Despite the Obama Administration’s election-cycle claims that al-Qaida is in decline, it keeps scoring big victories throughout the Middle East. News from earlier this week recorded it’s virtual take-over of northern Mali and a string of victories in Syria.
Now they’re rising again in Iraq with a vengeance. In fact, it’s becoming ever-more apparent that the civil war in Syria is really a regional sectarian war between Sunnis and Shiites, with battle fronts across Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, and Yemen. Given that al-Qaeda is not a money-making operation, we can be sure its funding is coming from our oil-rich “staunch allies” on the Arabian peninsula, such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. On the Shiite side, Iran is providing financial and military support to (1) Hezbollah, (2) the Assad regime in Syria, and (3) the Shiite leadership of Iraq.
And yet we continue to hear useful idiots from both sides of the aisle in Congress who call for us to get more deeply involved in Syria. They don’t seem to realize that doing so would only ally us with al-Qaida and the forces in Iraq that are fighting against the Iraqi government we helped establish.
What’s driving this madness? Aside from murky financial transactions, we appear to have a fundamental misunderstanding of the Islamic world. We should have recognized our error many years ago, after our “allies” in Afghanistan, the mujahedeen, whom we trained and supplied during the ‘80’s to defeat the Soviets, morphed into terrorist organizations bent on wiping out non-Muslims and attacking the United States. Our error is that we tend to see the world in terms of “bad guys” and “good guys” (or at least “weak guys” we can coopt and turn into clients), but this paradigm simply doesn’t work in the Islamic world. The lesson we MUST learn is that, in the Islamic world, THERE ARE NO GOOD GUYS, and that any apparent “friends” are only using us to serve their current purposes. Furthermore, these “friends” will ruthlessly turn against us as soon as doing so is convenient.
Why is this so? Two reasons:
- One of the mottos of Islamic culture is “Me against my brother; me and my brother against my cousin; me, my brother, and my cousin against my neighbor; all of us against the stranger.” In other words, all human alliances are temporary and destined to be betrayed.
- We are infidels and they are Muslims. Therefore they are commanded by Allah through the Koran to wage war against us until we submit to Islam.
Simple, isn’t it? When will we realize that any alliance with an Islamic nation will inevitably give us a bloody nose, or worse.
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