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Saudi Arabia and the rest of the tribal oil states are good examples of pro-business Islamists, but the profits that don’t get funneled into palaces, prostitutes and bread and circuses for their people, are invested into terrorism and buying up Western useful idiots to do their bidding. A financial analysis might begin by taking a look at the economic cost of their terrorist investments to the free world, not to mention the demographic Jihad with its attendant rapes, murders and social services costs.
Most of the new acquisitions for the Caliphate are not in the same financial position as Saudi Arabia. Turkey at least had its proximity to Europe, Egypt doesn’t have a whole lot to offer. Some of its most lucrative financial interactions were with Israel and the country benefited from American aid. No matter how softly the Brotherhood starts out and even if we’re saddled with Obama for another four years, that money is going to stop coming.
For Israel the death of the donkey is a mixture of good and bad news. Bad news because it’s likely to have a war on its hands, but good news because there’s going to be a drop in interest in trying to force the Jewish state to make the donkey talk. Ever since Oslo, Israel has been expected to soothe the savage beast with the music of appeasement and if the donkey kept refusing to speak, that was still Israel’s fault. But it’s hard to expect anyone to make a dead donkey talk and the Brotherhood, which doesn’t recognize Israel, is not going to be willing to talk anything but temporary truce.
A sign of the times is that even Friedman is forced to concede that he understands “Israel not ceding territory in this uncertain period to a divided Palestinian movement”. This is one of the rare occasions where anyone in the New York Times has acknowledged that negotiating with half a wannabe state makes absolutely no sense. But Friedman being himself quickly spoils it by holding up PA PM Salam Fayyad as a pinata full of wonderful possibilities like peace, joy and sunshine.
“Israel has an Arab awakening in its own backyard in the person of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad,” Friedman insists. “He’s been the most radical Arab leader of all.” If being an appointed leader who has never run for office or done much of anything besides reorganize the Authority under the supervision of Western governments makes you a one man awakening then Tom is setting the barrier rather low.
Fayyad didn’t rise to power through popular acclaim and he hasn’t won an election. The PA isn’t holding any elections at all, which is the kind of behavior that Friedman denounces from some Arab rulers, but praises in others. Fayyadism isn’t some national movement as the Times would like you to believe, it’s the foolish fetishism of a few columnists desperate to pretend that the same broken PA is about to cast off its cocoon and fly away as a beautiful Brussels Blue butterfly.
Friedman whines that Netanyahu isn’t empowering Fayyad to do his magical best and that the lovely security services who murder Israelis on their break aren’t being given enough responsibility. But Tom is right to worry. Hamas will take Ramallah when it decides to and if the Brotherhood takes Cairo then the PA will lose any friends it had over there. And once Hamas controls all of it, then the donkey will be well and truly dead. There will be no peace process to bemoan or try to resurrect. Like the Norwegian Blue parrot it is pining for fjords of the Palestine that might have been in the minds of all the Friedmans. That wonderful democratic secular independent state that would have Oslo in the Gaza strip.
Two years ago I wrote an article suggesting that Netanyahu was playing the Caliph’s game, waiting out the demands of the Obama Administration and hoping that the clock would run out on its plans for peace. While the Friedmans hoped that the donkey would learn to speak, and many American Jews hoped that the Caliph would be forced off the throne, instead the donkey appears to be dying.
The dead donkey has implications for more than just Israel. The facade of normalcy kept the myth of a moderate Muslim world going. A world in which Iran and Saudi Arabia were the exceptions not the rule. But if sizable portions of the Muslim world were to turn into open theocracies with the attendant treatment of women, the game might well be up.
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