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Looking for Love in the Muslim World

Getting involved in the politics of any other country is bound to make enemies.
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Originally published at Sultan Knish.

For generations it was received wisdom in foreign policy circles that the United States was hated because we supported tyrants who repressed the “will of the people”. The point of reception was originally the propaganda desks of Moscow. The theme was picked up and expanded on by every scribbler who hoped that if the British-backed monarchies of the Middle East fell, they would be replaced by proper Socialist republics. The kings fell, but were replaced by army officers who built their own wacky versions of Socialism. Some versions, like Gaddafi’s, were wackier than others. Most were just banana republics.Despite their persecution of Communists and assorted domestic leftists, these Socialist republics had no difficulty allying with the Soviet Union. And at no point in time, at least not until the fall of the USSR, did the foreign policy experts suggest that the Soviet Union was in danger of alienating the Arab Street by supporting tyrants.But when it came to the United States and the Shah of Iran that was a major concern. It was also a major concern when the Egyptian Arab Socialist government switched from the Soviet camp to the American camp. That “concern” under Obama culminated in the overthrow of Mubarak, and a number of other allied governments tossed aside to make way for the Islamist will of the people.

And now, after Obama’s Cairo speech, which singlehandedly brought peace to the region, if by peace you mean a state of permanent protest, looting and rioting, Tahrir Square is full of signs denouncing Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood member who won a democratic election, as an American puppet.

The phenomenon is hard to explain for all the experts who insisted that we were hated because we supported Mubarak, not because we were hated for who we were. The truth however is that we were not hated because we supported Mubarak or Morsi. Mubarak and Morsi were attacked by their opponents in every possible way. One of those ways was by accusing them of being our ally.

The foreign policy experts who had gone looking for love in the Muslim World had entirely missed the point. We weren’t hated because of our foreign policy. Our foreign policy is hardly known or understood in the Muslim World except as a series of conspiracy theories.

America is not hated because of its foreign policy. Its foreign policy is hated because of it. Its allies are hated because of it. The foreign policy is the egg and it comes from the chicken. No one hates the egg on its own merits. They hate the chicken. If it’s associated with us, it is assumed to be bad.

Why do they hate America? The fact that we have an entire class of people dedicated to answering such a stupid question is a testament to our insularity and the utter ignorance of our leadership. The fact that they repeatedly get the answer wrong is even more stunning. It’s a question that any average person could have answered a few generations ago. They hate us because we’re foreigners. Not only are we foreigners, but we’re rich, powerful foreigners who repeatedly get involved in their politics.

Getting involved in the politics of any other country is bound to make enemies. There is no will of the people. There are only different factions. There are winners and losers. Backing anyone, including the abstract notion of democracy which in its practical application leads to someone winning or losing, is bound to make enemies. There is no way around it.

That isn’t to say that we don’t have legitimate interests in Egypt. Legitimate to us, at any rate. But being loved is not one of those interests. Or at least not a realistic interest at any rate. Obama’s love nation building program in the Arab Spring was even more doomed than Bush’s attempt to bring good government to Iraq. It would be easier to fix corruption in the Muslim World than to make them love us.

The hatred, resentment and conspiracy theories are in their own way a compliment. The other side assumes that we are rational actors. That we manipulate their governments and societies for our own strategic, political and economic interests. That is what they try to do to us through organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood.

About the Author: Daniel Greenfield is an Israeli born blogger and columnist, and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. His work covers American, European and Israeli politics as well as the War on Terror. His writing can be found at http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/. The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of The Jewish Press.


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4 Responses to “Looking for Love in the Muslim World”

  1. "They hate us because we’re foreigners."

    No. They hat us because we are mushrikeen, kafirs, non muslims. Muslims hate because that's what their religion teaches.

    The obsession with wanting to be loved is an American psychopathy. Buying love is even more perverse. It would be far better to aim for respect.

  2. "They hate us because we’re foreigners."

    No. They hat us because we are mushrikeen, kafirs, non muslims. Muslims hate because that's what their religion teaches.

    The obsession with wanting to be loved is an American psychopathy. Buying love is even more perverse. It would be far better to aim for respect.

  3. Look for love in the Jewish world.

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