Which emperor, though?

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December 7, 2017 by AK

Yelena Suponina writes in Forbes Russia about Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel:

Trump has approached it [the problem of Jerusalem] with the sangfroid and superciliousness of a Roman emperor, who is not supposed to seek insight into his vassals’ petty squabbles for some overseas territories. He is not ready to untangle this ball of yarn but is full of bravado to cut it apart straight from the shoulder. Being emotionally estranged from the problem is helping Trump not to dwell on the dangers of this blow.

It’s a bit of a stew with medieval vassals, Roman emperors and Alexander the Great mixed in together. Anyway, the image of an aloof and all-powerful Rex Regum is amusing, especially if the author is not familiar with the God Emperor meme.


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