Politics Thomas Friedman to CNN: US potentially heading to 'second Civil War'
Joe Biden reminds Boris Johnson the world is watching Brexit -- and some are not impressed
Joe Biden has provided UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson with the latest reminder that the world is watching how his government is handling Brexit. © AFP/WPA Pool/Getty Images The Democratic Presidential candidate tweeted on Wednesday: "We can't allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit. Any trade deal between the U.S. and U.K. must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period.
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on Thursday declared that the U.S. could be headed towards a second civil war following President Trump's comments around not carrying out a peaceful transition of power should he lose in November.
"You know, I began my career as a journalist covering Lebanon's second civil war in its history, and I'm terrified to find myself ending my career as a journalist covering America's potential second civil war in its history," Friedman told Anderson Cooper in an appearance on CNN.
Most recent US elections have had an international event as the October Surprise. This one may be no different
The 2020 election may provide yet another 'October surprise' to rock the boat. Analysis by Nick Paton Walsh, CNN.The October Surprise that American pollsters await with trepidation is usually a US domestic upset. But the past two decades have also seen major international events overshadow November elections. Going back from 2016, there was the Mosul campaign against ISIS, the Syrian civil war reaching Aleppo, the Russia-Georgia war, and Osama bin Laden admitting on tape he was behind the September 11, 2001 attacks. November 2020 could combine the unforeseen with something now visible from space -- the future direction of a deeply troubled hyperpower.
"You really believe that?" Cooper asked.
"I think what happened in the last few days is a six-alarm fire," said Friedman, later adding, "The President of the United States has told us 'Either I win the election or I delegitimize the election.' Those are your choices, folks."
Friedman, a staunch critic of the president, also took aim at Republicans for not standing up to Trump.
"This is a party that went into its convention with no platform, just basically said whatever Trump wants, we want," Friedman said. "If you're not frightened now, if you are not terrified for what could happen, it's not 'We might have a disputed election.' It is 'We are going to have a disputed election, almost certainly,' unless Trump wins, in which case I shudder to think what four more years of this would be like."
Dutch pursuit of torture case against Syria prompts terror accusation from Damascus
The Syrian government accused the Dutch government of supporting terrorism on Saturday in response to the Netherlands' invocation of an anti-torture convention against Damascus. © Mikhail Voskresenskiy/Sputnik/AP The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has criticized the Netherlands' decision to invoke an anti-tortur The rebuke comes a day after the Dutch government said it is seeking to hold the Syrian government accountable for widespread human rights violations under international law, including the UN Convention against Torture.
Trump on Wednesday refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power in the event he is defeated by Democratic nominee Joe Biden, with the president saying he needs to "see what happens" with mail-in ballots.
The president has regularly attacked mail-in voting as having the potential for increased voter fraud despite officials,, saying there is no evidence to back those claims.
"We're going to have to see what happens, you know, but I've been complaining very strongly about the ballots. The ballots are a disaster," Trump.
"Get rid of the ballots and you'll have a very peaceful - there won't be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation," he added. "The ballots are out of control. You know it, and you know who knows it better than anyone else? The Democrats know it better than anyone else."
‘All the red flags’: Political analysts warn of U.S. election violence in November .
With President Donald Trump refusing to commit to a peaceful transition of power in the event that he loses the upcoming election and violent clashes already unfolding in a number of states, political analysts are uniquely fearful as November approaches. Asked last week to commit to conceding should the November 3 election go in favor of Democratic nominee Joe Biden, Trump again cited unfounded claims about mail-in ballots leading to widespread voter fraud in justifying his reluctance.