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It is not a bug, it is a feature

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Submitted by Eliyahu Bender (Israel), Jan 18, 2017 at 10:08

I am happy to see some acceptance even if it is grudging. Trump's character – I maintain that this is not a bug, but rather it is a feature.
If you would want a Kennedy, it would be fine for a couple of years, but then he would be dead.
I suppose you prefer a Reagan as many do. Indeed I celebrated his victory. But Reagan never brought down the deep state, which deeply influenced his presidency and remained intact to define the future.

Perhaps Mitt, the anti-Trump. He wouldn't have a chance to win against Hillary, Joe, or whoever else they decided to run against him.
Maybe Jeb. He had the greatest backing after all. He might have won against Hillary as she self-destructed. The trouble is, though, that the end result is not much different whether it is Jeb or whether it is Hillary.

I never understood the oft-heard complaint that it doesn't matter who gets elected, everything stays the same. I understand it now. The difference between Republican and Democrat is mostly superficial. Abortion, identity groups, etc. Either way the same power brokers have the greater influence on world events.
I want to shift to another topic that interests me – the ancient Christian communities. I googled up an article that you wrote in 2001, saying as how these communities in war-ravaged areas were being destroyed. It amazes me how the evil Saddam Hussein protected the Christians and how we good Americans, America being a Christian nation, failed to protect them.

Would you be willing to do an update on this topic, particularly as it relates to Syria? Some questions I would like answered:

1. Does Assad in Syria protect the Christian communities?
2. Our CIA is arming the moderate rebels in Syria. Are these groups really distinct from Daesh?
3. Is Daesh really distinct from Al-Qaeda?
4. Putin is said to bomb schools and hospitals. Is he therefore a war criminal? After all, the same libel was laid on Israel.
5. How has the intervention of the Russians influenced the plight of the Christian communities?
6. What will be the fate of the Christian communities if Assad remains in power. What will be their fate if he is deposed and the Sunnis take control?

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Daniel Pipes replies:

If Trump's character is part of his attraction, something is seriously wrong with Americans.

Good questions about Syria; I will try to answer them soon.

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