August 3, 2005
What does the death of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia mean to the United States, to the Middle East and to gas prices?
King Fahd's replacement, Crown Prince Abdullah (the titles are silly because they were established by the British and have no foundation in anything Royal) hates Israel and believes in the most extreme form of Islam: Wahaabism.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon is resuming training arrangements for the Saudi Navy.
The defense department has approved providing contractors, equipment and other training requirements.
And American pressure remains on Israel to keep ceding land and giving guns to the so-called Palestinian police.
The West continues under the fiction that the haters can be made loving by what we and Israel do, or by changes in Arab leadership.
This is self-delusion at best and madness at worst.
Hasn't history taught us anything?
Why don't we believe them when they say in their sermons and actions they mean to kill all of us "infidels" and construct an Islamic caliphate from the ruins of our societies?
This isn't Islamophobia.
It is the truth.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.