OPINION  BY  NEIL  MACDONALD  COMING  UP——


MY  OPINION——THE  WESTERN  WORLD  SHOULD  HAVE  HAD  NOTHING  TO  DO  WITH  SAUDI  ARABIA  FOR  DECADES;  WE  SHOULD  NOT  HAVE  BOUGHT  FROM  THEM  OR  SOLD  TO  THEM—— THEY  HAVE  STOOD  FOR  A  LIFE-STYLE  AND  WOMEN’S  RIGHT  THAT  HAVE  BEEN  COMPLETELY  OPPOPSED  TO  THE  WESTERN  WAY  OF  LIVING;  AND  THE  TRUE  GOD’S  WAY  OF  LIVING.  WE  SHOULD  HAVE TURNED  OUR  BACK  ON  THEM  MANY  DECADES  AGO…….ONE  HUGE  MASSIVE BOOOO  for  SAUDI  ARABIA


BUT  PRESIDENT  TRUMP  ON  HE  GOES  NOT  WANTING  TO  ROCK  THE  BOAT  VERY  MUCH,  NOT  WILLING  TO  STOP   ALL  THE ARMS  SALES  FROM  USA  GOING  TO  SAUDI  ARABIA—— BOOOO FOR WEAK-KNEED  SHOOT  FROM  THE  LIP  BEFORE  HE  GETS  HIS  MIND  IN  GEAR—— TRUMP — HE  MISSED  HIS  CALLING,  SHOULD  HAVE  BEEN  A  STREET  FIGHTER  TO  BACK  UP  SOME  WILD  CRAZY  MINDSET  HE’S  ALWAYS  BLURTING  OUT  AND  INSULTING  PEOPLE—— YA  A  GREAT  EXAMPLE  OF  “CHRISTIANITY”  HE  TRIES  TO  SHOW,  BUT  IT’S  LAUGHABLE  IF  IT  WAS  NOT  SO  A   SERIOUS   MATTER  -  PERTHETIC  AND     A         DISGRACE.


ON  CLIMATE  CHANGE  HE  IS  A  DUNCE  AND  SURE  AIN’T  GOING  TO  SPEND  MUCH  MONEY  ON  PROMOTING  GREEN  ENERGY WHEN  HE  CAN  CONTINIUE  TO  BUILD  BILLION  DOLLOR  MOTELS,  HOTELS, WHICH  THE  SAIDI  RICH  GUYS  BUY  A  CHUNK  OF  OR  RENT  FROM  HIM.  Keith Hunt



Lose your illusions. It's an ugly, dystopian world: Neil Macdonald

People my age grew up believing the world, led by the West, was becoming more progressive. It wasn't and isn't

Neil Macdonald · CBC News · Posted: Oct 16, 2018 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: October 16


Donald Trump, who professes great affection for the crown prince and his family, has said just about nothing about the presumed murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi other than to remark, after speaking with Mohammed bin Salman, that it might have been "rogue killers." (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

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A few thoughts on the Republic of Dystopia, our southern neighbour, and the Kingdom of Draconia, Canada's most violent and temperamental weapons customer.


A second man credibly accused of sexual misconduct now sits on the Supreme Court of the United States. The story is over, and Americans quickly moved on. As they do.

Ultimately, all Christine Blasey Ford — the woman who alleged Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her back in high school — received for her rather courageous decision to testify on live television was cruel ridicule from her savage, braying president, and guffaws from the simple-minded flying monkeys he commands at his rallies.


Her testimony never had a chance of changing anything, as she herself acknowledged early in the process. Anyone who thinks the outcome could have been different should take a moment and read a NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll taken late last month. It received far too little attention.


According to a recent poll, more than half of Republicans and significant factions of Democrats and independents were keen to see Kavanaugh confirmed even if Ford's accusation was proven true. (Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)


Marist pollsters asked approximately 1,000 men and women voters whether, "if the charge of sexual assault during a party in high school by Christine Blasey Ford against Brett Kavanaugh is true, do you think Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed …?"


Fifty-four per cent of Republicans, 12 per cent of Democrats, and 31 per cent of independents said yes.


Think about that a moment. More than half the Republicans and significant factions of Democrats and independents were keen to see Kavanaugh confirmed even if Ford's accusation was proven true. Put more bluntly, they would have been happy seeing a rapist (or attempted rapist) seated on the court. If Ford had shown up with video of the assault she says Kavanaugh inflicted on her back in his prep school days, it would have made no difference to them.


It's a stunning statistic, until you remember that millions of Americans voted for President Donald Trump, who was caught bragging on tape about committing sexual assault, and who stands accused by around 20 women.

Social justice advocates would say it's all got to do with the emboldenment of white male rage against loss of entitlement, and there's no doubt that motivation exists. There's a reason Trump portrays the #MeToo movement as a barrage of life-ruining false accusations against men.



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But it's more than that. White women broke for Trump in 2016, and significant numbers of white women, with and without college educations, would have seated Kavanaugh even after seeing hard evidence of guilt, the Marist poll suggests.


As, too, would have almost half of the respondents who identified as white Evangelical Christians. Because, you know, better an anti-abortion sexual predator than a liberal baby murderer.


[AND  ASK  YOURSELF  YOU  FUNDAMENTAL  CHRISTIANS;  WHAT  HAS  TRUMP  DONE  ABOUT  “ABORTION  ON  DEMAND”  OR  “SAME  SEX  MARRIAGE”?  YA  A  LOT  OF  YOU  WILL  SAY,  WAIT  HE’S  GOT  6  YEARS  TO  WORK  ON  THOSE  TROUBLES,  IF  HE  GETS  A  SECOND  TERM.  AND  WHILE  YOUR  THINKING  HOW  ABOUT  A  “CHRISTIAN” IN  QUOTES  PRESIDENT,  HOW  ABOUT  OBSERVING  THE  4TH  COMMANDMENT—— YEP  YOU  GOT IT,  THE  WEEKLY  SABBATH  DAY;  BUT  THEN  AGAIN  RELATIVELY  FEW,  WHO  CALL  THEMSELVES  “CHRISTIAN”  TAKE  ANY  NOTICE  OF  THE  4TH  COMMANDMENT;  SO  MUCH  FOR  A  SO-CALLED  “CHRISTIANITY”  AND  A  “CHRISTIAN”  PRESIDENT;  IT  ALL  JUST  AIN’T  CHRISTIAN  AT  ALL,  NO  WHERE  CLOSE  -  Keith Hunt]


And then there's the motivation often planted by right-wing commentators under stories on news websites. They're basically for anything they think will "make liberals' heads explode." And their hero is the chief exploder. Thanks to them, Trump was able to wave off his own piggish admissions as "locker room talk." Had there been tape of Kavanaugh assaulting Ford, it would no doubt have been accepted as wacky locker room hijinks.


It's increasingly apparent Trump represents Americans better than any of his predecessors. I'm willing to bet his fellow Dystopians will elect him to a second term.


Execution of Jamal Khashoggi


But sexual assault isn't the only crime met with a shrug from the highest echelons of the United States. Cold-blooded murder is fine, too, as long as the perpetrators are willing to buy American.


It's becoming pretty clear that the crazed princeling of Draconia, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, likely dispatched a 15-man assassination squad with a bone saw to slaughter and carve up the bothersome expat journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who visited the theocracy's embassy in Turkey last month for marriage-related documents. There may actually be a recording of the execution; Turkish intelligence, the regime in Ankara is suggesting to journalists, has a copy.

Khashoggi was an American resident and wrote for the Washington Post, among other outlets, criticizing the Saudi regime.


Such criticism clearly drives Prince Mohammed nuts, as Canada discovered last summer, when he decreed a series of sanctions against Canada in reply to a relatively mild expression of concern by our foreign affairs minister about his family's human rights record.


Very alarmed to learn that Samar Badawi, Raif Badawi’s sister, has been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia. Canada stands together with the Badawi family in this difficult time, and we continue to strongly call for the release of both Raif and Samar Badawi.


As it turns out, U.S. intelligence agents intercepted Saudi discussions about abducting Khashoggi, but reportedly said nothing, just as Donald Trump, who professes great affection for the crown prince and his family, has said just about nothing, other than to remark, after speaking with the Saudi king, that it might have been "rogue killers," and to assure reporters the Saudi monarch "flatly denies" executing Khashoggi, in much the same way as Trump rushed to accept President Vladimir Putin's flat denial that Russia meddled in the 2016 American election.


(To be fair to Trump, the United States has a history of generosity and offering the benefit of doubt where the Saudis are concerned . Remember, the U.S. government, even as it rounded up thousands of innocent Muslims living on American soil in the days after the 9/11 attacks, and contemplated attacking Iraq in retaliation, allowed the family of Osama Bin Laden — who actually directed the team of mostly Saudi extremists who carried out the attacks — to fly back to sanctuary in Saudi within days of the attack as the Twin Towers lay in smoking ruins).


After speaking with the Saudi king, Trump said that it might have been "rogue killers" who murdered Khashoggi. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images, Getty Images)


Should the United States curtail shipment of American weapons to the Saudis — weapons that the Saudis then use to slaughter civilians wholesale in Yemen?


Absolutely not, says Trump, at whose hotels the Saudis spend lavishly. Besides, Khashoggi wasn't an American citizen, he adds. No doubt the White House is trying to figure out some way to blame all this on Iran.


But it's not Iran, it's America's closest Arab pals. The same bunch Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland surely wants to flatter back into a fond relationship here. Canada sells the Saudis billions in weapons systems too, after all, and we need those medical residents Mohammed bin Salman threatened to yank from our underfunded hospitals.

People my age grew up believing the world, led by the West, was becoming ever more progressive. It wasn't, and it isn't. All it took was one ambitious real estate huckster to dispel the illusion.

This column is part of CBC's Opinion section. For more information about this section, please read this editor's blog and our FAQ.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Neil Macdonald

Opinion Columnist


Neil Macdonald is an opinion columnist for CBC News, based in Ottawa. Prior to that he was the CBC's Washington correspondent for 12 years, and before that he spent five years reporting from the Middle East. He also had a previous career in newspapers, and speaks English and French fluently, and some Arabic.

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