And it’s not only Jews, of course. As Lela Gilbert points out in her new book Saturday People, Sunday People: Israel through the Eyes of a Christian Sojourner, Muslims are equal-opportunity haters. Hence the slogan “Saturday people, Sunday People,” a popular Islamic saying whose fuller version is: “First we eliminate the Saturday people (i.e., the Jews), then we eliminate the Sunday people (yep, you guessed it).”
But back to the elephant. Back in the evil Mubarak days — back, that is to say, when Egypt was an ally of the U.S. and a conspicuous guarantor of Israel’s security — we had a deal to get some tanks and planes to Egypt. As Samuel Goldwyn put it, we’ve passed a lot of water under the bridge since then, but no matter: the Abrams tanks and F16 fighters are still going to Cairo. Why? The result of what is mis-characterized by the Left (but not only the Left, alas) as the “democratization” of various Middle Eastern Islamic regimes has been a rapid rise in Islamic triumphalism and a corresponding rise in vicious intolerance and the more barbaric aspects of Islamic law, aka Sharia. “The answer to this challenge,” as Andy McCarthy points out, “is to take the Islamists head-on. It is to show them for what they truly are: enemies of civil rights, totalitarian tormentors of women and non-Muslims.” But we have eschewed that answer and have decided instead on the path of accommodation, arming our enemies with advanced American weaponry. It’s worthy of a fresh entry in Kipling’s Copybook Headings:
When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace,
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”
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