“There will be no more lies. We will honor the American people with the truth”



Immediately after Donald Trump spoke those words at the Republican national convention Thursday night, the massive crowd erupted into chants of “USA…USA…USA!”

Whenever I hear crowds yelling “USA” like that it always gives me a queasy feeling, for what it suggests is blind patriotism. Trump’s speech came three days after 20 civilians died in US airstrikes on the Syrian city of Manbij; two days after the French airstrikes that killed 120 more civilians in the village of Toukhan al-Kubra, just to the north of Manbij; and also two days after the emergence of a horrendously graphic video showing US-backed “moderate rebels” of the Nour al-Din al-Zenki movement beheading a young boy from Aleppo.


While plenty of people have expressed shock over the video and made note of the fact that the boy’s murderers were backed by the US, few have bothered to report the youngster’s name. According to Al Manar, his name was Abdullah Issa. He was 12 years old. The report also mentions that he suffered from Thalassemia, a blood disorder, and was abducted from a hospital after a brother of Omar Salkho, Nour al-Din al-Zenki’s Aleppo commander, was killed. Apparently this was sufficient cause for beheading a child.

A heartbreaking exchange is said to have taken place when Salkho reportedly asked the terrified young boy if he had a last wish.

“I wish to be shot dead,” Abdullah reportedly replied.

“You will not be shot dead,” the terrorist leader is said to have answered. “We are worse than ISIL.”

In the video below, Salkho is presumably the man in the green cap.


I hope that these killers are brought to justice–though not through random shelling upon the battlefield. I hope instead that they are captured alive and placed on trial, and during their trial, I would hope they would be questioned not only about beheadings and other crimes committed, but also as to what contacts they may have had with US or possibly Israeli officials. Did they, for instance, undergo training at a US training camp in Jordan or Turkey? According to Wikipedia, Nour al-Din al-Zenki has received BGM-71 Tow anti-tank missiles from the US, and quite possibly they have received other assistance as well.

Perhaps the most unseemly performance of all was not so much the shouts of “USA” at the Republican convention but a comment given at the State Department by spokesperson Mark Toner, who, when told about Abdullah Issa’s beheading, remarked offhandedly, “If we can prove that this was indeed what happened and this group was involved… it would give us pause about any assistance or, frankly, any further involvement with this group.”

The words “it would give us pause” raise serious questions about what value Toner places upon the lives of children living in countries torn and ripped apart by US regime change operations. Had the victim in this case been a 12-year-old Israeli boy, rather than Syrian, can we for a moment imagine Toner responding “it would give us pause” when told that such a child had been decapitated?


“But here at our convention, there will be no lies,” Trump orated in his speech. “We will honor the American people with the truth and nothing else.”


So did Trump honor the American people with the truth about the beheading of Abdulla Issa or US support for terrorists who carry out war crime atrocities? No, he didn’t, sad to say. Well what exactly is the truth, according to Donald Trump? What “truths” came from the presidential contender’s lips during his acceptance speech?

Some of his truths are self-evident on their face. For instance:

  • that 4 in 10 African-American children live in poverty while 58% of African-American youth are unemployed
  • that the national debt has almost doubled under Obama, now standing at more than $19 trillion
  • that Hillary Clinton pushed a “failed policy of nation building and regime change”–in Iraq, Libya, Egypt, and Syria–that should now be abandoned;

Other of his “truths” are a bit more subjective:

  • the Iran deal will go down in history as one of the worst deals ever negotiated
  • the Chinese are the greatest currency manipulators ever
  • law enforcement (as it pertains to street crime) has been too lax under the Obama administration

And some are blatantly false:

  • businesses are overregulated, particularly in the energy sector (presumably an endorsement for fracking, given the candidate’s reported choice for Energy Secretary)
  • our military is “depleted” and needs to be rebuilt
  • Israel is our “greatest ally” in the Middle East

So yes, Trump spoke a few truths, mixed in with some partial truths, along with some outright untruths. Isn’t that what we have come to expect from the US political system? But the greatest truths, the truths most direly in need of being spoken–about the influence of the Israeli lobby, the control of virtually the entire mainstream media by just six corporations, the need to totally rearrange the system to eliminate the influence of money–these and other truths that direly need to be expressed were missing from the speech.

Some might take a little bit of heart from Trump’s criticism of Clinton for her regime change efforts in the Middle East, but it should be noted that in the very same speech the New York billionaire chastised Obama apparently over his refusal to launch an all-out war against the Syrian government in the wake of the Ghouta chemical attacks in 2013:

“Another humiliation came when president Obama drew a red line in Syria – and the whole world knew it meant absolutely nothing,” the candidate asserted.

Trump obviously believes that the Syrian Army carried out the chemical attack–a claim that has been thoroughly discredited but which the mainstream media continue to propagate nonetheless.

Controlled as it is by money, the US political system is a snake pit. The chances of a person of genuine integrity rising from such a system to become president are probably something like a million to one. Of course many people are naturally hopeful, and there is always a tendency to believe that this or that candidate is the one in a million exception to the rule. This is human nature. But the reality is that the snake pit is what produced the government we have now, a government that pursues a policy of arming terrorist head choppers, as well as State Department spokespeople capable of uttering, without barely a blink of an eye, that the beheading of a 12-year-old child might “give us pause.”

Trump or Hillary? Would Trump end up becoming the new “worst president ever”? Would Hillary be just as bad–maybe worse (maybe a hundred times worse)?  Should you vote for the Green Party or the Libertarian candidate? Maybe write in the name of your favorite poet, clown, or mathematician? It’s hard to say, and I’m not here to tell anybody how to vote, or whether to even vote at all or simply boycott the snake pit and stay home on election day. The decision is yours.

I’m only here to say that the choices aren’t good–but then you already knew that.

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{p}Richard Edmondson is an author, novelist, poet, and journalist whose writings often focus on Middle East issues, the Zionist lobby, and religion. His latest novel is The Memoirs of Saint John: When the Sandstone Crumbles, a story about an archaeological team doing a dig in Syria and set amidst the current conflict in the country. {/p} {p}In 2014 Richard attended an International Conference on Combating Terrorism and Religious Extremism, held in Damascus. The book is part two in the Memoirs of Saint John series.{/p} {p}Two other books by Richard are Rising Up: Class Warfare in America from the Streets to the Airwaves, relating his experiences founding and operating an unlicensed or “pirate” FM radio station in San Francisco in the 1990s, as well as a volume of poetry entitled American Bus Stop: Essay and Poems on Hope and Homelessness.{/p} {p}Richard is cognizant of the words of the early Christian writer Tertullian, who in the second century-basically prognosticating the fall of the Roman Empire-wrote: “We have made merry amid the ludicrous cruelties of the noonday exhibition.”{/p}

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  1. Voting? I totally agree with you there. It’s as meaningful a term as “Democracy” or “Freedom” in our present world.

    NO. I refuse to assist in providing the appearance of legitimacy to a clearly illegitimate machine. It is a sham, in its entirety. It is a trap and a farce.

    Gotta love those folks that incessantly bleat, “Well, if ya didn’t vote, then you don’t have the right to complain.” No — by participating in this “voting” sham, one is merely displaying to the very dregs who manipulate that sabotaged machine, that one is indeed as dumb as they claim. The dregs covertly laugh at and ridicule the unwitting participants, whilst “counting” the sloppily-stacked, yet effective, deck of cards known as “ballots”. Whats worse is that, after “voting”, the hoi polloi then convince themselves that they have “done their civic duty”… and that, as such, no further involvement in securing their nation’s future is necessary.

    I do hope their children can forgive them. (Not that they deserve it.)

    And, for well over a century, they have repeated this process, with the same DISASTROUS results — EVERY TIME. It’s insane. It’s mass suicide. It will take much more than simply “voting” to avoid the [soon to be unavoidable] extinction of their peoples.

  2. Others of you have pointed out that criticizing Israel would likely ensure Trump’s defeat in November. And this is probably quite true. But criticizing US support for terrorist groups in Syria would not carry the same risk. I visited Syria in 2014. I saw and heard first hand from the people there what is taking place. Some told me of almost unbelievable horrors. One man showed me pictures he had taken on his cell phone and which were extremely gruesome. Trump’s failure to denounce US support for these terrorists would suggest either callous indifference, or, at best, simply a poor grasp of the facts. This might still make him the “lesser of two evils,” but it doesn’t make him the heroic man of backbone and integrity that some of you seem to believe him to be.

  3. A question to all of you who have criticized this article: how am I serving the interest of the elites (as couple of you have alleged) by pointing out that the US has been supporting terrorists in Syria who have committed atrocities, including beheading children? Trump’s failure thus far to address this all-important issue is HIS shortcoming–not mine. One of you has insinuated I am a “wanna-be dirt-bag-satanist lapdog for the elites.” Another accuses me of being the “ultimate paid shill grasping at straws.” Maybe it’s time Trump supporters started considering the possibility that our hero (and I use the word “our” because I was leaning toward voting for him at one point, and may still in fact do so) has feet of clay. That’s sometimes the case.

  4. I am guessing Richard Edmondson is just another wanna-be dirt-bag-satanist lapdog for the elites. 15 Years of war, over 2 trillion down the tubes, ISIS stronger then ever, redeployments to Iraq, Libya, Syria and Afghanistan, and our military isnt depleted?! We are fielding high price garbage. Massive PTSD, and other physiological problems are vets are experiencing from extended deployments into dangers zones, and they come home to not be cared for. You dont write about any of that, its all trump is the devil garbage, because you are a paid puppet. Ill take anti establishment trump any day over criminal Hillary that allowed us soldiers to die. You are a clown, and should leave the articles to people who have a clue…

  5. Vote for Hillary, she’s honest. She has experience. She’s a democrat so Gordon will vote for her too.

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