Friday, October 26, 2007
Stand Up or Bow Down
US/Turkish relations have been going downhill for quite some time but the Pelosi/Lantos debacle while ill-timed is not a casus belli. Hopefully that kerfuffle has blown over for now, but let's face it, fundamentalist Islam is on the ascendant and will use any excuse or provocation to excite the Umma. It just so happens that Israel and lately the US have been the least submissive. Naturally, this will draw the greatest ire from not only the Islamists but also from the dhimmis. But what can you do?
Actually, the US is caught in the middle of Euro/Turkish relations. It is Europe which has signaled the Turks that they are unacceptable in the EU. Europe should be the focus of Turkish wrath but it serves both Turkey and the EU to deflect the hostilities away from the near neighbors and onto the convenient bully, the US. Afterall, everyone is doing it. This may maintain the status quo for a while yet but ultimately the Muslim world (and Europe) will have to decide (like Algeria did) whether they are going to stand up to the Islamists or bow down before them. Things don't look so good for the moderate Muslim world but as for Europe, I wouldn't bet any money on it either way.
Posted by whit at 10/26/2007 06:00:00 PM