God is silent; if only man would shut up – Woody Allen
Jho Low would have appreciated the irony. Here was Dr Mahathir Mohamad, putting his foot into it as is his wont and there was Najib Razak, his nemesis, actually attempting to “rescue” him.
Even so, the convicted former premier got in a gleeful jab of his own. “In the meantime, someone should take away all his (Dr Mahathir’s) social media accounts before he does any more damage.”
Maybe someone should.
What else would you make of a tweet like this? “Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past.”
Does this sound like the ramblings of a former Prime Minister of Malaysia or something else? Twitter was so disturbed it deleted Dr M’s post for “glorifying violence,” immediately ranking the old man right up there with losers, fools and Donald Trump.
Some terrible things had happened in France. Any sensible person would just decry the violence and the rhetoric, offer tea and sympathy, instead of leaping in with gratuitously offensive comments. We have enough problems of our own to worry about before weighing in on the pain of others.
Exhibiting the delicacy of an enraged bull in a China shop and offending millions of people should always be weighed against the virtues of tact. Sometimes there is an art to saying nothing when there is nothing to say.
You would think that a former leader of more than 22 years, and 94 at that, would know better. I believe it’s called Diplomacy 101.
But Dr M has never really grasped a simple notion: if people really wanted your unsolicited advice, they’d ask for it. He still hasn’t got it. Even as premier, he believed that everyone had a right to an opinion – his.
Maybe we should look on the bright side because it could be a lot worse: he might still be premier.
But it was worse in the United States where Trump was still the President and he relished every moment of it because, as Art Buchwald might have said, 40 per cent of Americans worshipped the quicksand he walked on.
President Trump felt good about himself and his chances next week as he had CoVid not only beaten, but on the run. “We’ve turned the corner on the virus,” he crowed to his supporters, many of whom had never led facts get in the way of their reality. “We’ve beaten the sucker!”
Mr Trump believed that the US had turned the corner better than any other country on earth and it proved that he was the greatest leader since Mussolini, to whom he bore more than an unnerving resemblance.
“You won’t find another leader who’s turned the corner more than me,” boasted the President who also knew that he was the most widely read person since Gutenberg invented the printing press.
That was why he knew he would win. One, he had God on his side – he had that on good authority – and two, Biden’s arguments were absurdity itself. It had to be because they directly contradicted his beliefs which his supporters knew were fact.
We live and learn. Or as the President would have it…