Kerby Anderson, Point of View: The news has been filled with reports of attacks on American consulates in nearly a dozen countries. This is once again a reminder of Muslim hostility against this country and our values. Unfortunately, foreign policy makers assume that if we can just control a few people in this country, anger toward America will subside.
In the past they blamed U.S. pastor Terry Jones for the violence because he threatened to burn a Qur’an. Now the focus has been on the amateur film producer whose work showed up on YouTube. The foreign policy experts believe we should apologize for these foolish actions. But in both cases, I believe the Muslim reactions were merely convenient excuses for Islamists to go to the streets and to storm our embassies.
In a recent column, Michael Youssef reminds us that we send billions of dollars to Egypt and have provided military assistance to Libya. What do we get in the way of thanks, he asks? Death and destruction.
He argues that we make the mistake of thinking that everyone in the world is like us. They will respond with gratitude to our generous gestures. But do these Islamists respect us with the same respect we try to show them? Not at all.
Michael Youssef has lived in the Middle East and studied the ways of Islamists. He says they view our actions as unmitigated weakness. And they see this as an opportunity to humiliate the infidels. They are glad to take our money and use it to humiliate us and demonstrate their superiority.
We may not be able to reverse what is happening in the Middle East. Islamist regimes are gaining power either through military might and intimidation or merely by turning out enough votes so that their leaders are elected to positions of power and influence.
We may not be able to change the events in this troubled part of the world, but we don’t have to fund it either. And we shouldn’t assume that bending over backwards is going to be a constructive foreign policy. These are dangerous times, and we need to set aside naïve assumptions that have lead to bad decisions. I’m Kerby Anderson, and that’s my point of view.
Kirby Anderson is an author, lecturer, visiting professor and radio host and contributor on nationally syndicated "Point of View" and the "Probe" radio programs. Other articles by Kerby Anderson can be read on the ARRA News Service
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