Having submitted to Saudi dictates against their shaking hands with, or any Muslims using the same doorways as Israelis at last week's Munich Conference--I mean--the Annapolis Conference, the United States of America now limps a little as Leader of the Free World. There is no "peace" to "conference" when one side, the Muslim side, fails to acknowledge the equality--the humanity--of the other side, the Jews. Acquiescing to these dhimmi rules of Islam, which are kin to such twisted Western phenomena as Jim Crow, apartheid, and Nazism, goes against everything the US stands for, and that is a great and terrible shame.
But, we are told, this was all part of a Grand Design to enlist the (gag) "moderate" Sunni Arabs in a Grand Alliance against Shiite Iran. Oh yeah? As Ralph Kramden might have put it, Get a load of this:
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reached out Monday to Gulf Arab states, proposing security and economic pacts free of "foreign influence" in the first appearance by an Iranian leader before a summit of a key group of Persian Gulf nations.
The Sunni Muslim-led states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates are Washington allies and work closely with the U.S. military, making them unlikely to embrace Shiite Iran.
But the mere presence of Ahmadinejad at the summit of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, a group formed partly to counter the spread of Iran's Islamic revolution, was a powerful Arab acknowledgment of Tehran's rising regional power.
"We call for peace and security without any foreign influence," said Ahmadinejad, who earlier held hands with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia as they walked down a red entrance carpet.
So much for our Grand Design. And so much for our principles.