What ought to amaze us is how many times Western and especially U.S. diplomats have gone to the Arab-Muslim well, believing they will find something different at the bottom. Egypt, Hamas and even Iran string us along like a cad with a bevy of women in his orbit because we refuse to acknowledge their true intent.
In a recent radio interview I tried to explain to the host that the Muslim Brotherhood and other enemies of Israel mean what they say. "Those are just words," he said. How do you break through such willful ignorance?
We are engaged in a clash of civilizations between Western democracies and Islamic fundamentalism. Whether we admit it, or not, this is an indisputable fact. History proves it. As with most dictatorships, Egypt had an election and it could be its last "free" one. Morsi's government is now about the business of suppressing dissent, a familiar practice among dictators. Protests over Morsi's power grab have again enlivened Cairo's Tahrir Square and produced a rebellion by Egyptian judges who have been denied judicial review by their new "pharaoh."
New generations of Muslim children are taught to hate all things Western, including Jews, Christians and other "infidels." Israel is pressured to sign off on a ceasefire agreement with Hamas, so that the West can get back to holiday shopping. Hamas and their terrorist brothers use ceasefires to rearm. According to The Sunday Times, citing Israeli officials, "Israeli intelligence satellites have spied the loading of rockets and other material believed to be destined for the Gaza Strip."
It's not only the West with which Arab-Muslin nations and terrorist groups break agreements. As former Israeli diplomat Yoram Ettinger writes in "The Israel-Hamas Clash of Civilizations," "the culture of compliance is foreign in the Middle East, which has not experienced intra-Muslim compliance with most intra-Muslim agreements for the last 1,400 years. It is a culture that reveres the 7th century (and) Muhammad's treaty of Hudaybiyya, stipulating that treaties are not in perpetuity. Treaties may be violated -- in order to achieve the overriding goal of bringing enemies to submission -- upon amassing sufficient power to overcome the enemy." This is likely why there is talk about Egypt vacating its 1979 peace treaty with Israel.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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