Which Government Dominates US-Saud Alliance?

Which Government Dominates US-Saud Alliance?

ERIC ZUESSE | 24.05.2017 | WORLD

Which Government Dominates US-Saud Alliance?

With America’s sale of $350 billion of its weapons to Saudi Arabia during the next ten years, which side will dominate, if the royal family of Saudi Arabia — the owners of Saudi Arabia, which is to say the Saud family — again finance, and participate in directing, an attack against the U.S., such as 9/11?

The last time around, the U.S. government hid for fifteen years the damning evidence (the ‘missing 28 pages’ that were actually 29 pages) in the 9/11 report that documented from the testimony to the congressional panel by FBI agents, that Prince Bandar bin Sultan al-Saud and his wife had personally financed the apartment rentals and flight training of at least some of the 15 Saudi members of the 19-member team that carried out the 9/11 attacks. The U.S. government also hid from the public the U.S. court testimony by Osama bin Laden’s captured bagman who had personally collected each one of the million-dollar-plus cash donations to Al Qaeda before 9/11, most of which mega-donations were from members of the Saud family — and Prince Bandar was among those, too — and so, it was more than just the tens of thousands of dollars which the FBI had found and had been reporting. Then, when the 9/11 victim families pursued in U.S. courts a civil case against the Saudi government (which is 100% owned by the Saud family), U.S. President Barack Obama vetoed the bill that Congress had passed to allow the case to proceed. That was the U.S. victims, seeking court investigations into possible massive criminality against them and against the United States of America, by members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family and their agents (perhaps including George W. Bush himself) working on their behalf — and U.S. President Barack Obama did everything he could to block even the investigations. He was George W. Bush #2, but with prettier rhetoric (designed specifically to fool liberals; not, like Bush’s, to fool outright conservatives).

Consequently: at the level of the U.S. Presidency, though ultimately not of the U.S. Congress, there has been a solid record of submission to the Sauds (andeven in the matters of symbolism and etiquette) (including participation in a head-chopper’s ritual dance) so as to be able to protect mega-criminals among them from facing American justice — even at its weaker, merely civil, level.

The Hill reported, on Tuesday, the 19th of April, in 2016, the view of the then-candidate Trump, regarding what the then yet-to-be-released ’28 redacted pages’ from the 9/11 report might likely show:

«I think I know what it’s going to say», he said on Fox News’s «Fox & Friends». «It’s going to be very profound, having to do with Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia’s role on the World Trade Center and the attack. That’s very serious stuff. It’s sort of nice to know who your friends are and perhaps who your enemies are. You’re going to see some very revealing things released in those papers… I look forward to reading them».

However, later, as President Trump, on 5 February 2017, he was asked in a Super Bowl television interview, what his policies would be regarding Iran, and he answered (video here, transcript here): «They have total disregard for our country. They are the number one terrorist state». This (boldfaced) phrase is the standard one that Israel uses to refer to Iran — which, unlike Saudi Arabia, does support terrorism against Israel. So: the U.S. President there was representing actually the Israeli people (or, specifically, Jewish Israelis), and not at all the American people. (He also wasn’t representing the European people, who, like the American people, suffer terrorism that’s financed by the Sauds and their fellow fundamentalist Sunnis, and who suffer virtually no terrorism from Iran or any Shiites at all — and yet whose aristocracies bond with America’s (the key Western backers of the terrorism they suffer).

So: he’s not entirely ignorant of at least the «redacted pages», and he even said he «looked forward to reading them», and his understanding of the situation prior to his having read them was that they had «to do with Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia’s role on the World Trade Center and the attack. That’s very serious stuff. It’s sort of nice to know who your friends are and perhaps who your enemies are». And, if he read them, then that’s precisely what they documented (from the FBI). They show exactly what he expected them to show. But now, as the President, he claims that Iran — and not its rabid enemy Saudi Arabia — is «the number one terrorist state».

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted in a State Department cable on 30 December 2009, «Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide». She also mentioned other Islamic-majority countries in that cable, but none of them were Shiite majority or Shiite-led; they all were clearly fundamentalist-Sunni countries — the countries that America’s aristocracy allies with. (And never were the Sauds mentioned in her cable by name. She just wanted to get onto the official record, that she ‘cared’. Everything for her was PR, in order to win more power, and more money.)

The U.S. government, because of its bought Presidents, is now selling $350 billion of U.S. weapons to «the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups [which is all of the terrorist groups except for the Shiite group Hezbollah] worldwide».

There are contrasting hypotheses put forth to explain why this 180-degree turnabout by Trump is happening:

On May 21stBlake Hounshell at Politico attributed this change to its being allegedly due to Trump’s promise «to stop pestering them about human rights and political freedoms… Trump is offering, in short, a war on terror without the pretense of idealism. There has always been a strong odor of hypocrisy hanging over the U.S. relationship with regimes like Saudi Arabia, and perhaps there’s something refreshing in Trump’s ‘we are not here to lecture’ candor». Hounshell was using the internal self-contradictions within Trump’s sales-pitches, in order to ‘explain’ what was actually a stunning change in Trump’s sales-pitches. However, this excuse ignores that Trump is, in fact, not waging America’s «war on terror» (such as he’s implying) but instead Israel’s — and America already donates $3.8 billion per year to the Israeli government, which, moreover, is an enemy of the American people though not nearly to the extent that the Sauds (the Saudi government) are. At the very top level, the U.S. Presidency is owned by the Sauds but with considerable assistance from Jewish and some Christian billionaires who are American citizens. (And some of them are simultaneously Israeli citizens, which should be outlawed.) It’s not merely the Saud family, and their Thani family friends who own Qatar, and the other royal families who own yet other fundamentalist-Sunni kingdoms.

By contrast, I have put forth two hypothesis to explain Trump’s change-of-tune, which probably function in conjunction with one-another to provide a fuller explanation of this: (1) that the Sauds are crucial to the bottom lines of Lockheed Martin and America’s other top ‘defense’ contractors; and, (2) that the Sauds’ financing of jihadists in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Syria and other Russia-allied lands, is crucial to the conquest of Russia by America’s aristocracy, which conquest is the top foreign-policy goal of the U.S. aristocracy, who carry water for the Sauds. Combining those two partial explanations together produces an understanding both of the anti-Iranian and of the anti-Russian obsessions of the U.S. aristocracy — who, after all, are the main people who control America, and who thus control the U.S. President.

The Sauds are chiefly determined to conquer Iran, and the American aristocrats are chiefly determined to conquer Russia.

Israel is mainly on the side of the Sauds. (After all, Israel never militarily attacked Saudi Arabia, but it did militarily attack the United States — and the U.S. aristocracy hid that, much as they’ve hidden the Sauds’ attack, 9/11.) Furthermore, just as there were some U.S. operatives who knew about the 9/11 attacks before the event, and who benefited from it, there also were Israelis who knew about it ahead of time and who were delighted once it had occurred — and this delight went straight up to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself. (Anti-Semites claim that facts like those are somehow ‘proof’ that «the Jews did it», but these people simply ignore the ovewhelming mass of solid evidence implicating the Sauds and Al Qaeda in financing and executing the actual operation — as if «Foreknowledge entails guilt», instead of «Guilt entails foreknowledge and lots more than that», such as is actually the case.)

Even within a given aristocracy (or other, such as corporate, organzation), there are circles who know about and participate in a particular operation, and circles who are ignorant of it. Never is the full entity involved in it, no matter how organized the entity happens to be. And, of course, any ‘conspiracy theory’ that blames an ethnicity or other mass of people for anything, isn’t even a conspiracy-theory at all, because any conspiracy is a highly organized, and usually highly hierarchical, operation, no mass at all. Such a ‘theory’ is instead pure bigotry — like Adolf Hitler’s, or Paul Kagame’s, both of whom were themselves gifted at conspiracy, and, unfortunately, put it to the most evil of uses. In fact, good conspiracies also exist, and they were essential to, for example, the winning of World War II. Therefore, anyone who blanketly condemns «conspiracy theories» or even «conspiracies», is either a con-artist, or else a dupe of one.

If the Saud family again finance, and participate in directing, an attack against the U.S., such as 9/11, it will be with the participation of the U.S. aristocracy, just as it was on 9-11. In other words: the aristocracies of the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and Israel, are joined-at-the-head, inseparable. They function as one gang, though, like in the Mafia and other criminal gangs, they each have their respective turfs.

However, Donald Trump clearly knows about «Saudi Arabia’s role on the World Trade Center and the attack. That’s very serious stuff. It’s sort of nice to know who your friends are and perhaps who your enemies are». But, after he was elected, he got bought-off, by the Sauds, and by the Israelis. However, the Americans — this nation’s aristocracy, and not its people — have clearly been pushing him to do this, or else he’ll soon be replaced by his Vice President, Mike Pence. So: the people who have been carrying out this Saudi operation are their U.S. partners, who have big megaphones in the U.S.

Ranking the relative power between these three aristocracies would be difficult and merely a guess, but my own ordering of them would be: (1) the Sauds; (2) the Israeli and pro-Israeli aristocracy; (3) the U.S. aristocracy. In any case, since they’re all joined-at-the-head, they’re basically all one aristocracy — each of them needs the other two in order to be able to do what they do. That’s the world’s most powerful political force. It is by far the leading gang. And this is actually the most important thing to understand about international affairs today.

The main factual basis I can offer for that ranking, would be that, whereas the U.S. has been physically invaded by both of the others, (by Israel in 1967, and by the Sauds in 2001), the U.S. has not invaded either of the others. The U.S. instead continues to accept both of the others as ‘allies’. This is remarkable. What self-respecting, sovereign, country would do a thing like that? None. This is the main factual basis. But it’s not the only factual basis. For another factual example, several American Presidents have been captured on photographs as bowing down to the Saudi king. Never once has any indication been published of a Saudi king having bowed down to an American president. (Of course, no head-of-state ever should bow down to any other, except perhaps in a public and physical surrender. And for the American people to accept it from its presidents, is stunning. But the American people accept lots of abuse from the governments of Saudi Arabia and Israel. It’s par for the course in the tri-partite relationship — which yet further indicates that the U.S. is at the bottom of this totem-pole.)

Trump/USA supports Saudi and in doing so supports ISIS

Saudi Arabia: Women beheaded in street, corpses dangling from cranes

Saudi Arabia violence: The reality of life in this country. Picture: ITV

A SHOCKING new documentary will reveal the horrors of daily life inside Saudi Arabia.

Titled Saudi Arabia Uncovered, the ITV film aims to expose the brutal punishments dished out to those deemed to have broken the country’s strict Islamic laws.

At one point a woman accused of killing her stepdaughter is heard screaming “I didn’t do it” before she is beheaded in the street. Another clip shows five corpses strung up from a crane, The Sun reported.

As well as showing the barbaric reality of life inside Saudi Arabia, the film also questions Britain’s close relationship with the hard line Islamic state.

It comes as capital punishment in the country hit a new high, with public executions taking place at a shocking average rate of one person per day.

In one clip a woman is seen screaming for mercy as she is pinned down by police officers who eventually use a large sword to cut off her head.

Bodies are left hanging from a crane as a reminder to people to do no wrong. Picture: ITV

Bodies are left hanging from a crane as a reminder to people to do no wrong. Picture: ITV

So frequent are the brutal executions that one large public space in central Riyadh is nicknamed ‘Chop Chop Square’ due to the sheer number of state-sanctioned killings there.

Drains in the square are stained red due to the amount of amount of blood spilt there.

The documentary was filmed using secret cameras over a six-month period and reveals a chaotic prison system, abject poverty on the streets and an incredibly strict religious police force.

It also reveals the shocking treatment of burqa-clad women, who are very much second class citizens.

In one shocking scene an unprovoked man is secretly filmed shoving a woman to the floor in a supermarket.

Saudi Arabia Uncovered, produced by Hardcash Productions, airs on British TV screens tomorrow night.

A woman is pushed and beaten in a supermarket. Picture: ITV

A woman is pushed and beaten in a supermarket. Picture: ITVSource:Supplied

COMPARISONS TO ISLAMIC STATE:

Women beheaded in the street and corpses dangling from cranes shows how Saudi Arabia is just as bad as Islamic State when it comes to dealing out brutal punishments.

Last year, IS released a penal code which listed crimes punishable by methods including amputation, stoning and crucifixion.

The code, titled ‘Clarification [regarding] the hudud (a set of fixed punishments)’, was published as a reminder and warning to those living under IS rule in Syria and Iraq.

It stipulated the need for Muslims to adhere to tough Sharia codes of conduct but also warned ‘crimes’ such as homosexuality will result in the death penalty.

Interestingly, Middle East Eye compared the punishment methods of Saudi Arabia and IS and found they were pretty much identical.

However, while human rights groups have been outspoken about Saudi’s treatment of its citizens, and in particular its women, Western governments have not been as vocal.

On the other hand, the atrocities of Islamic State have been widely condemned

As Iran Elects a Moderate, Trump Cozies Up to Its Terrorist Enemy Saudi Arabia

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 by Muhammad Sahimi

On Friday May 19 the Iranian people elected President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate and reformist, in a landslide. 75 percent of the eligible voters cast their votes – which should be compared with 56 percent turnout in the U.S. elections in 2016 – and Rouhani received 57 percent of the total votes. And, this is in a region in which most countries that are allied with the US do not even have any elections.

Once again, Iranian people resisted the call to boycott the elections by the exiled opposition that had supported economic sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States and its allies, as well as military threats made against it by the George W. Bush administration and by Israel. Neoconservative enemies of Iran, such as Elliot Abrams, had hoped that Iranians will elect Rouhani’s main rival, the hardline Ebrahim Raisi, with the hope that it would help lay the groundwork for attacking Iran.

Iranians also rejected Raisi’s promise of economic benefits, if he is elected. He had promised that he would triple the case subsidy that Iranians receive every month from the government, and that his administration would pay generous unemployment benefits to the people until they find jobs.

None of such promises mattered to the Iranian people. Rouhani’s main campaign slogan said it best: “We have chosen our path [to move forward]. We will not return to the past.” Iranian people fully recognized that Raisi was supported by Iran’s “deep state” – the secret and semi-secret networks of security, military and intelligence officers, backed by reactionary hardline clerics – as well as by the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Rouhani’s predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to power by strong support of the “deep state” and Khamenei, and the Iranian people experienced firsthand the result: incredible corruption, repression, particularly after the fraudulent elections of 2009, and a confrontational foreign policy and rhetoric against Israel that took Iran to the United Nations Security Council, where six resolutions were approved against the nation.

But, this was not the only victory by the moderates and reformists. Elections for city councils throughout Iran were also held simultaneously with the presidential elections, and the reformists and moderates scored impressive victories. In particular, the people voted overwhelmingly for the list of reformist candidates in Iran’s three major cities: Tehran, the historic city of Isfahan in central Iran that has been recognized by the United Nations’ UNESCO as a world cultural heritage, and the holy city of Mashhad in northeastern Iran, Raisi’s hometown where he exerted considerable influence. In addition, a very large number of woman candidates were elected all over al the country. In one province alone, Sistan and Baluchistan in southeast Iran on the border with Afghanistan and Pakistan, at least 415 women were elected to the city councils. Moreover, ethnic minorities, which the West has tried to exploit against the central government by stirring troubles there, also voted in large numbers. In Kurdistan, for example, which is on the border with Iraq and Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan, 60 percent of the people cast their votes, of which Rouhani received close to 75 percent.

Iranian people voted for Rouhani because they support his moderate foreign policy that has kept Iran isolated from any attack by the Sunni terrorist groups, his rapprochement with the European Union, and his efforts for lessening tension with the United States. In addition, the year before Rouhani was elected in 2013, Iran’s economy had contracted by close to six percent, and the official inflation was running above 40 percent, with many believing that it was actually around 60 percent. Rouhani stabilized the economy and reduced the inflation to below 7 percent. Iran’s economy is expanding, and it is predicted that it will grow by more than 6 percent in 2017. The number of foreign tourists visiting Iran has tripled over the past 4 years, and foreign investment has begun flowing toward Iran.

And, perhaps most importantly, Iranian people voted for Rouhani despite the fact that the Trump administration has been undermining the nuclear agreement between Iran and P5+1. Although Iran has abided by all of its obligation under the agreement, significant problems still exist with lifting of the sanctions that have disappointed many Iranians. Note also that Iran is one of the few countries in the world where moderation, anti-populism, and anti-chauvinistic nationalism produce a landslide election victory.

How did the Trump administration react to Rouhani’s victory? It completely ignored Rouhani’s landslide victory, because it does not fit its agenda. Instead, the day after Iran’s elections, in a speech in Saudi Arabia, where there are no meaningful elections; women cannot even drive; Shiites suffer discriminations; the state-supported Wahhabism is the ideological backbone of all the Sunni terrorist organizations around the world, and where its regime is committing war crimes in Yemen on a daily basis, Trump targeted Iran, saying,

But no discussion of stamping out this threat would be complete without mentioning the government that gives terrorists all three – safe harbor, financial backing, and the social standing needed for recruitment. It is a regime that is responsible for so much instability in the region. I am speaking of course of Iran.

From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms, and trains terrorists, militias, and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region. For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror. It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room.

Among Iran’s most tragic and destabilizing interventions have been in Syria. Bolstered by Iran, Assad has committed unspeakable crimes, and the United States has taken firm action in response to the use of banned chemical weapons by the Assad Regime – launching 59 tomahawk missiles at the Syrian air base from where that murderous attack originated.

Responsible nations must work together to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria, eradicate ISIS, and restore stability to the region. The Iranian regime’s longest-suffering victims are its own people. Iran has a rich history and culture, but the people of Iran have endured hardship and despair under their leaders’ reckless pursuit of conflict and terror.

Until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran, deny it funding for terrorism, and pray for the day when the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they deserve.

Aside from the fact that Iranians do not need Trump’s crocodile tears for them, and that he was uttering these words in the presence of some of the worst reactionary dictators of the region that do not even hold elections, most of what trump said is sheer nonsense. Without Iran’s help, Iraq’s Capital Baghdad would have fallen to Daesh [also known as the ISIS] in June 2014. The war in Syria has been imposed on the Syrian people by the terrorist groups that are supported by Saudi Arabia and its allies, namely, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and Jordan, as acknowledged even by Joe Biden at Harvard University in October 2014. Israel supports the Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda Syrian branch, by treating their wounded fighters in Israel and returning them to the fields.

The author is opposed to any intervention by any foreign power in the internal affairs of any other nation. Thus, no country, including Iran, should intervene in Syria. But, we must keep in mind that whereas the West, Saudi Arabia, and their allies have intervened there illegally and against international laws, Iran’s intervention is based on the internationally recognized mutual defense treaty between the two nations signed in 2005. Without Iran’s [and Russia’s] help Syria would be ruled now by some of the worst terrorist groups in the world that have been supported by the fascist Saudi regime. There is little doubt that President Bashar al-Assad and his army have committed atrocities and possibly war crimes, which in due time must be investigated, but they are no worse than the crimes committed by the US forces in Iraq, both in the past and in the present during the operation for liberating Mosul where hundreds of civilians have been killed by US bombing, and Saudi Arabia’s war crimes in Yemen that are helped by the United States.

Perhaps, even more disgusting that his attack on Iran was Trump’s forgetting his own words about Saudi Arabia. This is the same man who during his campaign last year told us that the Saudis weremouth pieces, bullies, cowards,” who were “paying ISIS.” In addition to milking the Saudis to the tune of over $400 billion in arms sales that will be used to kill the people of Yemen and other Muslims in the region, Trump received the “Order of King Abdulaziz.” Past recipients of the Order include Saddam Hussein, Egypt’s military dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Bashar al-Assad whom the Saudis have been trying to topple, and George W. Bush whose illegal and criminal invasion of Iraq set the Middle East on its current path of destruction of bloodshed, with no end in sight.

To be sure, Iran’s elections are neither democratic nor fair, because the hardliners who control vast national resources use them to their own advantage. But, these elections are extremely competitive, meaningful and unpredictable. To be sure, Iran’s “deep state” and its allies have committed numerous crimes since the 1979 Revolution, but Iran’s civil society has also been growing and gathering strength. Whereas Ayatollah Khamenei and the “deep state” could impose Ahmadinejad on Iran for a second term in 2009, they also paid a heavy price for it, to the extent that they no longer dare to do it again, and have to go along with people’s votes. There is nothing like this in the entire Muslim part of the Middle East.

Mocking Trump’s speech, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that, “Iran – fresh from real elections – attacked by @POTUS [President of the United States] in that bastion of democracy and moderation [Saudi Arabia]. Foreign policy or simply milking KSA [Kingdom of Saudi Arabia] of $480B [that Trump signed with Saudi Arabia to sell that country advanced weapons]?” And, “We derive stability not from “coalitions” [of Arab states that are bombing Yemen], but from our people, who – unlike many – do vote. Iranians must be respected & are ready to engage [with the United States].” Indeed!

Iran asks US to stop arming Saudi Arabia, the ‘main terror sponsors’

Iran asks US to stop arming ‘main terror sponsors’

Press TV – May 22, 2017
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi addresses reporters in Tehran in this file photo.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi addresses reporters in Tehran in this file photo.

Iran has urged the US to stop supplying arms to “main sponsors of terrorism” after President Donald Trump clinched a massive military deal with Saudi Arabia on his first visit to the Middle East. 

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi called on Washington on Monday to abandon its “policy of warmongering, meddling, Iranophobia and sales of dangerous and useless weapons to the main sponsors of terrorism.”

“Unfortunately, under the hostile and aggressive policies of the American statesmen, we are witnessing a renewed strengthening of terrorist groups in the region and miscalculation of the dictatorships which support these groups,” he said.

Qassemi hit out at Trump’s accusations that Iran was funding, arming and training “terrorists, militias and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region.”

“Once again, by his meddling, repetitive and baseless claims about Iran, the American president tried to encourage the countries of the region to purchase more arms by spreading Iranophobia,” the spokesman said.

“It is surprising that Iran is being accused of destabilizing the region by a country which has been an accomplice to the Zionist regime’s crackdown on the oppressed Palestinian nation through all-out arms, financial and intelligence support for decades,” Qassemi said.

In recent years, the US “has been complicit in the massacre of the defenseless Yemeni people through arming certain Arab regimes in the Persian Gulf,” he added.

The official touched on US role in “creating and cultivating Takfiri-terrorist currents, including Daesh” and strongly criticized “deceitful stances, meddlesome statements, and destructive measures” of the new US administration.

Such measures, he said, are aimed at “confronting people’s rule on their destiny in the regional countries and consolidating the position and superiority of the Zionist regime.”

“US support and that of its regional allies for terrorists is so obvious that their escape forward and accusations of terrorism support against others have no buyers,” Qassemi said.

“If financial, arms and intelligence resources of Daesh, Nusra Front and other terrorist groups are cut, they will be finished easily. They resist because these countries’ support for the terrorists continues,” he added.

His remarks came a day after Trump ended his visit to Saudi Arabia where arms deals worth $110 billion were signed.

Qassemi said, “Regional countries, instead of spending billions of dollars from their people’s assets on an illusory American support, had better think about the real stability, welfare, tranquility and peace of their people and spend these exorbitant sums on development and constructive regional cooperation.”

Qassemi deplored that “certain regional countries, instead of depending on the power of their people and regional cooperation capacities, have set heart on the support of big powers.”

Those countries, he said, “are paving the way for vital infrastructures of the regional countries to weaken and collapse, a case in point being the deplorable situation of Yemen and destruction of Syrian infrastructures by Takfiri terrorists.”

Trump’s accusations against Tehran came shortly after Hassan Rouhani was re-elected president.

Qassemi said the US and its allies “should know that Iran, as a democratic, stable and powerful country enjoying popular support, is a harbinger of peace, tranquility and good neighborliness in the region and a front-runner in the global fight against violence and extremism,” and that Tehran would not go off this course with the hostile rhetoric of those countries.

Here’s why Saudi Arabia and Israel are allies in all but name

Here’s why Saudi Arabia and Israel are allies in all but name

By Adam Garrie | The Duran | May 22, 2017

Israel and Saudi Arabia both seek to destroy Syria and in doing so, destroy the last bastion of secular, tolerant and modern Arab government that remains totally un-compromised in its foreign and economic policies.

Those who claim that Israel is opposed to Donald Trump’s now openly warm relations with Saudi Arabia are missing the actual point. On the surface, many assume that Israel and Saudi Arabia have poor relations. Neither country has diplomatic relations with one another, one is a self-styled Jewish state while the other is a Wahhabi Sunni monarchy.

But they both have the same regional goals, they both have the same enemies and both are intellectual anachronisms in a 20th century that has seen the fall of multiple monarchies, the end of traditional European colonialism and the fall of segregated regimes in Africa (Apartheid South Africa and UDI Rhodesia for example).

Israel and Saudi Arabia have always been enemies of secular, Arab nationalist states and federations. Whether an Arab state is Nasserist, Ba’athist, socialist, Marxist-Leninist or in the case of Gaddafi’s Libya a practitioner of the post-Nassierist Third Political Theory: Israel and Saudi Arabia have sought to and in large part have succeeded, with western help, at destroy such states.

Unlike Israel’s Apartheid military state and Saudi Arabia’s human rights free monarchy, the aforementioned Arab styles of government are worthy of the word modern. These are countries which had progressive mixed economies, had secular governments and societies, had full constitutional rights for religious and ethnic minorities, they championed women’s rights and engaged in mass literacy programmes and infrastructural projects. In the case of the Syrian Arab Republic, such things still apply.

Such things still have wide appeal not just in the Arab world but universally. The very charter of the UN subtly implies that such goals are the way forward.

Secular Arab governments have therefore not fallen due to their lack of popularity but they have fallen due to political and military aggression from Israel, monetary blackmail and terrorism funded from and by Saudi Arabia and a combination of all of the above from the United States and her European allies. Useful idiots in the west who claim that groups like the obscurantist and terroristic Muslim Brotherhood represent majoritarian public opinion in secular Arab states are simply worse than useful idiots: they are lying, dangerous idiots.

This is why Syria is a country that Israel and Saudi Arabia are both interested in destroying. Both countries have indeed invested time and money into destroying Syria and thus far they have not been successful.

Syria is the last secular Arab Ba’athist state in the world. Unlike in Israel, minorities have full constitutional rights and unlike in Saudi Arabia, all religions are tolerated. In Syria, women can act, speak and dress as they wish.

Syria’s independence has in the past thwarted Israel’s ambition to annex Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt and additional parts of Syria itself (Israel still occupies Syria’s Golan Heights). Syria has also been a true ally of the oppressed Palestinians living under Israeli occupation.

Likewise, Syria has hurt Saudi Arabia and fellow backward Gulf state Qatar’s ambitions to expand their petro-empires. Qatar remains desirous to construct a pipeline running through Syria, something Qatar wants done on its terms and its terms alone.

Furthermore, since Saudi Arabia has little to offer the world in terms of culture, Saudi attempts to control and colonise their more educated and worldly Levantine Arabs is done through a combination of bribery and through the use of Salafist terrorist proxies such as ISIS and al-Qaeda.

There is also a psychological element to the mutual warfare which Saudi Arabia and Israel have waged on secular states like Syria.

So long as Syria exists, Saudi Arabia cannot say that there is no alternative to its backward style of  government in the Arab world. Of course, others like Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt are secular states (Iraq less so now than at any time since independence), but these states have been wholly compromised through war and in the case of Egypt through political malaise.

Syria remains strongly independent and refuses to surrender its values.

Both countries also seek to destroy Iran. Iran unlike Saudi Arabia and Israel, practices an ethical foreign policy. Far from wanting to export its Islamic Revolution, Iran has been a staunch ally to secular Syria and has been at the forefront of the fight against Salafist terrorism like ISIS and al-Qaeda.

Iran has also taken a principle stance on Palestine, whilst most Arab states with the exception of Syria, have long ago given up on the Palestinian cause.

Israel and Saudi Arabia have superficial differences in foreign policy, but their main goals are exactly the same. Both seek to retard the progress of the Arab world and to taint Islam as something it is not.

Saudi Arabia and Israel both want non-Muslims to think of Islam as something representing bombs, female enslavement, physical mutilation and barbarity. Syria has shown the world that real Islam looks a lot like Christianity and frankly a lot more like Christianity than atheistic Europe does in 2017.

Saudi Arabia and Israel are allies in the material and psychological war against secular, modern Arab countries. It is a war which the United States has been fighting on behalf of Riyadh and Tel Aviv for decades

Feeding the source of Jihadism, US Nears $100 Billion Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia

US Nears $100 Billion Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia Ahead of Trump’s Trip

By Jane Mcintosh,

Ahead of the US president’s visit to Saudi Arabia, a series of multi-billion-dollar arms deals have been outlined. The previous US administration suspended some supplies because of human rights concerns.

A senior, unnamed White House official said the US was close to completing a series of deals to sell Saudi Arabia arms and related maintenance worth $100 billion (91.4 billion euros), according to Reuters.

President Donald Trump begins an international tour next Friday with the first stop in Saudi Arabia, followed by visits to Israel, the Vatican, Brussels for a NATO summit and Sicily for a Group of Seven summit.

“We are in the final stages of a series of deals,” the White House official said on Friday.

The arms package could be worth more than $300 billion over a decade, the official said. The US has been the Saudi kingdom’s major arms supplier, delivering F-15 fighter jets and command and control systems worth tens of billions of dollars in recent years.

President Barack Obama had canceled a series of planned weapons sales to Saudi Arabia in the last months of his administration because of the Saudi-led air campaign in Yemen which had led to numerous civilian casualties.

Trump has already met with Saudi deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, who wields much influence in the kingdom due to the frailty of the 81-year-old King Salman. The 31-year-old prince is also defense minister and has led an aggressive campaign both militarily in Yemen and politically against Iran and Shia Muslims.

The UN estimates that 17 million of Yemen’s 27 million people are “food insecure” including 3.3 million pregnant and breast-feeding mothers and children, some 462,000 under the age of five, who are “acutely malnourished.”

Restoring US-Saudi ties

Trump and Salman met at the White House in Washington in March. The Bloomberg news agency reported on Thursday that Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund could invest up to $40 billion in US infrastructure.

US national security adviser H.R. McMaster previewed Trump’s first foreign tour to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium in a White House briefing on Friday.

“President Trump understands that America First does not mean America alone,” McMaster told reporters. “To the contrary, prioritizing America’s interests means strengthening alliances.”

McMaster said Trump

“will encourage our Arab and Muslim partners to take bold, new steps to promote peace and to confront those, from ISIS to al Qaeda to Iran to the Assad regime, who perpetuate chaos and violence that has inflicted so much suffering throughout the Muslim world and beyond.”

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Saudi Exceptionalism: Trump hates radical Islam, except when you can make money from it

Saudi Exceptionalism: Trump hates radical Islam, except when you can make money from it

It’s hard to fully capture the irony — not to mention sheer repulsiveness — of Donald Trump’s decision to make Saudi Arabia the first stop on his inaugural foreign trip as US president.

The decision marks yet another rapid rhetorical turnaround for Trump. Candidate Trump was not a fan of the Saudi kingdom. In fact, he was not shy at all about calling Riyadh out in ways that his political opponents dared not dream of.

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In early 2016, he asked the hosts on Fox & Friends: “Who blew up the World Trade Center? It wasn’t the Iraqis, it was Saudi — take a look at Saudi Arabia, open the documents.

When his main rival for president, Hillary Clinton, was accepting Saudi donations to her controversial charitable foundation, Trump had some more choice words. In a Facebook post he wrote: “Saudi Arabia and many of the countries that gave vast amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation want women as slaves and to kill gays. Hillary must return all money from such countries!

Trump’s righteous indignation and anger towards the Saudis dissipated almost immediately, however, upon taking office. This has been much to the delight of Washington neocons who have been eager to see more aggressive US policy toward Iran, Riyadh’s top regional foe.

As for all that money Clinton accepted? Well, Saudi cash is just fine if it lines the pockets of arms manufacturers Lockheed, Raytheon and BAE Systems. To quote Voltaire: When it comes to money, everyone is of the same religion.

Arms deals and Yemen slaughter

The day after news broke of Trump’s impending visit to Riyadh, Reuters published an exclusive: Saudi Arabia, US in talks on billions in arms sales. This is not particularly surprising, nor is it unique to Trump. Barack Obama’s administration had already offered Riyadh more than $100 billion worth of weapons.

Trump is, however, intent on reinforcing US ties with the Saudi kingdom in an effort to improve relations that had soured under Obama, due in part to the signing of the Iran nuclear deal. Of course, improving ties and trust will mean increased American support for Saudi Arabia’s indiscriminate bombing campaign in Yemen.

The US has been the top military supplier to Saudi Arabia as it relentlessly bombs Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen, killing thousands of civilians and causing what the UN calls one of the worst humanitarian crises on earth.

Now, as the Saudis gear up to take the Houthi-controlled port of Hodeidah – which takes in the majority of Yemen’s inbound trade – human rights organizations say this could trigger catastrophic famine. Nonetheless, Trump’s administration is mulling even greater direct military support for the Saudi incursion into the country.

It’s clear that babies starving to death in Yemen hasn’t had quite the same emotional effect on Trump as Syrian babies had when he needed a good excuse to bomb a Syrian air field based on inconclusive and flimsy evidence that American foe Bashar Assad had carried out a chemical attack on its citizens.

Coverage of the Saudi incursion into Yemen and the resulting humanitarian crisis has received little attention in Western media in comparison to the war in Syria. The reason is simple: If American enemies can’t be blamed, the story invariably receives less coverage. American allies get a free pass to conduct any kind of barbarity, so long as it aligns with US foreign policy interests. Trump has made that abundantly clear in choosing to head to Saudi Arabia before paying a visit to any other US allies.

Combating ‘religious extremism’

Perhaps the most ironic thing in all this is that Trump expects Americans to believe that partnering with Saudi Arabia is the best way to combat terrorism and Islamic extremism.

While in Riyadh, the American president will attend a gathering on the “threats of religious extremism.” Will he not spare a moment during his time in the Saudi capital to have a look around him? Maybe he will pop into a local Starbucks and note the gender wall separating men from women?

In Saudi Arabia, women are not permitted to drive. Nor can they marry, go to school or open a bank account without a male guardian. They cannot even leave the house, in fact, without a male guardian. If a woman commits adultery, she can be stoned to death, while her male partner could receive a paltry 100 lashes. In 2007, a female gang-rape victim received a six-month prison sentence and 200 lashes — her crime being that she was in the presence of a male who was not her family member. In 2016, the UN called on Riyadh to reverse laws that allowed for the stoning, amputation, flogging and execution of children.

Trump has many times criticized the barbaric practice of beheading. Will someone tell him that in 2016, beheadings in Saudi Arabia reached their highest level in two decades?

These barbarities are carried out in the name of religion, but Trump, ever the crusader against Islamic extremism, doesn’t seem to care anymore. He will no doubt turn a blind eye to Riyadh’s own very real role in funding and fomenting of terrorism and Islamic extremism, as a “byproduct of the kingdom’s religiopolitical policies to promote its Wahhabi-Salafi creed.” ISIS itself is a by-product of the Wahhabist ideology promoted by Riyadh.

The reality is, none of this is really about countering extremism. The US frequently partners with extremists to achieve its foreign policy objectives or to make money off regional conflicts. This is about making money and keeping Tehran in its place.

In any sane world, we would care more about the fact that Saudi Arabia executes children than the fact that weapons manufacturers can earn billions of dollars from them in arms deals. In this world, however, we elect Saudi Arabia to the UN women’s rights commission — and manage to do so with a straight face.

America first?

When Trump told the American people his presidency would mean “America first” they probably didn’t think he meant American arms manufacturers first, everyone else second. When he said the US would spend less time entangled in foreign military conflicts, they probably didn’t envision his administration deepening its involvement in the region.

Trump’s recent predecessors all chose to visit neighboring Canada or Mexico on their first foreign trips. His decision to visit Saudi Arabia before any other nation speaks volumes.

Of course, the message Trump’s decision sends, and whether it is a good one or not, depends on who you are. If you are an American neocon gearing for a fight with Iran and supportive of Al Qaeda-affiliated jihadist rebels in Syria, you’ll no doubt be delighted by the reinvigorated US-Saudi alliance.

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If you care at all about children starving to death and selling billions of dollars worth of deadly weapons to one of the most brutal and repressive regimes on earth, the only message Trump’s visit to Riyadh will send is that barbaric contempt for basic human rights is tolerable so long as you serve Washington’s financial and military interests.

So, maybe it’s America First after all. Just perhaps not in the way many of Trump’s supporters envisioned it.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

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