US President Donald Trump's latest breaking of deals --the Iran Nuclear Agreement--should set off alarm bells. It is the same arrogant US exceptionalism that has caused so much death and misery around the world over past decades.
"Power without grace is a curse"
John Hope Franklin, African-American historian
We have all heard by now of President Donald Trump's latest escapade. The Breaker of Deals, who is ironically said to have been a deal-maker in his other life as a businessman, broke another deal on 8 May when he withdrew the US from the Iran Nuclear Agreement.
The withdrawal has angered friends and foes alike, to the point where a furious French Economy Minister, Bruno Le Maire, has said Europe should not allow the US to be the policeman of the world's economy. "Do we want to be vassals deferring with a curtsy and a bow to decisions made by the US so that the US polices the world economy?" Le Maire asked as France condemned moves by the US to impose sanctions on companies trading with Iran.
Trump has a-dead-goat-fears-no-knife mentality, and it's not good for the world. Not many people held him in high esteem when he campaigned for election in 2016, and not many do now. So he doesn't care what others think or say about him.
Mr Trump reminds me of a certain Talayi George Sogcwe of South Africa. On 12 November 1996, The Guardian (of London) reported, via its Johannesburg correspondent David Beresford, that Talayi Sogcwe, "worried about what people would say about him at his funeral, decided to stage his own death to hear exactly what they thought. With the cooperation of his wife and six children, Mr Sogcwe, a health worker, arranged the ceremony from his home village of Zwide in South Africa's Eastern Cape.
"Dressed in his best suit and playing dead in a coffin, he made his entrance at a gathering in his honour. Hundreds of mourners packed the yard of his small home near Port Elizabeth for the sombre occasion. Relatives dressed in black wept as speakers representing his family, neighbours and colleagues recounted the story of his life and sang his praises as Mr Sogcwe, aged 65, listened from the comfort of the coffin.
"After more than two hours of sad words and eulogies to his hard work, Mr Sogcwe rose from his coffin to pronounce himself happy that his friends had passed his test. 'I am satisfied they spoke the truth about me and not lies, as is often the case when a person is dead,' he said. Mr Sogcwe explained afterwards that he had...