RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Bush, on his first visit to this oil-rich kingdom, delivered a major arms sale Monday to a key ally in a region where the U.S. casts neighboring Iran as a menace to stability.
Bush’s talks with Saudi King Abdullah, which began over dinner and were continuing with late-night meetings, also were expected to cover peace between Israelis and Palestinians and democracy in the Middle East.
Coinciding with Bush’s trip, the Bush administration in Washington notified Congress on Monday that it will offer Saudi Arabia the chance to buy sophisticated Joint Direct Attack Munitions — or “smart bomb” — technology and related equipment, the State Department said. The administration envisions the transfer of 900 of the precision-guided bomb kits, worth $123 million, that would give the kingdom’s armed forces highly accurate targeting abilities.
What is wrong with this? What never ceases to amaze me is how King Abdullah et.al get away with this. Muslims are always so quick to blame and want to get angry with the West. When in fact our real adversaries are those who claim to be the guardians of the two holy cities! What is it that Bush has done that is so great for the Muslim world? We have wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have constant threats against and with Iran. Have we forgotten the blind eye given to Israel, especially in the case of the horrific bombing of Lebanon and the continued injustice against the Palestinians.
We Muslims aught to be ashamed of ourselves. There is no one to blame but ourselves when we don’t clean up our own houses. How can we expect any better from the West in general, when we don’t even respect ourselves?
I am not calling for war against anyone, but what I am calling for is a stop against misplaced zeal. The same zeal that allows us to be mortified at the West should be placed right in our lands where rulers continually oppress and slander the intention and aim of Islam.
How can you be angry at Bush and not be angry at the one placing a medal around his neck? Is not a medal a signification that you are rewarding someone for their service, actions, deeds, etc.? Should not the integrity of the one giving the award be questioned when he awards a man who calls for peace, but turns a blind eye to injustice and whose policies promote war and create discord?