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Sanctification and martyrdom isn't really about the personal qualities of the sanctified, but about the political needs of the establishment, and, sometimes, the psycho-social needs of the populace. People "need" heroes in time of war and acute collective trauma, especially if they are faced with the reality of almost certain defeat against a much more powerful adversary.

Think of the gross over-reaction of the US populace to the tragedy of the twin towers - more people die in car accidents or gun crimes every year - so imagine what it will be like when that trauma is multiplied by 1,000. That is the reality of the Middle East under US domination, and Trump has just placed himself four square in the firing line.

An escalation to nuclear war cannot be ruled out, and then all bets are off as to where it will all end up, in the short, medium and long term. Global warming promises a slow mass extinction event. Trump promises it to be almost instantaneous.  No need for a meteorite this time around. Trumpian hubris can accomplish it all by itself.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 09:01:52 PM EST

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