Last winter, the local media was touting Imam Abdullah Khadra as a victim of President Trump’s travel ban. Khadra, a Syrian, was here on a religious worker visa and was applying for political asylum.
At the end of December 2017, something almost without precedent happened in cities across Iran. It started in the largest shrine city of Mashhad, then moved to Kermanshah, which had not long before suffered a major earthquake in which some 600 people died and where survivors had been neglected by the state.
We’re managing, and seeing the overall improvement in the national statistics. It’s better in many respects than where cousins think it’s the best. America’s declining measure of longevity indicates that not all is well in Trumpland, and puts Israel’s list of comparative disadvantages in perspective.