By Ted Belman.
On May 18th I published Trump’s Plan to destroy radical Islam in which I showed that his policy from day one was to defeat the ideology that informed it and drove it. He was going to demand that Saudi Arabia and the other states join him in this fight.
Unfortunately, his deference to the Arabs has allowed them to pay lip service only.
First he didn’t want to upset them by moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem or recognizing that the Kotel was in Jerusalem and therefore in Israel. First he said he had to ask them for their opinion and then he decided not to visit the Kotel.
Rather that making serious demands on the Arabs in his upcoming speech in Saudi Arabia next week, the current draft of the speech shows him to be an appeaser rather than a demander. Associated Press reports;
— President Donald Trump will use his first visit to the Middle East to call for unity in the fight against radicalism in the Muslim world, casting the challenge as a “battle between good and evil” and urging Arab leaders to “drive out the terrorists from your places of worship,” according to a draft of the speech obtained by The Associated Press.
envisions new partnerships with America’s traditional allies in the Middle East. It notably refrains from mentioning democracy and human rights — topics Arab leaders often view as US moralizing — in favor of the more limited goals of peace and stability.
The draft of the speech includes no mention of “radical Islamic terrorism” — His speech calls terrorism a widespread problem plaguing everyone who loves peace.
“This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civilizations. This is a battle between those who seek to obliterate human life and those who seek to protect it,” the text reads. “This is a battle between good and evil.”
White House officials have said they consider Trump’s visit, and his keynote address, a counterweight to President Obama’s debut speech to the Muslim world in 2009 in Cairo.
Unlike the Obama administration, which distanced itself from authoritarian leaders and took a moral stance against the human rights violations that in many cases fueled resentment and extremism, Trump is focusing on deal-making.
By contrast, Trump hails America’s friendship with Saudi Arabia, which “stretches back many decades, and covers numerous dimensions.” It is a markedly different message from his campaign tweet that said “Saudi Arabia and many of the countries that gave vast amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation want women as slaves and to kill gays.”
This tone makes it a kumbaya speech just like Obama’s speech was. The only difference is that Trump wasn’t on an apology tour like Obama was. I was expecting a more robust speech in which he demanded that the Islamic ideology that promote jihad be rejected. No hint of toughness here.
I wonder if this is the influence of McMaster and Tillerson both of whom think Islam is a religion of peace.