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Cole writes: "Ayat Ahmad reports for Elbalad (Beirut, liberal) that Friday saw huge, angry demonstrations against the United States in the Palestinian West Bank, Jordan, Yemen, Tunisia, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia and elsewhere in protest of Trump's announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel."

Muslims crumple a portrait of U.S. president Donald Trump during a protest outside the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 8, 2017. (photo: Sadiq Asyraf/AP)
Muslims crumple a portrait of U.S. president Donald Trump during a protest outside the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 8, 2017. (photo: Sadiq Asyraf/AP)


Massive Worldwide Rallies Condemn US, Courtesy of Trump Jerusalem Call

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment

09 December 17

 

yat Ahmad reports for Elbalad (Beirut, liberal) that Friday saw huge, angry demonstrations against the United States in the Palestinian West Bank, Jordan, Yemen, Tunisia, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia and elsewhere in protest of Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

AFP starts in Beirut but goes on to give us great footage of protests in places like Mogadishu and Tehran.

This AFP slide show is also revealing. The demonstrations against the US in Iraq and Afghanistan, of course, could threaten US troops stationed in those countries:

In the West Bank, a general strike was called, including in schools, and Palestinian politicians called for wide participation in marches.

In the little town of Palestinian Bethlehem, Israeli troops forcibly cleared the streets, as AFP reported:

The biggest crowds came out in Gaza, raising the credibility of Hamas. CBC reports on the Palestinian protests:

CBC The National: “Trump’s decision on Jerusalem prompts airstrikes and protests”

In beleagured Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, Iran’s Press TV reports the population came out in force despite Saudi bombing.

Virtually every major Turkish city–Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, etc.– saw huge rallies against the United States. Turkey is a NATO ally.

This is not to mention the demonstrations in Berlin, London and elsewhere in Europe.

The US had already fallen dramatically in popularity around the world as soon as Trump was elected, and he’s done nothing to reverse the free fall.

(photo: juancole.com)

The US needs allies to bolster its security in the world. It is not clear it will have any left by 2020.


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+5 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-12-09 19:32
As probably most people could have predicted, Trump's middle east policies are a shambles -- if you agree with the American imperialist stance of republicans, democrats, and neo-cons.

Trump has isolated the US with the pariah states of Israel and Saudi Arabia. The governments of these two failed states are so vicious and corrupt that they can't hold any respect from neighbors.

Trump has lost the American proxy army ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Now those nations are calling for the total withdrawal of ALL US personnel from their territory. The American Kurdish puppets have lost power to the mainstream Kurds who are more aligned with the Syrian and Iraqi governments. The CIA/Mossad backed Barzani family is out.

The Iranians have demanded all US troops out of Syria. There are about 2000 US troops in Syria and Iran have given them a deadline to withdraw. Same with the Syrian government.

All of this is really good. Trump's total incompetence (and also that of his military junta) has brought an end to the Bush/Obama war on terror in the middle east. Dems, Reps, neo-cons in both parties may hate this, but Trump has lost their wars. This is something to be optimistic about. A US-free middle east is very hopeful. Israel and Saudi Arabia will be on their own and my bet is that they, too, will collapse before too long,
 
 
+11 # dusty 2017-12-09 21:10
US "needs allies to bolster its security" is a deceptive and erroneous conceptualizati on. The US rulers want hegemony and that is not in the interest of the people of the nation. As long as hegemony is sought there will be no end to our invasion of other countries. The hegemony is not sought for the people of the US but for corporations to carry out a new colonialism with actions to increase the wealth of the 1%.
 
 
+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-12-10 09:15
"The US needs allies to bolster its security in the world. It is not clear it will have any left by 2020."

While I agree with what Cole says, I don't agree with this point. The US does not need allies. Sometimes a pretense of allies is helpful for the public relations. And sometimes an ally can be a good cover for naked aggression. Kuwait served this purpose in the 1991 gulf war and South Korea is serving it now. But the US does not care one bit about any other nation.

The big thing with the middle east is that like Vietnam, the US has finally lost and is being driven out. Helicopters will soon be picking US operatives off of the roofs of buildings. The whole world will be cheering.

But the American oligarchs really don't care. They have shifted their focus to Asia and Afria. Obama's criminal Pivot to Asia was really the opening of many wars in Asia which will generate trillions of dollars for war profiteers for 20 or 30 years. Then the US will leave there too.

The US is a predatory nation. It roams the earth looking for places to savage, rape, and pillage. It gluts itself and moves on. The US has no permanent commitments and no allies. It has only the insatiable need to make money. War is the most profitable business in all history. In order to justify this rape of the world, the US also needs ritual sacrifices of human beings. The death of dark skinned peoples ritualistically proves that the US is right and superior.

The wealth of the 1% is why we kill.
 

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