In several columns, I have suggested that the foreign policy of the Obama administration is either irrational or worse. The United States should not be expending blood and treasure to destroy its allies. With respect to Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, and Libya, Obama’s meddling to remove key U.S. allies is little short of irrational, from the perspective of United States interests. Its unwillingness to support such key allies as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain in their struggles against Iranian and Syrian infiltration is indisputably insane.
Now let me turn attention to the unwillingness of the Obama administration to tilt the balance against the two unequivocal enemies of the United States in the Middle East, Iran and Syria. What kind of disturbed mind-set generates such depraved indifference to U.S. interests? Could it be anti-Semitism in the modern (anti-Jewish) sense of that term?
No one doubts that the dictators in Iran and Syria are motivated by anti-Semitism. In words and in deeds they have systematically pursued the elimination of Israel from the map of the Middle East. Few people can now doubt that the Tehran-Damascus axis is in full play to crush the Persian and Arab spring insofar as it creeps into their terrain. The strategic significance of the Tehran-Damascus axis for Middle East domination could be overlooked only by a U.S. administration blind to realpolitick:
“Mr. Ahmadinejad, who believes that the United States is in historic retreat, sees Iran as the successor to the defunct Soviet Union as the principal global challenger to what he says is ‘a world system, imposed by infidel powers.’ The loss of Syria would puncture many of Mr. Ahmadinejad’s aspirations.” Amir Taheri, ‘The Tehran-Damascus Axis’, The Wall Street Journal, April 27, 2011
Syrian opposition sources claim that Tehran has sent snipers to help Mr. Assad kill demonstrators The Islamic Republic is bound by treaty to help Assad fight ‘any threats against Syria’s security and stability.’ Iran has also emerged as a major supplier of weapons and materiel to Syria. Iranian mullahs have also issued fatwas declaring the Alawite minority, to which the Assad family belongs, to be ‘part of Islam’. This despite the fact that Islamic scholars have long viewed the Alawi sect as heretical.
Iran and Syria also share a joint interest in the promotion of Hezbollah in Lebanon and of Hamas in Palestine. The recent arrival of a flotilla of Iranian warships in the Syrian port of Latakia almost certainly is a prelude to the establishment of a full-scale air and naval base in the Mediterranean. And one does not need to guess at whose heart that dagger will be pointed.
While Obama, Cameron and Sarkosi flex their puny muscles against erstwhile Western allies in North Africa and the Middle East, a new brand of national socialism menaces the Middle East and threatens to darken the sub-continent with the Sign of the Swastika. Wake up, America, and quash this evil before it takes the world to the brink of Armageddon.