The American Election and Donald Trump
To start with, I must state that the American electoral process is a tortuous process. The election to the Presidency is not by a direct vote, but by a system of Electoral College votes where an entire state's electoral vote goes to the winning candidate, irrespective as to the margin of victory, which could be even a few hundred votes. There is thus a chance that a man may become president even on a minority vote.
The present election is being fought at a time when the US economy is in recession and an extremist Muslim philosophy called the Wahhabi school has taken upon itself to revive the caliphate. The man leading this movement is Al Baghdadi, a charismatic figure. He has now been overthrown and is reportedly in hiding.
Despite the defeat of the ISIS, the US remains the number one target of this extremist Muslim philosophy as they are aware that they cannot achieve their aim unless they defeat the USA. George Bush committed some terrible blunders by opening the Pandora's Box while removing Saddam Hussein on flimsy grounds. He gravely miscalculated and allowed the extremist groups in the form of al Qaeda, ISI, and Daesh to emerge. Having unleashed these demons the next president Barak Hussein Obama showed a marked reluctance in combating these extremist Muslim groups. He had his own reasons for it, but the fact is that these groups got a further lifeline when he was president. Large swathes of territory larger than France were taken over by Baghdadi and his Wahhabi group in Iraq and Syria and this group generated a global appeal and Muslims from all over the world are joining him.
Back home in the United States there have been terror attacks and abroad many Americans have been summarily beheaded by the ISI and their ilk. This has no doubt brought in a sense of insecurity as many Americans travel globally and it is a sad case if an innocent American is just caught and beheaded. The war unleashed by the ISI and Daesh is thus a war without pity and sadder is that so-called moderate Muslims have quietly acquiesced to it. I have a feeling a majority of Muslims support Daesh and ISI. I was in Kuwait when 9/11 took place and I was offered sweets by ordinary Kuwaitis on the “glorious mission".So when Donald Trump says that many American Muslims offered sweets on 9/11, it is not untrue. I read that even in Lahore and other areas of Pakistan, sweets were offered by Muslims as generally, they were happy. This is a fact and cannot be forgotten.
In such a scenario the US Presidential election took place. The atmosphere was charged with tension and to add to the worry hundreds and thousands of Muslim refugees were making a bid to enter the USA and Europe. The bigger danger is to the Europe, where there is already a sizeable minority. This minority has shown its colors like in France (which has about 8-10% Muslims) and these instead of meshing with their adopted state have obeyed the call of Jihad launched by Daesh and ISI.
There is reasonable apprehension that in case these refugees enter the USA, they could do great damage to the US and could operate as a fifth column when the war on terror hots up. It should not be forgotten that all terror attacks in the USA are the handiwork of American Muslims and many American Muslims are fighting on the side of Daesh and ISI.
At this time Donald Trump has emerged. He gave hope to many Americans and mo wonder he has sizeable support in his party and was the leading contender for the nomination.
I have had a close look at his statements which have been dubbed fascist by his opponents. There could be a point, but people should not forget that Hitler came to power on the basis of a fear psychosis and promise to improve the economy. He won a general election. Thus one cannot negate the campaign of Trump. One may or may not agree with what he says, but the fact is that many Americans are swayed by his talk. He is articulating the genuine fears of a large number of Americans. Fascist or not his tirades on matters of immigrants, Muslims and Mosques have struck a chord with many voters. One cannot just wish him away. Now that he is president, he has charted a different path from the earlier Presidents. You may not agree with him but cannot ignore him.
Many had mentioned that Trump will not win the election as he has only 29% support. People should not forget that Reagan won on a vote of less than 25% of the eligible voter’s in1984. Donald Trump may look a maverick when he calls for Muslim to be profiled and Mosques to be shut, but he is articulating the fears of many Americans and one should not dismiss him out of hand. The fact is he won and now under his rule Baghdadi is on the run and the ISIS cornered.