The good news is that Trump has seemingly caved in to pressure and is suspending the vile practice of forcibly kidnapping children and holding them hostage. The better news is that it highlights Trump’s vulnerability and the limits of the power held by fascists like Steve Bannon.
The bad news is that the republican whores in the house and the senate and across the country who turned on Trump did not do it because they suddenly discovered they had a conscience but because they suddenly discovered they might lose their jobs. It should surprise no one that the human bowl of moldy jello, Ted Cruz, smelling defeat in the wind, would turn and call for an end to kidnapping children. It should surprise no one who isn’t a half-wit that republicans could see that the center would not accept state sponsored kidnapping and holding children hostage. But that of course means that they can always change their minds again and decide to support a return to state sponsored terrorism or they can find some other way to placate the blood and soil cadres that now control the republican party.
It is crucial to remember that Trump and the Bannonnite fascists did not arrive from another planet. The republicans may be shocked – shocked to discover that they have been in bed with bigots all along but the truth is they courted these people and fed them rhetoric the same way one feeds chum to sharks. Inevitably there is a feeding frenzy and the water is full of two things: blood and hungry sharks.
From Nixon, through to Reagan, H Bush and then W the republicans have been the party of bigots. Trump is the shark they summoned.
That however does not mean the spineless democrats are not to blame as well. Though grossly overused the apt description is: The best lack all conviction while the worst are full of passionate intensity.
Nancy we’re capitalists get used to it Pelosi is complicit and so are the Clintons and Obama. NAFTA may have been the less bad alternative to another devastating collapse of the Mexican economy but however awful state sponsored kidnapping of children has been it pales in comparison to the thousands of women murdered in Ciudad Juarez over the last decade. And why did Ciudad Juarez become a murder factory?* Because of NAFTA. And why was NAFTA a less bad alternative to yet another catastrophic collapse of the Mexican economy? Because Mexico was colonized long ago and turned into an American vassal state. And in the absence of the transformation of the American economy away from colonization and exploitation, Mexico will continue to be a vassal state, and a semi-autonomous colony frozen between bad and worse – bad being NAFTA and a periodic surge of immigrants and refugees trying to cross the border and worse being periodic collapse and a resulting surge of immigrants and refugees trying to cross the border.
Who is going to do something about that?
Which of course brings us to the ghosts of Operation Condor.
The Mothers of the Disappeared deserve better than to be ignored or to receive the thin political gruel of yeah sorry about that. Next.
Agents of the government of the US and elected officials are war criminals. They are guilty of murder, torture, extortion, kidnapping, drug dealing, money laundering, and aiding and abetting rape and kidnapping on an industrial scale. Hanging over all of that is the destruction of the environment and corollary support for repressive regimes and the insane and endless “war on drugs” which fuels drug lords, mass murdering paramilitaries, and in turn all of that fuels the endless flow of refugees and human traffickers that drift from South America to the Rio Grande.
It is no small thing that Trump has been forced to retreat. One hopes that the democrats press the advantage and ride this to victory in the Midterms in November.
But no one will ever go broke underestimating their ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. And no one should ever underestimate their guilt and their complicity in the destruction and colonization of the people of Mexico, and Central and South America. Nor should anyone romanticize those people for among the millions of victims there are just as many bigots and fascists and mass murdering psychopaths who were and are all too willing to collaborate in Murder Incorporated.
It is no small thing that, unlooked for, amid the maelstrom, Trump has been forced to retreat.
But no one should underestimate the inevitable temper tantrum and rage that are sure to follow. Not just by Trump, but among his base of thugs and fascists and committed violent racists.
Blowback is inevitable. Do not be surprised if you wake one morning in the not too distant future, to a headline about a mass shooting somewhere along the border or in a predominantly Latino community and find that the shooter was active online with some branch of the Trump base.
We are reminded of the highly problematic hero Churchill saying: Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
Now is the time for vigilance and action.
*For a flawed but often brilliant examination of the industrial scale mass murder in Ciudad Juarez, see Roberto Bolano’s epic posthumous novel, 2066.