I do hope that everyone enjoyed their Sunday…..but now it is time to get back to the seriousness of the world around us.
The Saudis have been getting some pretty bad press lately……their war in Yemen, their beheadings, their lousy human rights score, etc….things are so bad that they hired a PR firm to help improve their image……and I admit that it does need work and lots of it…..
The Crown Prince called MbS has come to America to start his rehabilitation…….and he went straight to the Jews to get the PR off on a positive footing……
Amid recent reports of improving Saudi-Israel ties, at least behind the scenes, the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is visiting the United States, has met with the leaders of a number of US Jewish organizations.
The prince visited with officials from AIPAC, Stand for Israel, the American Jewish Committee, ADL, the Jewish Federation of North America, and others. The visits were revealed in a leaked copy of his itinerary, and were not meant to be publicized.
It’s not just that these groups are Jewish, as such, or even that they’re broadly pro-Israel. Much of the controversy is seen as many of the groups are both involved in the Israeli settlement venture, illegal under international law and widely criticized in the Middle East, and are anti-BDS groups.
Analysts familiar with the situation say that these meetings are being done broadly for the benefit of how the Saudis believe it looks to the Trump Administration. The Saudis apparently think such meetings show the prince as much more willing to engage with Jewish groups, and by extension to align themselves with the administration’s pro-Israel policy, than previous Saudi leaders have been.
If they can get the Jews on their side then the US will weasel in behind them…..
Then I read a report that MbS has stated that the US was behind the spread of radical Islam, as the tin foil hat group likes to call it………
In a sensational interview with the Washington Post, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince and de-facto leader Muhammad bin Salman has blamed the US and its allies for putting pressure on Saudi Arabia to export the extremist Wahhabi ideology during the Cold War as a means to counter the influence of the Soviet Union in the wider Muslim world.
Slaman’s statement is unequivocally true as the US constantly worked to prop up monarchical regimes in the Arab world at the expense of secular Arab Nationalist governments whose style of government and geo-political struggle for post-colonial liberation automatically drew them closer to the USSR. In Asia, during the Soviet intervention on behalf of the legitimate Afghan government in the 1980s, the United States collaborated with Riyadh to fund and arm the Mujahideen which ultimately mutated into Al-Qaeda.
There is more…….
“Asked about the Saudi-funded spread of Wahhabism, the austere faith that is dominant in the kingdom and that some have accused of being a source of global terrorism, Mohammed said that investments in mosques and madrassas overseas were rooted in the Cold War, when allies asked Saudi Arabia to use its resources to prevent inroads in Muslim countries by the Soviet Union.” [emphasis added]
The extreme form of Islam is called Wahhabism and it originated in Saudi Arabia…..it is possible that the US tried to use religion to halt the spread of Communism….but I think that MbS is trying to put a US spin on his country’s radicalism….
The tour, the PR tour continues, and he will get whatever he wants from the Trump White House including the nukes he so desires.
Now think about that for damn minute.
In case it is too much to ask then here is what I mean……nukes in the hands of radical Islamists….the very fundamentals that fuel AQ and ISIS…..get it now?