Obama arming America’s enemies | The Toront o SUN
- "And now we hear America is “open” to sitting down with the Taliban for peace talks in Qatar after dropping its demand that the terrorists who once hosted bin Laden, renounce all ties to al-Qaida. With Obama in command, only Allah can save the West."June 19, 2013Obama arming America’s enemiesTarek FatahIf you are scratching your head and wondering why the U.S. is fighting al-Qaida affiliates around the world, yet going ahead and providing funding and possible future arms to al-Qaida-inspired terrorists in Syria, you have plenty of company.President Barack Obama finding chemical weapons in Syria reminds me of former President George W. Bush finding WMDs in Iraq.I suppose one disastrous war was not enough to quench the thirst for profits by America’s private sector arms manufacturers whose biggest customer is the Pentagon.Arming Syria to empower the enemies of America is not the only example of the bankruptcy of U.S. Foreign Policy that may serve the armament industry, but certainly not its citizenry. The same suicidal policy is being implemented in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan—countries hostile to the US, but willing markets for America’s arms manufacturers.Take Egypt as an example. On June 7, the Associated Press revealed the Obama administration had waived the conditions of human rights observance that it had attached to any future military sales to Egypt. Secretary John Kerry asked Congress to release $1.3 billion in U.S. military support for 2013.This, despite evidence that Egypt was violating the human rights of its own citizens, particularly of its Christian population.On New Year’s Day, I wrote in the Sun that I was hopeful Kerry would use the tools at his disposal and cut-off aid to Egypt if they failed to protect fundamental human rights of all citizens, regardless of faith.Obviously I was naive and terribly wrong. The human rights of ordinary Egyptians dare not come in the way of an arms deal.Secretary Kerry told Congress the military aid will help Egypt protect its borders, the Suez Canal shipping and Israeli security against extremists in Gaza and the Sinai Peninsula. This preposterous justification for arming the enemy matches Kerry’s predecessor Hillary Clinton arming the Pakistan Army while it supplied covert military aid to the Taliban fighting U.S. troops in Afghanistan.Kerry’s letter was revealed just four days after an embarrassing June 3 live TV broadcast that caught Egyptian politicians chatting with President Mohamed Morsi, suggesting military action against Ethiopia to stop it from building a dam across the Blue Nile.The politicians, both government and opposition did not know the meeting was being aired live by State TV, and so spoke their minds unreservedly. While one of them called for a “declaration of war” against Ethiopia, another suggested sending Special Forces to destroy the dam.Younus Makhloun of the Al-Nour Party claimed the Ethiopian dam had the backing of Israel and the U.S. and suggested Cairo back armed rebel groups inside Ethiopia.Was no one in the American Embassy in Cairo or the U.S. State Department listening to this public airing of Egypt’s military ambitions? Obviously they were, but why let the enemy’s sabre rattling get in the way of multi-billion dollar arms sales.Today America stands firmly behind the very forces that seek the demise of western civilization. Look who Uncle Sam lists as its allies:• Saudi Arabia, the motherlode of international jihadi teaching and financing;• Qatar, a medieval monarchy that hides its hideous nature by wrapping itself behind English-accented Al-Jazeera TV hosts;• Pakistan, the factory that keeps producing suicide bombers; and• Turkey, where Islamofascism challenges secular liberals with pepper-spray poisoned water cannons.And now we hear America is “open” to sitting down with the Taliban for peace talks in Qatar after dropping its demand that the terrorists who once hosted bin Laden, renounce all ties to al-Qaida.With Obama in command, only Allah can save the West.