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November 22, 2017

Trump Warning to Palestinian Authority Much ado About Nothing

 

The end of last week President Trump gave official warning to the Palestinian Authority (PA) that they had violated the terms under which they operate offices in Washington D.C. demanding that they enter talks with the Israelis in order to prevent their being shuttered. Some news termed these as the PLO offices which are simply further proof that there is no difference between the PLO and the PA thus they are either both patriotic peace seeking entities or terrorist entities to be shunned and shut down. This has been hailed by supporters of President Trump as an unprecedented move. Sorry folks, this has been part of the threat and promise operations since President William Jefferson Clinton had their office permitted, breaking numerous regulations and initiating something new and giving the State Department responsibility for seeing to it that the move resulted on a positive peace. Nobody ever actually defined positive but the State department saw positive as meaning giving the Arabs everything they desired and forcing Israel to commit suicide in the process. One need remember that it was the State Department which was so over the top opposed to permitting Israel to be recognized under President Truman. Fortunately, President Truman put more faith in what his strongly Christian mother taught him about the Bible including the Old Testament and especially Hashem’s promise to Avraham and repeated to Isaac and repeated again to Moses, that the lands between the Jordan River and the Great Sea were the Holy Land belonging to Hashem and for the Chosen People, the Jews being the remnant which remained, and that they would one day return and build a nation which would give man blessings and wonders. President Truman ignored the State Department and the Pentagon and virtually every advisor in his Administration and listened to his heart and the teaching of his childhood and recognized Israel despite the swarm of naysayers surrounding him screaming, “NO!” Mankind has not completely realized yet the great good President Truman committed on that day but anywhere on the globe willing to allow Israel to help has been thankful ever since. Israel has often reached a disaster area and set up before even the United States and is invariably the last nation to leave and they always leave the place better for their having been there.

 

But this threat to the PA is a meaningless gesture made to coerce, not intended to be carried out. This threat is in addition to the gifts Israel will be forced to turn over just so President Trump, Secretary of State Tillerson, if he is fortunate, the Middle East team members and Prime Minister Netanyahu and chief terrorist and President of the PA Mahmoud Abbas of the Munich Olympics terror attack fame, can all stand on the White House lawns on a sunny day with just the right number and size of puffy white nonthreatening clouds and have a thousand pictures per minute snapped by an overly eager media to eat up the momentous occasion of yet another handshake which will have the President centered watching and nodding approvingly. President Obama weaseled a handshake for the historic photo to put somewhere in his Presidential Library. President George W. Bush did not get his handshake mostly because he did not try and left well enough alone until Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice whispered in his ear the sweet nothings about the Palestinians deserving an opportunity to prove their great and wondrous ability to form an excellent and industrious state capable of great things. That was the start of the Gaza debacle which is responsible for the rocket attacks and terror tunnels in the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other various undesirables’ war of attrition against Israel. Hamas took Gaza from the PA in a fairly quick and violent coup where the PA turned tail and fled. The one honest item which came from this disaster was the facts were made obvious that the Palestinian Arabs do not desire their own lands as much as they desire the destruction of everything Jewish. Hamas is honest enough in their charter to claim their goal is the destruction of the Zionist entity, Israel, and then the death of every Jew on the planet and world conquest. In all honesty, it is part of the Islamic religion as it is currently taught and interpreted by their leading Imams, that they are entitled to rule the world and must take it through violence and any means necessary as Allah has promised them victory in all things.

 

Bill Clinton looks on as Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shake hands during the historic signing with Mahmoud Abbas standing at right edge of picture

Bill Clinton looks on as Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shake hands during the historic signing with Mahmoud Abbas standing at right edge of picture

 

 

President Obama got the Handshake between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Terror Organizer of Munich Olympics Mahmoud Abbas

President Obama got the Handshake between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Terror Organizer of Munich Olympics Mahmoud Abbas

 

Moving back to the present, President Trump has one of his trusted and top team manned by such people of importance as his son-in-law and chief Middle East adviser Jared Kushner; Jason Dov Greenblatt who is the executive vice president and chief legal officer to Donald Trump and The Trump Organization as well as a top advisor on Israel; the United States Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, who is a renowned Zionist and friend of Israel, which is something almost an oddity with all things considered; and lastly some State Department officers and personnel which includes Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell. It is truly an all-star team and is in pursuit of what President Trump calls “The Ultimate Deal.” The team has spent the last ten months educating themselves on the world’s most intractable dispute and its various complexities. Jason D. Greenblatt was quoted speaking for the entire team presenting the facts as, “We have spent a lot of time listening to and engaging with the Israelis, Palestinians and key regional leaders over the past few months to help reach an enduring peace deal. We are not going to put an artificial timeline on the development or presentation of any specific ideas and will also never impose a deal. Our goal is to facilitate, not dictate, a lasting peace agreement to improve the lives of Israelis and Palestinians and security across the region.” We have a really short and single piece of information which we bet the dream team might have overlooked when discussing what Mahmoud Abbas, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, the Arab League and just about every other entity which pretends to care about the Palestinian Arabs insist as part of any final solution, the complete, total and permanent eradication of the country known as Israel. Anything short of this makes the deal null and void and of little interest other than keeping the United States, United Nations, Europeans and any other fools in the world sending their millions of dollars and euros.

 

President Trump probably honestly believes that there is a deal he can reach which protects and preserves the country of Israel, makes some arrangement for the Arabs to govern themselves without posing any further threat to Israel and the other Arab interests will be ready to cooperate on finding some solutions to problems such as Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran and anything else that pops up or they forgot such as Libya. Fortunately for President Trump, there will be no miracle peace plan which Mahmoud Abbas will accept no matter how much the Saudi Royal Family threatens him. That is the secret which has preserved Israel even when the most gullible of political parties were elected and were willing to give away the farm, or almost if not all of Judea and Samaria in the name of peace and cooperation. Even the most presumably enticing offers have been turned down by Yasser Arafat and, after his death, then Mahmoud Abbas. There will be no peace deal now, next month, next year or ever as long as any deal allows Israel to remain. Oh, remain what, you ask? Simply remain as in exist; occupy any area on a map. The Ayatollahs of Iran made the only acceptable solution when they permitted then President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to state, “Israel, a small country of less than eight million people, looks out at a world where leaders of much larger nations threaten to wipe it off of the map.” There has been contention that the actual translation should have been that Israel would collapse. According to the Washington Post, “in the 1980’s Khomeini gave a speech in which he said in Persian ‘Een rezhim-i eshghalgar-i Quds bayad az sahneh-i ruzgar mahv shaved.’ This means, ‘This occupation regime over Jerusalem must vanish from the arena of time.’ But then anonymous wire service translators rendered Khomeini as saying that Israel ‘must be wiped off the face of the map,’ which Cole and Nourouzi say is inaccurate.”

 

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

 

All of the efforts will prove to be in vain. This is a case where the best plan is absolutely leave it all alone. Look at the world and ask yourself a simply question, is the Arab-Israeli conflict honestly the biggest problem facing humankind? Is this problem worse than Syria, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, China, Russian collusion or, wait, it might be a bigger problem than Russian collusion except that problem suffers from the same problem as the Arab-Israeli problem, the media have blown both way out of proportion. If the media and the rest of the world would ignore the Arab-Israeli problem for say six weeks, is that possible? Well, if it were ignored for six weeks, it is probable that it would be forgotten and would eventually solve on its own or simply melt like ice cream on a summer afternoon. Some day soon, we will discuss what makes the Arab-Israeli problem into a vital and central issue that the world cannot ignore or else. They never explain or else what because there is no actual or else. But that too is a secret.

 

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November 19, 2017

Apocalypse Israel Skewered by Trump and Company

 

President Trump has assembled a group to formulate the most marvelous peace proposal which they will craft such that Mahmoud Abbas will feel comfortable taking it demanding two or three adjustments and Israel will be informed that their military is so dependent on American provisions that they can simply sit down, shut up and take their medicine because the object is to allow Trump to accomplish what no one before him had been able to do, and if Israel must suffer some inconvenience, well it is about time and this time they will simply bite the bullet and take whatever is coming. A senior White House adviser said Trump’s Mideast peace plan would attempt to tackle hot-button issues such as the status of Jerusalem and West Bank settlements.

 

Mahmoud Abbas Meeting with President Trump

Mahmoud Abbas Meeting with President Trump

 

The team includes Jason Greenblatt, son-in-law and chief Middle East adviser Jared Kushner, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman with this four-member team reportedly also consulting with State Department officials along with US Consul General in Jerusalem Donald Blome. This was meant to impress everybody and with Jared Kushner and David Friedman on board, Israel should have nothing to worry about, right? We have seen dream teams before and we can only hope that this will be the final dream team, whether they succeed or fail. Every time there is one of these great ventures, Israel is pressured and forced to surrender lands and sovereignty to the Arabs and the Arabs are to make promises with their full intention of ignoring them two minutes later, if that long. Israel should work to minimize the damage which will be coming simply because President Trump is the greatest deal-maker in the world and he will make this deal, he has promised exactly that. Unfortunately, President Trump will deliver on this deal even if it all but kills Israel in the process, if not then, the coming war will be moments after everybody finishes glad handing one another over the miracle they had achieved.

 

Chief Middle East Adviser Jared Kushner

Chief Middle East Adviser Jared Kushner

 

Perhaps this is the time for a few quotes from the past week or so about these developments would be in order. First up is Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt who told The New York Times, “We have spent a lot of time listening to and engaging with the Israelis, Palestinians and key regional leaders over the past few months to help reach an enduring peace deal. We are not going to put an artificial timeline on the development or presentation of any specific ideas and will also never impose a deal. Our goal is to facilitate, not dictate, a lasting peace agreement to improve the lives of Israelis and Palestinians and security across the region.”

 

Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt

Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt

 

The New York Times reported also that both sides would be required to commit to confidence building measures, so, here we go again. “For Israel, it could include limiting settlement construction to current blocs without taking new land, recommitting to a two-state solution and redesignating a small part of the West Bank to give Palestinians more control.” Here we go again, no more houses to be built in the towns and not more construction even of places which would provide jobs for Israelis and Palestinians alike and growing families forced to live generation upon generation in a single dwelling. Meanwhile the European Union and Arabs may build freely even in places where the Arabs are forbidden by the Oslo Accords but rules do not apply to the Arabs as the whole idea is to destroy Israel.

 

United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman

United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman

 

“For the Palestinians, it could include resuming full security cooperation with Israel, holding off seeking further international recognition and ending payments to families of Palestinians imprisoned for terrorist attacks. Arab states, particularly Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, could add their own commitments, like overflights by Israeli passenger planes, visas for business people and telecommunications links.”

 

United States Consul General in Jerusalem Donald Blome

United States Consul General in Jerusalem Donald Blome

 

Note the difference; Israel surrenders actual concrete items and actual ground while the Palestinians only are required to end payments to terrorist’s families who are imprisoned. What about those who died in their terror attack, do they still pay those families, not to mention they will simply rename these payments and continue them while claiming they have ended. We can hear Abbas now; we have ended the payments to the families of terrorists while in reality they now receive monthly patriotism reward payments for their families’ contribution to the greater effort. In the end, there will be one small item which Abbas just cannot agree unless the item is included. Then the pressure starts on Israel and as Netanyahu slowly concedes, Abbas hints, suggests the advantage, requests, then says he will walk unless this additional item is included and the final request is something he recently promised the Arab world. According to Abbas and his latest stand, he explained, “We won’t relinquish the ‘right of return’.” This is the one demand which Mahmoud Abbas knows that Israel cannot accept as it would mean many millions, anywhere from four or five million to uncountable as every Syrian refugee in any camp would probably claim to be of Palestinian decent just to be in Israel for a better life plus all the Hezballah, IRGC, Islamic State and other Islamic groups flooding Israel with possibly twenty million Arab refugees with potentially three-quarters of them being terrorist plants specially sent to destroy Israel.

 

United States Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell

United States Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell

 

Here is where a problem just might creep into the whole equation. Let us start with a little historic story. Once upon a time, there was an America President and his Secretary of State where the Secretary of State once stated she thought of the Palestinians as the black slaves and the Israelis the plantation owners. They believed they had the solution, the grand solution by which the Palestinians would have the opportunity to prove their desire to found a state and actually make a go of it and the Israelis could see the progress and realize they should trust the Palestinians with the rest of what the world believes is legally their land. They gave Israel guarantees and assurances that everything would be protected by the United States and if anything were to go awry, then Israel and the United States would repair the damage together and put things back to the way they were. This was the great experiment where nothing could go wrong, Prime Minister Sharon fell for President George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice and their promises and grand solution, and Gaza was given over to Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinians to build their state. Within two years, Hamas took control of Gaza in a coup and apparently that was not something going awry as the United States did nothing to return things to the way they were. Hopefully, Prime Minister Netanyahu recalls the worth of any United States promises and assurances that they will protect anything of Israel should things from their next grand scheme go wrong. Their guarantees are worthless, as worthless as every rocket and missile that Hamas and Islamic Jihad launch and every tunnel these terrorists dig is because of the guarantees given to Israel by an American President, one who the Israelis hailed as the most pro-Israel President ever, and now Trump has that same title and is coming with another grand plan where Israel makes concrete sacrifices and makes promises and hopes for peace while the world works through Trump’s inability to comprehend that he is being used as their tool to destroy Israel one step further.

 

So, let us look at the real story. President Trump is out to prove that he is the ultimate deal-maker and he will ply and pry at Israel forcing her to give him that precious deal proving his prowess and deal-making abilities. The team is mostly made up of amateurs with no experience or real depth of knowledge of the situation. Prime Minister Netanyahu had best tell them all about the grand Gaza deal and remind them how that turned out and the lack of American response to the emergency they created. But the truth is that the Europeans are the truthful ones as the European Union builds in Israeli territories Arab housing in order to erase as much of Israeli lands as they are able. The whole of world efforts since the promise to found a Jewish homeland has been to make such impossible. From the start the British along with Arab leaders forced Arabs to move into the Jewish designated areas while forbidding Jews from entering, even making the area all but completely closed during the Shoah. Since the founding of Israel, the efforts of the world have been to force Israel to exit as many strategic areas to the Arabs as frontal assaults from Arab armies failed in 1948-9, 1967 and 1973. President Obama all but presented Iran with nuclear weapons which would eventually be used against the United States knowing that they would also be used against Israel. This was an act which all but guarantees World War III, unless the world, especially Europe, realizes what is coming and acts preventively.

 

Abbas Gives Peace This Much of a Chance

Abbas Gives Peace This Much of a Chance

 

The world has worked to destroy Israel since her inception and continued even after she became a fact on the ground. Likely the first act should the European Union build a time machine, they will send an assassin back to murder Lord Balfour before he turns ten just to be sure. For a modern day replica of what Israel faced, look no further than the Kurdish and their recent referendum. The Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria are largely responsible for the destruction of the Islamic State in those two nations and now they are being ditched like old birdcage newspaper lining. The Zionists were fortunate to have some people in important places and with wealth to back their efforts with Lord Rothschild being one of the more prominent names. The Kurds in Iraq and Syria need to band together and tell the world that they have decided to establish Kurdistan as they were promised would happen after World War I and simply define their desired borders and prepare to defend them. Israel should be the first nation to recognize such an effort and be there to assist their defense if requested. Israel received such assistance on a person-by-person basis as soldiers from World War II such as Colonel Marcus volunteered to assist the Jewish efforts. The world still thinks that they will destroy Israel given sufficient time; the establishing of Kurdistan might just give the world more national homelands as others may follow such an effort. The Berbers in Northern Africa are another group deserving of their own lands once again as are numerous others. Instead of attempting to destroy indigenous peoples’ hopes, the world should celebrate such and a good start would be instead of trying to destroy Israel, how about freeing Tibet from Chinese occupation, or does that occupation not count. The United States was supposed to be about freedom, hope and against tyranny, when did that all change? Perhaps the time has come for the United States to return to her roots and allow others to return to their roots and even assist those denied such freedoms. But we ask too much and know this, too bad.

 

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November 17, 2017

Saudis Could Push Abbas into Iranian Hands

 

The smell of the United States is all over the recent Saudi Arabian initiatives being executed by Riyadh in the Middle East. Just last week Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was called to Riyadh by the Saudi Royal Family for some emergency talks. While there he resigned his post giving a television interview soon after. In the broadcast, Hariri was attacking Iran and its Hezbollah proxy, and claiming that he would return to Lebanon in the coming days to formally submit his resignation to Lebanese President Michel Aoun. This was not completely outside his honest feelings but was not a normal act. Should Hariri remain in Lebanon for any extended period of time and remain at all active politically, he can expect to face the same end as his father, assassinated.

 

Now we hear that Mahmoud Abbas has been demanded by the Saudi Royal Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to accept the upcoming Trump peace proposal or resign. He was further instructed, or warned depending on your interpretation, to not seek the assistance or relations with Iran or any Iranian proxies. The Saudis expressed to Abbas, according to reports, their distrust, disfavor and distress over Saleh al-Arouri visiting Tehran in October. Arouri, a Hamas terror chief, was the Hamas signatory on a reconciliation deal with Abbas’s Fatah group signed in Cairo last month. The Saudis making him into an Iranian agent is an attempt to drive a wedge between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas using Iran as the issue. They are also giving Abbas a direct challenge, either you are with us, the Saudis and implied the United States, or you are with them, Iran, Hezbollah, Syria and implied the Russians. This is hardball tactics and is being implemented ham-handedly. With Iran having already tendered generous offers of weapons, training and possibly manpower including volunteers to carry our suicide bombings inside Jerusalem and potentially Tel Aviv and other sensitive prime targets within Israel, Abbas being pressed now by the Saudis simply to choose, as the Saudis are not offering anything additional to what they already provide, implied here American support, and Abbas requiring what the Iranians are proffering will very likely choose Iran. Abbas is more likely to challenge the Saudi Royals and test President Trump and may very well bet that he is safer and better supported by the Iranians and prefer IRGC and al-Quds Brigade support to Saudi cash and as he knows the United States must talk with him to make any peace, and be willing to push President Trump to choose.

 

Saudis Tell Abbas to Accept Trump Peace Plan or Resign

Saudis Tell Abbas to Accept Trump Peace Plan or Resign

 

If, as we suspect, President Trump is behind this Saudi push to force choices to be made concerning Iran or Saudi support, he has miscalculated badly. This will only serve to push more influence to Iran and take it from the Saudi Royals. Saudi Arabia, despite its oil revenues, is currently somewhat cash strapped and not able to both buy arms and pay the bills of their member states who depend on their support for their existence such as Egypt, Lebanon and others while Iran, thanks to President Obama’s generous gifts in his attempt to make Iran the hegemonic Middle East Islamic power, had hundreds of millions of dollars which they plan on using to their greatest benefit and in attempts to surround Israel. They already own the southern half of Iraq including Mosul, thanks to Western imperial stupidity led by the British in their efforts to prevent the Kurdish People from realizing self-determination and their own nation state, as well as Syria and its Golan Heights border with Israel. Iran through Hezbollah pretty much control Lebanon and, with the Hariri resignation, will soon control the government squeezing out the moderates, Christians, non-Shia Muslims and other minorities. The pressure placed on Hariri, if that was what was the impetus for his resignation, has lost any hope for Lebanon to break free from Iraq and now has given the opportunity for IRGC forces to set up the planned Iranian base in southern Lebanon near the Israel border. The next targets in the Iranian plot to surround Israel, Jordan and the PA. With the Saudi Royals placing a choose now with no middle ground options to Abbas, he is very likely to call the Saudi’s bluff and see if the United States will abandon all hope of an Arab-Israeli peace.

 

Abbas knows that President Trump has salivated over the opportunity to manage to end the Arab-Israeli conflict, or at least the Palestinian side of this conflict, as he has already laid down the gauntlet and taken on that quest. President Trump sees himself as the ultimate deal-maker and just the person to hammer out an agreement; after all, as he puts it, he has made billion dollar deals in New York City and, to quote a show tune, “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere. It’s up to you, New York, New York.” Unfortunately, if what has leaked is true and President Trump is designing a peace offering around the “Two-State Solution of two states for two peoples living side by side in peace and security,” we have all been there, rejected that by Abbas and as long as President Trump insists that the Jews rule their own state, the deal is dead on arrival. That is a fact which Abbas has made very clear on numerous occasions. But as long as President Trump is going to attempt to make a peace proposal, then he is going to have to meet with Abbas or the problems will remain and the violence continue which would make for a horrific resulting peace. That means that Abbas and not the Saudi Royals is sitting in the driver’s seat and controlling the vehicle and if the Saudis demand Abbas choose his preferable passengers, his preferred partners, they had best sweeten their deal and stop making threats as the Iranians are out bribing people to buy their friendship. In the Middle East, you are my friend as long as you can and are empowering me and right now, the Iranians are offering to empower Abbas while the Saudis are threatening to cut him off. Which way would you choose? Here is the lands of crazy friends where Sunni and Shiite are considered impossible bedfellows you have Sunni Hamas in bed with Shiite Iran and Turkey playing all sides against the middle, that will not end well for Erdogan at some point, and Iraq dancing completely to the Iranian tune yet the only force to oppose them are the Kurdish militias which would be far stronger together defending their own lands yet the Sunnis are opposing their efforts simply because they are not true Arabs, actually not Arab at all.

 

The Middle East is currently in flux and everything and everyone is ready to jump ship and seek a more affluent and generous benefactor. Turkey is seeking some route whereby they become the renewed Ottoman Caliphate with much of Syria and Iraq as their territory, which are also the lands where the Kurdish People are found which explain why Erdogan has the Turkish forces engaged in Syria fighting the Kurds and calling them Islamic State. Egypt is seeking to be left alone except for their need for funds as their economy is stuck in the mire and going nowhere and even doing that slowly. The other two powers are Iraq and Saudi Arabia who are fighting one another in Yemen. The Saudis are presumably aligned with the United States and with Rex Tillerson holding the office of Secretary of State; this gives the Saudis a friend advising the White House. The Iranians no longer have an ally in Washington, are content with having Russia as their friend of the moment, and are seeking more than simply control of the Middle East and an end to Israel. While the Saudis are attempting to hold on to the status quo and are not acting proactively, they very well may find themselves out of the picture perceived as being weak. On the other hand, the Iranians appear strong and willing to do whatever must be done to empower the people of the Middle East and this fact may allow them to gain the support of the Arab Middle East despite their being Persians and not actual Arabs.

 

If the United States plans to prevent Iran from spreading their tentacles into Europe, the time to act is immediately. Iran has made great strides in their trade relations and contracts with European countries, France and Germany in particular. Should Iran manage to gain the upper hand with most of the Islamic communities in Europe, we could see them start to take control over governments in Europe starting with France and Germany. What everybody need understand and understand now is that Iran intends to rule the world and will take as long as required in order to do so. They played President Obama like a Fender Stratocaster guitar. They realized his time was limited and he was desperate to make a deal and willing to buy their cooperation. That is why the Iran nuclear deal gives Iran an all but immediate route to nuclear weapons, gave Iran boatloads (actually plane loads) of cash and provided them with a secret deal on the side, which has been kept a deep dark secret. Iran is poised to make a start at control of much of the Middle East, placing a foothold in the Horn of Africa, making inroads in Europe and generally extending their control to a point where they are on the threshold of a breakout from which only three nations in the Western hemisphere would be standing in their way, Russia, the United States and, of course, Israel. Of the three, the only one recognizing this threat and calling it out to the world are the Israelis. The question now is will anybody even listen to the Israeli warnings and even should they hear it, would they heed it and take any actions. We fear the answer to all those queries is the same resounding “No.” The world is following a familiar path where empires fall and evils run amuck.

 

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