Madeleine Albright Asks “Will We Stop Trump Before It’s Too Late?” in New York Times Op-Ed

She makes some valid points.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright penned a powerful Op-Ed in The New York Times in which she cites the modern rise of fascism and issues a warning about President Donald Trump.

The former Clinton Secretary wrote that and the end of World War II, fascism appeared to be dead following the collapse of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany and the overthrow of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. “Freedom was ascendant,” she wrote, from 1945 through the early 1990’s after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

On April 28, 1945 — 73 years ago — Italians hung the corpse of their former dictator Benito Mussolini upside down next to a gas station in Milan. Two days later, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker beneath the streets of war-ravaged Berlin. Fascism, it appeared, was dead.

To guard against a recurrence, the survivors of war and the Holocaust joined forces to create the United Nations, forge global financial institutions and — through the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — strengthen the rule of law. In 1989, the Berlin Wall came down and the honor roll of elected governments swelled not only in Central Europe, but also Latin America, Africa and Asia. Almost everywhere, it seemed, dictators were out and democrats were in. Freedom was ascendant.

Albright notes that democracy is facing serious challenges around the world: “terrorism, sectarian conflicts, vulnerable borders, rogue social media and the cynical schemes of ambitious men.” Albright then warned that “fascism — and the tendencies that lead toward fascism — pose a more serious threat now than at any time since the end of World War II.”

Albright states that fascism is evident in the rise of authoritarian states, particularly in Hungary, the Philippines, Poland and Turkey, where nationalism is once again surging and central power is being consolidated.

Russian Presiden Vladimir Putin just won another six-year term in an election wrought with fraud, China’s Xi Jinping was deemed “president for life,” and in Venezuela, “ruthless ideologue Nicolás Maduro” is set to be elected. In Syria, a civil war started by President Bashar Al-Assad eight years ago has claimed over half a million lives and displaced more than 12 million Syrians; which is more than half its population.

Albright then says that the biggest danger is the United States under the rule of Donald Trump. “Meanwhile, the possibility that fascism will be accorded a fresh chance to strut around the world stage is enhanced by the volatile presidency of Donald Trump,” she wrote.

If freedom is to prevail over the many challenges to it, American leadership is urgently required. This was among the indelible lessons of the 20th century. But by what he has said, done and failed to do, Mr. Trump has steadily diminished America’s positive clout in global councils.

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