Thursday, September 15, 2005

America's Dark Side

Putting aside for the moment my own feeling that there are times when the State Department functions as if it might belong on this country's list of terrorist-sympathizing organizations, this latest development is enough to make anybody who's disgusted by Foggy Bottom's headlong rush into dhimmitude, absolutely livid.

Reading Caroline Glick's article
, I was reminded of how, after the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983, when America lost over 240 brave young men, then Secretary of Defense, Casper Weinberger, in a revoltingly obsequious effort to keep from offending our Arab "allies," refused to allow wounded Marines to be taken to hospitals in neighboring Israel, where they've had altogether too much experience treating gravely injured soldiers. So, instead, they were flown to our Air Force Base in Germany and critical hours were added to the trip in an emergency situation when minutes and even seconds count. I hope none of those Marines died as a result of the delay. I don't think any did, but the fact that there existed a mindset in this country that made it possible to put the sensibilities of Arab despots ahead of the lives of American citizens was unconscionable. Now there are survivors of Hurricane Katrina who've lost everything and could benefit from what the Israelis were offering to send us. But, even after 9/11, it would appear that not offending Arab countries still takes precedence over the lives of American citizens.

15 Comments:

At 7:16 AM, Blogger rockmother said...

I do find it disgusting that there is absolutely no equity in "sensibilities" any more. When are we going to insist that we have all been deeply hurt and offended (and many - worse - murdered). And it continues on a daily basis!

When we lived in Africa, I was determined not to apologise on behalf of the former colonial powers. I am proud of my heritage. I am not ashamed of my race. I do not think that pink skin hides the devil and I insist on declaiming whenever possible - regardless of audience - that my heritage gave the world the concept of justice, human rights and a few other things besides.

The result in Africa? I got due respect - the same respect I was prepared to give others.

We need to be assertive. My definition of assertiveness? Having equal respect for myself and for others.

We have rights too!

 
At 8:54 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

"was the State Department's unwillingness to accept Israel's assistance. "

That attitude would be nothing new from the State Department.

 
At 9:10 AM, Blogger Mark said...

"We need to be assertive. My definition of assertiveness? Having equal respect for myself and for others."

Well said, RM. I found the same thing where we lived in Africa, which happened to be Algeria many years ago.

This is our State Department at its worst.

 
At 9:44 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Like a knife in the gut. This is vile. Are we really such whores to oil providers? I really don't want to invite terror to this country, but if they're looking for a target, I hope they know the identity of the idiots in charge of making such decisions and then...well... let the chips fall on the person who made this morally bankrupt bed...so to speak.

 
At 11:35 AM, Blogger Rory said...

Rockmother,

Good points, and you certainly have an interesting perspective.

Gindy,

You're right and it goes all the way back to World War II, and maybe prior to that for all I know.

Mark,

Algeria, eh? You would definitely have an interesting perspective as well.

Esther,

I know exactly how you feel. I've been seething about this since I wrote it.

 
At 3:24 PM, Blogger G_in_AL said...

Esther,

Our govn't has had a long history of throwing it's lower level servents under the bus anytime the sh@t hits the fan. The problem is there are too many up in the higher positions that have forgotten those are not just numbers, they are people.

 
At 3:53 PM, Anonymous Jonathan said...

What do the United States and Iran have in common? Both rejected Israel's assistance after a major disaster. The United States did not allow Israel to apply its civil defense expertise in search and rescue at Ground Zero after 9/11, and Iran rejected Israel's offers of assistance after that earthquake in Bam, a couple of years ago. What a sad bond we share with Iran.

I think it goes well beyond the "Arabist" influence at the State Department. It is the perverted fixation with the already bankrupt ideal of political correctness. We should not shun our best ally to preserve dubious relations with shady "friends."

 
At 5:10 PM, Blogger beakerkin said...

The State Department is a joke and we need an American desk at the state department.

 
At 7:11 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

The worries about offending someone's--anyone's--sensibilities have run amok, straight into the dumbass zone.

Humanitarianism shouldn't have constraints such as those imposed by our own State Department. And what will the United States reap in return? More hate from those who already hate us, as they pocket oil profits.

We're become Islamophobic, all right. We're afraid to offend Muslims. Yes, yes, I know. That's not how the word is supposed to be used.

 
At 4:21 AM, Blogger G_in_AL said...

pc for Islam wont last. Anyone hear about Iran's newest media fun time comments?

They are going to share Nuke tech with any and all other Muslims... because they need it. Oh, but they promise not to persue weapons.

 
At 7:44 AM, Blogger MaxedOutMama said...

The State department does seem to be a cesspool of international political correctness.

Esther, I realize that this can be of little comfort right now, but Iraq is being diplomatically isolated in the same way as Israel. Within the next two years, it will become clear that Israel's crime is not being Jewish, but being a democracy.

In the end, Israel will be vindicated.

 
At 8:42 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Thanks, MoM. But what will the end....look like?

 
At 4:49 AM, Blogger Rory said...

G,

I think that may have something to do with the fact that those at the top are sometimes there as a result of having made large political contributions.

Jonathan,

Yeah, Iran. Doesn't that put us in great company? What an absolute disgrace.

Beakerkin,

That's sad...but, true.

AOW,

That may not be the correct use of the word, but your point is definitely right on.

MOM,

There's probably something to that and there are people, both in this country and in Europe, who claim that Israel is constantly vilified because of the US, rather than the other way around. I guess it's easier to pick a fight with the Little Satan than the Great One.

 
At 10:08 AM, Blogger patrickafir said...

As you know, we're both pretty much equal in our revulsion over State's ongoing antipathy to not only Israel, but to reason and ethics.

State needs the equivalent of a John Bolton, with all due respect to Dr. Rice, to shake out the flotsam and jetsam.

All that being said, this latest ourage surprised even me, and I consider myself to be pretty jaded when it comes to their predictability. It's shameful.

 
At 10:30 AM, Blogger Rory said...

Patrick,

I also assumed that nothing the State Department does could ever shock me, but I have to admit that I share your surprise at this particular obscenity. I thought that even their most venal Arabists wouldn't sink this low when Americans were suffering so terribly. Isn't it interesting, though, that when it comes to Israel, Jews are always accused of having dual loyalties. But it kind of makes you wonder where the State Department's loyalties really lie.

 

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