Europe – it’s their way or no way!
- The deaths of 39 people in a lorry (truck) just outside of London shows that people traffickers are still very active. The people found inside were Orientals. Only one has been identified, a young lady from Vietnam who was a human rights activist. She had texted her mother from inside the truck saying she was finding it hard to breathe. The Chinese government is blaming the British for this. In one way, this is correct. If Britain’s welfare system was not so generous, many people would be less inclined to go there. An immediate solution that would improve the situation would be to deny welfare and healthcare to immigrants unless they have worked there for five years. It’s an unlikely solution as neither branch of government (healthcare is government controlled) is set up to manage such a system. So expect more people smugglers. And, realize, for every truck found, there’s probably 20 or 30 get through and unload their passengers with no problems. Revelation 18:13 warned that the end-time economic system would see a great trade in human beings: “The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thy wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men.” (NKJV)
- Human trafficking is now the world’s biggest trade, and is far more profitable than drugs. People pay approximately 30,000 pounds ($39,000) to be “smuggled” from China through Belgium to England. One other thing needs to be said: these people cross at least a dozen countries to get to England. Anti-Brexit propaganda says the British economy will collapse when the UK exits the EU. Obviously, these people have far more confidence in the future of the British economy that the Remainers have!
Had a great time in the Dells. My wife has a pain in her right leg (which has just been diagnosed as a Baker’s cyst), making it very difficult to walk. And I’ve had the flu since we got back.