During the closing month leading the nation to the polls to elect the 45th President of the U.S.A., in October 2016, it wasn’t just the presidential candidate Hillary Clinton but, there were other Democrats also who were pointing to the threatening language of Donald Trump to prove that he was not up to the Chief Commander’s responsibilities, using it as an electioneering strategy to defeat him. It did not work.
Americans chose Donald J. Trump to be the president and he became. However, the fear that labeled him a warmonger did not disappear. When he was still in his first year, not only Democrats but some Republicans, such as Bob Corker, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who openly related his fears of Trump causing the third world war. In April 2018, a year after Trump was sworn in the 45th President of the USA, BBC was talking about how he was pushing the world into the World War III. They speculated that it would involve America, Syria and North Korea as some of the warring parties.
As recent as January 2020, commentators at CNN, led by Richard Galant, were trending World War III because President Trump had killed Iranian terrorist mastermind Major Gen. Qasem Soleimani who ran the Iranian military operations across the Middle East and oversaw the attack on Americans that killed hundreds.
Now comes the real Donald J. Trump, the American President for almost the full first term without any war, what to talk of the world war. And, not just that, he has in fact brought the world to a state of peace that we have not seen in quite some time. The Arab World is calm. Afghanistan is close to signing a peace treaty with the Taliban that would end a 19-year old war. The loss of American life has been at the minimum. Americans are coming home. Trump brought peace to America and the world that Obama was elected to do but ended the world and America in a worse shape than he got.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee, responsible for deciding who will receive the Nobel Peace Prize Laurel was watching and winked when last month Israel and United Arab Emirates signed a diplomacy and trade accord, with an Israeli flight from Israel to UAE that flew over the Saudi Arabian airspace, another first for peace in the region. And then, yesterday, the Abraham Accord was signed in the White House among Israel, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain. This is the most the Middle East has been at peace. And more such accords are in the making.
The Nobel Committee received nomination of President Donald J. Trump for Nobel Peace Prize from Norwegian parliamentarian Ms. Tybring-Gjedde. Given the other peace initiatives Trump took, such as with North Korea, Iraq, and Turkey, there is enough for the committee to look at his candidacy favorably. This will be a well-deserved Nobel laurel for another American president that the committee would not have to regret like it did for the last time it awarded the Nobel to a sitting American president, which was in 2009.
(A. D. Amar, Ph.D. is Professor of Management at the Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ 07079 ([email protected]). He is founder, president of Indian-Americans for Trump (FEC REGD.).)