The almost-inevitable outcome of the administration’s ham-handed policy in the Middle East was on display last night. By removing terrible dictators from power (as we did when we threw the admittedly monstrous Shah over in 1979), we created a vacuum of power than allowed something as bad, if not worse, to rise up: Muslim fanatics are now running the show in Libya and Egypt…and they showing their usual level of civility and restraint.
Spurred on by their religious leaders, Egyptians decided to breech the United States Embassy to tear down the flag and raise the black flag of Islamic terror. The embassy’s response? “Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy…We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”
Condemn a filmmaker for putting out a movie critical of Islam (and, by the way, American policy in the Middle East, but don’t let that confuse you, boys.) Instead of meeting the threat head on with the appropriate military response, the embassy turned dhimmi, much like our European brethren have. Ruled by fear, they retreat. And the best response our flaccid leadership in the White House could come up with: “The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government,” a senior administration official told POLITICO.
Not content with breaking international law and protocol (and why would they care, it is — after all — law of the infidel, from dar el-harb [the house of war] with which Muslims should never show quarter), more of those “noble” Muslim fighters attacked the Benghazi consulate in Libya. The ambassador and three others died after the building was hit with rocket-propelled grenades. But hey! According to Hillary Clinton, “…President Magariaf expressed his condemnation and condolences and pledged his government’s full cooperation…”
So what is the proper response? We could cower, which seems to be the response from Foggy Bottom, or we could blow a lot more money on an expanded war, which would simply hasten our economic collapse. There’s no simple answer…but there is an attitude that would help: we could stop coddling Muslims and their hurt feelings. Show no sympathy. When attacked, you do not wait — you hit them hard. We have the ability to destroy their cities without a single person putting foot on the ground (and I’m not talking about nuclear weapons — we have conventional ones that do much the same.)
Conveniently, while we’re letting these animals frolic, we’re turning our back on the one real ally we have in the region. Good job, Mr. President.