Trump thrashes Clinton on ending sexual violence in Syria and Iraq

October 16, 2016 by David Singer
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Mainstream American media’s obsession with groping allegations against Donald Trump going back twenty years or more has papered over public discussion of major policy differences between Trump and Hillary Clinton on defeating Islamic State to end the horrific sexual violence perpetrated on women and children in Syria and Iraq for the last two years…writes David Singer.

In a stark report to the UN Security Council on 30 September – UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon warned:

“ISIL [Islamic State] continues to systematically use sexual violence against Yazidi women and girls in Iraq and the Syrian Arab Republic, as well as against other minorities caught up in the conflict. Even though some women have managed to escape their captors, around 3,800 abducted Yazidis were still missing at the time of writing. This is a matter of grave concern. Those who have escaped have described the appalling conditions under which they were bought, sold, traded and abused. Both girls and boys are advertised online and traded for weapons, suicide vests, cars and a range of other commodities. Thus far, no formal mechanisms have been established to secure the release of those held captive by ISIL. Those who have managed to escape have done so with the help of their families and smugglers or by taking advantage of other opportunities. Some have resorted to suicide as their only escape. The children of women who commit suicide, or who attempt to escape, are beaten or killed as punishment”

You have to search high and low to find any American media discussion of these highly disturbing revelations.

America and Russia have become embroiled in these conflicts raging in Syria and Iraq and both bear a major role in ending this ongoing dehumanisation of women and children. Yet American media has not critically examined Trump or Clinton’s views on what each would do under their Presidency to defeat Islamic State and end such reprehensible sexual violence.

Co-operation with Russia to achieve these objectives – as espoused by Trump – has been rejected by Clinton – who promises to follow President Obama’s resolute refusal to co-operate with Russia in defeating Islamic State in Syria since November 2015.

Clinton made her policy crystal clear in the second Presidential debate:

“It’s also important I intend to defeat ISIS, to do so in a coalition with majority Muslim nations. “

Who these Muslim nations are and how she intends to defeat Islamic State in Syria without Russian co-operation remains an unexplained mystery. It is a pipe dream the American media should be grilling her on every day until they get an answer.

Trump however indicated in the same Presidential debate that he would welcome co-operation rather than confrontation with Russia:

“I don’t know Putin. I think it would be great if we got along with Russia because we could fight ISIS together, as an example. “

Trump and Putin acting in concert or going hand in hand to the Security Council jointly sponsoring a commonly agreed plan of action to eradicate Islamic State’s threat to world peace and security represent two possible ways forward.

Meanwhile allegations of new sexual transgressions by Trump going back decades are being reported in the American media to justify his unfitness to be America’s next President.

Makes for salacious reading – but keeps voters in the dark on whether Trump or Clinton is the best candidate to:

  • See Islamic State defeated
  • End the ongoing sexual violence in Syria and Iraq
  • Extricate America from Obama’s disastrous forays in the Middle East that continue to cause American military casualties and bankrupt America both morally and financially.

America’s media should hang their heads in shame.

David Singer is a Sydney Lawyer and Foundation Member of the International Analysts Network

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One Response to “Trump thrashes Clinton on ending sexual violence in Syria and Iraq”
  1. Eleonora Mostert says:

    Thank you David always good to hear the truth being told. Pity you can’t put your articles in The Sydney Herald,Telegraph better still in every Australian News Paper

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