COMMENTARY | Maybe it is time we listen to Iran and do what it asks. After the recent accidental burning of Qurans at a U.S. base in Afghanistan, Haarets.com reports Iran's Basij force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqd said Muslims should not accept President Barack Obama's apology. We couldn't agree more, and not only that the Muslim world should stop accepting all financial aid, which is given by the U.S. to their countries.
First, Obama shouldn't have apologized; it was a mistake that probably shouldn't have happened but even with that, why is an apology needed? Has any Muslim country apologized for any acts of terror they have committed against the U.S.? When they burn our flag or the Bible do their leaders apologize to us? We know what the answer is to that.
Second, does anyone other than maybe Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton think that after the U.S. pulls out of Afghanistan that al-Qaida isn't going to move right in and take over the country? According to Reuters, Ambassador Ryan Crocker said, "This is not the time to decide that we are done here. We have got to redouble our efforts. We've got to create a situation that al-Qaida is not coming back." Sorry, ambassador, but they are and will come back.
Finally, the sooner everyone realizes we are dealing with people who have always and will always hate us, the better. No amount of apologies, pandering or money will change that. These people from the "Religion of Peace" will always find an excuse to become violent. This week it is the Quran burning; next time it will be a cartoon about Mohammed, then there will be something else. These people don't need an excuse to kill Americans.The U.S. should stop aiding these countries, then see what happens when the citizens of these countries get hungry enough. There will come a time, just like in the former Soviet Union, when empty stomachs will rise up and demand change. The U.S. can't make other countries love us, nor should they try. Money doesn't help the spread of democracy -- it only spreads corruption in government.