Reaping What We're Sowing in the Middle East

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Reaping What We're Sowing in the Middle East

Here's a story that should shock no one who has been paying attention: Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply rebel groups in Syria are going instead to hard-line Islamic jihadists and not the more secular opposition groups the West wants to bolster. That from the New York Times.

Why should anyone be surprised? The only reason to be surprised is if you accept a moral equivalency among nations, the kind that says we are all children of God; that we all worship the same God; and that we all want the same things for ourselves and our families. That is factually and provably untrue at every level, but there are those secularists in our government over several administrations that continue to cling to this dangerous fiction.

It's dangerous because not to know your enemy ensures that enemy will prevail. Look at our record in the Middle East. Beginning in modern times with Iran, whose Shah was toppled with the help of the Carter administration, what has replaced the dictatorships has been far worse than the dictatorships. At least the dictators didn't want to attack America. We have sown the wind in the Middle East and stories like this one are an indication we are reaping the whirlwind.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Publication date: October 17, 2012