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Wednesday , November 13 2019

Pragmatism name of the game – Fast-changing scenario

Yusuf Awadh Al-Azmi
An American philosopher and psychologist William James (1842 – 1910) once said, “Our ideas must agree with realities, be the realities concrete or abstract”.

The world has ushered in the reign of Donald Trump in the White House, from where he will lead the strongest country in the world. This smart and wealthy businessman managed to overcome all the odds in his path towards the White House by using populace slogans to his interest.

Trump’s slogans directly addressed the voters, taking advantage of several circumstances facing the American voters, and leaving his opponent – the Democrat Hillary Clinton – to dance to his tune. The latter had continued to focus on the opinion polls, which disappointed the Democratic camp and everyone else who was against President Trump.

I am not exaggerating when I say that everyone was surprised by Trump’s win. It seems as though he came from nowhere, forgetting about his campaigning for more than 19 weeks when he smartly engaged the voters, despite the fact that almost all information media predicted a huge loss for this sneaky millionaire.

Before I start talking about the effects of Trump’s win as far as the Middle East is concerned, I would like to mention how the game that the media is playing was exposed to the point of losing credibility. Even major information media were wrong, and their game of the way they handled the entire elections based on their interests was exposed.

Such kind of unprofessional practices by the media have raised a lot of question marks. The media has destabilized the confidence of many, especially when it comes to the opinion polls, the current of which Trump managed to battle in a manner that left Clinton and her aides to play out of their tune.

Indeed, generation after generation will speak about the election that brought Trump to power.

As mentioned earlier, Trump addressed the conscience of the voter. He did not hesitate to fire his campaign managers, which is an indication of how serious Trump was, how he had studied the reality of the American voters, and the digits that many know about but fail to know how to utilize them.

Now that we are in the era of Donald Trump, it is expected of him to be offensive, the way he was during his election campaign.

However, my only concern regarding the new president is the way he will deal with the turmoil-hit Middle East. It is clear that the new president will deal based on the dollar and profitable deals. For those who fail to deal with him based on these two principles, the coming period will definitely be tough.

Trump’s win is accepted by Russia and is celebrated there, as Russia sees Trump the better political option. Regarding Israel, Trump’s win did not disappoint its political sector. In fact, Israel is more optimistic now that Trump has won, as it is expected of him to lean towards Israel.

Trump’s win has also fortified the stay of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in power, despite the persistence of Turkey and many other countries for Assad’s departure when it comes to the new Syria. Pragmatically, his stay is way better than his departure from power as per the current political atmosphere in Syria.

Because of pragmatism, Turkey has shifted its position from unrealistic goals to realistic ones, despite the backlash which Ankara sustained in response to its shift of position towards Assad. However, when it comes to political feud, “there is no permanent ally or enemy in politics…”. Ask Recep Tayyip Erdogan for more information on this.  The world has entered the reign of Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, whether you like it or not. Those who are against Trump should smartly fortify the political strings that are feeble but can recoil and hit hard when cut.

In short, Ankara has understood the game and its rules. Now, many are wondering what the GCC countries will do, as the initial predictions indicate that regional countries will sustain heavy pressure from Trump. This calls for smart pragmatism when dealing with the major countries and have an insight to the future.

The world has mercy on neither the spectators nor the neutralists.


By Yousef Awad Al-Azmi

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