By Muhammad Imadudin Nasution
Political Analyst and Strategist in Khamakar Press Agency and Candidate Center
I am not surprised when Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 6, 2017. But I am surprised that the Trump’s designation just rejected by 128 members of the United Nations in a special meeting. As we know, Trump is an unpopular President of the United States. He has been inaugurated on January 20, 2017 and people were protesting at the day of his inauguration.
The Trump political view is a supranationalist almost fascist political ideology. I am surprised when a newspaper in Indonesia told me that Trump’s father never rent his apartments to a black or colored person. I do not belief that Trump was grew up as a racist and also a white supremacist. He looks like a normal American as we see his cabinet today. Carson, his sparring partner at the 2016 Republican Primary, is there as a secretary. Also he has chosen an Asian woman for a department in his cabinet. So it is difficult to say that Trump is a fascist, racist or a white supremacist.
But his rhetorical campaign during his candidacy in 2016, has shown that he is not a pluralist person. His promises to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and war on illegal immigrants show that Trump is an anti-Islam politician. He even does not care that his current wife, Melania Trump (born Melanija Knavs or Melania Knauss) is an immigrant and also naturalized US citizen. So is Trump really a supranationalist, racist or even fascist? I repeat that I do not believe it yet. At least I do not believe it yet today.
Anti-Islam Rhetoric, Republican and White Supremacists
As some researches on the growth of Islam and other religious beliefs, Islam is the most growing religion on earth. The growth is caused by conversion and birth. Also the waves of immigration to Europe, Americas and Australia (and New Zealand), change the demography of the West today. But we can read that Islam is getting rejected by some nativists in Europe and the Americas, also in Australia and New Zealand. The waves of rejection against Islam are growing up as the growth of Islam in the contemporary west.
Today we can see that the US already had a black president for the first time in history. The US is getting pluralistic and multicultural and also tolerant during the Obama Administration in 2009-2017. In some reports, we can read that the United State had welcomed many immigrants in the last 150 years. Even Obama told us that the United States is a nation of immigrants, as his father was also an immigrant in the country. We can remember when a naturalized citizen of the United States, Abdul Karim Hassan claimed that he can to be a US President by the principle of human rights and equality. Of course his claim was rejected by the Supreme Court of Justice of the United States.
The United States reported has close history with the Islamic nations since the 18th century. But the nativists and white supremacists do not agree with the facts of historical relations between America and Islam. We can see that some Americans do not agree with Jefferson’s ownership of a copy of the Holy Quran.
The historical relations between the US and Islam are fluctuated year by year. As we know the US people are proud of some Muslims but they also hate some other Muslims too. Republican Party as an American leading party is switched to be conservative white after 1960s civil rights movement era. And Democrats also switched to be liberal and pro-choice political party. The switching of the political platforms make America divided again.
White supremacists are allowed in the name of American democracy. As the legalization of the Nation of Islam which is a black supremacist, Ku Klux Klan also get freedom in the US public spaces. Of course both organizations are being illegal if we ask the Americans on them. But actually Trump is getting supported by the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party.
The anti-Islam rhetoric used by the Republican Presidential Candidates such as Trump and Carson. Carson accuses Islam as an anti-toleration faith. In Carson’s opinion, Islam banned other religions and commands the Muslims to kill people with other religions except Islam. Carson did not read the Quran as in the Verse of al-Baqarah: 256 and al-Kafiroon: 6 we can read that Islam respects the freedom of faith. As in many Muslim countries such in Indonesia, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Iran and Egypt, and also in Turkey, the Muslim majorities are live peaceful with non-Muslim minorities and there is no persecution against the non-Muslim minorities there.
Even the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party terrorizing the African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American and other colored persons living in the United States, the US government actually does not mention them as terrorist organizations. But we do not know why the Muslim organizations are mentioned as terrorist organizations. The unfair prejudice made by the radical-fundamentalist, far-right, supranationalist groups in the American government.
As the Nazi Germany enforce the Jewish ban, the radical Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi enforcing the Muslim and immigrant ban. Videos show American white girls speaking hate on non-white people and non-English speakers uploaded to YouTube and also other social media such as Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp Messenger. The videos also spreading worldwide and the hate on America increase as love on America.
Also the Republican Party becoming a pro-life and also pro-war political party after Vietnam War or maybe after the Civil Rights Act signed in 1968. Beside of Democrats which is becoming pro-choice and pluralistic political party. I cannot explain the switch perfectly but at least we can know that Democratic Party is pro-choice and anti-war right now, also the Republican Party is very pro-life and pro-war.
The Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi are illegal by the law in the United States, but there are no sanctions for people who joining the groups. Joining the illegal groups is about freedom in America. It is about political will so freedom and democracy are the common values at the case.
Trump and the Cold War II
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the petro super power today. The Kingdom making close relations with the United States even the US Foreign Policies are harming the Muslim World. The United States is the largest Christian community on Earth, and Saudi Arabia is the only Islamic country without non-Muslim citizen. Beside of it, Indonesia is the largest Muslim community with India which both country making the majority of the Muslim community in the World.
So the closed relation between the KSA and the USA is nothing but political for the Muslim World. Iran as an enemy of the United States gives its critiques toward the relationship between US and Saudi Arabia. But the issues used by the countries in the Middle East are about Sunni-Shia relation and the deviation of Shia in the Sunni Theology. The issue made by Saudi Arabia that Shia is anti-Islam and also an enemy of all Muslim in the World.
The Sunni-Shia relations flipped up in the Middle East and the Sunni Muslims making war against the Shia Muslims. The radical American Christians are laughing on the fresh bodies of the Muslims in the Middle East today. The hoaxes on Shia strikes on Sunni mosques make the people from all over the World are angry and condemning the Shia Muslims in the entire World. Actually the strikes are from person without identity who is hating the peace between Muslims.
The Middle East tension is moving up and down day by day to years and centuries. The history states that the Andalusian Umayyad Dynasty is the biggest enemy of the Abbasid Dynasty. Also the French Empire under Charlemagne is an enemy of the Andalusian Umayyad State. Factually the Abbasid Caliphs had made close relations with Charlemagne’s French Empire. Wars between Abbasid Caliphate and Andalusian Umayyad Caliphate were intervened by the French Empire under Charlemagne and also by the Mongolian Genghis Khan Empire. As we can understand the enemy of my enemy in politics is my best friend. So there is no theological and ideological matters, also there is no brotherhood between Muslims, Christians and other religions but there is only about national interests.
The Caliphate of Islam was fallen after internal wars between families of the caliphs and the wars are repeated in the families of the Arabian kingdoms and emirates today. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has seen the Islamic Republic of Iran as an enemy because of its influences toward the Muslim World. And the influences of Saudi Arabia in the Middle East are never growing better after the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union was fallen and the People Republic of China becoming the only communist superpower which is not as communist as Soviet at the time. And the results of the post-cold war are the awakening of democracy in Asia and Africa, including in the Middle East and also the tension of Sunni-Shia relations in the World.
And there is the next cold war. I called it the Second Cold War. It is the cold war between BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and their axis in one side, versus the United States, the United Kingdom and European Union on the other side. The Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League are on the side of the United States, because of the leadership of Saudi Arabia in both organizations.
Arab-Israeli conflict also developed and some Arab countries take the side the Palestinian people, but the KSA and its allies are not on the side of Palestine. Iran as the eternal enemy of the United States and the United Kingdom is on the side of the Palestinians. And we will be surprised when we see that the Shia Muslims are protecting the Palestinian people. Also Turkey a secular Muslim country is at the side with the Palestinian people today. As we also surprised because of the embassies of the Middle East countries (such as KSA, UAE, Jordan and Egypt) are existed in Tel Aviv, the capital of Israel. So there are many Muslim countries making diplomatic relations with the State of Israel as they are making relationship with Palestine.
And today, Trump and King Salman bin Abdul Aziz make close relations with Israel which politically opposite to Iranian and Syrian politics. So today axis and allies are created and the Second Cold War begins. The questions are about where are we now at the Cold War? And alignment is the key of peace and war at this time.
But I am still surprised that 128 countries are opposing the allies and take the side of the axis in the Middle East or the Second Cold War today. I think it is about political communication of Trump’s presidency and also communication style of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today. I see that the people of the World are fed up with the US domination in the United Nations today. Also the movements against the US domination are awake and spreading in the Middle East, Europe and other places in the World.
As we read that Trump has been born in a racist family, we can understand that this will be the end of the American domination. Why did I say that? Because we know that the racist governments are weak politically. US Cabinet today is neither pluralist nor tolerant cabinet filled by most conservative people on Earth. Trump is a nativist who does not understand where he came from. Even he knows that his ancestors are Germans he never realizes that they have been come to America in the previous centuries.
People are protesting everywhere in the entire World against Trump Administration. And today we have seen that Trump was failed in a fighting against the UN members. A majority of the UN members are standing against him at a special meeting. Also we know that this is the Second Cold War which can to be the next (the third) World War between South and North. But as we see the UN meetings and the UN Secretariat jobs today, we can hope that the Third World War will not happening in this decade.
God knows better.