Jewish World Review March 8, 2011 / 2 Adar II, 5771
Time to Rethink Arab Arms Sales
By Cal Thomas
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | For many years American policy has been to sell modern weaponry to Arab states. The reasons given are to maintain the "balance of power" in the region, but the unstated and most likely reason is to keep the oil flowing.
The Obama administration has approved billions in arms sales and transfers to Arab states, including
According to a recent story in the
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that "only 20 percent of American adults think
On the question of continued aid to
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The idea of maintaining a balance of power in the region might make more sense if the Arab states had any real enemies. But their only declared enemy is
Two other arguments one hears most for maintaining the arms sales to Arab states are: (1) If we don't sell them arms, other countries will; and (2) Such sales bring money back into this country. A nation that prides itself on doing the right thing should abide by a higher standard than that of other arms providers. For the high ideals we profess, but don't always attain, consider the lyrics from "America the Beautiful," which includes, "Till all success be nobleness and every gain divine!"
Foreign aid that produces results in America's interest is a good thing. Helping to fight AIDS in
Lack of aid isn't the problem. The oil resources of many Arab states give them more than enough to care for their own people. Lack of modernity is the problem. So long as many Arab states continue in their feudalistic mentality and suppression of half their population (women), prosperity and the "blessings of liberty" will not wish to pay them a visit.
No matter how these numerous uprisings turn out -- and some could turn out very badly for the people of those nations and for U.S. policy -- America's policy of arms sales to Arab states definitely needs to change.
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