President Donald Trump highlighted the fight against terror in the first speech of his historic overseas tour. The speech was delivered May 21, 2017, at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This is the first time a president has chosen to address Muslims, Jews, and Christians in one foreign trip. The U.S. delegation included first lady Melania Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and advisors Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner among others.
Trump called for cooperation among the 50 Muslim nations represented in the fight against extreme Islamic terrorism. He praised nations such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and others for their actions toward peace and progress with human rights in the region. Additionally, he stated:
Our vision is one of peace, security, and prosperity—in this region, and in the world. Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God.
The president also noted that most victims of Islamic terror are themselves Muslim. Also, he emphatically stressed opposition to the greatest state supporter of global terrorism, the nation of Iran.
Iran Is a Serious Threat in The Middle East
Iran is a serious threat in the Middle East. They sponsor various terrorist groups, such as Hezbollah, who align against both Israel and other Muslim groups of the Sunni persuasion. The state of Iran is a theocracy ruled by Muslims of the Shia belief, and they view the Sunni Muslims as moderate at best, and infidels at worst.
The religious division is an historic one between Arabs and Persians. Most of the region’s nations are of Arab ancestry, while Iran in particular is of Persian ancestry. The animosity between these groups through the ages makes Saudi Arabia and other moderate Islamic countries natural allies of the U.S. against radical terrorism. Trump, making this nation the first stop on his first overseas tour, showed the intention to enlist the aid of the people in the potential firestorm of Middle Eastern conflict.
When the president appealed to the 50 Muslim nations for cooperation against terrorism, he was also appealing to this division in the Muslim world. Iran has the most dangerous potential for destruction in the area and to the world as a whole. It is developing a nuclear weapons system that could immediately target every other nation in the Middle East. Therefore, it is expected that nations, such as Saudi Arabia, would be very concerned about a nuclear Iran.
The Arms Deal With the Saudis
In advance of the speech, Trump announced an arms deal between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, aimed at bolstering security for the Saudis. The arrangement is for the sale of $110 billion of military equipment to the nation.
The deal includes tanks, combat ships, missile defense systems, radar and communications, and cybersecurity technology. The State Department said the agreement could support ‘tens of thousands of new jobs in the United States.’ …that is effective immediately and could expand up to $350 billion over 10 years.
This arrangement strengthens the ties with the largest Islamic nation in the region. It also demonstrates that any notion the president is somehow anti-Muslim is flawed. Moreover, it allowed Trump to speak boldly against Islamic terrorism in front of 50 Islamic majority nations. Additionally, the deal shows a long-term commitment by the U.S. to addressing terrorism where it lives.
This trip signaled that the U.S. is leading a battle against Islamic terror. It also shows leadership in increasing stability and security in the Middle East. This will not halt radical Islamic terrorism. However, it could be the beginning of a path to victory against that evil.
Opinion News By D.T. Osborn
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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