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A FARMER comes to the big town for the first time. He visits the zoo and stands for hours transfixed before the cage of the kangaroo.

"There is no such animal!" he keeps exclaiming.

I must confess that I felt the same when I saw Donald Trump on TV for the first time and heard that he was a candidate for president of the US.

"Impossible," I muttered to myself. "Must be a hoax!"

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The Americans are capable of many things. From time to time they indulge in a spell of collective insanity. Take Joe McCarthy. But not this! This is too much.

NOW IT seems that Donald Trump is well on his way to the White House.

Wait, I am told. These are still only the primaries. OK, something odd has happened to the Republican Party. But on election day, faced with the real choice, the vast majority of Americans will return to sanity and vote for his opponent, whoever he or she is.

I thought so, too.

Not anymore.

Now I just don't know.

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I have a funny feeling that on the morning after the election I may wake up to a President Trump.

Unthinkable? Think again.

Probable? I am not sure anymore.

DEMOCRACY, Winston Churchill is said to have said, is the worst political system -- except for all the others.

(Churchill, who was elected many times for different parties also said that to become disillusioned with democracy, it was enough to talk with an average voter.)

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Uri Avnery is a longtime Israeli peace activist. Since 1948 has advocated the setting up of a Palestinian state alongside Israel. In 1974, Uri Avnery was the first Israeli to establish contact with PLO leadership. In 1982 he was the first Israeli ever to meet Yassir Arafat, after crossing the lines in besieged Beirut. He served three terms in the (more...)
 

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