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Karaktermoord op Anton Constandse

Gisteren beloofde ik u aandacht te besteden aan het VPRO-televisiedebat, dat plaatsvond nadat een radio-uitzending door leden van de Joodse Defensie Liga ruw werd onderbroken. .  Image

  Een aimabele, belezen man.     
Maar er deden meer mensen aan het debat mee. Bert Vuijsje van de Haagse Post en ik, omdat ik de samensteller was van het gewraakte programma.
      Aan Joodse zijde deden mee Hans Knoop, ‘geestelijk vader’ van de Joodse Defensie Liga ‘Nooit meer’, Ronnie Naftaniel van het Centrum voor Documentatie en Informatie Israël en rabbijn Soetendorp. Voorzitter was Joop van Tijn.

Constandse en ik werden natuurlijk uitgelokt. Andersom gebeurde dat ook.
  

Nazi-methodes    

De anders zo genuanceerde Anton raakte zeer geëmotioneerd en begon vergelijkingen te trekken met door Israëli's gehanteerde Nazi-methodes.
      Toen was natuurlijk de beer los. De gemoederen raakten verhit. Zeer emotionele discussies volgden. Op Constandse werd karaktermoord gepleegd. De boodschap van alles wat hij nog meer had gezegd viel in het niet.

      Later heb ik het daar met Anton Constandse nog menigmaal over gehad. Zijn emoties waren in ieder geval oprecht.

Hij werd al op 7 oktober 1940 met 109 andere intellectuelen en vrijdenkers gegijzeld door de Duitsers, een represaille voor de internering van Duitsers in Nederlands-Indië . Hij werd overgebracht naar concentratiekamp Buchenwald en later ondermeer naar concentratiekamp Vught. Hij kwam vrij in oktober 1944.

       Het televisiedebat kreeg in de publiciteit opnieuw veel aandacht. Ik heb twee recensies voor u geselecteerd.

De eerste is van Nico Scheepmaker in Vrij Nederland. Hij was zonder twijfel de beste televisie-recensent, die dit land gehad heeft. Daarnaast was hij columnist, auteur en sportcommentator.
      De tweede is van Arie Kuiper, destijds hoofdredacteur van weekblad De Tijd. Hij houdt een pleidooi voor de terugkeer van het rechtstreekse televisiedebat.

Vrij Nederland

 

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A Reckoning of Sorts

(Door Hugo Kijne te Hoboken USA)

Mitch McConnell doesn’t exactly invoke the image of an athlete but when it comes to legal and moral acrobatics he has no equal, and if it wasn’t for the Senate minority leader’s ability to fold his perfidious brain into a double pretzel Trump might have been convicted in his second impeachment trial.  As it stands, McConnell voted to acquit the former president because the trial was held while he was no longer in office, for the simple reason that McConnell had refused to start it while Trump wás still in office, and 43 GOP senators followed his lead.  After the vote McConnell declared that Trump was ‘practically and morally responsible’ for the events of January 6th, or in other words, guilty as hell.  Trump’s lawyer agreed, and suggested that Trump would be arrested after the trail to face charges of having incited an insurrection.  Even the fact that the former president would have had them killed rather than calling off the mob, as became clear during the invasion of the Capitol and was all but proven during the trial, didn’t persuade the majority of Republicans who cast a vote, showing how but for the few weasels who really like Trump the rest is dead scared of him.

True to form, after the trial Trump called it a witch hunt, thanking the lawyers who had sent him into the curtains at Mar-a-Lago and will have to sue him to get paid.  He declared that his ‘Make America Great Again’ movement is only getting started, and that he will now focus on ‘reorganizing’ the Republican Party.  It appears that McConnell gambled that if Trump would be convicted he would break away from the GOP and take his base with him to start a modern fascist party, but that if he stays his influence will be diminished and gradually fade.  Only the future will tell if the minority leader was right, but for now the Republican Party is still Trump’s party and he will be intent on running his own candidates in every primary for a House or Senate candidacy in 2022, first and foremost against those who voted for his impeachment or conviction.  And even though it is likely that Trump couldn’t be elected dog catcher anymore after the damage done by the trial he will probably soon announce that he’ll be running in 2024 because he needs money for the court cases that await him and to pay off his debts, while Ivanka and Lara Trump appear to be eying Senate seats.

The dividing line between those Republicans who still more or less respect the Constitution and those who would gladly turn the US into a fascist dictatorship with mob rule now runs right through the GOP, but the main fight will not be fought there.  For the Democratic Party the primary goal has to be to deliver for the American people by ending the COVID crisis and reviving the economy well before the 2022 elections, so that Trump’s candidates fail completely and McConnell doesn’t get the Senate back, assuming that one of them hasn’t eliminated the other or kicked the bucket by that time.

In that context it is more than unfortunate that the filibuster remains in place in the Senate as long as Senators Sinema and Manchin don’t find their marbles.  If he was in Schumer’s position McConnell wouldn’t hesitate one minute to blow up the filibuster, but Democrats will have to fight with one hand behind their back because two senators don’t see that if they can deliver the goods for their constituents, no matter how Trumpist, they’ll win elections, and if they cannot they’ll lose.

In the immediate future Trump will have more to worry about than what happens in the GOP.  SDNY still has numerous sealed indictments on him, the Manhattan DA is investigating tax- and insurance fraud by the Trump Organization, the AG in Washington, DC, is weighing ‘Incitement to Insurrection’ charges, and in Georgia Trump will most likely be prosecuted for election tampering.


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Ruud Gullit & het (voetbal)-leven

In oktober 1989 kreeg ik een vraag van de VPRO-Gids. Of ik wilde afreizen naar Milaan om Ruud Gullit te interviewen. Daar hoefde ik niet lang over na te denken. Graag!
      Nederland was het jaar daarvoor Europees kampioen voetbal geworden en in 1990 zouden ze wel eens wereldkampioen kunnen worden.
      “We” hadden niet alleen Ruud Gullit, maar ook Frank Rijkaard, Marco van Basten en Ronald Koeman om een paar namen te noemen.

           
            V.l.n.r. Frank Rijkaard, Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit

Afspraak

De afspraak was zeer eenvoudig tot stand gekomen. Kees Sluys van de Gids had even met de assistente van de persvoorlichter van A.C. Milan gebeld en ik zou daar van harte welkom worden geheten. Hoewel ik grote twijfels had over die vermeende voortvarendheid reisde ik af en maakte het onderstaande interview.
Om het allemaal in goed historisch perspectief te plaatsen moet u van tevoren nog een paar dingen weten.

n  Nederland won de laatste kwalificatiewedstrijd tegen Finland met 3-0 en plaatste zich moeiteloos voor het Wereldkampioenschap in Italië.

n  Gullit was op het moment van het interview ernstig aan zijn knie geblesseerd, maar zou alle wedstrijden als aanvoerder meedoen.

n  Thijs Libregts was de coach, maar werd op instigatie van de spelers ontslagen.

n  De meeste spelers (8) kozen voor Johan Cruijff als de nieuwe coach. Vijf waren voor Leo Beenhakker en twee voor Aad de Mos.

n  Rinus Michels, coach van het kampioensteam uit 1988, had een soort vetorecht verworven , koos er voor om de stem van de meerderheid NIET te volgen en benoemde Leo Beenhakker tot nieuwe coach.

n  Het wereldkampioenschap werd mede daardoor een groot fiasco. Nederland haalde met grote moeite de volgende ronde, maar verloor toen in een ontluisterende wedstrijd van West-Duitsland. Frank Rijkaard bijvoorbeeld werd in die wedstrijd het veld uitgestuurd, nadat hij Rudi Völler vol in het gezicht had gespuugd.

n  Met Johan Cruijff en de bobo’s van het Nederlands elftal is het daarna nooit meer goed gekomen.

n  De VPRO heeft Ruud Gullit niet betaald voor dit gesprek.

n  Rinus Michels zou later tot coach van de eeuw gekozen worden. Een man dus die gezorgd had voor een verziekte sfeer in 1990 en het notabene gepresteerd had om in 1974 in de pauze van de finale tegen West-Duitsland linksbuiten Rob Rensenbrink te vervangen door de rechtsbenige hardholler René van de Kerkhof.  En dat terwijl Piet Keizer op de bank zat.


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After the Fall

(Door Hugo Kijne te Hoboken USA)

It is hard to predict when it will hit him.  Maybe stepping out of Air Force One for the last time, or at Mar-a-Lago, when he realizes that from now on he’ll have about one fifth of the space he had in the residence and Melania still wants her own bedroom, or in a couple of days, when it’s clear that Lindsey and Rudy are not calling anymore.  Recapping, according to the Mayo Clinic Trump’s mental illness, Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), is a condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for excessive attention and admiration.  Behind a mask of extreme confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.  On top of this people with megalomania, which is forged with NPD in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, have delusional fantasies about their powers, beliefs and accomplishments.  Obviously each of those symptoms has been enlarged, if not squared, by the pomp and power of the US presidency, which has now been taken away from him.  Trump was a sick puppy when he won the 2016 election but now he is an even sicker full grown Rottweiler that’s being put into a tiny dog house, and something’s got to give.  

There is plenty of speculation about the harm Trump can still do after the disastrous last four years, as the leader of the GOP or of a modern fascist spinoff of that party, supported by a new Internet platform of his own design, but before he can re-establish himself he’ll undoubtedly have to get through a serious depression, and there is no telling how much mental damage his most recent demise has done.  Dealing with his election loss to Joe Biden he has never moved beyond rage and denial, and in fact he has been regressing, because although initially he appeared to understand that Biden had won, gradually he started to believe the stories that were told by the loonies surrounding him, about a stolen election and massive voter fraud, primarily committed by black voters.  After having used the full power of his position to thwart everything Biden wants to do both domestically and internationally, after sabotaging the transition into Biden’s presidency from the very beginning and after calling for an insurrection that ended with the defiling of the Capitol by a white supremacist mob he is now without a communication channel, without a staff,  without a lawyer and without a plan, but with a mind full of grievances.

Whining about a fantasized injustice is not a political program, and other than getting out of the past and into the future Trump may face bigger challenges.  He’ll almost certainly be sued for tax and insurance fraud in New York and for election tampering in Georgia, and the incoming Attorney General will have to decide whether to indict him for the obstruction of justice that was documented in part two of the Mueller report and for the incitement to insurrection on January 6th.  Instead of leading a party or building a new platform Trump may spend most of his time with lawyers and in courtrooms, and eventually in prison.

In a farewell address that raised the question if Hitler could have given a similar speech touting his achievements if he had had the chance Trump said that the movement he started was only just beginning, but also condemned the violence at the Capitol.  The fact that even Mitch McConnell holds him responsible must have both scared and infuriated him, and opens the possibility of conviction in a Senate trial that would take away his Secret Service protection and, more importantly, keep him out of public office forever.

Trump’s last act as president is a slew of pardons, mostly for white collar criminals who will be able to repay him at some point in the future, because the grift never ends.  For his departure from DC Trump wanted a band and a red carpet at Andrews Air Force Base, and he got both, but of the people he invited almost nobody showed up.  Even Mike Pence decided that Biden’s inauguration is much more important, and justifiably so.


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Death in the Capitol

(Door Hugo Kijne te Hoboken USA)

Officer Sicknick died a victim of the attack on the Capitol on January 6th but if it was up to Trump democracy would have died too. After months of lying that he had won the election and telling his followers that the official result could still be reversed, after dimwit Trump-mutt Don Jr. had threatened politicians who didn’t support his father that ‘we are coming for you’ and after Consigliere Rudy Giuliani, who has lost more than 60 court cases challenging the election results, had thrown ‘trial by combat’ into the mix, the president told his goons to march on the Capitol for the wild ending he had promised.  And so they marched, in their camouflage fatigues and ‘6 Million Jews Was Not Enough’ t-shirts, with oversized MAGA hats and red, white and blue face paint, some in body armor with hidden guns and others with confederate flags, united in the intention to ‘stop the steal’ and keep Congress from doing its constitutional duty.  Once at the Capitol they broke through the perimeter, forced themselves into the building and went looking for Mike Pence, who was supposed to be hanged at a gallows outside, and for Nancy Pelosi, who was supposed to be shot on site.

They didn’t find Pence and Pelosi, who had been whisked away by security personnel, but they broke into the Senate chamber and Pelosi’s office, where they stole a laptop and a podium and broke a mirror.  Some of them defecated on the floors and spread their feces through the building while others went looking for members of Congress, armed with zip ties to take them prisoner. On their journey through the corridors they ran into officer Sicknick, who stood his ground and was hit with the fire extinguisher that broke his skull, which made them all complicit to murder. Meanwhile at the White House Trump, who had told them he would be with them but of course was not, was cheering the mayhem on, surprised and later disappointed that except for initially Don Jr., his witchlike girlfriend and Mark Meadows nobody was happy about the spectacle.  When the scope of the disaster he had brought upon the country became clear his staff begged him to ask the perpetrators to go home, which he did after repeating his lie about the election being stolen and telling them he loved them.  The next day, medicated up the wazoo, he condemned their actions but only for a few hours.

It is still unclear if the president played a role in keeping the National Guard away from the Capitol until the late afternoon, but it’s obvious that he committed treason by inciting to insurrection in an attempt to hold on to the White House.  He has been complaining lately that unlike Obama he didn’t get the Nobel Peace Prize but he is first in line for the Benedict Arnold Award, and punishment will be coming, both for him and for the white supremacist scum under his command. For Trump that will start with today’s impeachment and later continue in federal and state courts.

Following the closing of his Facebook account the president was also banned indefinitely by Twitter, and although he tried to keep messaging on the platform, first from his POTUS account and then from his campaign account, like a trapped rat in a sewer looking for an exit, every account he tried to use was summarily shut down, taking away his most important ‘instrument,’ as dirty trickster Steve Bannon, who is still waiting for a pardon for the financial fraud he has been indicted for, would call it.

Yesterday Trump was back at being his old lying, pompous self.  First he made a futile effort to convince Kevin McCarthy that the invaders of the Capitol were Antifa, not MAGA people, then he told the press that a second impeachment would be ‘very divisive and dangerous’ and that people who read his speech thought it was ‘totally appropriate’ before he flew to Texas to see if Mexico had already paid for ‘the Wall.’


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