I wrote this article in June 2016 but I have chosen not to publish it at the time so not to affiliate myself with or advocate an unpredictable figure such as Donald Trump. Now that the US presidential elections are over, it is safe to approach the Trump phenomenon in a more resealable way. This flat article will argue that Donald Trump is not in any way America’s worst of the worst, not that the man does not pose dangerous threats that must be addressed. Trump, nevertheless, does not break away from the country’s mainstream culture. One might argue that someone like Mr. Trump represents what is wrong with this culture but at the same time, one could also argue, this culture is what makes America the free country that it is, where every aspiring artist, craftsperson, writer, director and entrepreneur seeks to be. It is my belief that Mr. Trump does not fit to be president not because of his controversies but rather because he belongs in the world of entertainment and business, away from the political frontier. The gap between the country’s culture and politics is undoubtedly a matter of concern. The attempts to demonize or stigmatize Donald Trump, however, will serve as nothing but a scarecrow to cover for the failures of career politicians who have created the very same vacuum that Donald Trump is unfit to fill.
Many politicians love to call the Islamic State Daesh. They don’t like the group, so Daesh sounds like a good dirty word that fits. Syrian activist Khaled al-Haj Saleh was the one who first used the term to degrade the former al-Qaeda affiliate. It sounded similar to ‘daes’, one who crushes something underfoot, or ‘dahes’, a tumor. Continue reading “You hate Daesh’s jihad? Know what you’re saying”