Friday, July 28, 2006

Fifty Years of Appeasement

It was fifty years ago that the American government went down the road of appeasing our Arab and Islamic enemies. The Weekly Standard explains Eisenhower’s fatal mistake. (Hat Tip Atlas.) As I said last summer:

What grievances do Muslims have against us? We’ve backed Egypt in the Suez Crisis, helped Egypt get back the Sinai and give them $2 billion a year, liberated Kuwait from the Saddam, protected Saudi Arabia from becoming the next Kuwait, helped Afghanistan fend off the USSR, intervened on the behalf of Bosnians, prevented genocide in Kosovo, … we are constantly helping Muslims! There are no people we help more than Muslims!
I argued that it is our altruism--not any alleged harm--that is the cause of Arab and Islamic contempt. And as we continue to try to “win the hearts and minds” we wonder why it isn’t working. As I suggested in last summer’s article, one should learn about the enemy’s culture, values, and religion.

Update1: Frum on Suez: "Here's an alternative lesson to draw from Suez. What Westerners think of as goodwill, Middle Easterners often interpret as weakness. ... The U.S. misjudged Nasser in 1956. And it has repeated that same misjudgment again and again in the years since."

7 Comments:

Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Can anyone tell me why Shiite terrorism always gets a pass, while we buck up at Sunni terrorism?

7/29/06, 4:46 AM  
Blogger Weingarten said...

As Jason argued "it is our altruism--not any alleged harm--that is the cause of Arab and Islamic contempt. And as we continue to try to “win the hearts and minds” we wonder why it isn’t working."

I might only summarize that the problem is less their homicide than our suicide.

7/29/06, 10:13 AM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

WATCH THIS MOVIE! Full-length feature is now online. The topic of appeasement is present in the film.

7/30/06, 11:24 AM  
Blogger A Free Man said...

And a fat lot og good it has done you or any of us!

Kosovo has now been ethnically cleansed of Christian Serbs, Bosnia is a haven for Islamic terrorists including Hizballah.

Afghanistan is a hot bed of anti-western activity and gave birth to the Taliban and Al'Qaida. Saudi Arabia is funding the world wide Jihad, funding wahabbi mosques and maddrassas world wide.

They hate us, always will, nothing will change this.

7/30/06, 6:00 PM  
Blogger unaha-closp said...

Can anyone tell me why Shiite terrorism always gets a pass, while we buck up at Sunni terrorism?

Could have something to do with 9/11 being perpetrated by Sunni terroristys.

7/31/06, 8:31 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Frum on Suez: "Here's an alternative lesson to draw from Suez. What Westerners think of as goodwill, Middle Easterners often interpret as weakness. ... The U.S. misjudged Nasser in 1956. And it has repeated that same misjudgment again and again in the years since."

I'm glad to see that you added this update. The Muslim-Arab sense of honor condemns any sign of weakness. What Westerners think of as compromise and altruism have no place in Islam.

8/1/06, 7:02 PM  
Anonymous holger danske said...

Obsession: What The War on Terror Is Really About
HonestReporting.com - 1 hr 17 min 30 sec

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6162397493278181614&q=Obsession%3A+What+The+War+on+Terror+Is+Really+About&pr=goog-sl&hl=en
(click -> video.google)

Look, watch, study, learn, and live - or die if you refuse to learn. This is a clash of civilizations, and we are in the middle of it.

People, this is some very scary stuff. If we don’t wake up and realize our very civilization and lives are at stake here, we are destined to vanish from the face of this planet. Don’t believe me?

Keep defending Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, and Hamas, and see how long you live if you refuse to stand up against the Islamofascists. This is the most serious threat of our modern times. If you don’t believe it, then you are just blind, deaf and dumb.

Thank you to Honest Reporting for making these videos.

Obsession. Radical Islam´s War Against The West
http://www.obsessionthemovie.com/

all the best

holger danske ;)

8/2/06, 9:16 AM  

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