Never one for missing an opportunity to exploit the misery of others, Donald Trump tweeted the following in response to the horrific bombing at an Egyptian mosque that killed more than 300 worshipers:
“Will be calling the President of Egypt in a short while to discuss the tragic terrorist attack, with so much loss of life. We have to get TOUGHER AND SMARTER than ever before, and we will. Need the WALL, need the BAN! God bless the people of Egypt.”
Donald Trump could not care less about the people of Egypt; besides, no God of which I’m aware waits for Donald Trump to authorize a blessing. Perhaps Trump was told to add that postscript, but I’m not going to guess at the way unhinged minds operate. Let’s deal with facts instead.
After the Las Vegas massacre on October 1, during which one Stephen Paddock fired off 1100 rounds and killed 56 people, Mr. Trump did not admonish us to be TOUGHER and SMARTER with regard to gun sales and gun usage. No. That was not the time to discuss matters that didn’t involve Muslims.
At the church murders in Sutherland Springs, Texas, earlier this month in which 26 worhipers (again) were gunned down by a former mental patient, Donald Trump steered clear of any anti-NRA rhetoric, choosing instead to admit that we have some crazy people in America.
And who would know better?
Trump comprehends very little about anything. His opinions usually result from superficial news updates from sycophants whose main concern is making their king happy. If Trump understood the nuanced relationship between Muslim sects, and especially that which separates the Sufi Muslims from the more traditional factions, he would be a little less glib.
Sufism, a mystical form of Islam, emphasizes the inward search for God and shuns materialism. Most non-Sufi Muslims understand this and accept it; however, to a fundamentalist with extreme views, the Sufis are considered heretics or apostates; and for years terrorist groups like Al Qaeda have debated whether or not killing the Sufis was justified. With 305 dead in that mosque, we seem to have received our answer, though similar killings have occurred for years.
No wall prevents this, and no travel ban. It is also unlikely that the sworn revenge of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and the Egyptian warplanes attacking in the desert and pulverizing vehicles used in the assault will make much of a difference. It’s a method Trump would endorse, but it accomplishes nothing.
Meanwhile our status in the world is diminishing rapidly as Trump (and his accomplice, Rex Tillerson) continue to eviscerate the State Department, firing or releasing many accomplished and respected statesmen. American foreign correspondence has degenerated into a spate of simplistic and shallow tweets—most of them dashed off in anger. (It’s interesting to note that Trump’s mosque tweet occurred on the same day he took the time to blast NFL football players again.)
It comes down to this: even if we overlook Trump’s boorishness, greed, and dishonesty, we cannot overlook the dire situation into which this know-nothing is leading our country. And whenever he confronts any multifaceted issue that requires even a minimal depth of understanding, or even one that requires simple empathy for the 305 families facing loss and hardship tonight, we are reminded again just how ill-equipped this man is to be the leader of anything, let alone of the United States.