"The Middle East, far from being the haven of inclusiveness that leftie morons imagine it to be, is probably the most xenophobic part of the earth, and most probably because of this."
Unfortunately, this is the case with Saudi Arabia, the country where I spent over four years in the mid-70s before the Iranian Revolution began the events leading to the present standoff. The xenophobia there is engendered by the centuries of submission the Saudis were subjected to by the various Caliphates and the Ottomans, before attaining independence in the thirties.
Just a jump-shift over to the "Islam is a Religion of Peace" that Karen Armstrong and other kumbayeh handholders love to chant as a mantra against suicide bombers and other atrocities against specifically Christian targets. A hat tip to Jihad watch, where Robert Spencer notes that Sura 9.5 ("slay the unbelievers wherever you find them") was written during the Medina Period, meaning that after the Meccan Period earlier peaceful suras had been overcome by new hostility from former friends by treaty:
That means that many Muslims, guided by commentators such as those above and the imams who teach from them, see these suras only in light of what was revealed later in Medina. Being the last or next-to-last sura revealed, sura 9 is generally understood as being the Qur’an’s last word on jihad, and all the rest of the book — including the "tolerance verses" — must be read in its light.
Let's take a look at what the Saudi Chief Justice of their Court says:
A modern-day Chief Justice of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh ‘Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Humaid, has taught that in the Qur'an, "at first ‘the fighting’ was forbidden, then it was permitted and after that it was made obligatory." He also distinguishes two groups Muslims must fight: "(1) against them who start ‘the fighting’ against you (Muslims) . . . (2) and against all those who worship others along with Allah . . . as mentioned in Surat Al-Baqarah (II), Al-Imran (III) and At-Taubah (IX) . . . and other Surahs (Chapters of the Qur’an)." (The Roman numerals after the names of the chapters of the Qur’an are the numbers of the Suras: Sheikh ‘Abdullah is referring to verses such as 2:216, 3:157-158, 9:5, and 9:29.)
The list of references to suras enjoining violent punishments goes on and on, as in:
To Muslims, God stated, in Sura 5:33:
The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter
Thought Police Multicultis have no critical faculties worthy of the name, and the dismal hack in Detroit who echoed Armstrong's defense of Islam simply doesn't know or pay heed to facts.
I disagree with Steve Sailer in a comment that he has that
The first [mistake] is to see the threat of exterminationism where it doesn't exist. Muslims, for all their obnoxiousness, are simply too incompetent to be an existential threat to America.
They are massively incompetent, to be sure, but with the help of AQ Khan and other outside rogue scientists might just stumble onto a formula to put nukes in shipping containers. A reader of Steve's is closer to the truth:
[Keegan]was very pessimistic about the current situation more or less concluding that Arab terrorists will eventually use nuclear weapons against western targets, that would however reap a terrible revenge for which the neither the terrorists or their popular supporters have yet any glimmer of understanding.
The Arab and Muslim capability for delusion and denial is legendary, derived from their iconoclastic belief in the almost mystical power of the word.
I have countless stories of just how self-delusional the Arab mind can be. My favorite is that after Dwight Eisenhower promised King Saud a new airport in Dhahran in 1956 during a US visit, the king told the pilot of the plane returning home to the Kingdom to land in the new airport. When informed that the airport would not be ready for another year or so, the king reported became angry that Ike had deceived him and was in a bad temper for some time afterward. You can't make these things up. This particular vignette was recounted to me personally by the US Chief of Lockheed in Saudi Arabia, which had the L-1011 and Air Traffic Control contracts with Saudia. During my time as Pol/Mil Officer in the Embassy, dozens of other stories came my way from western-educated Saudi military officers.
It appears the Iranian leadership shares this penchant for delusions, though when I interfaced with the officials at Opec meetings and other petroleum functions, the technocrats were perfectly organized and much more efficient and hard-working than their Arab colleagues.
I believe that the US must be ready to deal with the problem as though a worst-case scenario might develop. We have seen what happens when dalliance and wishful thinking are the policy guides.
I still would like to know just what "eyes-only" documents Sandy Berger spirited out of the National Archives. I'll bet that's "classified information," har har har.