If Trump & America were ‘strong’ they wouldn’t need to constantly remind us.

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America is the strongest country in the world, militarily it outspends the next eight countries combined. They spend more on their military than China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, UK, India and Germany, so why does Donald Trump feel the need to tell everyone what they are capable of?

The world economy is so wrapped up in the dollar that internal economic problems in the US nearly brought the world economy to its knees ten years ago. Arguably the world economy was built by the US, and mainly for the US.

Sun Tzu states; “Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”

So why is Donald Trump giving it bluster and big mouth? It isn’t a sign of strength to tell everyone you’re strong, it isn’t a sign of strength to keep repeating how great you are. These are signs of weakness, using big bold statements to shock everyone, to deflect from the truth, is an attempt to try and hide behind them.

If you look at Donald Trump’s words with this in mind then, his over the top reaction to North Korea becomes (if it wasn’t so scary) comical. North Korea cannot stand up to the US military, it cannot commit economically (the US has had sanctions and embargo’s on them since forever).

These countries are not on equal footing and far from it. Now if you compare how Trump is ‘handling’ (I use that term loosely) North Korea with how Obama handled Iran, it clearly shows us which is the correct way to handle these kind of situations.

Ultimately a country like America telling the world they are ready for fire, that they are locked and loaded, that they have the greatest nuclear arsenal, doesn’t prove they are strong, it proves they are weak. You could expect that kind of geopolitical play from a two bit player, or a despotic dictator, but from a country at the top like America? If it’s first response is that kind of rhetoric, empty as it probably is, what else can they do? How do they ramp that up? It must feel that its position is threatened.

True strength would have been reaching a compromise, and defusing the situation without having to resort to the threat of nuclear war. If a country as insignificant as North Korea can bring the world to the brink of nuclear war, it doesn’t bode well for the future of humanity.

It then brings us to one of two possibilities, either Donald Trump is a weak president, or America is in a weakening position in the world and so it is lashing out. It could be one or the other, or it could be a little bit of both, only time will tell.

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Disarm Terror

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The weapon of the terrorist is fear, their ammunition is hatred. We cannot give into fear, nor can we allow ourselves to be fueled by hatred, only hope and love can conquer fear and hatred.

We have to hope for a better world, we have to fight to make a better world possible, because there is a sickness in our societies. Greed has become the dominant force, marginalisation of the poor, the dispossed, give way to a lack of identity and self worth. People are afraid not only of the terrorist, but of paying their bills, of living hand to mouth. Search in your heart and you will feel this sickness, because we are one, and it exists within all of us, when one feels pain, it effects us all.

It is easy to begin to hate, it is easier to hate than to love, it is easier to hate than to understand. There is no excusing acts of terorrism, but these problems cannot be solved by more secuirty, more bombs, more weapons of war, more bullets, these are weapons of hatred, weapons of fear, and they can only add more fuel to the fire, they can only help these evil forces grow. Only through the power of unity, only through loving your neighbour, loving those around you, can we create the bonds that can halt these forces in their tracks.

We are not powerless, we can effect change, the truth is we are powerful beyond measure, and those that have placed themselves in a position of power, have tricked us, robbing us of our strength and sapping us of our power. The greatest act of defiance in the face of this, the true display of strength, is give yourself to those around you, help those that need it, and together we can overcome any adversity and challenge.

If we do not, the alternative is to horrible to imagine, the rising forces of racism and xenophobia, it is a drama we all have seen the ending to, at we all know it is not a happy one.

If you can remember only one thing remember this; the more fear you feel, the more hatred you spread, the stronger they become, the more power that you give them.