SEARCH BLOG: ISLAM
Americans tend to think in terms of black and white, good and evil, friend or foe. There is a huge problem taking that thinking into the Middle East where everything is couched in shades of fog.
Our President and Secretary of State were quick to take the side of the protesters in Egypt and demand the resignation of an old semi-friend, Hosni Mubarak. Quick to recognize the grab for power by the Muslim Brotherhood and quick to provide billions of dollars in aid and "loan forgiveness" to an organization that, until recently, was considered a contributor to Islamic terrorism. The head of the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt, Mohammed Morsi, has made it clear through his meetings with the imams in Iran that his preferred alliance does not include the United States.
Our President and Secretary of State are quick to take the side of the Syrian rebels and to provide weapons and money in their fight against Bashar al-Assad, the head of government. There are considerable reports indicating that most of the "rebels" are foreigners attached to al Qaeda.
Our President and Secretary of State are predisposed to think in terms of Islam and Islamists in terms of potential allies who will befriend us if we treat them with respect and large amount of weapons and money. Their concepts of democracy and diplomacy are limited to community organizing and payoffs. They don't understand fanaticism.
They are mistaken... and we will suffer the long-term consequences both in the Middle East as well as here in America. How long will it be before the official government position is that the First Amendment applies to everything except speaking out against Islamic fanaticism? They'll have to be our friends then, won't they?
Oh, and I'll save the commenter from Canada the time: "It's all Bush's fault because he started it. You go in and kill innocent people and what do you expect? They did nothing to you so why do you bring your military? Your idea of democracy doesn't belong in those countries. You should respect their culture, but you don't"... and nothing says we have to try to help them push their world agenda or apologize for our world perspective either. They are lodged firmly in the 7th century and are willing to spread fear and loathing around the world as part of that... and believe that any land they have stepped foot in automatically becomes part of the new caliphate. What part of that should we respect, support, or seek an alliance? The only action that is rational is to resist them, impede them, frustrate them, rebuke them, ridicule them, and attack back when attacked.