Arab League Holds Emergency Session: Iran And "Terrorist" Hezbollah Must Be Stopped

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, in opening remarks to the Arab League today, declared that the kingdom “will not hesitate to defend its national security to keep its people safe” while requesting that joint action be taken to stop Iranian "aggression" and attacks on Arab states. 

Last weekend Saudi Arabia called an emergency session of the Arab League to address what it labeled "Iranian interference" after the bizarre series of events related to MBS' aggressive internal purge, which included the detention of Lebanese ex-PM Hariri, left the kingdom in an unprecedented state of strife and uncertainty.  The destabilizing events were precipitated by a November 4 attack claimed by Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen, which the Saudis called a "violation" committed by Iran, though Iran denied that it had anything to do with the rare ballistic missile launch out of Yemen. 


Arab League meeting in Cairo on Sunday. Image source: AFP

Arab foreign ministers from member states met at League headquarters in Cairo on Sunday and in predictable fashion blasted Iran and Hezbollah for sowing instability and discord within Arab countries, citing Iranian "aggression" and expanding influence. The meeting is only the 12th such emergency summit to be held since the Arab League's founding in 1945 - a fact which hints at Saudi Arabia's increased desperation to confront Hezbollah while also shifting blame from its own self-made crisis at home.

The extraordinary session was also urged by close allies among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) - UAE, Bahrain, and Kuwait - all of which also backed the Saudi diplomatic and economic war against Qatar which erupted early last summer. Among the many Saudi charges against Qatar is included supposed Iranian infiltration of the tiny oil-rich nation. 

According to Bloomberg, Arab League head Ahmed Aboul Gheit said in a press conference carried on al-Arabiya that a resolution referred to Hezbollah as a "terrorist organization". Furthermore, he said that though the Arab league won’t declare war against Iran at the moment, the resolution is a clear condemnation of Iranian interference in the region.

In addition, Hossam Zaki, Arab League Assistant Secretary, struck a hardline tone when he told Asharq al Awsat newspaper, "What Iran is doing against some Arab countries calls for taking more than one measure to stop these violations, interferences and threats, which are carried out through many various means." 

Much of Sunday's meeting focused on Lebanon, with Bahrain's foreign minister announcing that the country has come under the "total control" of Iran-backed Hezbollah. "The Lebanese Republic, in spite of our relations with it as a brotherly Arab nation... is under the total control of this terrorist party," said Bahraini FM Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, in reference to Hezbollah. "Iran's biggest arm in the region at the moment is the terrorist Hezbollah arm," he charged further. Bahrain recently joined Saudi Arabia in ordering its citizens out of Lebanon in what could be early signs of a looming regional war. 

Of course, there was not even a hint of Arab League condemnation of Saudi Arabia effectively kidnapping Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who is currently in an awkward state of limbo - or an exile of sorts - in Paris at the invitation of France's President Emmanuel Macron, though Hariri is vowing to return to Beirut this week. 

As many astute pundits have pointed out, it's now "blame Iran time" according to the official Saudi (and allies) narrative of events in order to set the stage for public support for potential military action against Iran. Though it's unlikely that the Gulf states would take direct military action against Hezbollah and Iran, there could be efforts underway to give political backing for an Israeli incursion into Lebanon.

Meanwhile the Lebanese are increasingly aware that their country has fallen in the cross hairs of an unusual alliance between Saudi Arabia, Israel, and anti-Iranian interests which see Hezbollah and pro-Iranian proxies as the number one threat and scapegoat for all of the region's problems. Lebanese President Michel Aoun has accused Saudi Arabia of effectively kidnapping Hariri and holding him hostage, though Hariri himself has since given bizarre excuses for his prolonged absence.

As discussed previously, Iran is currently being scapegoated for just about all tensions which have exploded in the gulf over the past month, including the following growing list of grievances:

  • the civil war in Yemen,
  • sowing internal discord and rebellion among Shia communities within the gulf monarchies,
  • the Qatar economic blockade and isolation over accusations that it is "Iran friendly",
  • the latest civil unrest in Bahrain and the alleged bombing of a major oil pipeline there,
  • ratcheting up tensions with Israel in support of Hezbollah,
  • destabilizing Lebanon itself leading to PM Saad Hariri's "resignation" - all of this precipitating the Saudi "night of the long knives".
  • the war in Syria and sectarian strife

It may not come immediately, but there could be war on the horizon as Saudi Arabia and its regional allies grow increasingly desperate for "action" against Iran and Hezbollah.

Comments

Paul Kersey Haus-Targaryen Sun, 11/19/2017 - 15:26 Permalink

"Iran And "Terrorist" Hezbollah Must Be Stopped"

Yeah, those Hezbollah terrorists, who are massacring the Houthis in Yemen, must be stopped! Oh, wait, those aren't Hezbollah terrorists, those are the Saudis. Well, what about al qeda terrorists? Oh, wait, those terrorists are also Saudis. Well, what about ISIS? Oh, wait:

"Perhaps the most powerful indication of Saudi’s financial links with ISIS can be seen in the cache of emails leaked from the office of Hillary Clinton, who was US Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013.

The messages, published by Wikileaks, contain an unambiguous statement by her campaign chairman, John Podesta:

“We need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups in the region.”

If you can't believe the Saudis, then who can you believe? How about the Israelis and the American? Oh, wait..............

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sushi TBT or not TBT Sun, 11/19/2017 - 16:45 Permalink

Hariri returns to LebabonIs assassinated likely by Mossad but in any case by some agent other than Hezbollah.KSA blames Hezbollah. Israel blames Hezbollah. Howdy Doody blames Hezbollah. Trump blames Iran.Accusations form a casus belli.Shit happens.KSA invades Quatar to take possession of gas and oilfields.ME goes up in flames.Israel wins.

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Conscious Reviver sushi Sun, 11/19/2017 - 22:46 Permalink

Impossible KSA invades Qatar. Two reasons. 1) The KSA military could not fight their way out of a wet paper bag as demonstrated by their on going failure in Yemen. 2) The Turks, who can kick ass, are on the ground, dug in, in Qatar, hired to protect the country. OK, #3, Iran would not sit idle and watch it happen.

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Escrava Isaura Winston Churchill Sun, 11/19/2017 - 16:00 Permalink

Stopdreaming: ALERT: Marines invading CIA Headquarters Why? To take desks and chairs? It makes no sense.   The Saudis will only go after Iran if: a) US say so. b) Or, if they are out of oil, so they can blame Iran as the Iranians bomb the dead fields, while they take all the cousins business/money and get out of there.   Things need to be very bad for the Saudis to go after Iran. Let’s hope it is just posturing to scare the Russians out of the Middle East. Because, when Saudi Arabia goes, we’ll all go. The world will starve to death. Our agro industry and our food distribution is 100% depended on oil.  

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bannedonce Stopdreaming Sun, 11/19/2017 - 15:22 Permalink

That would be a badass mission, but sounds bogus. 2200? That's a full Battalion. A FUCK TON of troops to secure what are mostly unarmed paper pushers. Also, what's the clearance level of this whole battalion? Are they all E5 and above? That's a hell of a responsibility for joe sweatsock e2 to shoulder without any serious vetting. This is a minimum TS clearance type mission. Im not buying it.

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earleflorida Sun, 11/19/2017 - 15:27 Permalink

these countries couln't fight their way out of a paper bag. period!i doubt israel will get involved, seeing that the ussa has to much already on its plate.   (spread to thin)russia (bad cop) will side with 'the`lebanon & syria' with china (good cop).lebanon doesn't want a fight,.. with hezbollah saying the arab's will assassinate hariri to provoke a war...or 'bibi' just says fuck everybody and just lobs a few missiles at 'assad's castle/ HQ in damascus starting a MENA conflagration, [and] sending the entire EU into migrant/emigre` panic mode!!!

Uncle Floyd Sun, 11/19/2017 - 15:30 Permalink

Poor misunderstood ghoullahs, their hizblow poodles & mercenary army of unemployed shia peons.
Where oh where is Bendover Obama with some more skids of cash, red lines and blow jobs?

AriusArmenian Sun, 11/19/2017 - 15:36 Permalink

The combined strength of the moronic Arab League is not strong enough to defeat Iran.Even with the backing of the US it would fail.See The Saker article on a US war on Iran.The western axis war on Iran, should it happen, will be the end of the US 'indispensable and exceptional' lunacy.

Greed is King max2205 Sun, 11/19/2017 - 16:00 Permalink

The only friends they`ve got are America, Israel and Britain; still, we should be used to having our troops coming home in body bags fighting wars for unsavory characters like the Saudi`s, and profit as well of course, never forget the old adage that all wars are bankers wars. Profit is far more important than people, and after all, it`s only the peasants who do the fighting and dying, you don`t see bankers sons fighting and dying, you don`t see Politicians sons fighting and dying, and you don`t see real estate billionaires fighting and dying either, not even when given the chance 5 times during the Vietnam war. But all of those worthies are more than happy, ecstatic in fact to send OUR sons to their deaths, and are overjoyed to see their personal wealth increase with every body bag that comes home.

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Greed is King Sun, 11/19/2017 - 15:42 Permalink

Arab League Holds Emergency Session: Iran And "Terrorist" Hezbollah Must Be Stopped.Stopped from doing what ?; existing ?, living indepently ?, not being obedient and subservient to the American-Israeli-Saudi axis ?, or is it because Iran has joined China and Russia in competing against the petro-dollar ?.