August 24, 2010
You might think that in the matter of the devastating floods in Pakistan, Muslim nations would rush to help their brethren in the world's second most populous Islamic country. You might think that, but if you do, you would be wrong.
As usual, the United States is first with the most aid: $90 million so far. Not bad for the Great Satan. Britain is second.
The Muslim nations of the Gulf region, awash in money, have so far contributed little or nothing to the Pakistan relief effort. Saudi Arabia has pledged up to $100 million but so far has sent just a few planeloads of basic relief supplies. Kuwait, which controls about one-tenth of the world's oil wealth, has sent only $5 million. The rest: pocket change or nothing at all.
So much for Islamic solidarity, except of course when it comes to fomenting terrorism and wiping out Israel.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.