After extending cheers of support to the democracy agitators in Egypt and actual air support to those in Libya, we have been rewarded with insults, the murder of a diplomat, and no apparent accumulation of good will. Americans, who are accustomed to certain notions of fair play, are a bit confused. But they really shouldn’t be. Islam and the radical Islam embraced by the majority in these countries, does not countenance any notions of reciprocity. It is the truth, the whole truth, and the answer to everything, the superior way, ordained by God in the eyes of its votaries. So infidels like us can be used, and we should simply step aside and engage in perpetual penance in their view.
Obama has shown a real naivite in his dealings with the Muslim world. He thought by showing various symbolic forms of respect, he might tamp down their anger, and he based this on his general view of Third World grievance. But he has done no such thing and has underestimated the power of sincere religious belief, which is something he lacks. The people of the Maghrib are not in the mood for compromise, as they believe all compromise is a deviation from the divinely ordained perfect with the concomitant right to rule and subjugate the world. Worse still, Obama and his diplomatic corps have shown no real passion for defending our way of life and in particular our historical commitment to free speech. Our government need offer no apologies for movies critical of Islam and the Prophet. These things are perfectly in line with our freedoms. They may naturally inflame Muslims, but that should give us pause for having embassies and relations and other attempts at outreach at these unappeaseable fanatics. It shows not only weakness but irresponsibility not to defend our freedoms in the name of “keeping the peace” with these violent and fanatical protesters. And, last but not least, it should be pretty obvious we are better of doing business with business-minded and secular dictators who recognize the importance of American power and support rather than trying to harness the unpredictable–or rather, all-too-predictable–Arab street and the related phenomenon of Arab democracy. That democracy means rule by Islamic fanatical religious parties, and those parties are obviously quite hostile to moderate, secular, freedom-loving and mostly Christian America.
We saw this movie before incidentally in the downfall of Iran’s Shah, but it seems we’ll have to relearn this lesson a thousand times over due to the deeply ingrained and ahistorical “idealism” of the left and its foreign policy.