Aung San Suu Kyi: A Travesty of Democracy, Justice, and Human Rights

Let’s get one thing straight: there’s only one Nelson Mandela (Madiba) – every other one is a counterfeit. Still, many people have placed Aung San Suu Kyi on a pedestal alongside the likes of Nelson Mandela. As a matter of fact, she’s often called Nelson Mandela of Myanmar. Truth be told Nelson Mandela is Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi is Aung San Suu Kyi, you can’t compare death to sleep.

Suu Kyi’s role in fighting for the restoration of democracy in Myanmar launched her into being an iconic figure deified in the West and the rest of world, and as such, she eventually won a Nobel Peace prize award in 1991. She won the Nobel peace prize because she pushed for democracy in a once authoritarian country which is a noble act and highly commendable. As someone who has spent almost three decades of their life under authoritarian regimes, I can personally tell you that the worst democratic government is better than the best of any military regime.

The question is, does democracy equal peace or better yet, is democracy synonymous with peace? Does the mere absence of conflict mean peace? I will leave this for another post!

The question of democracy aside, there are some striking similarities between Nelson Mandela and Suu Kyi:

  • They both fought for the restoration of humanity for the people – Mandela fought to terminate the apartheid regime in South Africa while Suu Kyi civilianized Myanmar government from military dictatorship.
  • Madiba and Aung San Suu Kyi were both imprisoned for 27 years and 15 years respectively.
  • They both won the Nobel Peace Prize, 1991 and 1993 respectively
  • They both went from prison to power – Mandela became the first black South African President while Suu Kyi is the incumbent State Counsellor, a position akin to a Prime Minister.

However, this is where the similarities end. What differentiates Nelson Mandela from Suu Kyi is that the former not only knew what he was fighting against when he resisted the South African apartheid regime, he also knew what he was fighting for – raising the standards of all humanity dignity:

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” Nelson Mandela

It was Mandela’s commitment to upholding the sanctity of human dignity rooted in his values that prevented him from practicing the same racial discrimination that he once condemned. Suu Kyi, on the other hand, only knew what she was fighting against and had no sense of what she was fighting for. As such, it is safe to conclude that she wasn’t keenly interested in changing the system in Myanmar. Rather, she was interested in using the fight for democracy as a strategy to ensure human rights for her own people and as a means to gain international recognition for political power – true democracy and human rights were alien to her value system.

Her deadly silence on the atrocious, ongoing ethnic cleansing being committed against the minority Muslim Rohingya population has caused about 400,000 Rohingyas to flee to Bangladesh for their safety. She has refused to condemn Myanmar’s military for their brutal crackdown on the ethnic minority, which is a testament to her commitment to power at the expense of human rights. She finally delivered an unpleasant and empty speech after being pressured by the international community and likes of Desmond Tutu and Malala Yousafzai, fellow Nobel laureates.

It is incontestable that Suu Kyi is the 21st century shame, an insult and disgrace to the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize award.

May the Lord bless the souls of credible women and men who have won the Nobel Peace Prize, people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Bunche, Desmond Tutu, Mairead Maguire, Wangari Maathai, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Malala Yousafzai e.t.c.

There are also some winners like Henry Kissinger, Frederik Willem de Klerk, President Teddy Roosevelt and President Barack Obama and others whose winning has gravely diminished the credibility and prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Although, Nelson Mandela died in 2013, he remains even more relevant in death because of his values to defend the dignity of the human race without regard to race, color, ethnicity, creed, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, etc

Suu Kyi may have succeeded in using democracy and human rights as a strategy for attaining her current political power as well as winning the Nobel Peace Prize. But she has lost the moral authority to champion those same rights. Void of a commitment to the complete and total liberation of all people, she has made a mockery of justice.

You (Aung San Suu Kyi) are still alive, but you’ve lost all sense of relevance. You can imagine what would happen when you are no longer alive. You have the Peace Prize but your sainthood has been shattered into pieces, you’ve lost credibility and believability with the global community.

What a disastrous way to end your once glorious beginning!

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Losing Humanity, Christianity, and Connection in Pursuit of Pain Mitigation

Black ManI recently went to the dentist for a deep cleaning appointment which wasn’t fun at all. As soon as I was checked in, a dental hygienist came and took me into another section of the building where I was faced with the reality of being at the dentist.

As to be expected, she explained the procedure to me and that I was going to be numbed to avoid pain. Indeed, I became numb soon after she injected the anesthesia which was good – I cannot imagine going through the process of all of that poking, prodding, and cleaning while still being able to feel it. I would have left promptly save for the assurance that I would feel minimal pain.

While in this state of numbness to my own pain, I began to reflect on other people’s numbness to my existential reality as a black man on the senseless basis of skin color. I began to ask myself series of questions such as:

What numbs people to the suffering of their fellow human being?

What numbs the Church to the message of Christ, and keeps the Church awake and alive to the ideological dogma of the empire?

What numbs the United States to the suffering of people of color?

To examine the first point, my experience has made me to realize a couple of things with respect to numbness. For starters, to be numbed to one thing is to be alive to another thing. In a society whose numbness to loving black people and entire communities of color at large is legendary, such must also have at the core of its existence a white supremacist ideology toward people of color. As a result of the socialization of Americans into numbness, we’ve created a culture and a system that believes that some people’s lives are worthless, and as such can be killed with impunity while white lives are so worthy that they deserve to be protected with the full might of America’s social and economic power structures.

To probe into the second point, due to the numbness of the Church to Christ, it has now been baptized into the agenda of the empire. The conversion of the Roman Emperor Constantine to Christianity laid the foundation of the process that cuts the umbilical cord of the Church from Jesus Christ, and ties it directly to the worldly power aka Empire. Prior to this demonic alliance, the Church was getting all its spiritual vitality and nutrients from God and the Church championed the cause of the poor and disenfranchised. Unfortunately, due to the numbness at the heart of the Church, it participated in slavery, colonialism, invented all kinds of doctrines to justify evility and now depends on the empire and its lifeblood (capitalism) for survival, and as such, has often colluded with the system.

Christianity – that was once a formidable force for the salvation of human souls and redemption from social misery, and economic neglect has now become a stumbling block preventing people from entering into the Kingdom of God. This quote offered by Willem Bilderdijk says it well: “Whenever a people is destined to perish in sin, it’s in the church that soul-leprosy begins.”

To unpack the third and final point, I’ve discovered that you can increase the dosage of anesthesia once it starts to wear off. Somewhere in the process of being at the dentist, I regained my sense of pain as I began to feel the uneasiness of the pain, and the hygienist asked me if she could inject me with additional dose.

The same way the dental hygienist increased my numbness, that experience perfectly reflects what has become our current existential reality in America under this mercurial administration. It appears America was numbed and deeply in slumber before the election of then Sen. Barack Hussein Obama in 2008 to United States presidency. Unfortunately his election awakened many white residents to the sting of their existential reality in the face of a browning America, something that heroin alone could not fix.

The candidacy of Donald Trump and his rhetoric to make America Great Again provided another powerful drug that lured voters back into a false sense of security, loading sympathetic voters up on the wonder drug of white nationalism and pride. And it worked. In spite of the gross incompetency of the administration, his base remains fiercely loyal because with every rally he continues to pump out a new doses of anesthesia in order to get voters to ignore their pain, as well as the pain of others.

The thing is we do not have to live this way. While the process of numbing provides temporary relief, it can sometimes be counterproductive for our long-term health and well-being. This is because numbness brings about a temporary loss of humanity. We were created as human beings to be feel both joy and pain and whatever numbs our humanity to either of the two has altered our beings regardless of the benefits such provided. The key word here is temporary. Going to the dentist, I am provided temporary relief for the pain associated with getting my teeth cleaned. After that is done, I no longer need anesthesia. If I continued to spend my life on anesthesia, I definitely would not feel anymore pain, but I would also not be able to enjoy food, I would feel insecure about my speech, and my quality of life would decrease. Such is the case when white Americans insist on being deaf, blind, and numb to the realities of black, indigenous, and other people of color in this country. And when the Church insists on ignoring the plight of the poor and suffering. The well-being of not people of color is compromised, but whites and the Church as well.

 

Philando Castile: America’s War on Black Bodies

PhilandoLynching is America’s ‘exciting form of sport’”- W.E.B Dubois

Racial terrorism, including the extrajudicial killing of black people, is not aberration in America. As a matter of fact, it is quintessential American and the entire world knows this to be true as the unimaginable sufferings inflicted upon people of African descent has blown the covers off of America’s rhetoric of commitment to freedom, liberty, equality and human rights. A quote from the late Eleanor Roosevelt says it well, “Anyone who has worked in the international field know well that our failure in race relations and our open discrimination against various groups, injures our leadership in the world.”

Adding insult to an already festering wound, justice in America for black people as well as other communities of color, including American Indians, is nonexistent. The recent acquittal of Officer Yanez who murdered Philando Castile is the epitome of America’s RUSE OF LAW!

Although, to be clear, I wasn’t surprised. To be convinced that justice would actually be served speaks volumes about one’s ignorance about the system. America was stolen through the genocide of the American Indians, and whenever you acquire anything through evil, you need a higher level of evil to keep it.  “Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy” is clear evidence that America intends to keep and preserve what it started.

What we have in the United States is a criminal justice system that is in and of itself criminal, shameless, founded in wholesale criminality and beyond redemption. The shooting death of Philando Castile was captured in a Facebook Live video for the world to see America’s inhumanity to black people. And the dash cam, recently released today, also confirms that Yanez’ actions were unjustified. Yet the killer walked away scot-free with the full support of our criminalized criminal justice.

I guess it doesn’t matter to a shameless system whether the killings of black men are captured on cameras or not. In 2016, Jason Harrison, Eric Garner, John Crawford III, Kajieme Powell, Tamir Rice, Jerame Reid, Charly Keunang, Phillip White, Walter Scott and many more were all black men killed by police caught on videos. The filming of their executions did not make a difference to our system.

During the ninety years of Jim Crow, the verdict was death at the hands of persons unknown and now that we know those who are killing us, the outcomes remain the same – they are still getting away with murder. Why? Because the system is ever faithful to itself by ensuring that those hired to keep us in a perpetual state of powerlessness, social misery and economic neglect enjoy unflinching loyalty of the system.

When will the assault on black bodies end?

While the pain inflicted on us has endured for centuries, I know that one day the terror will end. For starters, there’s no beginning without ending. America has a very clear beginning date and as every empire that has existed under the sun, it will have an expiration date as well. For every evil perpetrated, comeuppance will surely come and even Thomas Jefferson, a world class hypocrite acknowledged this truth “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.”

Secondly, I am hopeful because I know that the fight for liberation of black people is from a place of VICTORY; we are not fighting for victory and this is what separates us from the system of oppression that we are up against. These are the differences between the two:

The victory of the system is gotten by inflicting unimaginable violence on Black, Brown and Native bodies, and it is temporary. As Gandhi stated, “Victory attained by violence is tantamount to defeat, for it is momentary.”

On the other hand, fighting from VICTORY is totally divorced from Machiavellian ethics of the empire but rooted in the way of Jesus Christ that guarantees eternal victory – “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world (John 16:33).”

Although, it might look like the system is winning in that they are killing us and getting away with it, I guarantee you that this is for a season! The same way Satan thought he had prevailed when Jesus Christ was crucified, this system too thinks it has won when one of their own walked away scot free. But like Christ, those who have been oppressed and killed in this system, will rise again to a new life of peace, joy, and justice.

Saving Our Democracy from Trump’s Demonstration of Craze

Texas is slang for CRAZY! It’s no news that Norwegians have long used the word “Texas” as slang for crazy, and if you are just hearing this for the first time now you know.

Truth be told, Texas is beyond crazy, especially with the recent bill signed into law by the state Gov. George Abbott, which empowers the local police to inquire into the immigration status of people lawfully detained.

Unfortunately, I’m afraid, that with the way things have gone and are going with “This So Called Administration” that it’s only a matter of time before the United States becomes globally adopted as another word for crazy. In fact, with this administration, craziness is high on steroids.

Donald Trump is harmful and dangerous to the ideals of the United States, and has furthered impeded the negative impression of our country around the world. Upon inception into the Office of the Presidency of the United States, the Trump administration issued a bunch of draconian legislations that targeted Syrian refugees, immigrants, green-card holders, Muslims and imposed a traveling ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries. Thus far, he has signed 32 executive orders in his excruciating first 100 days in office – some which were aimed at undoing President Obama’s executive orders.

He has also fired three prominent and dedicated people in his brief tenure – James Comey, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Sally Yates, former Acting Attorney General and Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.  The common denominator in these three situations is that they were all fired while investigating the Trump’s administration involvement with Russia.

With the election of Donald Trump, one thing we can agree on and can be truthful about is that America is not SPECIAL! His presidency has completely debunked the long-held mythological ideology of American Exceptionalism as the election of AUTHORITARIAN FACIST proves that we are anything but exceptional. Furthermore, what is the basis of our exceptionalism when they are dictators in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin American countries?

As an African, who had spent over two decades under military dictatorship, it is hard to believe that a country that purports and exports democracy all over the globe, could elect a dictator. Since we’ve elected a political neophyte who lacks the appropriate judgment and scope of knowledge to perform as a dictator let alone a democratic leader, what is the way forward?

The only way out is for us to come together as Americans, as we’ve often found solidarity in times of disaster such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. Trump’s presidency is a DISASTER that has afflicted us all and we must band together irrespective of our political affiliations in order to survive this calamity. I am a Democrat, I write this blog post not a Democrat but as a concerned citizen who wants the best for America and committed to saving America from itself.

Presidents are supposed to protect U.S. citizens; unfortunately, the onus is on us to come together and be strong so as to protect ourselves and America from this president.

We must have the mindset of being in this together and as we lead, politicians from both parties will be forced to align themselves with us and be part of the solution.

Let’s face the truth, if we ever were, we are definitely no longer the bastion of democracy. At best, what we have is a gross simulacrum of democracy. We must RESIST Trump’s dictatorial tendencies by all standards not only to preserve the future of democracy but to ensure the future of our nature.

Trust me, dictatorship is not something you can get used to – RESIST IT!

 

Bombing of Syria and the Politics of Distraction

Last week, the world gasped in horror at the surmounting carnage in Syria after the use of chemical weapons that killed dozens of civilians. The use of chemical weaponry is not only despicable because it violates international law, but it violates the rights of human decency and dignity. In response to the horrific incident, the President of the United States ordered the bombing of the Syrian government, suggesting that he felt compassion towards those who were suffering.

At least, that was the rhetoric that he preached. In his actions, he stated that he was sending a message that the United States would always act with the full force of its military might in order to prevent and deter the use of chemical weapons. But was this actually the case? The answer is a resounding NO! Trump ordered the strikes on Syria to deflect attention from his dealings with the Russian oligarchs, and to improve his domestic approval ratings. Prior to the military strike, Trump was called all sorts of names in the book by the media, Republicans and Democratic elected officials. But right after Syria was bombed, Trump became the beloved of the establishment and all of a sudden the bombing of Syria launched Trump into being presidential. Trump has also been lavished with encomiums from all quarters including the media, Republicans and even from Congressional Democrats – Sen. Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senate Minority Leader and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader.

Trump’s actions are not without precedent. The politics of distraction that uses military strikes for the purposes of deflection and approval ratings runs deep in America. For instance, President Bill Clinton authorized military attack on Iraq over the alleged Saddam Hussein’s assassination attempt on the life of President Bush senior during his official visit to Kuwait in 1993. President Clinton’s approval ratings were in the 30s at the time but immediately after the U.S. display of military muscular power – his approval ratings soared!

Then again in 1998, President Clinton approved the bombing of the Al-Shifa pharmaceutical company in Sudan which was suspected to be Osama bin Laden chemical weapon plant. Forensic evidence later proved the allegation to be wrong; the pharmaceutical factory was owned by Salah El Din Ahmed Mohammed Idris and Osama bin Laden had no ties to the company. But here’s the distractive force of that military authorization – it was carried out the same day of the president’s testimony in his perjury trial. Could this have been an honest coincidence? Sure! But given the pattern that has been established here and what Clinton faced at the time, his actions are much more insidious.

In the same 1998, President Clinton also ordered another bombing of Iraq – this time the American people were told that it was necessary to degrade Saddam Hussein’s ability to produce weapons of mass destruction. Again, the bombing took place on the eve of United States House of Representatives’ vote on President Clinton’s impeachment.

There’s a duplicitous strategy which we’ve all bought into irrespective of our political persuasions. We’ve been tricked into believing that in order to stop the production of weapons and terror, that the U.S. needs to bomb its enemies. However, the problem here is not about the presence of weapons of MASS DESTRUCTION abroad, but the prevalence of MASS DISTRACTION right here at home!

As a presidential candidate, Trump sold himself to the nation as an outsider and anti-establishment. Truth be told, he might have not been directly involved as a politician but he has never been an outsider. He knows how the game works, and that was why he tweeted back in 2012 about the correlation between military strikes and presidential approval ratings.

Although, I am a proud Democrat, I have not written this piece from the vantage point of my party stance but by virtue of my citizenry as an American. In America, we count the bombing of other nations by Democratic or Republican administrations, but the rest of the world sees one America. For this same reason, I believe that the onus is on us as a people to wean our government off of its addiction of bombing lives for cheap political approval ratings. After all, if dropping bombs on other people is one of the criteria for presidents to approved in our eyes, what kind of people are we?

 

Tom Perez: The Establishment Vs Democracy

tom-perez-and-keith-ellisonRevolutions begin when people who are defined as problems achieve the power to redefine the problem – John McKnight.

Unfortunately, the above quote has no bearing on the psyche of the Democratic Party! The outcome of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairmanship election has confirmed that the Democratic establishment has yet to understand and realize that they are the foundation to the miasma of problems that gave us “This So Called Ruler of the United States” (SCROTUS).

The dirty politics of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the disgraced former DNC Chairwoman, alienated a lot of people from the base. The 2016 Democratic Presidential primary elections exposed the true nature of Wassermann Schultz. She was anointed by the establishment and did a good job in preserving the status quo, doing everything within her power to rig the system against Sen. Bernie Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton.

Eventually, Wassermann Schultz and her cronies succeeded in killing the momentum of Sanders’ political revolution. Unbeknownst to them, they also killed the spirit of many people among whom were passionate millennials who had felt the Bern because to them, Sanders represented a departure from the status quo.

Unfortunately, not only did this move by democrats cost us the presidency. It cost us political representation in offices at both national and local levels.

The loss of 63 seats and control of the House, the loss of 11 seats and control of the Senate, the loss of 13 governorships, the loss of over 900 state legislative seats and control of 27 state legislative chambers.

However, I have always believed that you learn more from the pain of loss than the joy of winning. If we had won and refused to change, it would have been understandable because one terrible drawback of winning is the delusion that you’ve done everything right. But to lose big and not reflect is the epitome of insanity!

Currently, it is very hard to distinguish between the Democratic and the Republican Party in our pandering to Wall Street plutocrats and oligarchs at the expense of the hoi polloi.  It is quite disturbing that the Democratic political juggernauts have continued on the same trajectory of Wassermann Schultz by rigging this election against Congressman Keith Ellison.

The establishment is addicted to the status quo. They have eyes but have refused to see, ears but have refused to hear – given that the message of the American people came through loud and clear in the past presidential election. People want deep change, a democratic system that works for the people and a comprehensive architectonic critique of our entire political system.

As with Bernie Sanders, Congressman Keith Ellison represented change. For many, including me, Ellison represents the so much desired and needed change that the DNC desperately needs to move us in the right direction. While we consider him the glorious future for our beloved party, the establishment sees Rep. Keith Ellison as a threat and too dangerous to the status quo, so much so that the powers that be recruited the candidacy of Tom Perez to sabotage Ellison.

And now, Tom Perez, the anointed of the system has been elected.

But truth be told, leadership has its season. Tom Perez is not destined for this season but imposed on this season by the Democratic political juggernauts.

The establishment orchestrated Hillary Clinton’s victory over Bernie Sanders but lost the presidency.  Similarly, the rejection of Rep. Keith Ellison is the rejection of the future, and might as well be the end of the future for our beloved party.

It is my prayer that the establishment will be healed of their terrible disease, status quo and short sightlessness that blinds them to the future.

 

Trump’s Muslim Ban: A Black Christian’s Response

muslim-imageWhile it is important for me to stand-up for myself, my family and my community, it’s also important that I get up off my ass and stand up for the rights of other people! Most importantly, it is paramount to have the moral chutzpah to stand with oppressed communities in their times of need as a result of despotic limitations imposed upon them by the high and mighty! And in community, we stand up for one another – especially in this current season of political claptrap which calls for such communal nourishing of our collective well-being as a people.

The latest executive order of the United States President, whose name I refuse to mention because it’s like a curse word in my mouth, that bans Muslims from 7 Islamic countries, including refugees and legal residents (Green Card holders) has caused me to align myself with their struggle and stand in solidarity with Muslims and refugees.

Let me make this as clear as I possibly can: I am a Christian, a Black immigrant, and a citizen in America. But right now, I am a Muslim and of a refugee status.

Why do I choose to pitch my tent with Muslims and refugees? I chose to do so for two reasons, my Christian faith and because I am Black – a member of the oppressed nationality in America. I am pretty sure that some who have been damaged by the Church as an institution are probably surprised that I’ve cited Christianity as the chief reason for being at one with the oppressed and victimized.

Yes, you are absolutely right that a version of Christianity had championed the course of oppression for centuries. Christianity was used to interrupt the harmonious way of life of Africans, pillaged communities, genocides were committed in the name of Christianity and was instrumental in justifying the horrendous acts of slavery and colonization. But all these despicable acts were committed in the name of a different kind of Christianity called Constantinian Christianity. This is a kind of Christianity that came into existence after the conversion of Constantine which married the Church to the power of the oppressive Roman Empire, effectively cutting the umbilical cord that connects the Church to God. Since then, the Church has been wedded to Empire.

Jesus Christ is the lifeblood of the Christianity that I’m talking about, that makes me align my faith and identities with others. Within the context of this Prophetic Christianity, the essence of Christian faith must never remain idle against the tyranny of those drunk with power! As such, we are called to rise in defense of those who have been harmed by the corruption of the powerful and the privileged because Jesus Christ himself was a social reformer and a prophet of socialism that sided with the weak and the oppressed.

Thaddeus Stevens, a Pennsylvanian Congressman stated during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln that his unflinching support for the Emancipation Proclamation was as a result of his own disability. Stevens was born with a club foot, and this deformity, in an era when disability was perceived as a curse and heavily discriminated against, gave the representative a taste of what it meant to be ostracized.

Similarly, as a black man in America I can speak experientially to what it means to be discriminated against on the basis of my ascribed status – my skin color. It is from this experience that I draw the strength to fight the appearance of injustice in any way, shape or form and I will not sit idly by and allow my Muslim brothers, sisters and refugees to be the new Blacks in America.

The inhumane and draconian executive order of this president banning predominantly Muslim countries such as Syria, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, refugees and Green cardholders from entering U.S. has received global criticism from reasonable and decent human beings.

These criticisms are well-deserved and very much so, but the onus is on the members of the Republican Party to condemn unequivocally this presidential madness of their own. After all, asking moderate Muslims to condemn terrorism has become the staple of the American populace, and both Muslim clerics and followers have done a good job of denouncing terrorism loud and clear.

When 9/11 attacks struck, the most powerful condemnation of the senseless actions of Osama Bin Laden came from his former mentor Salman al-Oadah, a heavyweight Salafi preacher in Saudi Arabia with a large followership. Al-Oadah condemned him for the loss of innocent lives and asked, “How many innocent children, elderly people and women were killed in the name of Al Qaeda? He went further and blamed Bin Laden for “U.S. occupation of the Muslim lands in Afghanistan and Iraq, displacement of  millions of Iraqis, killings of thousands of Afghans, internment and torture of promising and deluded young Muslims, and a tarnished image of Islam all over the world”  

In like manner, this president has done untold damage to the residue of America’s reputation in the world and depleted its global reservoir of goodwill. It is incumbent upon the leadership Republican Party to lay aside politics and tell the truth as decent human beings.

But how do you tell politicians not to play politics? That’s like telling a fish to stop being wet. And how can they tell the truth when truth is suicidal in politics?

For Republicans, silence is not an option. Our present monocratic administration has thrusted upon them the “Responsibility to Protect”, they must take a cue from Salman al-Oadah and condemn unequivocally this presidential calamity and his crazy minions, if not for sake of God certainly for the sake of protecting the reputation of America.