News has emerged that President Trump’s emotional line about ‘beautiful babies’ in Syria’s Khan Sheikhoun came about after pressure from his daughter Ivanka.
Ivanka urged her father to launch missiles into Syria last Thursday night, in blatant contradiction of his non-interventionist election stance.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Moscow yesterday trying to explain US foreign policy to Sergey Lavrov. He was possibly trying to understand it himself, after a series of U-turns.
Meanwhile, President Trump met NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and reversed his election stance that NATO is obsolete. Not any more, not with the threat of terrorism around, Trump said, as if terrorism had just popped up since his inauguration. But despite the Moscow meeting, he said US relations with Russia are ‘at an all-time low’.
You probably agree with Mr Tillerson that ‘The world’s two foremost nuclear powers cannot have this kind of relationship.’ If you have the mind of God you are almost certainly praying for peace between them. And you probably recognise the threat to the US and UK is not Russia, but Sunni Muslim terrorism.
But do not suppose everyone in power shares those sentiments. A vast majority of US Senators and Congressmen, both Republican and Democrat, think being on bad terms with Russia is just great. So does the mainstream media.
The UK’s Defence Secretary, the lamentable Michael Fallon, never misses an opportunity to sour relations with Moscow. Our Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, spent last weekend trying to antagonise the Kremlin. Our man at the UN, Foreign Office arch-insider Matthew Rycroft, is at his happiest insulting Russia.
Rt Hon Philip Hammond is of the same mind. According to the Daily Express, the Chancellor told Sky News: ‘The British Government’s position has been, and will remain, to lead the way on arguing for a robust approach towards Russian aggression in Syria.’
‘Russian aggression in Syria’? Is this serious grown-up political discourse? The Russian Federation has been invited in by the legitimate Syrian government. The Syrians have asked Russia for help to defeat Western&Saudi-sponsored jihadist terrorists together with Islamic State. If you want aggression in Syria, look no further than 59 American Tomahawk cruise missiles (beautiful missiles, so we hear) fired into Syria by the US last week.
Does Mr Hammond seriously believe the British people are so stupid, or so unable to get online, that he can persuade us of something which is palpably, demonstrably, blatantly untrue? He just brings himself in particular, and politicians in general, into ridicule and contempt. If it were not so serious, it would be laughable.
As it happens, Mr Hammond was defending his colleague and successor as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. The latter went to Monday’s G7 meeting boasting of his plans for new sanctions against Russia. In the event, he failed to persuade the other European leaders even to look at them.
But why are British and American Neo-Cons so desperate around the ‘Assad must go’ line? No, it isn’t concern about ‘beautiful babies’, as Donald Trump described them. The Emo (emotional) stuff does not extend to the four children killed by his Tomahawks of course. Nor to the Yemeni babies our ‘allies’ from Saudi Arabia are bombing in Yemen. Nor to the Iraqi babies the US has accidentally bombed in Mosul.
Iraqi babies are not so beautiful as Syrian ones. Especially when they are buried under tons of rubble from a US air-strike. And of course, President Trump doesn’t want the beautiful babies and their ‘helpless’ parents pitching up in America as refugees any time soon.
No, it’s not the alleged gas. That’s just more Emo. And quite possibly false flag. It isn’t that Assad ‘fires on his own people’. Our allies the Bahrainis use brutality against ‘their own people’. So do the Egyptians. And President Erdogan of Turkey.
As Luke Harding put it in the Guardian: ‘A few days earlier Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said it was necessary to accept “political reality” in Syria. Up to this point Trump had been a longstanding sceptic of US military action. Back in 2013 he tweeted that the president, Barack Obama, should refrain from intervening and “stay away and fix a broken US”. The “rebels”, he added, were “just as bad as the Syrian regime”.’
Then Trump was ‘got at’
But since 2013, in fact even since the 2016 campaign trail, Donald Trump is now President of the United States. He is trying to get legislation through Congress and political appointees confirmed. Day after day we have heard relentless allegations about contacts with Russian officials, as if these were a bad thing. There has been constant unsupported drivel about Russians hacking the Democrats. Republican Congressmen have been as bad as their Democrat counterparts with the anti-Russian rhetoric. If the public are punch drunk from it, imagine what it is like for the man in the middle.
It must be that constant pressure which finally brought the President to ditch all his pre-election pledges about keeping out of the Middle East, draining the swamp, etc, etc.
Ivanka, of course, is married to Trump advisor Jared Kushner. Kushner is a wealthy American real estate investor and developer. He has some business links to the swamp Trump vowed to drain. He started off in Goldman Sachs, and knows that bank’s Gary Cohn, who is now Trump’s economic advisor. His political contacts on the other hand appear limited. So although Ivanka may have been the catalyst for intervention, she could have pushing at an open door.
Because, just after the alleged gas attack, Senator John McCain was describing White House inaction as ‘disgraceful’. When it came to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s declaration that the Syrian people alone should determine who lead them, McCain described that as ‘one of the more incredible statements I’ve ever heard.’
Beautiful Chocolate Cake
So Ivanka’s missiles started flying. Yesterday President Trump revealed he told Chinese premier Xi Jinping about the missile strike over dessert. ‘And we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen,’ he told Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business. Full of himself, he went on: ‘So I said, we’ve just launched 59 missiles, heading to Iraq’.
An astonished Miss Baritromo corrected him: ‘Heading to Syria?’ Unabashed, Trump steamed on, ‘Yes, heading toward Syria. And I want you to know that.’ It was a masterclass in how a friendly interviewer can bring out more damaging information than a hostile one.
Trump even boasted that all the missiles hit their targets when we know some hit surrounding villages, causing civilian deaths.
So now we know roughly how it came to pass that Trump allied himself with the warmongers. We do not yet know what drives the warmongers themselves. Why do they like tensions with Russia? Why must Assad go? We know it isn’t altruism or genuine concern about babies, however beautiful. Seek the Lord in prayer, as I shall, leave your comments below and I’ll try to draw it all together after the Easter break.
Scripture tells leaders not to ‘go with the flow’:
Exodus 23:2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:
Leaders must be even-handed:
Leviticus 19:15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.
Flip-flopping between policy is not commended:
James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
But every ruler needs wise and God-fearing counsel:
Proverbs 25:5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
Indeed, if Trump carries on doing evil, seeking war, acting erratically, his position will fall:
Proverbe 16:12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.
President Trump must never forget what brought him into the White House in the first place …
Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Prayer over Easter
Please pray into this whole situation. Lift up the world’s leaders, and your own in particular, in prayer. And look at this: This year, 2017, Easter Sunday is the same date in both Western and Eastern traditions. It does not often happen like that (list of dates).
It means our Orthodox brothers and sisters in Russia and Syria will be celebrating the resurrection of the Lord Jesus this coming weekend, the same as us Western-calendar folk.
I cannot believe a coincidence like this is from nowhere. The Lord has given an opportunity for believers world-wide to lift up the name of the risen Lord on the same day, at such a crucial time as this. And during the Jewish Passover 10-day feast as well! How awesome is that?
Finally, here is a positive snippet for you. On Monday 10th April 2017, President Trump celebrated the start of the Jewish Passover at a Seder dinner in the White House. And who started that tradition? One Barack Obama!
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