Why The Anti-Trump Movement Should Take Over Star Wars Opening Weekend

It just seems too perfect of a metaphor.

A Republic toppled from within by an evil dictatorship that demands loyalty, outlaws dissent, fetishizes conformity and idolizes power, challenged by a ragtag, multicultural, diverse group of rebellious idealists calling themselves the Resistance.

Wait. What?

That is not only the basic plot premise of the Star Wars cinematic universe, but also (just about) precisely the world view of the Anti-Trump movement.

The fact that both of these story arcs (one fictional and the other, painfully, non-fictional) are converging in roughly 24 hours, is too good of an opportunity to miss!

The Anti-Trump movement must capitalize on this remarkable cultural coincidence by co-opting the new Star Wars movie release as their own by having a ‘Resistance Party Weekend’.

Picture it:

Scores and scores of Anti-Trump Americans joining up (called to action via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media platforms) to go see the Star Wars movie together, as members of the Resistance.  Some wearing Anti-Trump garments or paraphernalia.  Others carrying Anti-Trump signs.  Everyone posting their Anti-Trump unity on social media – with the appropriate hashtags, of course.

Everyone!

Let’s face it, just about every Anti-Trump American is going to go see the movie anyways.  The movie itself may very well break box office records.  Wouldn’t you want to attach your movement to such a phenomenon?

And, what more perfect time than now to do it – just days after Doug Jones pulled off a stunning upset against Trump and helped to galvanize the Anti-Trump movement.

Why not continue the party?  At the movies!

(Naturally.)

Smiling, laughing faces on social media joining together, with neighbours, friends, and complete strangers as part of a weekend celebration of beating Trump will help create a self-sustaining momentum of its own.

And, how effective will the pictures/videos of such large numbers of Anti-Trump Americans be in continuing to energize the Anti-Trump movement?

Oh, yes, if this particular Star Wars trilogy (which more closely resembles the original George Lucas’ story arc masterpiece) holds true, the second part of the trilogy may very well be a (temporary) victory for the Evil Empire.

But, so what?

In the end, everyone knows (even Trump), the Resistance always wins.

Always!

That’s why  The Anti-Trump movement should take over Star Wars opening weekend and appropriate this American cultural phenomenon as part of their own fight to ultimate victory.

Why The Palestinians Should ‘Hint’ at 3rd Intifada to Trump

In response to recent reports emerging that the Trump administration will recognise Jerusalem as the “undivided capital of Israeltomorrow, the Palestinian leadership should ‘hint’ that such a move will result in the Third Intifada.

In discussing such an escalation, the Palestinians should focus on three talking points:

  1. Trump’s recent retweet of an anti-Muslim by a far-right anti-Muslim fringe group has inflamed anti-American passions amongst the Muslim Palestinian community (not to mention amongst the larger Muslim Arab community in the Middle East), proving that, in the eyes of the Palestinians, Trump is personally biased against them.
  2. Recent reports that Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and Trump’s Middle East peace enjoy, concealed his position as director of a foundation that funded Israeli settlements considered illegal under international law – even while he was attempting to influence foreign nations to vote against an anti-Israeli settlement resolution at the United Nationsin violation of the Logan Act – prove that, in the eyes of the Palestinians, the Trump family has been deceiving the Palestinians vis-a-vis American commitment (at least under the current administration) to being an honest broker in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
  3. The Palestinians would consider Trump’s announcement of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital a betrayal of American commitments to the Palestinians – particularly to the moderate Palestinians that have thus far tried to keep their people committed to continuing dialogue towards an ‘always-just-around-the-corner-but-never-actually-materialising‘ peace deal – and proof that the peace process is merely a Trojan Horse meant to force the Palestinian leadership to contain the Palestinian people all the while the Israelis (with American assistance/complicity) exploit the situation to create ‘facts-on-the-ground’.

(Ironically, it was Israel’s attempt to create such ‘facts-on-the-ground‘ that caused the Second Intifada.)

In making their pitch, the Palestinians must impress upon the Trump administration that the Third Intifada will be outside of its control because of the passions the Trump family’s apparent anti-Palestinian bias has unleashed, and the extremely emotionally charged issue of Jerusalem.

In fact, if possible (depending upon the progress of negotiations between the PLO and Hamas), the PLO leadership may consider coordinating fiery press release statements from Hamas ‘threatening’ a response to any such move by the Trump administration.

Both Hamas and the PLO will benefit from the release of such statements: Hamas will benefit by continuing to portray itself to the Palestinians as the only reliable faction willing to stand up to the Israelis and their ally the Americans; the PLO will benefit because it can point to itself as the only faction that can prevent Hamas from plunging the area into another violent Intifada (which the PLO will only be able to do if the Trump administration pulls back from its plan of declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, naturally).

If the Palestinians are able to convince the Trump administration not to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Palestinian negotiation position is strengthened.

On the other hand, even if the Palestinians are unable to convince the Trump administration not to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, then any (almost certain) protests that emerge throughout the Palestinian territories (and, perhaps, beyond), will be a bargaining chip the Palestinians can utilise in the next round of negotiations (ie. the Palestinians can demand certain concessions in exchange for containing the protests).

Either result benefits the Palestinian negotiating position and forces a ‘jump start’ of a process that has ground to a halt.

That’s why the Palestinians should ‘hint’ at a 3rd Intifada to Trump.