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The autocrats of the Middle East are no longer a global anomaly

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27.06.2019

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani got it right on Tuesday. He said that the White House is “afflicted by mental retardation and doesn’t know what to do.”

Donald Trump’s new sanctions may not be as “outrageous and idiotic” as Rouhani claims, but we’ve now reached a stage where the American president’s mental incapacity is plain for all to see. It is a sign of the times – our times, I’m afraid – that all the rantings and ravings of Iran’s leaders over the past 40 years at last sound clear cut, true, absolutely on the cue. Trump is crackers, balmy, off the wall, categorically lunatic.

Rouhani is a sane man but in the past, we could listen to folk like President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was crackers, and take a chuckle at Iran’s expense. Talk of the "Great Satan" could even get a bit boring after a while. But Trump, while possessing some of the characteristics of Colonel Gaddafi, now sounds like Ahmadinejad. The only thing he has left to say – as Ahmadinejad claimed – is that a holy cloud hung over his head when he addressed the United Nations.

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But wait. It’s sure to come. God’s work looms high in the brains of the evengelical Republicans. And Trump has now proved that he can be as batty as any Middle East autocrat.

I can even remember the day, early in his presidency, when I said in an Irish radio interview that Trump was "insane". In those days, this was considered a little too provocative and my interviewer muttered something along the lines of "Well, Bob, you don’t have medical qualifications". The difference........

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