On the Imam of Peace.
It's very deliberate.
His unrelenting criticism of Islam is intended to make Muslims feel under attack and react with belligerence.
Prior to the invasion, there were Lebanese who opposed Hezbollah.
After the invasion, these opponents of Hezbollah turned on a dime and called Hezbollah "Lebanon's heroes."
What you need to understand is the concept of "face."
It's very important in the Middle East.
Non-Muslims were demanding actions that would never happen.
I've been studying the Middle East very intensely since about 2012.
Here's what's happening:
I approve. Absolutely.
Listen to this Uber driver.
I'm all for that.
The problem is that people want some kind of public mea culpa.
It's never going to happen, because it CAN'T happen.
Besides, WHY IS EVERYONE OBSESSED WITH WORDS NOW?
Why can't we look at actions?
Military leaders don't DEBATE the president after he gives an order, and they don't bring in heavy weapons in defiance of a presidential order.
The order was KABUKI.
And the Bradley fighting vehicles are for other soldiers.
Instead of looking at ACTIONS, the Times looks only at WORDS.
They don't understand subterfuge.
It's because they refuse to accept that Trump is smarter than they are.
After 9/11, people told me that Islam is set in concrete.
Middle Easterners are proving that statement wrong.
AND THAT'S FINE WITH ME.
All I care about are actions.
And the meeting included Jewish, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist religious leaders.
THAT is such a massive change that we can't calculate the ramifications.
Everything we're seeing now are "lagging indicators."
Iran and Qatar are still state sponsors of terrorism, but that won't go on for very much longer.
The worst is over.
There was just too much historical baggage.
You can thank Trump for almost singlehandedly changing the dynamic.
That's why the Saudis welcomed him.
THAT ALONE was enough to change the dynamic.
We live in a totally different era from 2001. Almost nothing is the same. And all the changes are improvements.
I figured him out a long time ago.
He's a very small-minded man.
The reformers changed the entire world.
We won't see the full effects for a few more years.