President Trump, Iran and ISIS

President Trump’s early morning tweets are often controversial, and riddled with inaccuracies. His recent tweets about Iran are no exception.

In the wake of the latest tragic terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom, the President’s tweets have pointed a shaking finger of admonition at Iran, a country he perceives as an ally and sponsor of terrorists, including ISIS. Ironically, though, the truth is far from that.

Iran, first and foremost, is a Shi’a nation, while ISIS is based on an extreme perversion of Sunni Islam. Effectively they are enemies, for that reason alone.

In addition, Iran has recently suffered through its own terrorist attacks at the hands of ISIS operatives, and has thwarted other attacks from taking place. Iran has also taken military actions against ISIS targets in the recent past.

In the war in Syria, for example, Iran has supported the Syrian government against ISIS. This is a matter of public record.

President Trump often uses his twitter account to fire up his base, spreading poorly vetted information, better described as propaganda, than news.

He also uses strongly worded twitter posts to distract from pressing inconvenient issues, like the Russian election hacking scandal. His tweets about Iran and ISIS fall under these categories.

The press and the American People must both work together to hold President Trump accountable for his statements, including the more outrageous ones. His petty games, denials and accusations do not help.

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The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird, an animated short by Paul and Pierre Grimault, 1952

The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird, an animated short by Paul and Pierre Grimault, 1952

The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird, 1952

An animated short by Paul and Pierre Grimault

“A chimney sweep and his beloved shepherdess are aided by Wonderbird in their escape from a ruthless dictator” (IMDB)

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Breaking World News

Breaking World News

London attack: police name Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane as two of three perpetrators – latest updates
“Butt, 27, was British citizen born in Pakistan, previously known to both police and MI5. Redouane, 30, had claimed to be both Moroccan and Libyan…” (The Guardian)

Cancel Trump state visit, says Sadiq Khan, after London attack tweets
“The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, has called on the British government to cancel a planned state visit by Donald Trump after being criticised in two tweets by the US president…” (The Guardian)

As Trump lashes out, Republicans grow uneasy
“President Trump, after days of lashing out angrily at the London mayor and federal courts in the wake of the London Bridge terrorist attack, faces a convergence of challenges this week that threatens to exacerbate the fury that has gripped him — and that could further hobble a Republican agenda that has slowed to a crawl on Capitol Hill…”
(Washington Post)

Contractor charged in NSA document leak case
“A 25-year-old government contractor has been charged with mishandling classified information after authorities say she gave a top-secret National Security Agency document to a news ­organization…” (Washington Post)

A question of justice
“Fifty years after the June 1967 war, the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands continues. Whatever new plan is devised will concern the entire region and the wider Muslim world…” (Le Monde diplomatique)

Britain’s Multiculturalism Falters
“The UK is coming to terms with a third violent attack in as many weeks as the country prepares to vote this Thursday…” (Le Monde diplomatique)

Turkey maintains ban on German visits to Incirlik airbase: minister
“Turkey will maintain a ban on visits by German politicians to a key airbase in its south which is used for raids against the Islamic State group in Syria, the foreign minister said on Monday…” (The Local – de)

German parliament passes law ending child marriage
“The German parliament passed a law ending child marriage late on Thursday night, officially raising the marriageable age to 18.
The new law officially makes 18 the minimum age for marriage. Previously, 16-year-olds were allowed to marry adults in certain cases with court permission…” (The Local – de)

Ramadan in Yemen: Fasting by day, starving by night
“The holy month has been tarnished in war-torn Yemen, where 17 million people are staring at famine…” (Al Jazeera)
Libya and the Manchester connection
“There is a link between the woeful Manchester attack and the dubious methods the UK used to help Libyans topple Gaddafi…” (Al Jazeera)

 

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Terrorists kill 6, injure 30 at London Bridge

Terrorists kill 6, injure 30 at London Bridge

The management team of Face Activities extends our deepest condolences to the victims, and their families, of the terrorist attack in London, today. It’s another tragic and unconscionable outrage committed by the worst of criminals. 

Today three terrorists launched a two-pronged attack in London, just two weeks after the attack in Manchester following Ariana Grande’s concert. The attack occurred at London Bridge, a prominent UK Landmark that regularly attracts scores of visitors. A van swerved into the crowd, deliberately trying to strike and kill or injure as many people as possible.

Then knife-wielding assassins wearing fake suicide vests exited the vehicle and began stabbing people, including one British transport officer. The terrorists were confronted and shot dead by police in Borough Market, near the south end of London Bridge. The entire rampage lasted only eight minutes, but at least six people lost their lives, and at least 30 were wounded.

In the wake of these attacks, President Donald Trump called for courts to  reinstate his travel ban. Though the investigation is ongoing, the crime appears to follow a pattern of recent terror attacks committed in homage to ISIS.

Learn more about London Bridge Terror Attack (Huffington Post)

 

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