Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Time to Stand Behind Israel, Egypt and Jordan
Lt. Muath Kaseasbeh
While our feckless president releases terrorists from Gitmo to return to the battlefield, Jordan has set an example tonight as it has swiftly executed two condemned terrorists they had held in retaliation for the horrific murder of their pilot, Lt. Muath Kaseasbeh. Unlike Barack Obama, King Abdullah of Jordan has shown strong resolve against ISIS. The US and our NATO allies must stand firmly behind Jordan.
We must also stand firmly behind Egypt and President Abdel Fattah El Sisi. The military government of Egypt has overturned the terror-supporting Muslim Brotherhood and El-Sisi spoke last month to his people telling them courageously that Islam needed to reform itself in order to live peacefully with the rest of the world. He challenged Egyptian imams to lead the way. Instead of supporting El-Sisi, the Obama administration has shown the back of its hand to the Egyptian government. Egypt now stands as the best hope for a stable Middle East. They need American and European support.
At the risk of sounding like I am beating a broken drum, I include Israel in that list. The Obama administration, however, acts like it has no interest in Israel surviving in the face of the Iranian and Islamist threat. One can only hope that in two years we will have an administration that will support the Jewish state in no uncertain terms.
The Middle East is reaching a tipping point. Either radical Islam will be beaten back or we are going to have to build a very big wall to prevent it from overrunning the West.
There is one true democracy in the Middle East and that is Israel. I don't see any others arising. I think we need to accept that fact and return to some good old-fashioned realpolitik. If it takes strong dictators to keep the jihadists suppressed, then we should consider that as a service to the rest of the world. We should abandon the idea of nation building until such time as these countries show that they can truly build free, democratic and civilized societies. In the meantime, we should pin our hopes on King Abdullah, President El Sisi, and Benjamin Netanyahu.