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.