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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
When a Fox News reporter asked Donald Trump about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange back in 2010, just after Assange had released a huge cache of secret U.S. diplomatic cables, the reality TV star had no doubts: “I think it’s disgraceful, I think there should be like the death penalty or something.”
There are a number of ways to win an African election.
So far the end-game in Syria has played out in an entirely predictable way.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is very, very cross about last Friday’s United Nations Security Council resolution condemning the creation of illegal Jewish settlements all over the occupied West Bank and in East Jerusalem.
Twelve people were killed in a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday, mown down by a terrorist in a big truck. Elsewhere in Germany, if it was an average day, another ten people were killed in or by motor vehicles. They are all equally dead; the only difference is the motivation of the man in the truck.
Did it cross your mind occasionally, in the past week, to wonder where all of the “250,000 civilians trapped in eastern Aleppo” have gone? As the area of the city under rebel control dwindled – by Wednesday morning the Syrian regime’s troops had recaptured three-quarters of it – did you see massive columns of fleeing civilians, or mounds of civilian dead?
Four years ago optimism was high that AIDS was in retreat, and could ultimately be eradicated. Back then the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) was boldly predicting “the end of AIDS by 2030.” Nobody is feeling so optimistic now.
Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Donald J. Trump’s record is not good, but he does get it right once in a while. He got it right on Tuesday, when he said that Hillary Clinton would be dangerously aggressive in Syria if she wins the presidency.
The chief source of new problems is solutions to old problems.
Two great sieges are getting underway in the Middle East, one in Mosul in Iraq and the other in Aleppo in Syria.
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