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Posted May 30, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AMERICAN EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS AND ISRAEL – WHAT ALWAYS WAS SOMETHING OF AN UNNATURAL RELATIONSHIP SHOWS SOME SIGNS OF DETERIORATING – WHY THIS IS ONLY TO BE EXPECTED AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH PREJUDICE – A NOTE ON THE EVANGELICALS AND TRUMP   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“Antisemitic beliefs spreading among evangelical Christians in America

“Why do we have pro-abortion, pro-LGBTQ values, and we do not have more freedom to protect our faith?”

 

Evangelicals, despite Old Testament story connections, were not traditionally overly friendly towards Jews and Jewish interests.

Jews were not “saved,” and for a true Evangelical, that is the make-or-break criterion in judging all relationships.

Over and above that, there is the plain fact that American Jews in general were never particularly fond of Evangelicals, some Jews even being rather contemptuous.

I am aware of these things because I grew up in a neighborhood that had a substantial Jewish population. It had also a significant Evangelical population, especially people of Swedish origin, plus a very large Catholic population, people of Irish and Eastern European origins.

Recent connections between Evangelicals and Jews concerning Israel I think are not built with lasting bonds. However, that does not mean that changes in attitude may be accurately characterized as “anti-Semitic,” as your headline does.

We’ve lost all capacity for subtlety and nuance in contemporary society, and just not caring for someone or some interests in fact does not automatically connote hate or anti-anything, it only means a preference for those resembling yourself and sharing common interests.

That ipso-facto way of looking at things such as personal likes and preferences and describing them as hate is now regularly pushed at us in popular media and politics, but that fact alone certainly doesn’t make the claims accurate.

Recent past connections between Evangelicals and Jews at least in part reflect certain American Evangelical leaders and their personal relationships with Israel’s leadership and America’s Israel lobby. An Israeli leader like Netanyahu has actually sought out some these guys in the past to cultivate, and that clearly represents a pragmatic political connection having little to do with fundamental views or values.

Those Evangelical leaders, more ambitious political leaders and empire builders than truly religious leaders, I’m pretty sure never reflected what’s really in the average Evangelical’s heart on the matter.

And those leaders are getting old and some of them have died off, so over time you might expect a change in attitudes. I’m referring to men like Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell.

Also, such leadership is subject to abrupt change, as we saw in the case of Jim Bakker or Jimmy Swaggart. The preaching business is a fairly volatile one.

You can find, for example, Evangelical businessmen who do not like to do business with the “unsaved” of any description. And it’s the same for bonds of friendship. Parts of the American Jewish community, especially the orthodox, display the same kind of preferences.

In Israel, it is actually illegal to proselytize Jews for conversion, a law indicating a very deep separation in values between Evangelicals and Israelis. And it is well known that many parts of the American Jewish community, again especially conservatives, frown on marriage with non-Jews, a view that has often been expressed publicly.

Another factor at work here is that long enough exposure to the harsh realities of modern Israel might be enough to convince even some fervent believers that any relationship between it and the Israel of the Bible is pretty much wishful thinking. Certainly, we know there are American Jews who feel that very way.

I think the existing alliance with Israel’s interest has some parallels with the current alliance of some Evangelical leaders and Donald Trump. It is political in nature and largely synthetic. In some respects, almost unnatural.

Trump represents absolutely no fundamental Evangelical value. He is often foul-mouthed, dishonest, unfaithful, and he is, most certainly, “unsaved.” I am sure many ordinary Evangelicals are uncomfortable with a political relationship some of their politically ambitious leaders promote.

Any strength in the bond comes only from the sloshing overflow of American Patriotism into American Evangelism plus some attitudes like racism and xenophobia, both not impossible to find anywhere in America, including in American fundamentalism. But when so many other factors are wrong, I think the bond cannot not strong or enduring.

There is also the simple fact of a gradual decline in the number of traditional American fundamentalists. Evangelism is fading.

 

Posted August 24, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO DESCRIBED AS “TOXIN” BY A FOREIGN MINISTER – BUT CANADA’S TRUDEAU HAS HIM OVER TO “HELP” WITH CHINA – TRUDEAU EARLIER HAD RUSHED DOWN TO TRUMP TO PLEAD FOR HELP – TRUMP AND POMPEO HAVE ABOUT THE SAME INFLUENCE IN CHINA AS A PAIR OF ESCAPED CONVICTS WOULD   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT ON MIKE POMPEO’S VISIT TO CANADA IN AN OSTENSIBLE EFFORT TO HELP THE TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT OVER ITS PROBLEMS WITH CHINA

 

North Korea’s Foreign Minister recently described Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as “the toxin of American diplomacy,” calling for him to be replaced in denuclearization talks “with someone who can communicate more cautiously.”

Even though people in North America tend to discredit all things North Korean, I do think this high official’s words, concerning negotiations of interest to the entire world, must be credited.

The Foreign Minister said that “all things into which Pompeo thrusts himself go wrong and end up in failure though they had showed signs of promise.” That is exactly what has happened with the denuclearization talks Pompeo took charge of and aggressively upended like a table full of chess pieces. The talks are essentially over.

Yet here’s Canada’s sad team on international affairs, Prime Minister Trudeau and Foreign Minister Freeland, inviting Pompeo to Ottawa, inviting him to speak about China, and giving him a platform for his extreme and prejudiced views.

Trudeau did his usual “smile and shake hands and look benign and well-dressed” routine. Chrystia Freeland, who scowls far more than she smiles, sometimes even her efforts at smiling being mistaken for scowls, joined right in with Pompeo, the local selected back-up singer for his bravura guest performance.

She is, after all, we know from released confidential State Department documents, this awful Washington government’s friendly contact person in Ottawa.

Pompeo’s empty words about detained Canadians in China were public relations crumbs tossed for the benefit of the Trudeau government.

That unpleasant, dishonest man, Pompeo, knows perfectly well that he and Donald Trump have about as much credibility and influence in China as a pair of escaped convicts.

He can help Canada not at all (other than by withdrawing an arrest warrant which should never have been issued, something these harsh ideologues are certainly not about to do). One might expect Trudeau to understand those obvious facts, but he does not seem to do so.

Trudeau plays a game of “our American friends are trying to help us” while ignoring the key to the entire set of problems between China and Canada, Canada’s unwarranted arrest, at America’s request, of a senior executive of a Chinese world-scale technological company.

Trudeau is too timid and weak to take any decisive action – oh, can you just imagine his ferocious father Pierre’s approach in such a matter? – and he has assumed the passive role of victim patiently waiting for rescue by the forces of justice. It’s extremely off-putting, but it seems to be the best he can summon to help get him through an upcoming October election.

Of course, Washington can only support the charade, so Pompeo’s visit, which had other purposes, was stretched to include words of sympathy for Trudeau. A Secretary of State flying in specially to help poor little Canada against big mean old China. A scene with clouds parting for a descending warrior angel. Good stage show, and it fits right in with all Washington’s many attacks on China, even if it is just a trifle obvious.

That arrest by Canada of a senior Chinese executive, Ms. Meng Wanzhou, of course should have been avoided at all cost, as any competent leader would know and would have managed, by one means or another, if nothing else beyond quietly warning her not to come or not to land.

But not Canada’s Trudeau and Freeland. They stand by their dull and destructive decision to enforce a warrant from Washington which also could easily have been shot full of holes as an illegitimate use of criminal justice procedures in Trump’s trade war with the world’s second largest economy. Extradition warrants are not diktats. They must comply with a number of requirements, the fulfillment of any of which is subject to judgment.

Their decision to exercise no imagination and no real effort has caused colossal problems for Canada and undoubtedly damaged future prospects with China, a nation with whom we’ve long had excellent relations.

Just pure incompetence, although that’s a charge likely more applicable to Trudeau than to Freeland, a Canadian Neocon-Lite who could be expected to go out of her way to stress the utmost importance of any request coming from Washington. In that sense, Trudeau really may be something of a victim, but it’s self-inflicted state for a head of government with ultimate authority in such matters.

Can you just imagine what the extremely belligerent Pompeo would be saying had, at some point, unrelated to these matters, China arrested the Chief Financial Officer of Microsoft or Apple on trumped-up charges? Not just saying, but doing?

Undoubtedly, the real reasons for Pompeo’s visit – the task of tossing a few public relations crumbs for Trudeau, who does look to lose the upcoming election, being a gracious add-on – included telling Freeland what he expected from her on her forthcoming visit to Cuba concerning Venezuela. Also, undoubtedly, what was expected from Canada at the upcoming G7 in Biarritz, France.

Such is the reality of foreign policy in Canada today.

 

Posted August 23, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CANADA’S JUSTIN TRUDEAU MAKES A FOREIGN POLICY SPEECH – HE NEEDN’T HAVE BOTHERED – IT’S FULL OF CLICHES AND EVEN OUTDATED TERMS AND IT EMBARRASSINGLY REVEALS HIM AS THE POSEUR THAT HE IS – MY CONCLUSION: AT THE VERY LEAST, TRUDEAU DESPERATELY NEEDS A NEW SPEECHWRITER   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS

 

“Trudeau rails against Conservatives in foreign policy speech

“’They envision a world where Canada flirts with the forces of populism,’ says PM of Tories”

 

‘They envision a world where Canada flirts with the forces of populism’

Well, for me, someone with an abiding interest in international affairs and who prides himself a little on his knowledge of them, those words of Trudeau’s pretty much top everything stomach-churning he’s ever said.

Please, who is the world’s premier example of contemporary “populism’?

Donald Trump, of course.

Now, can you name a single significant policy of Trump’s that our wonderful team of Trudeau-Freeland departs from?

Overthrowing an elected government in Venezuela? Freeland chairs the outfit created by CIA to help do it, the Lima Group.

Saudi Arabia’s many horrors from killing women and children in Yemen and in Saudi Arabia, in efforts against minority Shia, to record numbers of beheadings and to a grisly murder which implicates the very leader of the country?

Canada’s heroic response? Never say a word about the horrors of Yemen and never say a word against a man who is perhaps the world’s most horrific leader today (a man beloved by Trump and Netanyahu), and keep selling those light tanks to him, baby!

America’s absurd and truly dangerous attacks against China on a half dozen fronts? Hey, if you’ve heard Trump’s words on the subject, no need to listen to Freeland’s feeble hinterland echo.

Russophobia? A Freeland speciality. Unwarranted attacks on Iran? Boy, she’s made Ottawa an echo chamber for that.

And, of course, we’ve actually had the boy wonder fly down to Trump to plead for special help with China, help on a problem caused by Trudeau and Freeland themselves. Very impressive recent background for giving a speech on ugly populist leaders.

Trudeau’s speech is so disingenuous, so vacuous, I’d literally vote for anyone but him.

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Well, there’s one thing we know for sure, Trudeau is not an “Isolationist,” a word from 1930s America which truly has no meaning anymore, but there’s still room for it in a Trudeau speech on foreign policy.

It applied to Americans who thought America should stay home and mind its own business. America hadn’t yet quite become a global empire. That came with the end of WWII.

They were mainly conservative types, but not exclusively.

But, just look at what the Right gives us today in America.

The likes of Trump, Bolton, and Pompeo, ready to tell everyone else on the planet what they should do and how they should do it, with the threat of serious economic consequences or military action against them, if they don’t.

That’s as far from Isolationism as it gets, and there is absolutely nothing good to say about it. It actually is behavior reminiscent of the ugly forces America struggled over going to war with in the 1930s, forces so ugly that opposing going to war with them gave Isolationism its enduring bad name.

I say we know Trudeau isn’t an Isolationist because he loyally and faithfully serves Trump in every significant part of foreign policy.

I really think Trudeau needs a new speechwriter. These are half-ridiculous words.

“Isolationism” doesn’t even exist anymore as a movement. The word is dated and almost meaningless. And Trudeau tries to apply it where it wouldn’t fit under any circumstances.

But if it did have a place today, it would actually be preferable to supporting the Trump-Bolton-Pompeo axis of violent interference in the affairs of others, something to which Trudeau makes no objection, and is, indeed, a willing helper.

A threadbare speech, full of clichés, plainly outmoded concepts, and earnest efforts to position himself as a “good guy.” A threadbare speech from a threadbare leader.

Sorry, Mr. Trudeau, you can’t be both, “one of the good guys” and a proved incompetent, a fighter against dark forces and a ready helper of Trump’s. The mix is just plainly ridiculous.

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Response to a comment saying, “Cee Bee Cee has forgotten how to act like a neutral observer and just report the news instead of having anti any party view which is not liberal”:

In case you hadn’t noticed, all news sources have editorial content as well as journalistic observations.

And all news sources, all, come with one form of bias or another.

On the whole, I think CBC Online does a pretty decent job, and its comment policy is generous compared to most, and I do a lot of reading of stuff from all over.

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Response to a comment saying, “He has no standing with the international community”:

Although I’d hardly choose, as you do, an example like the brutal and not-very-open Bolsonaro avoiding a handshake with Trudeau to cite as evidence, that is very much the case, Trudeau has no standing.

But I must add that it is only a handful of Canadian Prime Ministers who enjoyed such status, men whose efforts and achievements in large part have been ignored by Trudeau and Freeland in their roles as Washington’s willing helpers from the North.

As a country, sadly, we don’t have a big international following anymore because we have no Lester Pearson or Pierre Trudeau or Paul Martin to earn it for us. And that was true for Stephen Harper. He was unpopular internationally even though not regarded as the lightweight Trudeau very much is.

Internationally, in general, I think we are viewed pretty much as what we’ve become, a kind of big resource-rich colony of the United States with a fairly timid international voice. Why would important international leaders need to listen to a weak echo of the noisy, in-your-face United States?

Trudeau’s stature isn’t, I think, all that much different than that of Ivanka Trump, someone who also likes to play at being a leader and is close to being laughed off the stage as she leaves events, although, of course, he is elected, not appointed by Daddy.

Harper wasn’t well regarded either, despite being seen as far more intelligent and driving. He was widely seen as fairly servile to other interests, especially those of Israel, as he very much was, and to an embarrassing degree.

And I’m sorry to say, we don’t have a great deal of promise in Andrew Scheer, although we’ll likely have to take what we get and hope for the best. Early statements on international affairs are distinctly unpromising, although on the home front, there are a few things encouraging.

Only our outstanding leaders gave Canada the ability to “punch above its weight class” in the world. This would have been the case, for example, with Jack Layton, but that quality of man is seen once in a generation.

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Response to a comment calling Trudeau lightweight and extremely arrogant:

The “lightweight” part of your comment is deadly accurate, the rest not so much so.

I see no “undisguised contempt” at all in Trudeau, although he does give off a kind of mild arrogance at times, but it’s the arrogance of a privileged young man who lives off a trust fund, had a world-famous father, and whose political party has lured him farther than he should have gone.

He often, in fact, gives off an almost cloying sense of a man who wants to be received as a “nice guy.” That ain’t arrogant, but it sure ain’t impressive either.

I see weakness and a complete lack of the kind of talents an effective leader requires.

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Response to a comment saying Xi had no respect for Trudeau:

Well, I don’t know about that, but Xi clearly is exceptionally intelligent and hard-working, and he has given China some remarkable initiatives and projects.

He can’t have a lot of regard for a guy like Trudeau who comes off a bit like Ivanka Trump in world affairs.

 

Posted August 22, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AMERICA’S “LYING, CHEATING, AND STEALING” BRAGGART SECRETARY OF STATE, BIG FAT MIKE POMPEO, VISITS CANADA TO PRESSURE TRUDEAU TO JOIN AMERICA IN “SPEAKING WITH ONE VOICE ABOUT HONG KONG” – ESSENTIAL PERSPECTIVE ON EVENTS IN HONG KONG AND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSE   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE ON CBC NEWS

 

“Trudeau and Pompeo urged to speak with one voice on China’s response to Hong Kong protests

“U.S. Secretary of State meets PM, Freeland today in Ottawa”

 

Oh crap.

One voice with Pompeo on anything is just asking too much. Remember that’s “lying, cheating, and stealing” braggart Pompeo, formerly of the CIA.

And this Hong Kong business has got entirely out of proportion. Really, nothing that big has happened. The marches are in fact much smaller than the press generally says, and the Chinese government response has not been excessive.

And we must remember, American State Department people have directly encouraged this to embarrass China. We even have a photo, easily found on the Internet, of a woman American Consular official consulting with a couple of march leaders, something that is totally inappropriate.

Shall we compare China’s response to demonstrations to that of Emmanuel Macron in France? The Yellow Jacket demonstrations have resulted in 11 people being killed and 2500 injured. Right in the heart of Paris, legendary symbolic city for human rights and revolution against oppression.

Or, even worse, how about the government of Israel at the Gaza protests? Those protests are not even located in Israel, but more than 200 people have been killed by Israeli army snipers, including women and children. Many thousands have been injured.

If Trudeau goes along with Pompeo, as he is likely being encouraged to do by Chrystia Freeland, friend of the current Washington establishment, well, his father once used a word in public that exactly would describe it, merde!

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE MASTER STATESMAN AT WORK – PUTIN CASUALLY AND DEVASTATINGLY RESPONDS TO THE HOPELESSLY POMPOUS MACRON ABOUT POLICE AND STREET DEMONSTRATIONS – NOTE THE COMMAND OF FACTS – HE HAS NO PEER   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CHECKPOINT ASIA

 

“11 Dead, 2,500 Injured: Putin Recalls Macron His ‘Yellow Vests’ Record

“Macron took it upon himself to explain to the Russian leader the importance of freedom of protest”

 

https://www.checkpointasia.net/11-dead-2500-injured-putin-recalls-macron-his-yellow-vests-record/

 

I just love Putin’s response to Macron’s thoughtless criticism about freedom to demonstrate.

The response is so devastating that Macron’s massive vacuous ego likely missed its impact.

And the delivery, not firing back an angry retort to Macron’s foolish words, but waiting and then quietly delivering a damning point – it is just so Putinesque.

As is the command of facts and numbers.

A truly great statesman. He has no peer today.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ARTICLE SAYS THERE IS A NEED FOR DEMOCRATS TO ADDRESS AFGHANISTAN – MY HARSH TAKE ON THE AMERICAN PUBLIC’S VIEW OF WARS ABROAD – BRUTAL WARS ABROAD BREED BRUTALITY ON THE HOME FRONT TOO   Leave a comment

JOHN CHUCKMAN

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY MARJORIE COHN IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

 

“As Afghan Carnage Continues, US Presidential Candidates Face Key Question

“Democratic contenders should commit to immediate troop withdrawal and to cooperate with international investigations of U.S. war crimes”

 

I honestly do not believe that Americans generally give a damn that their government is slaughtering people, anywhere.

They’ve been at the business since WWII in many meaningless imperial wars and interventions.

Killing is what Washington does. I think it fair to say it has become a major national industry.

A couple of generations of Americans have grown up with that as their formative environment, many making careers around it with military service or employment in the defense industry or careers in various government agencies such as the State Department.

And I have to say that the fairly prevalent xenophobia and blind patriot religious belief in the country just reinforce the perception of indifference and brutality.

I have never seen sorrow or regret or concern over about three million Vietnamese killed, and killed horribly by napalm, cluster bombs, and carpet bombing, plus having had their country left strewn with landmines and tons of poisonous Agent Orange.

And it seems to me, most Americans do just sit back and watch a good deal of that horror repeated on poor souls in the Middle East. America’s reasons and methods have been different there, but the results, in terms of death and destruction, have pretty well been the same. The Neocon Wars have killed at least two million people and created many millions of desperate refugees.

America’s brutal wars abroad breed brutality on the home front too.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THERE IS AN ABSURD SIDE TO AMERICA’S FRIGHTENING HYPER-AGGRESSIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS IRAN   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CHECKPOINT ASIA

 

“US: Anyone Touching Iran Tanker Risks Sanctions

“Permission to dock will be treated as “support for terrorism” on the part of Greece”

 

Can you imagine a highly-paid and prestigious outfit like the American State Department with nothing better to do than track and check up on how an oil tanker is being treated by the world?

There really is a genuinely absurd side to America’s current hyper-aggression.

But look at that cast of lead characters – Bolton, Pompeo, Trump. Derangement is etched into the expressions on every one of those faces.

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Response to a comment which said, “I wouldn’t put it past the US/Israel to sink the Tanker if it turns to go into Greece”:

We can put nothing past the United States anymore.

Things really have come to that.

Remember, they thought nothing of turning off all the fridges and life-saving machines in Venezuela several times.