Donald Trump, unintended consequences--and HaShem

Tuvia Brodie,

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Tuvia Brodie
Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is He usually publishes 3-4 times a week on his blog and 1-3 times at Arutz Sheva. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.

There is a concept called, ‘the law of unintended consequences’. Simply stated, it tells you that human actions create unintended effects (Rob Norton, “Unintended Consequences”, libraryofeconomicsandliberty, 2008). This ‘law’ is not frivolous. It’s serious. It’s got ‘gravitas’.

That gravitas comes from the Social Sciences. It comes from the field of Economics. Indeed, it comes from a man who has been called ‘the father of modern economics’ (William L. Davis, Bob Figgins, et al, “Economics Professors’ Favorite Economic Thinkers, Journals, etc,” Econ Journal Watch, volume 8, number 2, May 2011, p. 133). It comes from Adam Smith (1723-1790).

Smith’s idea of unintended consequences doesn’t just apply to economics. It applies to the Arab-Israel war. It helps to reveal the ugly truth about ‘Palestinians’.

'Palestinians' tell the world all they want from Israel is peace ( Khaled Abu Toameh, "Abbas to Colombian head: Palestinians want peace," Jerusalem Post, June 12, 2013). But they aren't honest. They don’t tell the truth. If what they want is peace, why do they build a case against Israel on a foundation of fabrications, misrepresentations and lies? For example:

-They claim they’ve been on this ancient Jewish land for 5,000 years (“Abbas advisor: The Palestinians have been on this land for 5,000 years", Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 20, 2014, Palestinian Media Watch [pmw]).

-They claim that prehistoric man was a Palestinian (“Prehistoric man was Palestinian”, Source: Al-Asima, bi-weekly distributed with official PA daily, Feb. 25, 2015; from Palestinian Media Watch [pmw]).

-They claim Palestinians have been in Israel since the New Stone Age, 5,000-8,000 years ago (ibid).

-They claim they’ve been on this land 10,000 years (“Abbas rep claims Palestinians descended from Canaanites who lived 10,000 years ago”, Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 20, 2014, pmw).

Of course, there’s no archaeological proof that ‘Palestinians’ descended from Canaanites. There’s no archaeological proof that the Canaanites themselves were in Israel 4,000 years ago.

-Palestinians claim they fought the Romans in ancient times (“PA TV News distorts history: Palestinians fought the Romans in ancient times”, Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 27, 2014; pmw).

They say Jesus wasn’t a Jew. They claim he was a Palestinian (“Jesus was a Palestinian and Canaanites were the root of "Palestinian identity", Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 24, 2013, pmw).

You get the picture. In case you don’t, consider this. If Palestinians were on this land for thousands of years before Jews, why do the words, ‘Israel’ and ‘the Jews’ appear repeatedly in the Quran—but the words, ‘Arab Palestine’ and ‘Palestinian’ never appear?

The answer, of course, is simple. When the Quran was composed, in the 7th century CE, ‘Palestinians’ didn’t exist and Arab ‘Arab Palestine’ didn’t exist. Jews existed. Israel existed.

We’re reminded of how the ‘Palestinian’ narrative is a lie because of Donald Trump. He’s running for US President in the 2016 election. He joins many others this year to win in current polls so he can become the 2016 Republican candidate for US President.

 On November 22, 2015, he claimed that, in 2001, he saw on TV that Muslims in New Jersey were celebrating the catastrophic 9/11 attack against the World Trade Center Towers that killed close to 3,000 Americans. Many in the press around the world have accused him of lying. They accuse him of engaging in a hate campaign against Muslims. They say there is no video of thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating.

Now the New York Times—perhaps the premier anti-Israel newspaper—creates an unintended consequence. It tries to explain why Trump would have said something (Muslims in America celebrating) that so many call outrageously false (Robert Mackey, “The Video of Celebrations That Was Broadcast on 9/11”, New York Times, November 24, 2015). The Times suggests that Trump was mistaken. The people he saw on TV in 2001 celebrating, the Times says, weren’t Americans. They were ‘Palestinians’ in the 'West Bank'.

It’s truly wondrous that the Times—so aggressively anti-Israel—should reveal the truth about ‘Palestinians’: these people aren’t ‘innocent victims’ who seek only peace, security and independence. They are passionate haters of both the US and Israel. They hate the West. They’ll jump with joy when tragedy strikes America. They hand out celebratory sweets when Americans die.

It gets worse. The Times also explained why film of an even larger ‘Palestinian’ celebration wasn’t available that day: ‘militants’ (in Israel, we call these people ‘terrorists’) threatened the Associated Press photographer who was working that day. They didn’t want any film to reveal what they were doing (ibid).

In the war to demonize, isolate and criminalize Israel, the New York Times would never intentionally allow you to see ‘Palestinian’ hate. That hate doesn’t fit well with the ‘Palestinian narrative’ the Times promotes.

Nevertheless, the Times reveals that hate because there’s a law. That law is called, ‘unintended consequences’.

The Times shows the video in order to clarify a point it wishes to make about Trump. The unintended consequence is, that video and the attendant Times story inadvertently reveal the hate that undercuts the ‘Palestinian narrative’ of innocents seeking only peace and independence. It reveals ‘Palestinians’ as they really are. Their ‘Cause’ isn’t about peace. It’s about hate for the Jew--and for the USA. 

This is how HaShem, the G-d of Israel, makes certain the New York Times reveals the truth. He uses the law of unintended consequences.

Yes, even the New York Times serves HaShem.