Steve Bannon promised to support US president Trump after he had resigned from the White House. He went back to Breitbart and now we are told, that Breitbart has been very critical of the latest descisions of the US president and some of his staff. I do not see any controversy here. A critical newsmedia should be critical even about the political leader they otherwise support. Otherwise it stops being critical and becomes just a form of propaganda for the politician. This is a positive sign.

The US president Donald Trump made a comment about the intended demolition of the statue of Confederate general Lee. He defended the statue and asked wich statues are the next to be tumbled. I agree with him. Pulling down statues, even those of people whose values we no longer share is a bit barbaric.

Of course, if a dictator has littered the landscape with enormous statues of himself or symbols of regressive and oppressive regime all over, it is only natural that when such a dictatorship falls, the people vent some of their anger on those statues and that a good number of them do not need to be in the open any more.

I do not think we should hide our past by taking down old statues, even if they represent ideals we no longer share. History should not be re-written as such, but rather that some of those statues should stand in order to remind us how we have been wrong once.

Now, in the US, it seems to me as an outsider, the problem is actually not so much the taking down of such a statue, or pulling the rug over history, as it is the crowd that came to protest the statue being taken down. People organized into paramilitant groups toting automatic guns and waving the Swasticas and the Confederate flags. These people were not there to protest against the cultural barbarism of pulling down an historical monument, but to demonstrate that they dare still openly hold racist values. I guess, it is these groups, and their audacity to publicly demonstrate their ultra-conservative extremist right-wing values really existing, why such a statue as the one representing general Lee was decided to take down at the first place. To make a gesture, that the US society no longer finds racism, or slavery as values to support, or even to flirt with. The fact that there was a counter protest finally made the gestrure. So in order to defend the statue, these right-wing extremists actually made the gesture bigger. It would have been even bigger if the US president had taken a firm stand against the neo-nazies. But he wavored. I guess he felt he had to accomodate for some of his most scared and angry voters.

Now poor president Trump is in dire straits with this. He has pulled much of his most loyal support from such extremist groups and even more from large amounts of individuals who may not be members of any of these groups, but symphatize with them, and share their concern of the world changing around them. Many of his supporters may not be open racists, but feel anguished about being monitored by demands of political correctness and not really knowing how to behave, when their former inhereted values no longer seem to be seen as valid by the ever changing society around them. Having a cultural heritage of already a bit old fashioned set of values, that as so many ancient cultural traditions are more based on arbitrary authoritarian dictates, than the ability to reason what is actually good and what is poor behaviour, these people have elected a president who seems to fit the picture of an authoritarian, white, strong, conservative male, who in addition speaks in simple phrases, rather than using complex political jargon. The thing is, that one of the many misconceptions of these sorts of voters of the president, is that they think they represent the majority and that the not only have the democratic majority, but the right of might of the majority and indeed even the right of might of their god, who no doubt agrees with them about all the moral issues. Yet, that is not how reality works and this means they are in for a nasty ride in the future and that they may get even more desperate, if this president fails to provide them the imaginary golden age of the past, they think existed when they were kids.

What options does president Trump have? He tries to provide a picture where he has not abandoned this large support group of ignorant and possibly desperate people. He has the advantage, that they often are limited in their cognitive abilities to analyze reality, so he – knowing his own crowd – may be able to numb them down with his message, that the “other side” was just as much to blame as the right-wing conservative extremists who demonstrated waving open the flags of Nazi-regime and those of the slave-owning Confederate magnates. The main question is what other side? Should we not stand against nazies? What follows, if we do not? I truly hope, that not even president Trump would really want that as in his own family there are people who would be among the first victims of such extremist right-wing conservatives would reach the sort of authoritarian absolute political power they expect him to weild, now that he is the elected president.

Ultimately, just as the ultra-conservatively motivated right-wing extremist Islamist terrorist is good at igniting the fear and hatred of the ultra-conservatively motivated Western right-wing extremist to demands of segregation and even violence (wich I might add is the goal of the Islamist terrorist), both are good at slowly waking up the great majority of the modern people, who just want to live their lives in peace, that at least some of the values they may share with these conservatively motivated right-wing extremists may indeed be bunk.

It may be slow progress, that no longer do we need to only argue with religious conservatives, that there are atheists even among conservatives, that liberal values like freedom of speech is defended as a conservative value, while it has not been that for a very long period of time, and in most extremely conservative and authoritarian cultures it is not valued even today and that some regressive extremist conservative political movements are infact led by women, but I call it progress never the less. Now there are even homosexual advocates of the right-wing conservative extremist values. Women and homosexuals have thus emancipated within the conservative culture up to a point even though opposing such emancipation used to be and still is, so very centrall to so many extremist conservatives of the right-wing tradition. Now, even a political leader who obviously is trying to fill in the leadership model of an authoritarian strong-man such as Donald Trump is critizised by his own supporters, like the Breitbart, who otherwise have had a tendency to spout out all manner of authoritarian propaganda in his defence. The world is turning and it changes. Let us hope it changes fast enough in comparrison to how fast we are detereorating it around us.

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The US has dropped one of their MOAB (Money Obviously Aimlessly Bust) bombs into Afghanishtan. The purpose of the operation was to attack the ISIS fighters there. Now they report, that the bomb killed 36 ISIS fighters. What was the point of this exercise? To test the bomb in practice? Or really just to kill meager three dozen ISIS fighters?

It is really hard to tell what the actual purpose was. Was it to send a message, that the new president elect, Donald Duck, (the businessman and gameshowhost – yes you can all by now recognize his orange hued beak) is determined to continue the so called “War On Terror”? Perhaps, it sent that message.

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I find the incident tragicomic as now the prize for one killed ISIS fighter has gone up to something like 436 111 dollars a head, and that is only counting the price for the actual bomb, not the cost of the operation itself of actually transporting and dropping it. I came to this conclusion through a simple calculation. As the bomb itself costs some 157 000 000 dollars, wich can easily be calculated from the reported price of 20 such bombs is along the lines of 314 000 000 dollars. If that sounds costly, you can just guess what the development costs for this MOAB (Mad Ominous Antics Booby) were. This is, naturally, for what the US taxpayer wanted their money to be spent on. Is it not?

The bomb is extremely powerfull. There is no doubt about it. I am told it is actually so heavy, that it can not be delivered to the target by other means than a Hercules C-130 transport plane. In practice, this means the weapon is useless against any conventional army with actual air defence. Hence, it seems to be a weapon designed precisely for the so called “War On Terror”. To kill the “Unlawfull Combatants” of the terrorist organizations. In effect, armed civillians. It is difficult to fathom, that even the most expensive military in the world would see such a weaponsystem as even remotely cost effective. But apparently, when people are scared enough, there is no cost they are not ready to lay down to feel safe again. Or is there?

It is incredible to me, that the astronomical sums of money spent on such a powerfull, yet obviously innefective, weapon can be justified by a country, that at the same time struggless to provide decent care for the often economically and psychologically challenged combat veterans, not to mention a universal healthcare, or even proper school system, that would not fail their citizens to an amount where so many go through public school thinking the world is only 6000 years old, that global flood in an old storybook is actually true, not to mention, that some of them do not even learn to read and write. How sad is this?

It is a vicious circle. The uneducated masses are easily scared of the terrorist, or what ever other, more or less imaginary threat, as a result they produce a mockery of democracy by voting ridiculous candidates, that hand out taxmoney to feed the greed of the very richest, and buy innefective weaponsystems to make the general uneducated masses feel safer. But they do not feel safe. Do they? They do not even trust their own police to keep the peace, instead they want guns for their own protection. These guns do not really keep them safe from anything, as very few of them have proper, or even any training in their use, but serve more as talismans to make them feel safe. At the same time the easy access to guns causes all sorts of terror, damage and deaths. That in turn make the people even more fearfull. It is not the “land of the brave”, but the land of the scared.

What I would want to know, is how they calculated the death toll of the ISIS fighters. They may have had a reconnaissance group on the ground near the target area. Or at least quite near, as the weapon causes a massive air blast, the friendly soldiers can not have been very close. Especially not in any helicopters. They may even have been the group that pointed the target for the bombing. Even so, how are the dead bodies hit by the bomb counted to be members of the ISIS forces? They certainly do not wear any ISIS uniforms and in Afghanishtan many civillians carry guns, not much unlike in the US, I am told. Did the blast not cause disfiguration of the bodies? It being an airblast bomb, this may be true, as it is not based on the shrapnell or fire effect as so many of the more conventional bombs. Still, to come to such an exact number on the dead enemies, someone has to have gone into the area of the bombing pretty soon after the bomb, that is, before anyone else, like survivors, might remove any of the bodies, and they must have some unimaginable method to recognize the ISIS fighters from any other dead bodies.

In any case, we do not really know, if the bomb killed anybody, or was the number 36 just pulled out of the hat of some officer, who wanted the operation to look like a some sort of success. Now the politicians in Washington may claim, that it was a success, and that the bomb consting something like 157 000 000 dollars was not dropped in just for the laughs of it. There is no indipendent source, that could verify this death toll, or that the killed, if there were any, were actually of the ISIS. It really does not even matter, because the price of the bomb, makes even 36 fallen enemies, that is, if we could actually verify that the number is accurate, or that there were any fallen enemies and no civillians, would make the operation grotesque and ridiculous.

What we do know, is that the bomb scared the Afghan civillians in the area and many of them felt they had to escape, in case there would be more. Some even thought it was an earthquake. Will there be more? I guess, if killing 36 ISIS fighters was worth, 157 000 000 dollars and more, then killing the rest of the hundreds of ISIS fighters in Afghanishtan must be worth the same and the US can drop all of these 20 bombs there. If they decide to do so, and drop the remaining bombs and expecting that 36 is some sort of average number of enemy killed, they may achieve destroying something like 720 ISIS fighters in return for 314 000 000 dollars of the taxpayers money and then they need to order some more such bombs, as there are some 1500 ISIS fighters according to the government of Afghanishtan estimation in their country alone at the moment. What else would they do with these bombs? Such bombs seem useless in any other situation and as I already may have pointed out, rather innefective even in this situation.

To be honest, this is not surprizing at all. The US military budget is growing ever more, though they allready pay more for their military than the rest of us combined. Many of their weaponsystems are very expensive in comparrison to their reliability or effectiveness and it seems ANY sums spent on the military can be spent almost without any complaints from the voters.

 

Apparently, President Trump expressed his admiration to President Putin, in a Fox News interview by Bill O’Reilly. To wich somewhat awstruck Mr. O’Reilly replied, that he views Putin as a sort of murderer. President Trump defended President Putin by pointing out, that the US is not totally alien to similar methods of violence. This roused a form of denialism in many more or less patriotic US citizens. For example, Michael McFaul a former ambassador to Moscow, now a professor at Stanford University said in public, that: “Mr. President, our soldiers dont carpet bomb cities. We dont assassinate government critics.”

Yet, in defence of President Trump, I have to point out that the Professor and former diplomat McFaul is incredibly ignorant of the reality in the world, even though I commend him for his conviction to ethics as such. The US is not at all known for not carpet bombing cities. Ask the dead in Dresden, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Tokyo, Pjongjang, or a number of other cities and rural areas (because people who get carpet bombed in their homes in the countryside are just as dead as the ones who got carpet bombed in a city). Neither is the US especially admired around the globe for not assasinating their political opponents. If this comes as a news flash to you, please find out about President Allende, Ernesto “Che”Guevara, or any of the victims – killed, assasinated, murdered or tortured – of regressive governments around the globe the US has supported and keeps supporting, unless the people have not overthrown them. This support is freely given to governments, that in return the help to exploit their own nations for the benefit of “US interrests”. Well, that is US based corporate capitalists. Not unlike the owners of companies like Halliburton, wich was heavily involved in the previous Republican government.

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Russian soldiers do not engage in assasinations of government critics, than the US soldiers do. Both of these empires have mercenary forces for anything, that might come as a bit of a problem, if these actions were ever to rise to general public awareness. And the ridiculous thing is, that everybody knows this, exept for some reason this professor from Stanford University.

Bill O’Reilly may, or may not be shocked by what President Trump said, but he is actually just reaping what he himself and his “news” channel have been sowing – a climate of ignorance, fear, anger and hatered and an admiration of regressive, conservative, hard line authoritarianism, capitalist greed, tribal moralism and resolving problems through violence. Those are the “traditional” values O’Reilly, Trump, Putin, Al Assad, the ISIS, Al Qaida and so many other “strong” authoritarian demagogues and leaders have shared throughout history. Why? To satisfy their own hollow and meaningless lives they have offered millions of people to the warmachine and murder. What have they given to us other than suffering? War, famon and pestilence are their allies.

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President Obama got the Nobel peace prize quite unexpectedly. That is, I was surpriced. Why, he has not yet been in office for even a year, and seems to have actually done wery little for peace. The Nobel prize comittee also stated that the american president has spoken openly about the climate change.

What has president Obama actually achieved? For the climate change he has done absolutely nothing, but of course in comparrison to his predecessor it is a lot to even admit, that there is a climate change going on and that something could be done about it. Also in comparisson to mr. Bush, he has decided to draw the american forces from Iraq. It still remains to be seen if this will actually lead to any peace. It is not like it would, in any way, repay the Iraqi people the terrible amount of loss of life and property that the american invasion caused. At the same time president Obama is actually ready to increase the troops in Afghanistan.

Wether president Obama increases troops in Afghanistan or not, that war has allready been lost. Only people who can win a civil war in Afghanishtan are afghans. Only iraqi people can win the civil war in Iraq. This is the nature of civil war. Foreign troops may cause a certain side to win this kind of war, but in the end they will not win it. If foreigners are seen as a separate party in a civil war they are in fact invaders, and will end up to be hated by the populace.  They may however loose in such a war. Like the US troops have now lost in Iraq. Like they lost in Vietnam and like they will loose in Afghanistan. No doubt powerfull multinational corporates that rule the United States of America will win in these conflicts. They will sell armaments, oil and other energy sources, but the american tax payer will loose. He will pay for the armament because the invaded country is too poor. The american tax payer seems always be loosing. What will he get for his taxmoney? More weapons and military operations in foreign countries he cannot even place on the world map? Is Obama about to change this? At least he is trying to offer some of the taxmoney back to the people by trying to get the government to pay the health insurance of the wery poorest of people. For they are taxpayers also. Their liberty to live in the streets and slums is not being threatened by muslim extrimists somwhere on the other side of world, so they may expect to get their taxmoney back as free healthcare.

Of course the biggest loosers are allways the poor people living in the conflict areas. Do not mistake your rulers to be looking out for your benefit you, average citizen. The time of the national states is over, and the true rulers of the world are the wery richest of people whose busines knows no nationalities, exept when national feelings are easy way to rouse public opinion to give “casus belli”.

One of the reasons for president Obama to be given this prize is that he has given a promise of hope. That politics actually stand for the will of the majority of people in the so called democrasies, and not the benefit of the wery few richest. It remains to be seen wether or not he will be able to free himself from the leash of the unseen hand of the multinational corporate world. Or if it ever was his goal at all.

Maybe this prize will put pressure on an american president to finally act for peace and not for war, but maybe, just maybe there are other people working for peace (and against the climate change) who could have had more use for the money included in the actual prize.