It doesn’t matter if it’s Trump, Clinton or Bernie, we still have to prepare for the worst

Published: May 13, 2016

Clinton who may appear to be saner than Trump, has been involved in the Ghouta sarin gas attack which killed over a 1000 Syrians.

Donald Trump comes off as an obnoxious racist who is not only capable of mocking a disabled journalist, but talks about banning Muslims from the US and introducing Nazi style ID cards to track Muslims.

But he is not solely to blame for this.

Trump is a product of a society that has been subjected to virulent anti-Muslim propaganda for over a decade. This has been witnessed through news reports, Hollywood movies and dramas – backed up by right wing think tanks and politicians.

Various Wall Street bankers have looted the country to the extent that over 45 million Americans are living on food stamps and a movement shouting ‘Black Lives Matter’ has slowly emerged. All Trump had to do to gain popularity votes was to capitalise on this fear and hatred.

One can digest the case of Trump, but President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s recent statements have led many to wonder if they’re delusional.

During a recent trip to Germany, Obama stated in his ‘address to the people of Europe,’:

“We are fortunate to be living in the most peaceful, most prosperous, most progressive era in human history.”

While Clinton in a speech in Tunisia asks voters to “Not to pay attention” to comments made by candidates vying for Republican Presidential nomination (referring to Trump), “As it doesn’t reflect US policy.” She argues,

“… just focus on what we’re doing and what we stand for and particularly what our president represents.”

One wonders if the millions of displaced people and refugees from Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, agree with Obama and his ‘peaceful era,’ or respect what the US and its president represent.

Ever since Obama took office, the ‘War on Terror’ has been injected with a new lease on life. Egypt was the first target where US funded NGOs created turmoil in the country, which led to the ousting of Hosni Mubarak and elections being held – which turned out to be a positive step.

However, the US showed that it wasn’t interested in democracy when the Muslim Brotherhood was elected. Behind the scenes, it aided a military coup to help install a US-Israel friendly military dictator, Abdel Fattah el Sisi.

Soon after came the destruction of Libya, in which Clinton played a pivotal role – and now it seems to be Syria’s turn.

The refugees pouring into Turkey and Europe are a result of the US war on Syria and Iraq, as well as through proxy wars carried out by western backed al Qaeda affiliated groups, such as the Free Syrian Army, Al Nusra front and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Leaked emails from private intelligence firm Stratfor, confirmed that in 2011, US and UK Special Forces training of Syrian opposition forces were taking place in Jordan. The goal was the “collapse” of Bashar al-Assad’s regime “from within”.

The former employee at the US National Security Agency, Edward Snowden affirmed that the British, American intelligence and Mossad worked to create ISIS to fight proxy wars on their behalf. While the US provided mercenaries like Blackwater, the Saudi regime and the Gulf States provided paid Takfiri foot soldiers to carry out the task.

Obama’s ‘peaceful era’ was noted by The Washington Post when it called it “an emerging global apparatus for drone killing”. When Obama took office in 2009, the drone war was confined to Pakistan. Today, drone attacks have spread to Yemen, Afghanistan, East Africa, Libya, and Iran, with dozens of secret drone facilities operating in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Russia, under President Vladmir Putin, has become the new evil aggressor for the west, because Putin stepped in to bomb ISIS out of Syria and Iraq – a job the US and western forces had been claiming they were doing for years. Yet they always missed the target and ended up creating further chaos in both countries.

Russia has warned the US to stop deploying troops and establish bases around its border. Putin has also warned the US to stop destroying one nation after another in the name of ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom’. Iraq is virtually destroyed. He further stated,

“Libya is virtually destroyed and New World Order agents, as we have already seen, aspired to do the same thing in Syria.”

Those who follow the strategy of proponents of the New World Order, the term first mentioned by George Bush Senior, strangely enough on September 11, 1990, to Congress – know that whoever may be placed as the new US President, the strategy will be the same.

Those behind the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) are the same neo-con Zionist group that want to “take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran” – as revealed by US General Wellesley Clark.

The race for the White House has left us with two likely candidates, both fundamentally flawed and both promising to be worse than Obama. In other words, whoever gets elected, Israel will be the winner.

Obama’s campaign was planned by pro-Israel advisers such as Rahm Emanual. On the other hand, Trump’s campaign has also been planned by pro-Israel advisers including Michael Cohen and Michael Glassner. While Clinton is being supported by the Zionist billionaire George Soros, who has had a hand in every colour revolution instigated to destabilise countries from the Middle East to Ukraine.

Her other billionaire backer is Haim Saban, a dual US-Israel citizen and a hard-line supporter of Israel; he has also endorsed Clinton on Israeli TV.

The two candidates have made it clear that Israel will be given a free hand to continue settlement building in Palestine and continue to ethnically cleanse Palestinian lands, while it imprisons and tortures its children.

If Israel is the final winner, why should it be a worrying point for not only Syria, Pakistan and Iran, but also Muslims around the world?

Israel along with the Saudi government desperately want a regime change in Syria and Iran, which means another decade of on-going wars, resulting in more refugees.

Trump said on Fox news,

“We’re going to take great care of Israel. We’re going to cherish and protect Israel.”

I am sure the huge 4/5th majority of the US Senate, who recently signed a joint letter urging Obama to raise the yearly $3 billion aid package to Israel, would have appreciated Trumps remarks.

Clinton, who may appear to be saner than Trump, has been involved in the Ghouta sarin gas attack which killed over 1000 Syrians. According to the investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh, Clinton approved the sarin gas to be used by anti-Assad forces against innocent Syrians, aiming to put the blame on President Assad.

Moreover, a fact affirmed by United Nation Human Rights Investigator, Carla del Ponte, revealed that anti-Assad groups had used the deadly nerve agent against Syrian people.

Clinton has further clarified her position in a future war with Iran when she addressed an AIPAC meeting in 2008.

“Our two nations are fighting a shared threat against Islamic extremism. I strongly support Israel’s right to self-defence (and) believe America should aid in that defence. I want the Iranians to know that if I’m president, we will attack Iran… we would be able to totally obliterate them.”

If Iran is the goal, then the destabilisation tactics employed by the US and its ally, India against Pakistan will continue. Pakistan will always remain an important cog in the wheel, as it’s a nuclear state with the ability to step in if any attack on Iran takes place – and it may have to, considering the fact that they share a border.

US politicians will always support Hinduvata India against Pakistan. Trump has already declared that,

“Pakistan is a serious problem” and “India’s the check to Pakistan. And you have to get India involved… they seem to be the real group…”

According to the PNAC, five out of the seven countries have been taken out, and only two are left; Syria which is fighting for its survival, and Iran. Their worst fear at the moment is that Pakistan will become a close ally of Iran, as unity would be the last thing the US will allow. Why India is making gestures of cooperation and trade with Iran is not rocket science.

And it’s not surprising to see the sectarian card being used over and over again to hinder Pakistan-Iran cooperation. Hence we can expect more attacks on Sunni mosques or Shia mosques by al Qaeda linked groups like Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) or ISIS in order for Pakistan to remain weak and isolated.

If for any reason Trump or Clinton do not win – we have Bernie Sanders waiting as a standby who has been described by Times of Israel as ‘Rabbi of the Jewish left’.

The US, its allies and what they represent can be summed up in this famous quote by Sir Walter Scott,

“Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive.”

Shabana Syed

Shabana Syed

The author is a British Muslim journalist and has been a news editor for TV as well as editor of various magazines. She worked in the Middle East and in 2003 was in Iraq right before the war broke out and enjoys writing primarily on issues concerning Muslims and current affairs.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • ajeet

    Karma is biting back at the ancient evil.Recommend

  • vinsin

    Muslims is not a race. There is no world war so era is peaceful. USA cannot be held responsible for other countries. There is no USA war on Syria and Iraq. USA cannot be held responsible if Muslim majority countries opposed secularism. Do Pakistani wanted to plan USA elections? What problem do author has with Israel? Ethnically Palestinians and many Jews are same, just like between India and Pakistan.

    Author has no problem of USA supporting Islamic Pakistan or Islamic Saudi Arabia but has tremendous hate towards Jews and Hindus.Recommend

  • Walia

    An honest, well researched, in depth look at the political map & players that are defining the world as we speak where human life has no value..Recommend

  • Nomad1412

    Get out of your victim mindset already!

    I stopped reading when I came across the line that the US supports ISIS. Egypt, Turkey, etc., the fact is that Islam and democracy are like fire on gasoline. Islamists like the Muslim Brotherhood are better organized and so entrenched that democracy there is driven by religion. And what is the first things that Islamists do when they come to power? They remove the very freedoms that made them survive and brought them to power like freedom of expression and democracy. The world watched with bated breath as Morsi and now Erdogan are dismantling their countries brick by brick.

    I am a Christian, but what the heck is “Hinduvata”? My dear lady, India is not a Hindu nation and never will be and if you want to test us, you will notice that everyone including our Muslims will stand up against you.Recommend

  • Bibloo

    Here come the hindu comments. by the bushel.. By the dozens.
    Paid by BJP, Shiv Sena, RSS. Hindu cyber warriors.Recommend

  • buba

    The former employee at the US National Security Agency, Edward Snowden affirmed that the British, American intelligence and Mossad worked to create ISIS to fight proxy wars on their behalf.

    Sounds great —so where’s the support for that allegation? Doesn’t exist or she would have provided link. Anyone can write substandard articles – harder to write substantive ones.Recommend

  • Khan

    This is one of the best articles I have read on ET. It perfectly explains what is happening in the worst and the tactics of the USA. respect to the author for penning this piece..Recommend

  • Viking

    I think it’s a lot more complicated then what you stated. The Arab spring was largely spontaneous and started after the street vendor caused self-immolation. No doubt US has a big hand in spreading extremism in the Muslim world either intentionally or intentionally, but muslims are themselves to blame as well for getting entangled in messy proxy wars . We can’t change the past but we can change the future by fighting the extremists amongst us by spreading awareness and countering dangerous ideologies . The best way is for the moderate section of the society to take hold of the media.Recommend

  • knightridrr

    Trump won’t be able to handle the pressure of being a president of USA. I would be highly surprised if he doesn’t self-destructs himself in debates against Hillary.Recommend

  • zia

    Well said.Recommend

  • George Zaknthos

    Love the writes with facts..the content is absolutely correct..the biggest threat to world peace is Israel and US.Recommend

  • George Zaknthos

    We need more articles like this to reflect and figure out what is going on in the world with conflict everywhere and everyone blaming Muslims. I am Greek orthodox and I feel that what is happening to Muslims is unfair and mainstream media lies to us all the time Recommend

  • Rahul

    India and Iran have a great friendship going back several decades. Iran’s relation have always been frosty with Pakistan because they are seen as Saudi and US stooges. BTW Pakistan was one of the last countries to lift sanctions on Iran. Not every relation is based on religion and your religious biases clearly show in your columns.Recommend

  • cautious

    Another conspiracy theory blog – long on anti Israel and anti American blather – long on myth and absolutely no facts to back up her fantasies. It’s hard to argue with someone who presents absolutely no facts to back up her positionRecommend

  • Parvez

    This had ‘ alarmist ‘ written all over it.
    When you say ‘ we ‘ have to prepare for the worst……….who exactly do you mean ?Recommend

  • indiandude

    People like the author are the reason why people don’t have sympathy for islam or muslims. Trump will be doing Islam and muslims a favor if all the Pakistanis are banned from leaving Pakistan and entering civilized world.Recommend

  • Eysed

    Excellent article with commendable insight , what ever pakistan will never change because people are callous.(Mostly).Recommend

  • Eysed

    Why my comments are not published.????Recommend

  • ttyle

    Nice …..Recommend

  • George Zaknthos

    Plenty of facts there.. But if you are ignorant no matter what facts are put will ignore them…strange you can’t read but you hang around a Pakistani blog..who you trolling for??? Recommend

  • Lalit

    What a juvenile article…..weaving web of conspiracy theories with Pakistan being the target of whole world.don’t u take urself a little more seriously than rquired ?Pak coming to save Iran ? Really ? From whom? US or Israel ? Or are Indo Iran relations as recent as being suggested by author?Paki authors like the above mentioned think their nukes are their family silver and whole world is conspiring round the clock to snatch them .,Recommend

  • maynotmatter

    The author is afraid she would not be able to visit USA for shopping if Trump is elected. Recommend

  • only truth is nature

    i wonder if all are against Pakistanis,who is in your side?What problem you have with Jews?They are your religious cousins.Recommend

  • siesmann

    It was really about Jews and Israel ,USA and India, and like always a Muslim living in the West identifying with Umma rather than where he/she lives. Poor Obama and Hillary-they are denigrated in USA for being Pro-Muslim and Muslims vicariously,and secretly working for Muslims against USA.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers

    Dream on!Recommend

  • siesmann

    And she also forgets how Pakistan and rest of the Sunni world treats Shias.Recommend

  • siesmann

    So because Greece messed up its own economy, USA /Israel is to blame.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Perhaps you are not reADING Lal Topi and his ilk.They will be the best for your reading pleasure !!Recommend

  • LS

    “US politicians will always support Hinduvata India against Pakistan. Trump has already declared that”… List below shows your countries choices and priorities.

    – 1949: JLN visits Harry Truman and JLN asks for Modernizing Agriculture, Setup Universities and Technology Institutes.
    – 1949: Ayub Khan visits Harry Truman and he hands over a list of Arms and Ammunition they wanted along with aid.
    – 1961 – India joined starts non-aligned movement while Pakistan joined the “De-Facto” leader of the world – USA – but author and many Pakistanis would promptly say that US supports India.
    – Since, 2000 Between India and Pakistan: Pakistan has received more Military and Economic Aid from USA than India. Almost $35 Billion, though Military Aid is much more than what is documented.
    Military Aid:
    Economic Aid:
    – 1971 – US sent 7th Fleet, led by USS
    Enterprise to help Pakistan…. Not India, along came UK, Pakistan was also helped by Indonesia, Turkey…
    – Military Aid still continues whether it is — 15 AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopters, F-16s, or anything else.

    The “Real Issue” here is that US has stopped turning a blind eye to pakistan’s actions. Pakistan has long avoided international consequences for its actions – whether it was Supporting Terrorism as strategic asset, nuclear bombs, Duplicitous actions in Afghan war and many more.. You have just started to see the consequences of your past actions…Recommend

  • only truth is nature

    Hillary would be better for Pakistan compared to others.Bernie Sanders may be lesser evil compared to Donald trump.Recommend

  • mariam adam

    according to Anonymous there are over 3,000 Zionist commentators hanging around websites to dumb down criticism of Israel and you appear to be the main contender here ….busted!!!Recommend

  • mariam adam

    according to studies US has killed 20 to 30 million since second world war – its aid system is based on buying favours and creating a debt system not only internally but world wide – wasn’t it Bush’s administration that told President Pervez Musharaf’s that unless he gives US a free hand in Pakistan to do what it likes “US will bomb it into the stone age”. So lets ease off how American has been benevolent to Pakistan or to any other country other than Israel…Recommend

  • mariam adam

    India has more Muslims than Pakistan and also has Christians and other religious groups – they all are sidelined along with poor hindus by the Hindu right wing parties like Shiv Sena and those in power- It is these Hindu right wing fascist groups aligned with Zionists who want to destroy Pakistan and control the land – along with RAW they are creating warfare under the Dragon policy to destabilise Pakistan.
    Also you don’t read otherwise you will see many US officials have talked about US and Israel support for ISIS along with Turkey and Saudi Arabia…so its not about Muslims ..its about every person whatever religion or country who is targeted and killed by these right wing expansionist fascists…Recommend

  • abhi

    So now conspiracy theorists are being published in ET.Recommend

  • mariam adam

    oh the age old tactic to shut down anyone who appears to be talking the truth by labelling them conspiracy theorist !!!Recommend

  • LS

    “US has killed 20 to 30”

    So you suppose Germany should have had a free reign and should have been allowed to continue World War II? When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor Japan should have been allowed to continue their war and which resulted in worst atrocities for Koreans, Chinese and Java residents? Iraq should have been allowed to attack Kuwait? Russia should have been allowed to occupy Afghanistan? Yes, US has done lot of unspeakable things, messed with whole South American countries, toppled lot of governments they did not like.. but without doing those most of you would not be alive to speak of it.

    Pakistan was NOT invited by US to form an alliance in 1949. Pakistan went to SEEK an alliance because they wanted Arms and Ammunition from them. “US will bomb….” was issued knowing the fact that since 1972 Pakistan had agents in Afghanistan (to destabilize it, occupied Balochistan, FATA and parts of Kashmir and how US turned a blind eye you paki nuclear quest).. so when you get support for your shenanigans who are also expected to do what you are told.Recommend

  • Aman K. Chandran

    What a juvenile article! I thought the author is some high school kid from the quality of the writing. Expect better from express tribuneRecommend

  • Nomad1412

    Since you replied to a Christian from India, I can say with certainty that Christians are not sidelined in India. We are part of the mainstream in India, we do not get any reservations or largess, but are one of the top 3 affluent communities in India despite our small numbers. Indian Christians (unlike any proselytizing foreigners) are generally held in high regard and we get along very well with everyone else. Our churches are open day and night, there is zero security and while some untoward events happen occasionally primarily due to politics, we are never motivated to turn militant. We trust the courts and the courts have reposed our trust.

    Christians are in power in a number of Indian states, the Congress party is run by a Christian, but all of this is inconsequential because it is not as if my relatives are running any government. Indians vote through a common electorate and Christians are educated, so it is hard to sway us with any talk of “Christianity in danger”.

    Fascist groups aligned with Zionists, what are you on? Perhaps you don’t know, but Indians of all faiths get along very well with Israelis. India is the number 1 destination for Israelis who complete their conscription. It may surprise you, but India gets along well with both Israelis and Palestinians.

    Shiv Sena is a spent force and they can’t even come to power on their own in their home state of Maharashtra. They have a rancorous relationship with their partner, the BJP who actually rules the state, which you would know about if you kept abreast of Indian politics.

    I hope you stop pontificating as Pakistan has no right to talk of minority rights considering the abysmal situation of minorities in Pakistan.Recommend

  • siesmann

    There are many more terrorist sympathizers here.Recommend

  • George Zaknthos

    Israel is the main terrorist that kills defenceless little Palestinian children Recommend

  • numbersnumbers

    You somehow neglected to reference those “studies” you claim say America killed 20-30 million since Second World War! Recommend

  • siesmann

    How many Muslims have been killed by Muslim Jihadists ?Recommend

  • siesmann

    Not your fault;Your textbooks teach you that.And conspiracy theories and blame-game is all Muslims ever do.You would want the world to believe that Muslims are so weak in their faith that they will sell themselves to to kill other Muslims for other people!!!Recommend

  • siesmann

    Israel doesn’t kill Jews ,but your heroes kill Muslims mainly.They are not even their brothers’.Recommend

  • George Zaknthos

    Israel gets Americans to fight their wars. Israeli billionaires paid Tony Blair to attack Iraq. Check history facts. Israel takes over 3 million American tax payers money every year. Israel cited as main organ trafficking country.. Israeli soldiers shoot little Palestinian children in the head. The video went viral.. Go back to haarezt news and comment thereRecommend

  • George Zaknthos

    It’s astonishing to see you misrepresent historical facts and show America as a saviour.. Just Google the 20 to 30 million killed through American wars. Why don’t you worry about what author said that 45million Americans are on food stamps and over 3 billion aid package to Israel.. While young Americans are killed fighting Israel s Wars

    Oh no we musnt talk of that we must talk of Muslims as extremists Recommend

  • siesmann

    Really? Muslim will remain in their conspiracy theories and blame games.After all Taqiyya /kitman is very IslamicRecommend

  • George Zaknthos

    Pathetic no answer to what Israel is doing.. No answer to the evils of zionism just about Muslims. Come to West and see how growing opposition to Israeli atrocities are growing every day…Israel wants to kill and cause chaos in the world and blame it on Muslims.. People are waking up to what you lot are doing.Recommend

  • LS

    I have already answered on 20-30 Million.. basically here is your stand:
    1) Let Germany run wild and kill all in WWII
    2) Let Russia run wind and occupy Afghanistan
    3) Let Russia/Pol Pot run wild and destroy Vietnam, Pol Pot himself killed millions.
    4) Let Koreans run wild and kill each other in perpetuity..
    5) Let Japan run wild and kill all in WWII
    6) Let Saddam run wild and overrun Kuwait

    You need to understand the context.. of each wars.. Wars WILL kill the people. Like I said US is no saint and has committed lot of atrocities not only on others but its own citizens as well (Japanese conscription and multiple death in those shady CIA/Military experiments). Emotional banter does not help…

    Should I also talk about more than 283 Million killed in Islamic wars from Portugal and Philippines since 632 AD and continues to kill more?Recommend

  • mariam adam

    why go that far just go back a bit and look at how founding fathers of American and their total annihilation of indigenous red indian tribes who were lied to and cheated killed off in the millions and put into camps – their lands stolen –
    same thing happening to Palestinians – children as young as six shot at for throwing stones or just crossing a road – videos are all available of Israeli crimes – and now they are ethnically cleansing the land –
    lets not forget AIPAC’s control of America.or do you want evidence of that..??? just do research and find out who controls congress, homeland security, banks the federal reserve wich has created debt system that has tied most of the world to it..( you must be so ignorant that you keep asking for evidence yet you don’t know what a close ally sadam was to US and how they armed him while he fought with Iran on their orders.. after using him US decided to overthrow him as chaos is what suits them best so they can step in and occupy with their armiesRecommend

  • LS

    First of all you are digressing… We are talking about Role of Pakistan here.

    “why go that far just go back a bit and look at how founding fathers of American and their total annihilation of indigenous red indian tribes who were lied to and cheated killed off in the millions and put into camps – their lands stolen -”

    Learn History first. It wasn’t called United States of America then… Most Abrahamic religions are accused of killing including Christianity and Islam.

    I have already stated that US is no angel.. I am not sure what part of it is not understood there. That does not excuse Pakistan of what they did to the world or the region as a whole in exacerbating the terrorism as well as nuclear proliferation. Since, US turned a blind eye to that you HAD to obey what they asked you of. So please stop complaining and pointing fingers at how various Indian tribes were killed that has no relation with what Pakistan did.Recommend

  • PJ

    Look at the hindu comments. They are overjoyed and adore Trump.
    That’s a strange, coconut reaction, coming from a third world country.
    They should know they are next on Trump’s list. He refers to them
    as “dot heads” [that’s using his very own exact words]Recommend

  • Hammurabi

    Pakistan should avoid dualism and be straight forward.No one would be against Pakistan.The palestinians, Iranis, Egyptians love India and bollywood..No one would be on Pakistan’s side unless we do what we say.Recommend

  • Mike Pilgrim

    US influence is deteriorating, this is the “New Chinese Century” Americans, angry at the loss of status lashing out and blaming foreigners in America. Americans having to adjust to their new role as number two, possibly worse if Israel continues to bleed our economy.Recommend