America’s Cycles of Change

Facing the Hellish Reality of Civil War in America

Sun, 13 November 2016

The hatred and rage comes from both sides. As I vividly describe in Gathering Storm, there are two America’s. They have been growing – and growing apart – for half a century since the start of the Vietnam War. And they hate each other like poison.

Already I see all around lifelong friends unfriending each other on Facebook for the hatred and rage comes from both sides. As I vividly describe in Gathering Storm there are two America’s. They have been growing – and growing apart – for half a century since the start of the Vietnam War. And they hate each other like poison, for supporting, or not supporting, either Clinton or Trump, children angrily abusing their parents, high school teachers – shamefully – telling teenagers to expect concentration camps, bullies attack Asian people in their streets.

Liberals for all their higher talk are as filled with rage and hatred as they had gleefully expected conservatives to be if Hillary Clinton had won. No taking the High Road there – not that Hillary Clinton ever did.

The fact remains: rage and fear are sweeping across America: They must be confronted and defused – On both sides.

America is on the brink. There are too many spoiled brats – contemptible emotional children masquerading as adults on both sides of the great ideological divide.

I lived through the beginnings of a civil war in my native Northern Ireland nearly half a century ago and have covered endless similar conflicts around the world ever since. I know better than anyone what a nightmare they quickly become. The suffering and hatreds they generate do not subside for generations.

I lived through the beginnings of one civil war: I have no desire to see the start of another one.