From The Gathering Storm Blog

James Kirchick wrote in a recent issue of the Los Angeles Times and interesting piece about the current Darfur genocide. His argument about ignoring the so called Muslim Street rings true for everything that must be done today to confront the Islamist agenda for world domination.

You know, the whining from the left, the appeasers, apologists and the emasculated sheep who are more concerned with what is politically correct than morally right.. They are always concerned about what the world thinks about our decisions to defend ourselves and win our wars – Hot, Warm, or Cold. From Hiroshima to Vietnam to Serbia to Kuwait to Afghanistan and Iraq, the same group of sheep whines continuously.

Though most of the article is about actions that should be taken by the US ins spite of the reaction from the Muslim Street, there are lessons to be learned in what he says for other morally right actions our country is, and should be, taken.

Americans are frequently told that the Iraq war has “inflamed the Muslim world.” Just a few months after the conflict began, Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center, used this exact phrase to describe the war’s effect on global Muslim opinion. Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said the continued occupation of Iraq has led to “an increase in anti-Americanism in the Muslim world.” New York Times columnist Bob Herbert complains about the “bitter anger that (the Iraq war) has provoked among Muslims around the world.” And on and on it goes.

Indeed, it is this consequence of the Iraq war — negative public opinion among Muslims — that its critics believe to be the most devastating for America’s global standing. The major lesson that many have taken from our Iraq experience is that we should place much greater stock in worldwide public opinion — particularly Muslim opinion — when deciding foreign policy.

Yet there could not be worse criteria on which to determine our foreign policy. This is starkly illustrated by the controversy about how to help stop the genocide in Darfur.

The same goes for any of our foreign policy. Until Muslims get on the right side of the issue concerning their radical brothers and sisters and making it widely and easily known through anti-Islamist organizations and individual action, their ‘concerns on the street’ should be entirely ignored.

There are lots of things that “anger” the “Muslim street:” Women not wearing burkas. Adults drinking alcohol. Homosexuals. But virtually no one seriously suggests that we make America less free in order to suit the tastes of the Muslim world. So why should we let something as nebulous and reactionary as “Muslim opinion” get in the way of preventing genocide in Sudan?

Right on! This is the morally right way to carry out foreign policy in this country.

To be sure, global public opinion should play some role in shaping our foreign policy. But at the end of the day, the value of U.S. action abroad is not determined by the opinions of those most likely to “take offense,” but rather by the inherent rightness or wrongness of the action. And if we’re going to judge our interventions based on the criteria of “public opinion” at all, we should first and foremost consider the views of the intended beneficiaries.

No need to say more. Hear that Condoleezza? Probably not. She’s too busy doing the politically correct thing in Annapolis, right now.

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