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The discreet sham of Justin Trudeau

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05.12.2018

"The world is a very dangerous place," quipped the pre-eminent US Philosopher-King of the Twitter age, Donald J Trump, in a recent encomium in which he managed to exonerate Saudi Arabia for butchering one of their dissident journalists and blame Iran for everything evil in this world.

I could not agree more with President Trump. The world is indeed a very dangerous place - all the more so for being ruled by clinically delusional psychopaths.

But are these psychopaths, ranging from Donald Trump to Benjamin Netanyahu to Mohammed bin Salman to Rodrigo Duterte to many others, the causes or the consequences of the historical maladies we now live through?

For this not to become the proverbial chicken-and-egg question but actually help us decipher our time, we need to compare world sociopaths like Donald Trump with their supposed opposites like Barack Obama or - now that he is gone - the newest sweetheart poster boy of neoliberal politics, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The purpose of the exercise is not to judge who is better or who is worse. The point is to place both sides of the majority's political preferences in a larger, more, urgent, frame of reference and see how we are actually at the mercy of their similarities rather than the beneficiary of their differences.

One quick look at Justin Trudeau's recent pronouncements on the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement, for example, shows how the twisted fact and fantasy of Zionism and its settler colony have driven liberal world leaders like him utterly incoherent if not, in fact, insane.

Recently, Justin Trudeau made an effort to apologise on behalf of Canadians for the atrocious fact that Canada rejected a ship carrying some 900 Jewish refugees running away from the murderous Nazis in 1939. Historians believe, "more than 250 of these passengers were later killed in Nazi death camps after the MS St Louis was forced to return to Europe."

"We apologise to the 907 German Jews aboard the St Louis, as well as their families," Trudeau said. "We are sorry for the callousness of Canada's response. We are sorry for not apologising sooner." This was a necessary apology, though slightly too little and much too late for the victims and survivors of the callous act that cost the lives of so many innocent people.

Such politically motivated "apologies" ring entirely vacuous and hollow. Nevertheless, they contribute to the collective awareness and documentation of the murderous course of Europe's Holocaust and the refusal of other "Western" countries to act as a haven for those running away from it.

But this was not where Trudeau's disingenuous apology ended. His true colours as a career opportunist politician soon emerged when he said: "Anti-Semitism is far too present. Jewish students still feel unwelcomed and uncomfortable on some of our colleges and university campuses because of BDS-related intimidation." This is where he exposed the dishonest roots of his sham apology, where one atrocity was committed to........

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