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Hussain Abdul-Hussain

The Lebanese who support Trump

The Lebanese diaspora is playing a dangerous game backing a megalomaniac rallying opposition to immigrants and non-white residents in the US

Donald Trump speaks to a crowd of attendees at U.S. Bank Arena on October 13, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (AFP/Getty Images/Ty Wright)

Partisanship sometimes turns people into fanatics who replace thoughtful debates with shouting matches. Political maturity usually softens partisans and pushes them closer to the center. However, it is unfortunate that a considerable number of Lebanese, including Lebanese-Americans, have endorsed the controversial, divisive and clearly inept Donald Trump.

 

It is unfortunate that many Lebanese-Americans, mainly non-Muslims (with the notable exception of Shiite cleric Sheikh Mohammed al-Hajj Hassan), are cheering for Donald Trump, only because the Republican presidential candidate promises resolve against some American communities, especially Muslims.

 

It is this abhorrent racism, common among many Lebanese at home and in diaspora, that should stop. For some reason, many Lebanese perceive of themselves as a chosen people: A nation with a long history of creativity and ingenuity that puts it on par with the great European civilizations of Greece and Rome.

 

To start with, Greece and Rome were not as great as 19th century European historians depicted them. Like other civilizations throughout history, the Greeks and the Romans rose and fell, often copying from their predecessors and contemporaries without crediting them.

 

So the Lebanese, like other nations, are a diverse group of many colors and sociocultural levels. Perhaps on a per capita basis, the Lebanese have better skilled workers than the average Middle Eastern population. But this does not make the Lebanese stand out. If the Lebanese were as outstanding as some think themselves to be, they could have at least built a state better than the garbage hole that they live in. Blaming outside powers for their ills is no excuse.

 

If the Lebanese, including Lebanese-Americans, realize that they are not as chosen as they think they are, they might see what is wrong with the megalomaniac and narcissistic Trump.

 

Trump is not the average Republican candidate. He is the epitome of everything rotten in human civilization: A spoiled brat turned Reality TV star, who then rallied all of America’s bigots to run for president.

 

Thanks to Trump, dormant extreme right wing groups — like Alt Right and the Ku Klux Klan — are now planning a comeback.

 

Those non-Muslim Lebanese who bask in Trump’s antagonism against Muslims should think twice before they endorse the Republican candidate or join his campaign. Once done with Muslims, Trump and the extreme Right will certainly come after non-white ethnicities. Even though they might not like to admit it, Lebanese-Americans are not as white as they think they are, especially in the eyes of white Americans.

 

To understand how grave Trump is for non-white Americans, or even for white Americans who do not subscribe to his lunacy, think that almost every American Jew — Republican or Democrat — is actively supporting the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

 

With an elevated sense of sniffing danger, perhaps because of the experiences of their ancestors throughout history, Jewish Americans have understood that Trump is a disaster. Trump’s vitriol against Muslims have not deceived Jewish Americans. Too bad this same vitriol has tricked the always gullible Christian Lebanese-Americans.

 

The Lebanese who support Trump, including Lebanese-Americans, should understand that Trump’s candidacy is not politics as usual. His candidacy has so far brought the Republican Party near collapse, and threatens the very foundations of the American democracy, should he insist that the election was rigged and refuse to concede.

 

Should Trump win, things might even turn to the worse. So far, he has promised to lock up his political opponent Clinton, threatened to sue the New York Times, called for racial profiling of Muslim-Americans, and practiced character assassination against Americans who vary between war heroes, federal judges, former Republican presidents, the Republican Speaker of the House and Republican journalists.

 

So for once, non-Muslim Lebanese, including Lebanese-Americans, should be judicious and show wisdom. They should not fall for the populist leaders, like some Palestinians fell for Nazi propaganda in the 1940s and Saddam’s propaganda in the 1990s. The Lebanese should not fall either for charlatans pretending to be saviors, like many Lebanese fell for various kinds of invaders from Napoleon of France to Ariel Sharon of Israel.

 

The Lebanese, including Lebanese-Americans, should realize that it is their choice to affiliate with Republicans or Democrats. It is their freedom to speak against religions they disagree with, including Islam. It is their right to decide what is in their best interest. They should only keep in mind that the Trump episode is an exceptional case of a megalomaniac exploiting fear mongering to wake up ugly beasts. They should not fall for his game, and should instead vote for Clinton, even if she is not to their liking, in order to make sure that the Trump phenomenon is defeated big, once and for all.

Donald Trump speaks to a crowd of attendees at U.S. Bank Arena on October 13, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (AFP/Getty Images/Ty Wright)

Those non-Muslim Lebanese who bask in Trump’s antagonism against Muslims should think twice before they endorse the Republican candidate or join his campaign.

  • Fariss101

    No news here... some previously supported Saddam and eventually lost... they invited Assad (the papa) who eventually turned on them and destroyed our country... they supported Assad (le fils) after all he did to them; he will soon lose.... They supported Mohamad Ali against the Ottomans and then Ottomans against Mohamad Ali.... Really nothing new, a historical non-ending sequence of morally wrong decisions (not to mention always on the wrong side)...This is who we are unfortunately...

    October 17, 2016

  • Freedomforall

    Yet they created a country which everyone in the region dreamt of visiting, until "your kind of people, Fariss101" gained more power and succeeded in transforming Lebanon into a hell hole just like the rest of the region, which "your kind of people" so much admire...

    October 18, 2016

  • Fariss101

    exactly my point. this is who we are (my kind of people): bigots, full of hatred (indiscriminate hatred), and always end up being the losers...but we still think we are superior... thanks for proving my point..

    October 18, 2016

  • Freedomforall

    Facts speak louder than your hateful words Fariss. How typical of you that you would allow yourself to incorrectly summarize the history of a people in order to portray them in a negative and demeaning way, but then when someone counters your false and racist arguments you are the one to cry out racism... Let me clear something for you: "your kind of people" is not a reference to any religious or ethnic group, "your kind of people" is a direct reference to a kind of totalitarian mentality that is predominant in the Middle East, a mentality full of hatred and envy, the perfect recipe for being a total failure. The fact that you chose to ignore the achievement of the Christian Lebanese community whether in creating the oldest democracy and the only functioning country of the Middle East (1920-1975) or their brilliant success in their diaspora, only leads to counting you as another one of “your kind of people.” Feel free to remain stuck in your hatred and misery while the rest of the world moves forward.

    October 19, 2016

  • Hanibaal-Atheos

    FARISS101: Blinded by their megalomania, people like Freedomforall are incapable of self-analysis, of looking for our weaknesses and how to address them to really be a better people and country. Because of barbaric religiosity and the sectarian concentration camp in which he/she lives, Freedomforall always blames the others (other sects, conspiracies, foreigners, etc.) for his/her own problems. Lebanese like him/her are never wrong. They have God, saints, mullahs, patriarchs, etc. on their side, of course, so it is "my country, right or wrong". Just like all Arabs, Freedomforall is a victim of the self-inflated egocentrism that makes them bask in some vague, often made up glory, from thousands of years ago, and blinds them to the filth in which they live today. That explains why they never change. The only thing that changes is the latest idiocy they can copy from the West, believing naively that this is progress and that this is what makes them better than everyone else. Stupid Arabs is what they are, really.

    October 19, 2016

  • Freedomforall

    lol Hanibaal.. I gave you facts, challenge me with facts, not with your superficial opinion which no one cares about. I claimed that the Christian Lebanese, against all odds, and against a large portion of the Lebanese themselves who wanted to be part of Syria, created Lebanon which was one of the best countries in the region, a functioning country with the oldest democracy. They had no natural resources, no oil, no military power, yet Lebanon 1920-1975 was a very much admired country in the entire region. Go ahead, PROVE ME WRONG. Compare Lebanon to EVERY Arab country 1920-1975, compare it to the large countries who had everything, from resources to military might. And then lets talk about this tiny, far from perfect minority, which shames you all...

    October 20, 2016

  • Fariss101

    Thanks Hanibaal-Atheos. Nothing we can do about bigots....

    October 20, 2016

  • Hanibaal-Atheos

    Just stop the megalomania, that is all I ask... We are no better than many peoples around the world. We live in filth, corruption, backward religious beliefs, medieval customs of worshiping Mafia idiots because they are the sons of their idiot fathers, a dysfunctional country where every disagreement erupts into a war of religious massacres.... Tell me, where do you find that "greatness", except in your sick self-enlarged ego? In Mar Charbel? In Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah? In Patriarse Ra'i? In some Neanderthal cave in Baskinta? In some slums of Dahiye? Of course, if you compare yourself to primitive Arab countries, you'll look good. But try comparing yourself to more civilized decent countries, and you'll find that you, a "great" Lebanese, is no better than the average primitive tribal sectarian ultra-religious Arab numskull from the peninsula. Try driving like a human being for a change.

    October 20, 2016

  • Freedomforall

    Either you are in total denial Hanibaal or you have vision issues, or probably something way worse... The Lebanon Christians created died on April 13 1975. PERIOD. Everything from that date onwards is the product and the result of all those who chose to be ARAB first, Pro-Palestine first, Pro-Assad first, Pro-Iran first, Pro-Saudi Arabia first... This reality is supported by facts and evidence, but it takes courage to admit it, and of course, bigots living in denial like you Hanibaal, Fariss and Hussein are nothing but cowards with major inferiority complex, thus you cannot even begin to understand what I am talking about...

    October 22, 2016

  • Hanibaal-Atheos

    In Freedomforall's limited mind, the best answer to a Muslim Daesh is a Christian Daesh. The answer to barbarity is barbarity itself: eye for an eye, massacre for a massacre, mutilation for mutilation,... this was the mantra of the Lebanese Forces of Bashir Gemayel and Samir Geagea. These Neanderthals cannot even practice the faith they claim. They are so shallow that only a superficial veneer of civilization can cover them. No substance. Just like Donald Dumb. And that is why Freedomforall loves Donald Dumb to death. May his love be fulfilled then.

    October 23, 2016

  • Freedomforall

    Thank you Hanibaal-Atheos for proving my point once again. You are so arrogantly full of hatred, naivety and shallowness that you didn’t even notice that I did not mention Donald Trump, not even once!! Do you know why? Because I personally do not like him, and have already voted against him in the primaries... Either ways, you can keep living in denial all your life, but understand that the hatred you carry in your heart, you and the likes of failed journalist Hussein, ONLY stems from your massive inferiority complex, and the fact that you are cowards who cannot handle the truth.

    October 25, 2016

  • Petrossou

    The only "abhorrent racism" is the content of this article, as once again, Hussein reveals his great hatred towards Lebanese Christians from whom he clearly seems to suffer from an inferiority complex... No one could have put it better. I will add to that facts: Since 1943, the independence year, Lebanon has been run by Lebanese Christians according to the 1943 pact. Until 1975, they managed to make of Lebanon the Swiss of the Middle East and Beirut the little Paris. Effectively true or not it was seen as such and the results counts. Unfortunately, despite Christians respected all of their Muslims brothers desires (1969 accord, acceptance of more Palestinians refugees, ...) they kept on trying to destroy the country for causes we shouldn't have cared less just as much as ALL the Arab countries did. After 1975 there was no state anymore. All its symbols were attacked by our Muslim brothers and not by the Christians that were defending them. After 1990, Muslims are in power, Lebanon is in what you so well called shit hole... As you see we do not blame any one from abroad for having sacked the country. We are responsible and essentially people like you that have no loyalty to their country. Hillary and her alike lead the area to what you see happening and whether you admit it or not Lebanon is once again in jeopardy and Trump has nothing to do in it. You all were happy with the coming of Obama: the results a destroyed Middle East with big potentials we will drown too. We know the big shit we are in, maybe with a new player Lebanon will get better!!!

    October 17, 2016

  • RM2015

    Well said. Hussein is a typical Arab racist.

    October 18, 2016

  • 10452lccc

    Pro Erdogan-Qatar blogger attacks Mideast Americans for Trump Thawrat Al Arz/October 15/16/In several pieces posted online, Hussain Abdel-Hussain, who works for Kuwait daily al Rai as a US based correspondent, and who had worked for Daily Star in Lebanon, attacked American Mideast Coalition for Trump claiming it does not represent the communities. His social media contacts used the posts to smear the AMCT and claim Muslims aren't represented within Trump campaign. Abdel Hussain is known among Lebanese Americans and in Lebanon as a defender of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Erdogan-Qatar bloc. Though he doesn't claim any representation but many sources and his writings show it clearly. Having worked at al Hurra TV in the past, sources from the US backed network claim he has always supported the position of Islamists, including in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and across North Africa. One source said "one of the reasons why he was removed from al Hurra was his constant defense of Sunni radicals against moderates and his constant attacks against the Shia." Abdel Hussain maneuvers in the US as a "neutral" media blogger while in reality he wages smear attacks against the opposition to the Ikhwan and Qatar. Sources from Kuwait claimed he has been hired by al Rai at the recommendation of Salafi circles. He boast about being a historian and he often attacks Middle East Christians at every opportunity. Abdel Hussain often claim he is backing "civil society groups" such as Beirut Madinati, or claim he is close to Saad Hariri, but he writes more so in defense of the Islamist movement in the region. In past years he approached Lebanese Christians as a supporter of the "Syrian revolution" against Assad but he re emerged as a defender of Jihadists, and an embellisher of the image of the al Qaeda's al Nusra. According to an observer in Washington "Abdel Hussain is like a chameleon who protects the Islamists while he wears a liberal coat. But he fools no one, he is known by most observer as

    October 15, 2016

  • Hanibaal-Atheos

    I wholeheartedly agree with you on every point you make about the Lebanese-American diaspora - especially the Christian one: As DeGaulle once said about someone else, "They want to fart higher than their a--holes". But this megalomania applies to all Lebanese, resident and expats, Christians and Muslims alike, and they need to be reminded that humility is a virtue, and unless one's pretentious grandeur is put to practice in daily life, it better be kept under lid. Their preference for Trump actually reveals how backward the Lebanese in general are relative to international moral and political standards. Yet, I disagree with you on Napoleon and Sharon's ventures into Lebanon. Napoleon, though he brought us in the wake of his defeat an Egyptian occupation not unlike the Syrian one of recent memory, he unleashed forces that ended the barbaric 350-year old Muslim Turkish dominion and liberated Lebanon from the Caliphate and Ottoman Empire. Sharon, for his part, cleaned Lebanon from Yasser Arafat's PLO and its filth, after Lebanon's Muslims refused to join their fellow Christian countrymen in reigning in the foreign and terrorist Palestinians. You are still shy of genuine objectivity which requires you to be honest about your own political affiliations, even if this honesty makes your guilt bone twitch a bit.

    October 15, 2016

  • Freedomforall

    The only "abhorrent racism" is the content of this article, as once again, Hussein reveals his great hatred towards Lebanese Christians from whom he clearly seems to suffer from an inferiority complex... Hussein, it is not the fault of Lebanese Christians that they are one of the most successful minorities in America, it is rather the failure of your so-called “Arab American” community that you should address. BTW, it is not only Sheikh Mohammed al-Hajj Hassan in the Shia community who supports Trump, reality is that many Lebanese Shia and Iraqi Shia are supporting him, including many pro-Hizbollah in Michigan ironically who were given instruction to vote for him (ask around...). It’s truly shameful that now.media has descended to such low standards; seriously this article is simply naïve, hateful and just appalling…

    October 15, 2016

  • Phil؟

    I couldn't have said it better. Great comment. #Trump2016 #MAGA

    October 16, 2016

  • RM2015

    You're right

    October 18, 2016

  • eric von zipper13

    My wife and myself have had this discussion. Whenever there are important elections, people come out and vote. When people do not care so much, less people will vote. I believe this election will have many people come out and vote. I can tell you two people who will NOT be voting for Trump! Take about history repeating itself. In the 1930's, hitler became the model for fascists all around the world. Today, putin is the model for fascists and they are encouraging fascist groups all over the globe. Even in the early 1930's American Nazi's gained some popularity. However that did not last long and they were defeated at the polls. I have no doubt, that the same will occur in this next election. Trump will just be a skid mark on putins underwear.

    October 14, 2016

  • Inspirational

    A pseudo articulation of old chewed arguments that underlies a certain frustration Mr Hussain. U need to lift up your standard a notch or two.

    October 14, 2016