Donald Trump on his new buddy, Kim Jong Un: “He’s the head of a country, and I mean he’s the strong head. Don’t let anyone think anything different. He speaks, and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.”
Trump was taught by his authoritarian father that life is a Darwinian struggle, red in tooth and claw, and that to survive and succeed you had to be cold, hard, ruthless — a killer. Therefore Trump admires strongmen for the very qualities that make them loathed by civilized people everywhere.
Consider the case of Saddam Hussein, whom Trump once praised for his approach to fighting terrorism. “He was a bad guy — really bad guy. But you know what? He did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good. They didn’t read them the rights. They didn’t talk. They were terrorists. Over …”
Lest we forget, the way Saddam fought terrorism was by monopolizing terror to himself — by keeping his own people terrorized by menacing them with the police, torture, and the promise of summary execution for any gesture of political dissent.
Is there any doubt that, could he get away with it, Trump would use the same techniques of fighting terrorism — and quashing dissent — in this country? Thank God for the strength of our democratic institutions.
Also, Mr. Trump would be wise to recall the final moments of Saddam Hussein, i.e., his dangling at the end of a rope. The proper fate, and just deserts, of any brutal dictator.
Kelly Anspaugh, Ada