Friday, 7 July 2017

Trump talks about a clash of civilisations, not a threat to universal values


Trump's speech yesterday at Warsaw was a very good one, though I have mentioned that I disliked him seeing the Assad regime and Iran as hostile.

George W. Bush went to lengths to insist the West was not in conflict with Islam. He declared war instead on an abstract noun, terrorism, even though you can't win a war with an abstract noun. Barack Obama said the terrorist murders in Paris, several massacres ago, were "an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share", even though values are not really universal.

Donald Trump yesterday at Warsaw declared that Western culture, not universal values, are under assault in Europe and the U.S. This is an important step forward.

But what will he do to defend the West?

At any rate, for the time being, he is listening to Steve Bannon rather than H.R. McMaster or Ivanka. This is good.

1 comment:

  1. It almost felt surreal having a Western leader saying what most people think. Dominic Johnson