June 28, 2014
An old Arab proverb, one based on the writings of the ancient Greek philosopher Taki, asks what does one get when a camel is crossed with a mule? A Saudi prince, is the answer. The Saudis finance schools all over the Middle East and the Far East that teach only the Koran and to hate the infidel—us—and the Shiites in Iran. The massive blunder of Iraq still has my head spinning 11 years later. When Pat Buchanan and I started the American Conservative just before the invasion we were called all sorts of names by scumbags like William Kristol, David Frum, and other lowlife neocons eager to see Anglo-American boys fighting a proxy war for Israel and big oil. But Pat and I knew that the Sunni-Shia struggle set in motion by the invasion would become the vortex of a violent political struggle stretching from South Asia to the Gulf.
What amazes me to this day is the number of people who voted for the war: la Clinton, John Kerry, Joe Biden, and, of course, the war criminal himself, Tony Blair. The 9/11 outrage has been tainted by the attack carried out deceitfully in its name against Iraq, a country that was not involved and had no weapons of mass destruction. Iraq was the biggest blunder of them all and we frivolously sleepwalked into it while the neocons played us like harmonicas. Now there will be Kurdish, Sunni, and Shiite republics emerging from the rubble that the war against the pro-Christian Assad created, and after close to one hundred years the Sykes-Picot plan will have come full circle. And one day soon, I hope, people will wake up and tell the Kuwaitis, Saudis, and Qataris to stop funding hate preachers and terrorists or no more hookers or western goodies.