In his latest editorial effort, published in the popular British daily The Guardian, billionaire philanthropist George Soros slams Donald Trump—and Ted Cruz, too. Soros is concerned that a Trump presidency would be ineffective in fighting terrorism, among other things, despite the candidate’s pretensions to the contrary and his proposed tighter immigration policies, including an outright ban on Muslims entering the United States. (Source: “The terrorists and demagogues want us to be scared. We mustn’t give in,” The Guardian, December 28, 2015.)
In Soros’ view, if Americans elect Donald Trump, they should be careful. Soros believes Trump will attract more terrorism attacks and violence, rather than fewer incidences as Donald Trump promises. (Source: Ibid). George Soros is calling on voters to “resist the siren song of the likes of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz,” two anti-immigration candidates.
Soros, a donor to various political causes and parties through his Open Society Foundations and founder of Soros Fund Management LLC, argues that extremist groups such as Al Qaeda and ISIS want to fuel a strong anti-Islamic sentiment worldwide, so that Muslims see no other choice but to get involved with terrorism. (Source: Ibid.) Therefore, by calling for bans on Muslim migration to the U.S., Trump is abetting the extremists, falling into their “trap.”
George Soros, an archetype for the man who has built a fortune on speculation, has become an enigmatic personage, having managed to earn a leading spot in global finance as well as media and entertainment through his philosophical discussions on morality and capitalism. His intervention against Trump in The Guardian, however, may have highlighted the candidate’s anti-establishment posture, perhaps strengthening his electorate.
Indeed, by choosing to warn Americans about Trump through The Guardian, Soros is actually portraying a sign of nervousness. Soros is acknowledging that Trump enjoys strong support in the presidential elections. Soros urges Americans “to resist the siren song of the likes of Donald Trump,” adding, “the terrorists and the demagogues want us to be scared. We must not give in.” (Source: Ibid.)
Nevertheless, as far as ISIS is concerned, George Soros offers an interesting perspective when taking his arguments beyond the editorial’s anti-Trump theme. Soros considers the Syrian conflict, which is at the root of the migration problem, as posing an existential threat to the European Union.
If the conflict were resolved, the world would be in better shape. Soros says that ISIS is operating from a position of weakness. While it is spreading fear in the world, its hold on home ground is weakening. The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution against it and ISIS leaders are aware that its days in Iraq and Syria are numbered.