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‘Fragile snowflake’ VP-elect lectured by musical cast, provoking apology demand from Trump

Mike Pence leaves the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York after watching Hamilton [Image: Andres Kudacki/AP].

Mike Pence leaves the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York after watching Hamilton [Image: Andres Kudacki/AP].

Donald Trump is getting exactly what he deserves after his outburst against actors who – let’s face it – only spoke to Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

He’s being mocked as a “fragile little snowflake” after demanding that “the theatre must always be a safe and special place”.

I daresay Abraham Lincoln would have preferred the theatre to be a “safe space” for politicians, but his example shows the scale of Trump’s miscalculation here.

The American citizens on the stage only talked to the VP-elect – and in a respectful way.

All the booing and abuse was coming from his fellow audience members – American citizens from whom he must earn any respect he, or his President, may try to demand.

Neither Mr Pence nor Mr Trump are “fragile little snowflakes” – they are now prominent politicians who must step up to the role of statesmen.

In a world where stage performers can act with more dignity, it seems they both have a long, long way to go.

Brandon Dixon, who plays vice-president Aaron Burr, stepped forward and took out a piece of paper.

He thanked the audience for seeing the show, then said: “Vice-president Mike Pence, I see you walking out, but I hope you will hear us, just a few moments.

“There is nothing to boo here, ladies and gentlemen, we are sharing a story of love,” he said.

“Mike Pence, we welcome you here. We are the diverse Americans who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents.

“Or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights … we hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us,” he continued, to rising cheers.

“We thank you for sharing this wonderful American story, told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations,” he concluded.

Source: Trump demands apology from Hamilton cast after Mike Pence booed | US news | The Guardian

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Another wasted opportunity: Back to business as usual between Israel and Gaza

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Three days after it started, the ceasefire between the Israeli military and Hamas terrorists (one might describe both sides as terrorists in this instance) ended with the resumption of rocket attacks by what the BBC describes as “Palestinian militants”.

Hamas said it had resumed the rocket attacks because Israel had failed to meet its demands.

This raises several issues.

Firstly, is Hamas saying that it wanted Israel to capitulate completely to every demand made by the Palestinians? That was never going to happen because Hamas is not in a position of power. If Israel wanted, it could pound the entire Gaza Strip into rubble and defy the rest of the world to do anything about it. Both sides seem determined to be unreasonable about what negotiation can achieve, and cavalier about the fate of their own civilians while hostilities continue.

Secondly, Hamas is stupid to risk losing international sympathy by sending rockets towards Israeli civilians. With 1,890 Palestinians dead, against only 50 Israelis, many onlookers have seen this as a ‘David and Goliath’ contest, with plucky Muslims utterly outmatched by their Jewish neighbours – but these attacks suggest that it is a false interpretation; we are watching two equally vicious politically-motivated opponents acting in their own interests, without a moment’s thought for the collateral damage.

Thirdly, a saying has been doing the rounds, here on the Net, for some time now. It contends that a definition of madness might be the belief that doing the same thing repeatedly will yield different results. By this definition, the leaders of Hamas must be mad. With Israel reacting in typical manner, their leaders must be equally unhinged.

Israel has refused to negotiate while Hamas is firing upon its citizens, and that very violence is a good reason to refuse other Palestinian demands, such as the release of prisoners (to add to the violence?) and lifting the blockade of Gaza (to allow terrorists access to more deadly weapons?) – but of course this makes Israel appear the overbearing bully in this situation.

Let’s be honest – it was futile to expect a three-day ceasefire to resolve the situation. The more one examines it, the more reminiscent it becomes of the Irish Question. Peace in Northern Ireland was gained over a period of around 10 years – and remains fragile to this day. Even now it must be defended, to prevent either side from returning to the old ways.

For peace efforts to have any chance of success, talks must be overseen by an impartial mediator, with no interest – either moral or financial – in either side.

And that means the UK is ruled out of the process straight away.

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