Holy Thursday and Jesus said to his disciples, “This is my body which is given up for you…” and Donald Trump beat his chest as he told the cameras he was “very proud of” dropping the ‘Mother of all Bombs’ on Afghanistan. We live in crazy times.
It was the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat landing at a cool cost of 314 million dollars. It would feed a lot of refugees that Trump is determined to bar from the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
On the Statue of Liberty in the bay, it is etched, ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free’ – a welcome to the millions who arrived at Ellis Island, including us Irish.
Singer/songwriter Lou Reid, knew different as he wrote, “Give me your hungry, your tired your poor… that’s what the Statue of Bigotry says, your poor huddled masses, let’s club ’em to death and get it over with and just dump ’em on the boulevard.” These days the American administration massacre the huddled masses in their own lands and let them drown at sea.
This could be put to a tune, “Who armed Saddam, Iraq v Iran… America! Who armed the Taliban to fight against the Russians… America! Who armed Al-Qaeda to fight the Russians.. America! Who arms and backs the Israeli regime that massacres Palestinians.. America! Woohoo!”
It’s a crazy world. Trump is an idiot, a very dangerous idiot. He is a man totally out of his depth who talks of “good people and bad people” like the world is a giant Hollywood Western. Two weeks ago he told a Fox News reporter he was enjoying the “most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen” when he ordered the air strike on Syria. More disconcerting he went on to boast of having “just launched 59 missiles heading to Iraq.” Duh! it was Syria! Although Iraq may keep its head down with that misspoke.
So much for his ‘America First’ rhetoric that swept him into power with promises of an isolationism policy, in other words keeping their noses out of every other country.
Back in 1962 people thought the end was nigh during the Cuban Missile Crisis. There were hawks in Kennedy’s administration advising him to use a nuclear weapon. Fortunately he declined. A year later JFK was whacked.
Back then there was paranoia that the ‘Russians’ were coming; “there’s a Red under the bed” was the adage. In Patrick McCabe’s novel ‘The Butcher Boy’ set in that era, the old dear says, “Khrushchev you baldy fecker, JFK is the man for you!”
Crazy is nothing new. Ronald Reagan, formerly an actor in the old cowboy movies, was US President from 1981 to 1989. He was once caught with the mic on, laughing about “Nuking Russia.” American writer Gore Vidal quipped, “Ronald Reagan’s library has just burned down. But the real horror; he hadn’t finished colouring either one of them.”
Now we have an American administration packed with crazies and no-one to hold their reins. Last week White House spokesman Sean Spicer declared that Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.” If gassing more than 6000,000 Jews is not chemical annihilation… “I made a mistake,” he later weaselled.
Not that I would trust Assad of Syria as far as I’d like to throw him. There are folk around these parts, with justification, who have no time for the USA and its foreign outrages. However they defend Assad like he is some sort of Mother Teresa but because someone is your enemy’s enemy does not make him a good guy. A plague on both their houses.
In North Korea there is Kim Jong-un or as Senator John McCain calls him, “That crazy fat kid.” On learning that the 32-year-old ‘Supreme Leader’ was not happy at his comment, McCain rebuked, “What should I call him, the crazy skinny kid?” Dangerous talk, after all the North Korean leader, according the books issued in the nation’s schools, shot a 38-under par round of golf that included no fewer than 11 holes in one, could drive at the age of three and was an expert yachtsman at nine.
On Thursday CNBC news reported that the “US was prepared to launch pre-emptive strikes against North Korea if it reaches for the nuclear trigger.” North Korea meanwhile has warned that a “big event” is near, which is being interpreted as a nuclear test.
Back when Reagan was taking power, Fun Boy Three sang, “Go nuclear the cowboy told us and who am I to disagree, ’cos when the madman flips the switch the nuclear will go for me, the lunatics have taken over the asylum, the lunatics have taken over the asylum…” Folk are getting edgy.
Meanwhile the media were enthralled that a doctor was dragged off an aeroplane missing the real story, that he was a pensioner. Class trumps all. The PR people told the boss of United Airlines to apologise after his first statement crash landed. It’s all about the money.
It’s a crazy world. America needs prophets not profits right now.
Easter is a time of hope but it’s hard to see it these days.
…and Jesus said, “’Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing,’ and they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”