Once We Had Some Muslim Friends

As Michael Rubin says, it’s hard to love the Saudis. But still…they’re valuable allies, they’ve been there for seventy-odd years, and although they treat women abominably, and export radical Islamist ideology via their global network of religious schools and compliant mosques and imams, it’s hard to justify President Obama’s gratuitous insults in recent weeks. He’s complained that they want to be “free riders.” He’s visibly annoyed that the Saudis want him to join their campaign against the Islamic Republic of Iran, and pay for it with American blood and treasure. Indeed, he’s called on the royal family to find a way to “share” the region with the Iranians.

I dunno, I am not sure the Saudi’s or any other Islamic state could ever be considered an ally.

There are no friends, no hearts and minds, to be won among Muslim nations.

Islam makes it so.

  • Exile1981

    They want us to defeat the shia Muslims so that they will be free to continue to attack us.

  • Dana Garcia

    Ralph Peters remarked the other day, “We have a better chance in the long term of a rapprochement with Iran than we ever do of seeing real reform in Saudi Arabia.”


    • dance…dancetotheradio

      That still means hell freezing over.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    “I am not sure the Saudi’s or any other Islamic state could ever be considered an ally.”
    Well, but that’s *you*. Remember, to the Kenyan they are coreligionists.

  • Alain

    Yeah, they are valuable allies to all those on their payroll, no doubt.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    As Lord Palmerston said, “There are no permanent friends and no permanent enemies, only permanent interests.”