- Know the nature of the enemy to know the nature of the fight
- Here’s What the U.S. Has to Do to Deal With the Mad Middle East
- To Defeat the Islamic State
- The Saudis Are Mad? Tough!
- A Christian Awakening on the Road to Damascus
It should trouble us that the coalition being organized by President Obama is to be centered in Saudi Arabia. The Saudis want us to join in their war against the Shia states of Iran and Syria. The Saudis are more responsible for the worldwide spread of the jihadist ideology than any state in the world today. Any coalition with them will pit us against the best organized armies willing to fight the radical Salafist Sunnis. How this crucial strategic alignment of allies and enemies will be formulated goes to the heart of the constitutional responsibility of Congress to declare war. It is now the duty of our statesmen to present arguments in the media, public assemblies, and the upcoming elections.
Here are some of the best arguments we have seen for a Christian/Shiite/Sunni nation-state alliance against the Sunni purification movement of the jihadists:
- Mr. Leslie Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, argues for a potential Iranian alliance in his recent piece on American strategy and alliances in the Middle East.
- Conservative journalist and author Pat Buchanan has made some of the most convincing geopolitical arguments for a different alignment.
- Finally, here is liberal world-affairs journalist Fareed Zakaria on rethinking our alliance with the Saudis.