Op-Ed

All the horrors are not Trump’s fault. But are they ours?

In this June 26 photo, a Rohingya woman in a Bangladesh refugee camp reached for the son born out of a rape by six soldiers from Myanmar's security, after they strangled her two-year-old son to death. Her husband blames her for the rape and wants nothing to do with her or the baby.
In this June 26 photo, a Rohingya woman in a Bangladesh refugee camp reached for the son born out of a rape by six soldiers from Myanmar's security, after they strangled her two-year-old son to death. Her husband blames her for the rape and wants nothing to do with her or the baby. Associated Press

You are right, Donald. Having to arrest toddlers is not your fault. You didn’t start the War on Drugs.

We don’t really remember who started the war that caused 48 politicians to be murdered in Mexico in one election (“Lock Her Up squared”), and is causing Central American families to choose between murder and jail for their kids, and which got poor people on legal (first time sold) opioids, but I guess it was all of us.

We wanted that War on Drugs so everything that happened since would not happen. That war and you are proof that we can do some pretty stupid things as a country.

You are right. Donald. It may be prudent to keep Muslims out, strictly on religious grounds, but just remember that if we had a travel ban on Venezuela in the past there would have been no baseball great Davey Concepcion. No, Muslim rage is not your fault, either. Our nation’s politics has sowed rage in the hearts of two generations of Muslims, but they got us back on 9/11 by getting us into an ineffective war or so, against we are not sure who, which caused the breeding of more terrorists, eroded our civil liberties and made us have to defend our Constitution against religious fanatics, ours, theirs and Israel’s.

But 9/11 did give us a pretext for dominating more of the world than we can handle.

You are right, Donald. Those shootings are not your fault. The police and juries are only joining in the systematic racism of several generations when they allow police murder. Those school shootings are too bad, but make one think “video game.”

Neither is genocide of the Rohingyans your fault. You are only following the tradition set by Clinton I, who not only refused to intervene in the Rwandan genocide, but consciously denied it was happening. Plus, if you sanctioned Myanmar for burning whole villages of people alive and raping and torturing and running Rohingyans from their meager homes, you might annoy the majority leader.

But do something, as the suffering of those people is driving my wife crazy.

Now you might be just a little bit at fault for the starvation of those Yemeni children, but gas went up enough during your term that we can understand why you would choose not to annoy Saudi Arabia by feeding those hungry babies, who now have run out of leaves to eat.

And it certainly is not your fault that your first Supreme Court choice belonged to another president who actually got more than half the vote. That treasonous theft was engineered by the very same majority leader, before you were that-which-needn’t-have-happened-but-did.

And it certainly is not your fault that England and Canada do not like us anymore. We had to fight them twice and they can’t be trusted. Next war with Britain, we hope they still wear those red coats.

We don’t much care if France likes us or not.

Reach Larry Webster, a Pikeville attorney, at websterlawrencer@bellsouth.net.

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