Fair is foul, and foul is fair
First performed in 1606, the Shakespearean tragedy Macbeth opens up with the scene of Three Witches discussing toils and troubles in these words: “Fair is foul and foul is fair,” meaning thereby, the witches take the positive things negatively and vice versa. Today, shenanigans employed by the US President Donald Trump remind one of these witches as his decisions are identical to those of the witches. The rash and hasty decisions being made by Mr Trump have raised deep concerns all over the world. His ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan seems to be a prophecy told by some ‘witches’, for he has taken the ways similar to those adopted in Macbeth. Perhaps, he is unaware that fiction is one thing, reality another.
Trump’s announcement of shifting US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a calculated move and has been viewed as a Trumpian assault on the Middle East peace – the region already tangled in an intricate web of wars and destruction since long. Though Trump’s predecessors had been siding with Israel, albeit covertly, in this regard and, hence, had given a tacit approval to do what the incumbent president has done, but it was Donald Trump who dared to go on for its implementation. This offers no solution to the ills of the Middle East but would definitely deteriorate the situation in the region. The development has flabbergasted the world.
In effect, Trump has joined the chorus of ‘Macbeth witches’ for yet another time, as the very witches in Act IV of the play are in one voice singing: “Double double toil and trouble/Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.”
The tensions between the United States and North Korea are at all-time high as Trump’s rhetoric as well as his actions has brought about new level of hostilities against Pyongyang. The threat of military provocation between the communist regime and the United States has been very visible since day one of the Trump administration. The heightened tensions between the two states have recently waned as Kim Jong-un gave a gesture of optimism for talks on nuclear weapons; however, the dust is yet to settle.
Trump’s tough rhetoric against Pakistan is another glaring example of his devilments. The US got tough with Pakistan over the issue of Afghanistan war – it has been accusing Pakistan of being in league with the terrorists – since the Trump administration took office. Let alone the acknowledgement of Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war on terror, the US president announced the suspension of the security aid that is granted to Pakistan under the head coalition support fund.
But, this is still not the whole picture; some maintain that this is a behaviour called “my way or the highway”. It appears that Trump wants his strategy of ‘Make America Great Again’ carried out on come-what-may basis. “We are making America great again, and much faster than anyone thought possible,” the over-ambitious Trump tweeted. The US president is fanning issues and, hence, planting the seeds of catastrophe in the world. The deviltries of Trump do not augur well; rather, they smack of a bigger plan, a big scheme of things – perhaps one like the 9/11 – for world powers need an issue after every decade or so.
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