German Chancellor said of Donald Trump’s victory: ‘Europe’s leaders should learn a lesson and stop ignoring their people’.
European leaders made similar pronouncements after Brexit yet went back to business as usual.
When all the euphoria dies down, they will all forget this day and return to business as usual.
What scares me and I think what should any sound minded person is this could mark the beginning of another Hitler.
I am not suggesting Mr. Trump could be another Hitler.
I am saying it could pave the way for it to happen somewhere else.
It might sound like scare mongering.
But it’s not.
In country after country all over Europe, so-called right wing parties are sweeping into power.
Britain that is supposed to be the keeper of Western civilization succumbed to hate.
Now America, the land of the free has succumbed to the most despicable of all hate messages.
I originated from a war-torn country.
War brings out the best in people.
But war also brings out the worst in people.
150 thousand of my fellow countrymen died in the most barbaric civil war in living memory.
Most of them did not die from bombs or gun shot wounds.
They were simple massacre or machetted to death.
Those acts of barbarity were not carried out by strangers from far away countries.
They were carried out by their neighbours, clergymen, school teachers, spouses and friends.
It all started like Brexit and the election of Trump.
“How do you think we can fight when our own brothers have turned against us? The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has a put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.” ‘Things Fall Apart’ Chinua Achebe
The words of a wise man.
We are amused at the foolishness of the Trumps, the Farages and the Le Pens.
Before we know it, that amusement will turn to concentration camps, Rwanda or Liberia.
This was how all of those stories started.