George Soros is well respected for his views on world economic events and policies. George Soros had an interesting journey from his youth to where he is today. He was a refugee from Hungary during World War II, first migrating to Europe, and then making his way to New York City. It was in New York City that he launched his investing career at F.M. Meyer and Wertheim & Co in the 1950s. “Migrants in those days were better treated,” George Soros said. He added, “now that I am a bit of a statesman, my loyalty is for the stateless people.”
In his interview with Bloomberg’s at the World Economic Forum Francine Lacqua asked George Soros, “How worried are you by the popularity of Donald Trump?” In his response Mr. Soros stated that Mr. Trump is doing the work of ISIS, and before that Al Queda, in playing on Western Civilization’s fear of death. Mr. Soros explained that Mr. Trump is playing on this fear of death by creating fear of Muslims within America. Through Mr. Trump’s plans to close the U.S. borders to Muslims for immigration or for visiting while on holiday, this stirs Americans’ fear of Muslims.
Mr. Soros acknowledges that Mr. Trump is compelling in what he says since it is “so elemental.” However, Mr. Soros went on to say that he knows this is wrong because it is wrong to do what your enemies want you to do. ISIS desires that we have a strong fear of Muslims and treat Muslims with great suspicion. When this becomes common practice, it sets up conditions, which then can create a generation of Muslims that are convinced that there is no other way than terrorism. When this happens, Mr. Soros explains, “it turns the young Muslim population into a breeding ground for terrorists.”
- Soros went on to say that, ISIS’ days within the Caliphate are numbered as the Iraqi and Syrian armies regain territories that had been lost to ISIS. This leaves as their big area of growth being able to exploit Western society’s fear of death to their advantage to further their power. Mr. Soros charges us to resist the fearmongering that is going on so that we do not do what our enemy wants us to do.
Baumgaertel , C. (2016, January 21). Soros Says Trump Is ‘Doing the Work of ISIS’ by Creating Fear
. Retrieved from Bloomberg Business: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-21/soros-says-trump-is-doing-the-work-of-isis-by-creating-fear
Gara, A. (2016, January 21). Hedge Fund Billionaire George Soros: ‘Donald Trump Is Doing The Work Of ISIS’. Retrieved from Forbes Investing: http://www.forbes.com/sites/antoinegara/2016/01/21/billionaire-hedge-fund-mogul-george-soros-donald-trump-is-doing-the-work-of-isis/#2dcd969d2f7c