- - Sunday, January 29, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

There has been a lot of talk about how President Trump is horribly likely to cause some sort of nuclear detonation in the world. The awful truth, though, is that in recent years we’ve been closer to a nuclear bomb going off than ever before, including during the Cold War years, and we could currently face a manifestation of that reality.

Surely the newly elected American president will now have to deal with the fallout (if we can pardon the pun) of red lines turning pretty pink, a reckless Iran deal and a “lead-from-behind” approach to U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East under former President Obama. Mr. Trump’s predecessor took a pass on saying or doing anything about an uprising of people in Iran against an overt state sponsor of global terrorism, and then called for a change of power in Egypt, which had been keeping peace with Israel and was a stabilizing force in the greater Middle East under Hosni Mubarak. So the terrorist state gets a nod, while a primary peacekeeper of the region (however bad Mr. Mubarak may or may not have been internally) gets ousted and replaced by Mohammed Morsi, whose credo was “Jihad is our way.” And Iran laughs its way all the way to a nuclear reactor.

Of the people who insist that Mr. Trump is a dangerous president, it must be said that they understand little about the cultural, psychological and religious dimensions of the Middle East, the likely flash point of any nuclear blast, and the fact that during the Obama years it was terrorists on the march, potentially straight toward nuclear codes of their own. Mr. Trump will have to deal with the newly added complications and bloodshed among Arab states, and we should now hope that liberty resumes.

Any honest, thoughtful person should readily see that the people pointing at Mr. Trump as dangerous are themselves dangerous, and that we can count our lucky stars none of them has the nuclear codes.

ROB ARNOLD

New York

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