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Where Donald Trump Should Start his Campaign and What he Should Say

There was a huge rally just before the Wisconsin primary for the GOP Presidential candidates (Kasich and Cruz were there as well as Sarah Palin representing Trump; Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker – who by the way would make a great compromise nominee at an open Republican convention – was also there) at the American Serb Hall in Milwaukee yesterday.

American SERB Hall?  As in Serbia?  The nation we attacked in 1999 for no reason?  (Well not a sufficient reason such as self-defense or clear national interest anyway!)

YES Serb as in Serbia:

The first meeting for the creation of a fund to build a new Serbian hall and church in Milwaukee was held in November 1934.

Following much research and investigation, a site at South 51st and West Oklahoma was suggested by the Very Reverend Milan Brkich, Dean of the St. Sava Cathedral. Although the area was very remote at the time, Father Brkich’s foresight envisioned it to be the most promising location for the needs of the Milwaukee Serbian community. Soon after discovering the area, Father Brkich invited the then church president, and members of the building fund committee to accompany him on a visit to the property. The location met with immediate approval by church membership. The entire 14-acre parcel of land was purchased in February 1949, and in the fall of 1949 the land was blessed and the cornerstone laid. The campaign to finance the project went into immediate full swing and its success far exceeded all expectations. Thousands of dollars were donated and everyone was eager to help and anxious to see the dream of a new Milwaukee Serbian hall become transformed into an actual physical reality.

And the hall honors those Serbian-Americans (at least of Orthodox faith in the Milwaukee area) who served and especially died in the service of the US.

I think it is a perfect place for Donald Trump to commence his campaign at this site and say something like this:

We stand here to begin the process that will end up with victory in November – and seek your vote for President – the highest office in the land – the Commander in Chief – but we must stop for a moment to honor those who served their nation listed here – and those who did not return.  A moment of silence please.

After the moment of silence…Trump should continue:

These Serbian-Americans were willing to fight – many for their adopted nation.  It used to be true and when I was a boy I used to believe it with pride that we would never start a war.  But we must say with regret that the United States broke that rule in 1999 we bombed Serbia even though they did nothing to us.  it was called a humanitarian intervention but those who advocated it – primarily to make our leaders feel better about themselves – and to look better to world leaders – needed an intervention of a different kind.  For we violated an important precedent:  we used American force other to defend the homeland and its people and its liberties.

If we cannot stand here in this American Serb Hall and admit that we attacked this nation for no reason than we are complicit in the dishonor.  I want to express my regrets for the attack on Serbia and I intend my first visit to a foreign land to be to the Serbian parliament in Belgrade (and Montenegro as well if necessary) to give my formal regret to the Serbian people for this vicious attack in 1999.

An America First foreign policy would not have attacked Serbia, invaded Iraq, continue to occupy both Iraq and Afghanistan, and meddled in the Syrian and Libyan civil wars.  Empty seats at tables around the nation might not be empty.  Christian communities in Iraq and Syria were destabilized and thrown into persecution when it was not necessary.  Let’s always put America First and not send our soldiers to war unless it is in the national interest.

Could you imagine the result?  I am sure certain Republican leaders and the writers at Commentary and the Weekly Standard would be furious at Trump for the statement of regret – not an apology but a statement of regret.  Hillary would denounce it.

But isn’t it needed?  I am not holding my breath although my memo to President Obama is out there – you’ve apologized in something like 56 nations already for the USA so why not do it where it is needed:  Serbia.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood “Sandy” Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia’s first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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