Hillary and Trump Debate, Caution for Hillary
By Gabriel C Banda
AS the USA 2016 Presidential elections first debate is about to take place Monday September 26, 2016, there are some points to watch out for. There are some issues to prepare for.
For Hillary Clinton, it would be important to think about how Trump rattles people’s minds and their focus. By words and other behaviour, Trump sometimes makes his opponents lose their balance. Sometimes he has said things that are false but said as if they are true.
He has distorted issues and facts. He has attacked the record of some. He has attacked the personality of others. He shouts down those speaking other points. He has also insulted others. He has demeaned the humanity of others. He shows a wild side of America.
For Hillary Rodham Clinton, she must review her interaction with Donald Trump. One aspect she must adjust is how sometimes she has made responses driven by what Trump has said or done. She seems to feel she must attack or respond to whatever Trump says or does. To do that all the time is unsafe for Hillary Clinton. Sometimes it is better to be silent instead of going on to try to defend something that was not right.
An example is when Trump talks about how things were not well for the USA government’s 2003 invasion of Iraq. From Hillary’s side, a quick response was that Saddam Hussein had been a bad, evil, person. Of course, Mama Hillary had supported the war on Iraq. But it was not necessary to have said, just in order to react to her opponent Trump, that it was right to have invaded Iraq or killed Saddam.
The George Bush II invasion of Iraq, supported by Britain’s Tony Blair, was not right. It has led to the deaths and suffering of many in the region and the whole world. It was done on untrue or false basis.
Similarly, with the USA and other governments not learning, the military intervention in Libya, an intervention led by France warlord and destroyer Nicolas Sarkozy, led to the murder of President Muamar Qaddafi, ethnic cleansing against Black Libyans and Black Africans, and the instability in Libya and neighbouring countries. The African Union had warned against armed intervention and called for some political settlement but where insulted by persons like US’s Susan Rice.
US President Barack Obama was reluctant to join Sarkozy’s destructive scheme, which also abused the United Nations resolutions system, but nevertheless Obama still went along, driven by the warlord Sarkozy and, in USA officialdom and circles, persons like Susan Rice, who on Libya was another warlord.
The Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya external interventions have contributed to problems of the growth of militants like ISIS, who are now troubling the world. The US and UK support for the armed Syria rebels fighting the Assad administration in another largely sectarian war, led to huge pressure on the Assad government and the growth of ISIS.
ISIS is now attacking the western countries whose governments even supported rebels against Assad. The weapon you use against others may turn against you.
What also helped US, UK, and the world, was the failure, in the UK parliament, of the motion, as a further attempt to legalise intervention, for the US and UK to invade Syria on account of charges of use of chemical weapons.
Had Assad’s government fallen by the force of the belligerent Western and Arab governments’ supported rebels, the ones that might now have been in control in Syria may have been the determined ISIS.
Things could have been worse had Assad been removed from office. The current problems of militants and attacks in the Middle East and the western countries could have been small size compared with if the Assad administration had been removed by force.
Hillary’s past positions on Iraq, Libya, and even Syria were shaky and should not be justified by saying something that supports the war machine.
For Hillary Clinton, the main lesson about debating with Donald Trump is that she should not be driven by him. She has to focus on truth. She has to avoid being drawn into instinctive responses just because Trump has spoken.
Hillary Clinton has to avoid responding as defence of her position in the past. She must learn to sometimes be silent. She must let some things pass without emotionally feeling she must response. She must let go when necessary.
Otherwise, Donald Trump’s words, character, and behaviour may create snares, traps, for Hillary Clinton. Trump is at home with rough talk. One who fights a rough person must not try to be rough but will win if they rise above the rough one. They must fight with dignity. Dignity rises above the rough.
When someone is fighting a crocodile, it will be unsafe to follow the crocodile’s invitation to join it in a fight in the waters. That is the crocodile’s environment, where it may be strong while someone not used to water will not easily fight and defend them self. Hillary Clinton must find herself, ground herself, rather than be driven by Donald Trump’s character, words, and actions.
GCB, September 2016, LUSAKA.