It’s barely two months after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, and things are already starting to look worryingly apocalyptic.
Where do we begin? Shortly after he was instated, one of his first moves resembled an environmental assault, by approving the final permit for the Dakota Access pipeline.Then the promise of building the Mexican wall. The ‘Muslim ban’ came next. And finally, fanning the flames of war with Iran.
Shades of Orwell’s 1984 mark Trump’s presidency, with his bizarre claims to ‘alternative facts’ and the labelling of popular media outlets, such as CNN and The New York Times, as ‘fake news’. Does Trump’s election, represent the rise of fascism in America? His rise to power appears to share characteristics remarkably similar to that of Hitler, such as exploiting the primal emotions of fear, pride, and anger among voters during his campaign.
“The Hour will come when leaders are oppressors, when people believe in the stars and reject al-Qadar (the Divine Decree of destiny) when a trust becomes a way of making a profit, when people give to charity (Sadaqah) reluctantly, when adultery becomes widespread – when this happens, then your people will perish.”
The Hadith, Ali ibn Abi Talib
All of this is not to mention Trump’s brand of uber-Christian nationalism, which appears to fan the flames of a Crusade-like war abroad in the Middle East. Barely a week ago, Trump accused Iran of “playing with fire” over their most recent ballistic missile test, which he claimed is a violation of the 2015 nuclear deal signed under the Obama administration. Furthermore, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, heartily responded to Trump’s ascendancy by stating his policies have finally revealed the “true face” of America after the past 30 years. Iran has also continued its nuclear testing in defiance of the new US President, while fellow adversaries of the US, China and Russia, have also been preparing their warships in anticipation of the next bout of craziness Trump prepares to unleash on the world. Let’s not forget that both the US and Russia share a staggering 14,300 nuclear warheads combined – and that’s not including the number of nukes owned by another seven countries.
“Then I saw a beast with ten horns and seven heads rising out of the sea. There were ten royal crowns on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. The beast I saw was like a leopard, with the feet of a bear and the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave the beast his power and throne and great authority.”
The Book of Revelation
“Is Trump himself the Antichrist?” one might ask. Perhaps not, but the signs are disturbing nonetheless. The rest of the Western world isn’t exactly in the best shape either. Theresa May has been forced to seek post-Brexit trade deals with countries such as Turkey (currently one of the most repressive political regimes in the world) via the signing of a fighter jet deal, as well as China. Fascism continues to steadily ascend elsewhere in the West, with Marine Le Pen campaigning for France’s presidency, and Pauline Hanson returning to the spotlight in Australia. Are we really gearing up for a final showdown between the West and the rest?
So what can we, the people, do? Could we really collectively protest against the end of the world? Especially since the liberal left is made up of people from various social, political and (ir)religious backgrounds? How can we begin to agree on what values should be championed, when our views vary so much? From a more practical standpoint, impeaching Trump is a likely outcome, especially as a majority of Americans have disapproved of Trump within just eight days of him entering office – an new record.
Or perhaps we should just abandon all hope and start stocking up on food and seek shelter underground, in anticipation of a full-blown nuclear apocalypse?
Whatever your religious inclinations might be, it’s hard to deny that the course of the world today seems to suspiciously resemble that described in religious eschatology.
Whatever your religious inclinations might be, it’s hard to deny that the course of the world today seems to suspiciously resemble that described in religious eschatology. Whether it is accurate about the end result, however, is an entirely different matter. So is it too early, or, indeed, too late, to impeach Trump and subside our apocalyptic fears for now? Is it possible for everyone to put down their arms and cooperate again? Can we go back to focusing on the environment? Can we go back to trading freely again in a post-Brexit and post-Trans Pacific Partnership world ? And what’s so funny about peace, love and understanding anyway?
It’s been less than three weeks since the Jan 20 inauguration. This can’t possibly go on for another four years, can it? And besides, with the world slowly turning into a complete mess, do we really have any idea how we should start rebuilding to begin with? Because, without wanting to fear-monger too much, it’s possible that all it may take is a foolhardy decision from Trump to finally press the big button. Especially with tensions escalating in Syria, as well as North Korea over recent nuclear missile tests that have fallen just short of Japan. And let’s not forget that Russia, Iran and China are always waiting in the wings with their own nuclear capabilities, ready to join in if the situation comes to war.
Watch this space.
Featured image: Desolate city, Apocalypse – by Auke Mulder, Netherlands