President Bush may be right that the US port sale to Dubai makes
sense. It may be a reward for Dubai's help against al Qaeda. It might
even encourage the UAE to become the Switzerland of the Middle East.
But we should insist on a new clause: A solemn vow by the
UAE to withdraw any support for the Islamist hate machine — the
anti—American, anti—democratic, and anti—Israel incitement that keeps
the witches' brew boiling.
Donald Rumsfeld said the other day that the United States was winning
the war and losing in the media. That is a profound truth, and it is
frightening. Asymmetrical wars are won or lost at the home front. That
is how our Soldiers and Marines won a bloody victory on the ground in
the Tet Offensive, and had our victory twisted by Walter Cronkite into
a strategic defeat — leading to US withdrawal and a Stalinist horror
gulag for our allies.
Thank you, Walter, and Good Night. Don't slam the door on your way
We must starve the hate machine of its financial support from the
oil—rich regimes of the Middle East. During the Cold War the US
developed an amazingly effective public diplomacy, simply by insisting
on human rights clauses in all our treaties with the USSR. That stand
encouraged moderates and dissidents, and helped to bring down the Evil
Empire from within. But today we allow Islamic regimes to get away
with 24/7 incitement to murder. Qatar provides headquarters
facilities for US forces in the Middle East, but it takes a pound of
flesh in return: It sponsors Aa Jazeerah, the biggest outlet for
Islamist hatred in the Middle East. Al Jazeerah shows jihadi snuff
videos every time they get one, thereby giving the Islamic fascists a
huge incentive to kill more innocent people.
Egypt plays the same despicable double game. It receives three
billion dollars of US aid every year, only to sponsor a wellspring of
hate propaganda against us. Egyptian TV shows soap opera versions of
the Protocols of the Elders of Zion help to keep the Israel—Palestinian terror war alive, and that in turn makes it impossible to come to a real settlement. Palestinian victimhood keeps the terror regimes of Iran and Hamas in business. It pays to advertise, and if you advertise hatred, the terror masters gain huge rewards.
Well, maybe we can use Dubai's desire to own US ports to start taking
the hate machine apart. From now on, the United States should insist
on an anti—incitement clause for all contracts with any country in the
world. We can just use a basic principle of English common law: There is no right to shout "fire!" in a crowded theater. There is also no right to preach endless hatred if that ends up killing innocent people all over the world. Period. If Qattar wants to support Al Jazeerah, let it pay a price in money and military protection. If Dubai wants to be the new Switzerland, it must agree to stop any material support whatsoever for the hate machine. And most of all, if Saudi Arabia wants our continued protection they must ratchett down the Wahhabi incitement machine, the greatest source of terror propaganda in the world.
The attacks on 9/11 were not an official Saudi plot against the United States. But the Wahhabi hate machine is such a plot. It was Wahhabi hatred that brought down the Twin Towers four years ago, and killed 3,000 innocent people. It is high time to insist on a change in the way Muslim countries do business.
We are winning militarily. If we can take down the Islamist hate machine, we can win the war for good.
James Lewis 3 03 06