…by Sajjad Shaukat for Veterans Today
By following the policies of Germany’s earlier rulers William II (Kaiser) and Adolf Hitler in the modern era, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump will cause destruction in the entire world, if he becomes the president of the United States.
Robert G. L. Waite in his books “Kaiser and Fuhrer: A Comparative Study of Personality and Politics”, and “The Psychopathic God: Adolph Hitler”finds outstanding similarities between William II and Hitler. According to him,
“Though Hitler rose to power at the head of a mass movement and the Kaiser inherited his throne, the two men were alike in their pathological egotism and belief that Germany existed for their own aggrandizement. Both men considered themselves incapable of change. Both were fierce racists and anti-Semites. They enjoyed humiliating others. Both dragged Germany into destructive World Wars for which they were quick to blame others.”
Renowned historians opine that William II and Adolf Hitler were impulsive rulers, guided by ungoverned temper—they were the most ambitious leaders who wanted to make Germany the greatest power. They believed in the principle of “world power or downfall.” They had a firm faith in the superiority of German race. The two leaders believed that the path to German greatness was through aggressive military actions.
They started a programme of enormous armament by developing German military on modern lines. William II and Hitler became powerful rulers and acted upon an aggressive foreign policy to subjugate other nations. It was due to their unskilled diplomacy that militarization of Germany alarmed France, England and Russia. Thus, they humiliated the Germans, as their country was defeated in the World War I World War II.
Particularly, Hitler’s character and adverse circumstances in Germany helped him to come to power. The Germans were badly humiliated by the Treaty of Versailles (Peace Settlement 1919) which resulted into multiple crises, especially unemployment in Germany. Hitler was a great orator and his techniques of propaganda helped him to influence millions of people. The Germans felt that Hitler could not only resolve their problems, but could also restore the glory of Germany in the eyes of the world. The more Hitler manipulated the injustices of the Treaty of Versailles, the more he became popular with the public.
After coming to power, Adolf Hitler’s internal policies were authoritarian and totalitarian. Liberty disappeared completely. The secret police-Gestapo was formed to deal with the slightest indication of opposition. He mixed politics with religious fervor and massacred several Jews in the concentration camps. Hitler and his Nazi party had planned to conquer colonies for the German people in the East and South of Europe. They must have a living space-Lebensraum, as Nazis called it.
Following William II and Hitler in the modern era, Donald Trump promised to restore American prestige and to make America great again. Like Hitler, Trump succeeded in mobilizing the electorate of the Republican Party with promises to restore jobs and to resolve the internal problems of the US. During his emotional speeches, Trump’s body language and way of speaking were not less than those of Hitler, and he managed to consolidate popular support among Republican voters, despite the resistance from his own party. He won over his fellow candidates in the nomination race.
As regards the propaganda techniques, one can easily witness resemblance between Trump and Hitler. In this context, on May 31, 2016, nearly 400 pages of a US court documents disclosed,
“Trump University instructed employees on how to play on peoples’ emotions to get them to buy more expensive seminars for succeeding in real estate…it is our job to rekindle peoples’ motivation…to make them once again see the potential of achieving their dream…the documents unsealed in San Diego were part of a lawsuit by customers who say they were defrauded…a judge who has earned Trump’s scorn agreed with attorneys that the public had a right to know what was previously confidential.”
It is notable that as part of the anti-Muslim approach, and with the support of its Western allies, American President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama deliberately created chaos in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria including other Islamic countries such as Somalia, Yemen etc. where Washington was indirectly involved. If Hitler had erected concentration camps for Jews, Bush and Obama also converted these countries into concentration camps for the Muslims to obtain the illegitimate political and economic interests of the Zionist Jews and Israel.
During the phony global war on terror US-led Western forces killed millions of innocent persons in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria. In connivance with the Israeli Mossad, American CIA utilized a global network of secret prisons, foreign intelligence agents and torture centers in various Muslim countries including Belgium, Bagram (Afghanistan), Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and ships where torture was conducted directly by the CIA and FBI operatives.
Besides encouragement to the Israeli brutal tactics on the Palestinians, CIA conducted Shia-Sunni violence in Iraq and Pakistan. In case of Iraq, the US unleashed a deadly sectarian militia which terrorized the Sunni community and germinated a civil war, and claimed tens of thousands of lives. Now, terror-attacks on sectarian lines could also be noted in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Syria, while, CIA which created Al-Qaeda, also formed the Islamic State group (Also known ISIS or ISIL or Daesh) and Al-Qaeda’s Al-Nusra Front in accordance with the double game of America.
In these terms, covertly, Donald Trump seems determined to continue the anti-Muslim policies of the Bush and Obama, and could establish more concentration camps to complete the unfinished agenda of the Zionist-lobbies and Israel, in case, he becomes American president. He will not bother for dangerous implications of the US flawed strategy.
Anti-Muslim rhetoric of Trump could be judged from his own statements. While addressing a rally, Trump had called for a ban on Muslims, entering the United States. Trump’s opposition to Muslim refugees, especially from Syria is very well known. During his appearance with the National Border Patrol Council’s Green Line radio show on May 15, 2016, Trump has predicted that refugees with ISIS-funded cell phones will conduct another 9/11-like terrorist attack in the US. During a GOP debate in December, 2016, he had already expressed similar thoughts by giving “Americans wakeup call about border security and to take it seriously,” elaborating that he had “no doubt, the attackers were already entering the country.”
It is mentionable that after the terror attacks in Paris and Brussels, European politicians, particularly far right-wing leaders and their media are misguiding the general public against the Muslim World by exaggerating the so-called threat of Islamophobia. Besides, Muslims in the continent are facing severe backlash in form of attacks on them and threats (In some countries) in wake of anti-Muslim protests.
Without caring for human rights, several Muslim refugees have been expelled from various European countries. European and American intelligence officials and counterterrorism experts and analysts have been predicting prospective terror attacks in Europe and the US, which would be conducted by the ISIS. Experience of the recent acts of terrorism show that general masses start pointing fingers at the ISIS, without going into depth to know as to who (Entity) is behind this outfit, as to what the aims that entity wants to achieve, and what is the secret game in this respect.
Therefore, in pursuance of Hitler who held the Jews responsible for the defeat of Germany in the World War I, Donald Trump wants to keep the so-called threat of Islamophobia and that of Syrian refugees alive to create sense of fear among the Americans to win the presidential elections. Thus, he also intends to strengthen the alliance between the US and the West, especially Europe. In this connection, Trump who lacks farsightedness has totally ignored American’s home-grown terrorists which are proving more dangerous than those of the ISIS. Besides, if elected American president, Trump promised to stop immigrants from Mexico, while calling the Mexican immigrants “criminals” and “rapists”.
As regards Iraq and the Syrian war, since September 30, 2015, the Russian-led coalition of Iran, Iraq, the Syrian army-the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Lebanon-based Hezbollah have broken the backbone of the US-CIA-assisted ISIS terrorists, Al-Qaeda’s Al-Nusra Front and the rebels who have been fighting to oust the Syrian President Assad’s government and against the current Iraqi regime as part of America’s dual strategy.
These demoralized militants have fled most of the areas in Syria and Iraq, which have been recaptured by the NDF and Iraqi military. Therefore, if elected, being the US president, Trump will give a setback to the Geneva-based peace process of Syria, as he is likely to try to implement the CIA-prepared Plan B to divide Syria in order to obtain the American-Israeli secret aims, while providing Mossad equal chance to use the ISIS militants to conduct terror attacks in the US and Europe also to divert the attention of Americans and European peoples from internal problems which are owing to the prolonged war on terror in Afghanistan and other countries in wake of rift between the EU states on the question of refugees and so on.
It is noteworthy that there is a co-relationship of the US internal and external policies. But, like William II and Hitler, Trump is uncompromising. True to his rigid approach, he has set aside the facts that one of the major causes of the disintegration of the former Russian Empire was that its greater defence expenditures exceeded to the maximum, resulting in economic crises inside the country.
In this context, about a protracted war in Afghanistan, the former Russian President Gorbachev had declared it as the “bleeding wound.” While learning no lesson, in one way or the other, the US has been acting upon the similar policies which led to the demise of the Soviet Union.
Famous thinker of international relations, Hans Morgenthau points out that external policy of a country should be moulded in accordance “with the exigencies and circumstances of time and place” otherwise, there will be “failure of the foreign policy.” It is quite true in case of Trump who will further thwart the American foreign policy goals, because, he does not have political wisdom.
Notably, a new cold war has already started between the US-led Europe and Russia. After taking cognizance of the grievances of the international community, Russian President Vladimir Putin is rapidly restoring the balance of power in the world. In this respect, Masco which also has China’s support, though Beijing does not, openly, show, is in better position than the US and its western (NATO) allies who are also entangled in Afghanistan and the Middle East.
This cold war will enhance American expenditures by deepening the US momentary problems, while it is already been becoming difficult for Washington to maintain its military bases abroad. According to a recent report, America is near military collapse. However, Trump who lacks pragmatism would expedite the disintegration of America and the EU like the Soviet Union.
It is worth-mentioning that when President Obama hosted the fourth Nuclear Security Summit in Washington on March 31, 2016 to check the spread of nuclear weapons, showing concerns about the ambitions of terrorist groups such as the ISIS in acquiring a nuclear weapon or radioactive material, Donald Trump had taken a different stand in his interview with the CNN by stating, “More nuclear weapons could make the world safer…US can no longer afford to bankroll the defense of its allies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East…Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia may need arsenals to confront threats in their region on their own.”
Nevertheless, besides encouragement of nuclear arms race, it displays contradictory approach of the Republican candidate Donald Trump, as on the one side, he says that US can no longer afford to bankroll the defense of its allies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, while on the other; he wants to make America supreme power of the world.
Similarly, by pursuing the double standards of the US in its worst form, Trump also intends to favour India, while opposing the nuclear weapons of Pakistan. In this regard, he has brushed aside the ground realities that Indian Prime Minister Narindra Modi led by the ruling fundamentalist party BJP has been implementing anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan agenda, while encouraging Hindutva (Hindu nationalism).
Besides Muslims, BJP and other extremist outfits have also been targeting the Christians and their places of worship. Notably, BJP leader Dr. Subramaniam Swamy said on July 12, 2014 that India needed only two years to defeat Pakistan militarily, and the only solution of Kashmir was war, as “there is no peaceful solution.” Hence, if elected, as American president, Trump’s flawed strategy will result into atomic war between India and Pakistan in wake of the unresolved issue of Kashmir.
Once, the power-theorist, Henry Kissinger had stated that true diplomacy runs in the barrel of gun. This is what Trump is determined to follow by neglecting the modern international trends such as renunciation of war, disarmament, peaceful settlement of dispute and economic development.
Overestimation of one’s own power and underestimation of his adversary lead to war. William II and Hitler overestimated the power of Germany and underestimated that of their rival countries. This baseless idealistic policy culminated into destructive World Wars. In case, Donald Trump becomes American president, he will also overestimate the power of the US and underestimate that of Russia. But in the modern era, his inflexible strategy could result into nuclear war between the US and Russia which would envelope the whole world.
If elected, as the US president, Donald Trump is likely to accelerate the division of the world on religious lines, which could end in the ‘clash of civilizations” in the sense of Huntington, and thus, he would be responsible to originate a civil war on global level, particularly in wake of unresolved issue of Syria, as he is follower of William II and Hitler in the modern era.
Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations
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