Did Saudi Arabia Just Clear The Way For An Invasion Of Syria And Iraq?

Tyler Durden's picture

And now, a further turn for the absurd...

While it’s still far from common knowledge among the Western public that Washington’s closest allies in the Mid-East are funding, arming, and otherwise enabling the Sunni extremists (including ISIS) battling for control of Syria and working to destabilize Iraq, the massacre that unfolded earlier this month in San Bernardino has managed to focus some much needed attention on the role Saudi Arabia plays in promoting extremism.

As we noted in the immediate aftermath of the California mass shooting, the fact that Tashfeen Malik spent 25 years in Saudi Arabia living with a father who, according to family members who spoke to Reuters, adopted an increasingly hardline ideology as time went on, underscores the fact that the puritanical, ultra orthodox belief system promoted by the Saudis is poisonous. That’s not a critique of Islam. It’s a critique of Wahhabism and the effect it has on the minds of those who are inculcated by Saudi culture. 

Here’s an excerpt from "Saudi Arabia Is Underwriting Terrorism. Let’s Start Making It Pay," by Charles Kenny:

For years since 9/11, U.S. and Western officials have mostly looked the other way at all this ideological support for extremism: Saudi oil was just too important to the global economy, even though many of these Saudi petro-dollars were underwriting repression at home and the growth of Salafist fundamentalism abroad. 

 

This support for radicalism abroad should come as little surprise given that Islamic State is an ideological cousin of Saudi Arabia’s own state-sponsored extremist Wahhabi sect—which the country has spent more than $10 billion to promote worldwide through charitable organizations like the World Assembly of Muslim Youth. The country will continue to export extremism as long as it practices the same policies at home. 

More, from "Saudi Arabia: An ISIS That Has Made It," by Kamel Daoud:

Black Daesh, white Daesh. The former slits throats, kills, stones, cuts off hands, destroys humanity’s common heritage and despises archaeology, women and non-Muslims. The latter is better dressed and neater but does the same things. The Islamic State; Saudi Arabia. In its struggle against terrorism, the West wages war on one, but shakes hands with the other. This is a mechanism of denial, and denial has a price: preserving the famous strategic alliance with Saudi Arabia at the risk of forgetting that the kingdom also relies on an alliance with a religious clergy that produces, legitimizes, spreads, preaches and defends Wahhabism, the ultra-puritanical form of Islam that Daesh feeds on.

Consider that, and consider the following headline from Reuters which surely qualifies as the most tragically ironic thing you'll read all day: "Saudi Arabia announces 34-state Islamic military alliance against terrorism"

That's right ladies and gentlemen, you no longer have anything to fear from Sunni extremists because the undisputed king of promoting Sunni extremism is on the case. "The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism, with a joint operations center based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations," a statement from state-ruun SPA said.

But it gets better. Much better. 

"The countries here mentioned" of course include Turkey and Qatar. Qatar is a well known sponsor of extremist groups battling in Syria. Recall the following from The New York Times (ca. 2014):

Standing at the front of a conference hall in Doha, the visiting sheikh told his audience of wealthy Qataris that to help the battered residents of Syria, they should not bother with donations to humanitarian programs or the Western-backed Free Syrian Army.

 

“Give your money to the ones who will spend it on jihad, not aid,” implored the sheikh, Hajaj al-Ajmi, recently identified by the United States government as a fund-raiser for Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate.

 

Sheikh Ajmi and at least a half-dozen others identified by the United States as private fund-raisers for Al Qaeda’s Syrian franchise operate freely in Doha, often speaking at state-owned mosques and even occasionally appearing on Al Jazeera. The state itself has provided at least some form of assistance — whether sanctuary, media, money or weapons — to the Taliban of Afghanistan, Hamas of Gaza, rebels from Syria, militias in Libya and allies of the Muslim Brotherhood across the region.

 

Now, however, Qatar is finding itself under withering attack by an unlikely alignment of interests, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Israel, which have all sought to portray it as a godfather to terrorists everywhere. Some in Washington have accused it of directly supporting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — an extremist group so bloodthirsty that Al Qaeda has condemned it — a charge that Western officials, independent analysts and Arab diplomats critical of Qatar all call implausible and unsubstantiated.

As for Turkey, well, we've covered Ankara's connections to ISIS exhaustively, but suffice to say you don't pull in $500 million or more per year in oil sales without a state sponsor and for Bakr al-Baghdadi, that state sponsor looks to be Turkey. And the oil story only scratches the surface of Erdogan's complicity when it comes to aiding and abetting extremism in Syria. 

Of course Iran is excluded from the new "coalition." Here's Reuters again:

Shi'ite Muslim Iran, Sunni Saudi Arabia's arch rival for influence in the Arab world, was absent from the states named as participants, as proxy conflicts between the two regional powers rage from Syria to Yemen.

This would be infuriating if it weren't so comically absurd. Obviously Tehran has some blood on its hands when it comes to promoting international terrorism via the Quds and via Hezbollah. However, that pales in comparison to the Saudis role in creating a world view that indocrinates the masses with an ideology that aligns almost perfectly with that espoused by ISIS, al-Qaeda, and their offshoots. 

Further, the IRGC and Hezbollah are actually on the ground fighting the same terrorists the Saudis are talking about. So while Riyadh issues press releases, Iran risks its soldiers. Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen is busy fighting to restore a puppet government (of course Iran is in many ways battling to restore what some might call a puppet of Tehran in Syria, but you get the point). 

The obvious question here is this: is this the precursor to Saudi, Qatari, UAE, and (more) Turkish boots on the ground in Syria and Iraq, just as Iraqi Shiite politician Hanan Fatlawi predicted last week? It certainly appears so. Here's a headline that crossed the wires earlier today (from Reuters):

  • SAUDI FOREIGN MINISTER JUBEIR SAYS TALKS ONGOING WITH REGARD TO SAUDI ARABIA, OTHER GULF STATES SENDING SPECIAL FORCES TO SYRIA

With that in mind, we close with one last quote, this one from 30-year-old deputy crown prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman: "There will be international coordination with major powers and international organizations ... in terms of operations in Syria and Iraq."

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nuubee's picture

Jesus, we have allied ourselves with the next Hitler. Great job U.S. political elites! You sure know how to vet people for their values!

Manthong's picture

How about an invasion of Saudi Arabia?

It would probably do more to quell world terrorism than anything else.

Looney's picture

Russian Military Aid in Iraq

TEHRAN (FarsNews)- The Russian Defense Ministry supplied a large cargo of military and arms aid to Iraq as part of the Moscow-Baghdad growing anti-terrorism cooperation.

“A large number of the Russian-made armored vehicles, with impenetrable and highly resistant armor, have arrived in the Iraqi port of Basra," A Russian source said on Tuesday.

"Arrival of the armored vehicles on one hand will strengthen the Iraqi military against the ISIL terrorists' rocket attacks and on the other hand will pave the way for the Russian army men to have safer presence in Iraq for war on terrorism," the source underlined.

It looks like the “Latakia Playbook” is being used now in Iraq by the Russians. ;-)

Looney

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940924000825

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Apparently there was a clause in the AUMF that Senators can declare war, cool

Deathrips's picture

This makes it hard to sell my WTI calls.

Decisions Decisions.

 

Fuck zionist wahabis.

 

RIPS

SWRichmond's picture

Just a new profit center for the MIC.

Remember to make it your business to not get killed for profit.

Bring the Gold's picture

May cooler heads prevail, May peace triumph. No more of these bs wars and flirting with global suicide.

RonArgent's picture

OBAMA'S OIL WAR IN SYRIA!!!!!!

 

Where exactly are the jew run media and the "antiwar" protesters?

Chris Dakota's picture

They are busy trying to disarm Americans.

They are pushing gun control and police fighting now, they don't care about war anymore.

The Juggernaut's picture

Would Russia nuke Saudi Arabia??

 

USA didn't need to nuke Japan twice.  The Japanese were going to surrend in a matter of weeks.  It was just to send a message.  Will Russia send a message?

Tarzan's picture

The Sunnis and Shia are on a collision course to rule the Islamic state.  Russia and America are hoping to divide the spoils of this Islamic war, hoping their side wins.

Western elites, psychopaths, think they can use this chaos to their advantage, to further their NWO.  That will blow up in their face and lead to world war III!

The problem is, once Islam unites under one flag the rest of the world will discover just how "peaceful" a religion Islam is.  They are bent on world domination and Peace is the last thing on their mind.  It is a blood thirsty religion bent on conquest, PERIOD!

Islam is not a peaceful religion.  Islamic extremists are following the teachings AND ACTIONS of their founder Muhammad.  He failed at everything he tried, until he picked up a sword and began his bloody conquest!

 

By Richard A. Gabriel
    5/17/2007

    ......The idea of Muhammad as a military man will be new to many. Yet he was a truly great general. In the space of a single decade he fought eight major battles, led eighteen raids, and planned another thirty-eight military operations where others were in command but operating under his orders and strategic direction. Wounded twice, he also twice experienced having his positions overrun by superior forces before he managed to turn the tables on his enemies and rally his men to victory. More than a great field general and tactician, he was also a military theorist, organizational reformer, strategic thinker, operational-level combat commander, political-military leader, heroic soldier, and revolutionary. The inventor of insurgency warfare and history’s first successful practitioner, Muhammad had no military training before he commanded an army in the field.

    Muhammad’s intelligence service eventually rivaled that of Byzantium and Persia, especially when it came to political information. He reportedly spent hours devising tactical and political stratagems, and once remarked that “all war is cunning,” reminding modern analysts of Sun Tzu’s dictum, “all war is deception.” In his thinking and application of force Muhammad was a combination of Karl von Clause­witz and Niccolo Machiavelli, for he always employed force in the service of political goals. An astute grand strategist, he used non­mili­tary methods (alliance building, politi­cal assassination, bribery, religious appeals, mercy, and calculated butchery) to strengthen his long-term position, sometimes even at the expense of short-term military considerations.

    Muhammad’s belief in Islam and his own role as the “Messenger of God” revolutionized Arabian warfare and resulted in the creation of the ancient world’s first army motivated by a coherent system of ideological belief. The ideology of holy war (jihad) and martyrdom (shahada) for the faith was transmitted to the West during the wars between Muslims and Christians in Spain and France, where it changed traditional Christian pacifistic thinking on war, brought into being a coterie of Christian warrior saints, and provided the Catho­lic Church with its ideological justification for the Crusades. Ideology—whether religious or secular—has remained a primary component of military ventures ever since.

emersonreturn's picture

tarzan, the shia & sunni are not going to join.  iran & SA are never going to become buddies.

Tarzan's picture

You may be right,

But one of them or both of them will prevail and have their caliphate in Syria/Iraq. They are committed to end secular Government in Syria, just as they are doing in Turkey!

Bankers and Industrialists are stirring this pot, they want Assad out of the way.  He's a threat to Fiat Money, and he stands in the way of their Wahhabi friend's access to the Mediterranean.

or maybe purely ideological, Wars are always complex. 

Regardless, the result is the spark that starts WWIII, as the rest of the world draws their alliances around Damascus.

gonetogalt's picture

The event that could unit Shia/Sunni would be the emergence of the 12th Imam.

At any rate, it seems the Caliphate will eventually be headquartered in Turkey, if 'Gog the king of Magog' is any indication.

Beware the Lamb!!!

Tyler Durderian's picture

Here's the event that united the arab world.

Under the careful supervision of Uncle Sam:

http://goo.gl/7tHnDu

sun tzu's picture

You're right. I know some Iranians and they hate the Saudis with a passion. Most of the younger Iranians are not even practicing Muslims. 

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Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"Would Russia nuke Saudi Arabia??"~

You've got my okay to do it, as long as you smoke Mecca, (right on top of the ka'aba, please) and Medina. Turn 300+ now-deposed rock idols into glass. That ought to do the trick.

Miles Ahead's picture

Your okay is all that the world has been waiting for.

Demdere's picture

That is insanity.  You people who propose war are grounded in the video culture, all facade.

The fact that you can propose killing as a soluton to anything is absolute proof.

When was it ever?

TuPhat's picture

Many, Many times throughout history.

Demdere's picture

You know, I think you read the histories written by the winners rulers' tame historians.  The ones that leave out the loss of 2 generations of accumulated wealth, the loss of so many men, the widows left without partners the rest of their lives, the many young women denied husband and, the blind or crippled soldiers begging on the street corner.

Some things are easy to ignore, but that doesn't mean 'win', that means "acceptable to the last ruling class standing".

two hoots's picture

This is full of unknown unknown's and this not knowing what we don't know makes the idea...fundable.     

Bring the Gold's picture

It's sad. When I talk to democrats about Obama's wars they just kinda shrug with a "what are you going to do" attitude. When Bush was in it was all the rage to protest against the wars. Although it turns out Saddam was spending heavily to organize peace protests.

Likewise, I can't help but feel extreme anger at my republican friends and relatives who are up in arms about civil liberties being eroded with Obama in charge. I look at them in disbelief, because when I brought up those same concerns in late 2001 early 2002 they said I was anti-American and I patriotic for not supporting Bush in shredding the constitution and engaging in illegal wars.

As it turns out, most people watch their version of MSM propaganda (CNN or Fox) and let the box tell them what to think. It's not even a matter of hypocrisy. They are basically cybernetic mystery zombies regurgitating what they are told with no further thought on the matter. It's sad.

When I have got their eyes to light up and neurons fire over 9/11 official story or bank bailouts they quickly shut it back down when the scary implications of those events registered in their minds. They quickly tilt back a bottle of blue pills from Morpheus and it's back to your regularly scheduled Matrix-ing.

conscious being's picture

Hey Chris Dakota your new avatar slew me. Too funny.

Miles Ahead's picture

You geniuses are hilarious, getting your panties all in a bunch over Saudi Arabia when they're just a proxy for the U.S.

Bush and Bin Laden family business partners for over 3 decades.  Including the tall son.  And values?  lol.... when did that come into play?  Dropping more tonnage in Cambodia in a "secret" bombing campaign - than both sides during WWII... there's some values.  Dropping more tonnage in Laos in a "secret" bombing campaign - than both sides during WWII... there's some values. Oh yeah, then there was Vietnam but at least that wasn't "secret".

But now, Saudi Arabia is the new boogey man?  He's your BFF!

Self deception runs amok.

 

azusgm's picture

So if the KSA is aligned with Wash DC psychopaths, are we supposed to find that reassuring?

Miles Ahead's picture

Did I advise being reassured?  How about the same indignation for the puppet master (or at least higher up in the food chain) than Saudi Arabia?

Forget about S.A.  Without the US, there is no S.A.  And as long as the U.S. decrees, no one is going to bother S.A. 

They don't get theirs until Uncle Sam decides there's a better way to get that light crude and strategic footprint in the sand.

Miles Ahead's picture

By the way this clown author get's a 4.8 rating when he blames 911 on the Saudis?  Lmao!  Hello??? Earth to Tyler!  Earth to Tyler!

And San Bernadino as well.  The two "shooters" were shown cuffed from behind after the "shootout".  What... they were shooting assault rifles thru the closed window with their hands behind their backs?  LMAO...  And then Oh, the FBI let's the media ransack the apt. of an alleged terrorist with S.A. ties. What happened to the "three white men" shooters?

Hey, you all enjoy your dream world.  Get ready for the nightmare.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Washington DC, City of London, Wall Street, Basel, Frankfurt, Tel Aviv, Riyadh...

Almost as if these guys have NO nationality... Or atleast no national loyalty.  As if they are a separate species, a self-designated chosen people, of sorts.  Dual Shitizens.

 

Miles Ahead's picture

I second that... sort of my point above.

Demdere's picture

Every time we see into the mentality of our leaders and their intelligence services, it seems to me that the intelligence services have more in common with each other than they do their own political leaders.

Ditto Oligarchs, FEDs and associated banksters, ... NWO is here and growing, Israeli-Necons are one overlapping interest group in centralized power and the continued growth thereof.

Lore's picture

For all we know, those three dudes in black combat gear and their getaway driver may all have been AMISH!  Or maybe ATHEIST? 

Let's not get our knickers in a knot until we know what we're actually dealing with.  Maybe it's time to sit down with Richard Dawkins and have a talk about Radical Godlessness.

Paveway IV's picture

"...The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism, with a joint operations center based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations..."

YES! Because Saudis are known throughout the world as talented, inspiring leaders... at least until the Houthi get to Riyadh and has them swinging at the end of a rope. But that gives the Saudis, what... ten weeks or so?

Chris Dakota's picture

We can only pray that happens.

two hoots's picture

It's an intelligence gathering pool for the Saudi's.   

Y4-B_v8's picture

One mans view of fighting against terrorism is another mans right to fight against terrorism.  Why dont they just call it getting ready for war.

McMolotov's picture

One man's terrorist is another man's Nike-clad mercenary who's secretly sponsored by the same governments that falsely claim to be his enemy.

Miles Ahead's picture

Exactly.  Some light in the dense fog here... btw, US Nike beat out UK Reebok for the contract.  Feathers were ruffled big time in Bolton northwest England area my mates tell me. 

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ ManThong,

Pssst, those are the 28 Pages of the 911 report the Presstitute Media purposely has dusted under the rug.

Urban Redneck's picture

I think we have invaded quite enough countries thank you.  However, if someone were to sabotage certain key Saudi oil facilities and prevent them from financing terrorism and buying off sheeple fro an extended period, certain someones would be more likely to take matters into their own hands...  Of course since America's God-given right to cheap or free oil would go up smoke overnight, I don't think the idea is saleable.