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Soon after Trump had Soleimani killed, a liberal friend of mine phoned.
“Was this not the last straw; even for you?” she queried. I could only say that I thought it was most excellent that this henchman of Al Queda and ISIS (or whatever) was finally meeting his Maker.
But World War III? Didn’t I realize that the Hitlerian Trump had killed this terrorist only in order to rile up the Iranians? Then the demonic Trump could finally justify his bringing us into WWIII, which, apparently had been his entire reason for becoming President. My friend continued: as soon as the Iranian President grimaced or insulted Trump, it would be all over and our planet would be an incinerated ball of ash.
I could only answer that I had no idea what she was talking about. Disappointed in my reaction, she let me turn the conversation to non-political events.
After we hung up, I decided to turn on the TV.
On Fox News, Tucker or Hannity was discussing something unrelated to Soleimani’s murder.
So I turned to the lamestream media. Oh my Lordy. Were they ever having themselves a field day. Nothing even close to the killing of Soleimani had ever happened prior to this. I personally could recall at least several political assassinations I had witnessed through news reports during my life: the killing of the leader in the Congo or Nigeria in the late 1950s, the assassination of the Vietnamese leader, Ngo Dinh Diem, shortly before JFK’s assassination, and others.
Anyway, all the Talking Heads on all the TV stations except Fox were discussing the imminence of WWIII. Plus I was amazed to witness the fact that finally, Trump was fulfilling every dastardly prediction that Rachel, Don Lemon or Joy Reid had ever invoked. Boy, was this all really making them gleeful.
I mean, there were Pentagon analysts, foreign correspondents, and every political commentator and pundit announcing the imminent destruction of our planet. Everyone in lamestream media was pretty much suggesting that within 96 hours the entire planet would be toast. And that although normally this thought would make these folks sad, they couldn’t help themselves as they danced around and were joyous that Trump had finally revealed his real colors.
Now, there were a number of people that Obama had killed, if you can remember that far back. I clearly remember the videos of Khaddafi being assassinated, with Hillary Clinton hearing the news and chortling over his demise. But when such dastardly matters were discussed on the telly, it was always pointed out what bad dudes these people were and how the world was safer.
Only in the case of Trump is it allowable for the TV Talking Heads to ignore how the world is a better place without someone like Soleimani in it. Without acknowledging that possibility, the TV executives’ then allowed the TV Fake New-sters to focus on how the President’s action occurred due to a maniacal propensity for wanting world wide devastation and thermo-nuclear war.
How can two opposing sides be so far apart? This is why it is impossible for either side to come together and discuss matters of political importance.