By Charlene Muhammad CHARLENEM
America’s decades of unjust foreign policy are coming home and costing her a loss of worldwide friendships, as prophesied by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, patriarch of the Nation of Islam.
“… As thou has done, it shall be done unto thee,” the Nation of Islam leader wrote, in his landmark text “Fall of America,” in 1973. From warnings about the decline of the dollar to drug problems, irrational or bizarre sexual behavior inside America, his predictions have and are coming to pass.
“America has done the worst work of deceiving other peoples and making false friendships with them. Now her turn has come. No one wants to trust her for friendship, for she has deceived many nations,” he wrote.
“In the article ‘The CIA: 70 Years of Organized Crime,’ Douglas Valentine and Lars Schall talk about the CIA, the criminal arm of the U.S. government. These are criminals! They go into countries, kill presidents, overthrow governments, create civil war, and back away like they did nothing? They are crying about Russia’s hacking into your little election, when the American government has interceded in 81 countries to fix their elections and put into power those that would be in favor of American interests,” said the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan in a warning to President Donald Trump and the U.S. government last November from the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Saying the message was from his teacher, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Min. Farrakhan said he spoke not out of hate, but hope that his words to America’s 45th president might help change the dangerous course Mr. Trump was on.
More people worldwide disapprove of U.S. leadership, according to a new report released Jan. 19 by Gallup titled, “Rating World Leaders: 2018 – The U.S. vs. Germany, China and Russia,”
In a historic low, U.S. leadership approval rating under Pres. Trump dropped to 30 percent from 48 percent in 2016.After Pres. Barack Obama took office, approval ratings of U.S. leadership jumped 15 percentage points from the mid-30’s under Pres. George W. Bush, earning higher ratings than Germany, China and Russia in most years.
Approval of U.S. leadership dropped to new record lows in Mexico, Haiti, Peru, Chile, Panama, Colombia, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Guatemala. Residents of Canada and Mexico are now more likely to approve of China’s leadership than U.S. leadership.
Argentines, Chileans and Uruguayans are the least likely among 21 populations in the Americas to approve of U.S. leadership, with 13 percent in each country approving, Gallup found. Currently in Europe, 25 percent approve and 56 disapprove of U.S. leadership.
The Gallup survey was conducted between March and November of 2017 and found that approval of U.S. leadership had fallen by double digits in nearly half of the 134 countries and areas it surveyed.
From sabre rattling with North Korea, threats toward Iran, overt and unreserved support for Israel and rejection of Palestinians, to insults to Mexico, alienating European allies and Canada, the president has brought back the face and denunciation of the ugly American. The ugliness includes arrogance, bullying and unchecked use of power against anyone deemed out of favor.
UK leaders made it clear the U.S. president was not welcome in London and Palestinian leaders refused to meet with Vice President Mike Pence during a four-day visit to Israel that ended Jan. 23. The Palestinian diplomatic backhand came because the president declared the United States formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. That issue has been a major sticking point in peace negotiations and been traditionally left as an item to be negotiated with any final Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.
Threats to cut off or lessen aid have echoed through the halls of the United Nations to relief agencies serving Palestine to government offices in Pakistan and Afghanistan, who have been U.S. partners in the Middle East.
At home, the president’s early castigations of Mexican immigrants, blasts against “illegal aliens” and his more recent call for White immigrants from Norway over migrants from darker nations still sting. His vulgar “shithole countries” reference to Haiti, African countries and El Salvador came during what was supposed to be a January meeting with congressional leaders about immigration.
President Trump has revoked Temporary Protected Status for Haitians and his administration plans to forcibly return more than 59,000 Haitian-American families–some of whom have lived in the U.S. for more than a decade–and 27,000 American-born Haitian children.
The U.S. Embassy in the Haitian capital closed Jan. 22 as demonstrators gathered outside to protest President Trump’s insult to Haiti and African nations.
More than 1,000 people marched toward the embassy. They were prevented from reaching the gates by barricades set up by Haitian police. Officers in helmets and carrying shields eventually fired several rounds of tear gas after some protesters threw rocks outside the heavily fortified compound.
Many Haitians were angered over the insults and the president’s decision to end temporary legal status for Haitians.
Trump’s derogatory remarks against Haiti and African nations was the straw that broke the camel’s back, said Abdul Akbar Muhammad, Nation of Islam international representative.
“I take my hat off to Haiti. I know they hesitated at first, because Haiti knows the dependence they have on America with nearly 13 million people, a very weak economy, and America gives a tremendous amount of aid to Haiti. To criticize the president, as reckless as his mouth is, they may have felt that this would hurt them. But they took a bold and courageous stand, and I respect them for that,” Min. Akbar Muhammad stated.
President Trump has denied making the remarks but has never said what his actual words were if the reports are untrue.
“Our country is losing when you look at the international polls. Our country is losing esteem. We’ve always been seen as the world leader, but we’re not seen that way anymore, because this man continues to say very ignorant things, on a very regular basis, that whatever else he is, he is the president, unfortunately,” said Dr. Julianne Malveaux, author and former president of Bennett College for Women.
“By that I mean people can go behind him and try to clean it up, but you really can’t make chicken salad out of chicken spit,” Dr. Malveaux told The Final Call.
This president has made himself quite clear in terms of how he feels about people of color, countries of color when he made his s-hole comments, which were disgraceful, she said. If there are challenges in Haiti, the challenges were created by the United States and France, she added.
Unfortunately, Dr. Malveaux continued, the country is stuck with President Trump until the next election. She expects U.S. foreign policy, especially towards Africa, the Diaspora, and the Caribbean countries, will not be progressive.
The African Union denounced President Trump’s remarks and called for an apology. “The African Union Mission condemns the comments in the strongest terms and demands a retraction of the comment as well as an apology to not only Africans but to all people of African descent around the globe,” said the AU statement.
The problem is America has never confronted the problem of her beginning as a slave-holding nation, and she has never shown any repentance for her treatment of the Black man and woman, said Ava Muhammad, national spokesperson for Min. Farrakhan and Nation of Islam student minister.
“She’s not only mistreated the Black man, she all but annihilated the Red man. She stole the lands of the Brown man. She has been engaged in wars with the Yellow man, almost from the time she was able to learn how to sail the oceans. She has gone around and invaded other people’s land and taken their resources and not offered any compensation. And so now all of this is coming to bear, which is why we are witnessing the push back that’s being experienced by the current president, Donald Trump, and the U.S. government,” she said.
Despite fears in diplomatic and academic circles about the consequences of a military conflict involving the United States and North Korea, President Trump officially designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, escalating rising tensions between the two countries. Other countries on the list are Sudan, Syria and Iran.
Then there are U.S. trade wars, support for coups in other countries, and assassinations of world leaders, such as revolutionary leader of the Libya, Col. Muammar Gadhafi.
During the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, top U.S. cabinet members said America is committed to free and fair trade while bracing itself for possible retaliation from China over new tariffs.
Days after Mr. Trump backed new tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines, his combative commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, conceded that China could respond by imposing its own tariffs on U.S. products.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there is too much “national egoism” at the moment and that the World Economic Forum’s motto of “creating a shared future in a fractured world” was “exactly right” for 2018.
“We believe that isolationism won’t take us forward,” she said. “We believe that we must cooperate, that protectionism is not the correct answer.”
President Trump’s visit and speech Jan. 26 sparked scattered, small protests in Switzerland. Some among the 3,000 Davos participants said he wasn’t welcome. They rejected his “America First” message and panned his speech calling for greater investment in the U.S.
Rebellion to God and His will are bringing about America’s fall, said Min. Ava Muhammad. Other nations have watched over the last decade as America experiences the disintegration of her infrastructure and the disintegration of her civilization, said the attorney and radio talk show host.
She noted the drastic loss of leverage of the U.S. dollar in foreign markets as another example of America’s collapse from within.
The dollar dropped in value against the Japanese yen and the Euro in January. The ICE US dollar index, which marks the value of the U.S. dollar compared to foreign currency, fell almost 10 percent in 2017 and is down three percent so far this year.
Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Treasury Secretary, said at the global summit in Davos, that “obviously a weaker dollar is good for us as it relates to trade and opportunities.” Those remarks broke with a 25-year U.S. policy of speaking in favor of a strong dollar.
Min. Farrakhan’s consistent warnings about the U.S. government being hijacked by multinational corporations have come to pass, said Min. Ava Muhammad.
“As we know, the seat of government, the U.S. Congress, does not represent the American people. Congress is comprised of individuals who were elected to offices for the most part financed by entities that they are now beholden to,” she said.
(Associated Press and Final Call Staffers contributed to this report.)