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MR TRUMP: Why Do Celebrities Speak Nonsense?

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Mr. Donald Trump maybe a very rich property mogul and loaded to the gills but I wonder if he would last three days as a prisoner of war in a bitter conflict like Vietnam….writes Bikram Vohra

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Donald Trump

US Presidential candidate Donald Trump has gone a bridge too far by mocking Arizona Senator John McCain’s five years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam war. To belittle the horrible experience of such a long incarceration, one in which there was torture, interrogation of the aggressive sort and great hardship and to do this from the comfort of great wealth is truly distasteful.

Mr. Trump maybe a very rich property mogul and loaded to the gills but I wonder if he would last three days as a prisoner of war in a bitter conflict like Vietnam. It is easy to be clever and glib and make unfunny comments like ‘I prefer those who do not get caught’ thereby implying a certain cowardice in being captured.

Donald, what does one do if his plane catches flak and he has to bail out. What do you do if you are fighting against huge odds and are surrounded. It is easy to talk on a microphone but really, what you do is denigrate thousands of uniformed soldiers from wars gone by and wars that are ongoing who suffer with honour and courage not knowing when they come home. They do not dine on steak and caviar and your ignorance of the extreme stress that the hostility they face causes as they fight for their country is appalling.

Even in captivity they show a mettle that is hard to match and many of them stay unbroken. John McCain, Sir, refused to be released before the men he commanded and since you have never seen combat you would have no idea what the wives and parents and children go through when there is no news of a son or father or a brother, so don’t go there, you not only sound foolish, you are staining every soldier who has ever fought for his country and defended it so people like you can continue to make money.

American Businessman Donald J Trump during a press conference regarding `Trump Tower` in Mumbai  (File)
American Businessman Donald J Trump during a press conference regarding `Trump Tower` in Mumbai (File)

What is most mind-boggling is that Trump’s numbers rise with every such utterance. You would think that people would be horrified that he would think it is acceptable to trivialise such an important issue.

Instead, it is being seen as a boost. These days we read of young men in Saudi Arabia killed while in action and given an honourable burial as a whole nation salutes their sacrifice. Do you recall a Jordanian pilot who is a prisoner of war and killed after being captured. A young Emirati who was buried Monday a victim of a terrorist bullet.

His mother received a letter from the mother of another soldier who died in combat. She said we do not know whether to weep in grief or surge with pride that our sons gave up their lives for their country.

What would you know Mr. Trump about such things. Your callous approach to the military and to every soldier, sailor and airman who give up their today for your tomorrow, should exclude you from ever becoming their commander in chief. 

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