The Terrorist State We Dare Not Name


The nation we dare not name is the largest country on the Arabian
Peninsula. Bordered by Jordan on the northwest, Iraq on the north and
northeast, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates on the
east, Oman on the southeast, and Yemen on the south, with the Persian
Gulf to its northeast and the Red Sea to its west. One could hardly
find a more pivotal entity.

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The nation we dare not name is the largest country on the Arabian
Peninsula. Bordered by Jordan on the northwest, Iraq on the north and
northeast, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates on the
east, Oman on the southeast, and Yemen on the south, with the Persian
Gulf to its northeast and the Red Sea to its west. One could hardly
find a more pivotal entity.
Fourteen of nineteen 9-11 hijackers belonged to this nation. It
operates under Sharia Law, the essential principles of which are pretty
much incomprehensible to western minds;

(Wikipedia)
Judges are free to impose capital punishment or corporal punishment,
including amputations of hands and feet for certain crimes such as
murder, robbery, rape, drug smuggling and for various forms of sexual
behaviour such as homosexuality and adultery.

The punishments,
especially the executions, are carried out in public in order to add
humiliation to the convicted person and also to act as a deterrence.
Theft is punishable by the amputation of the right hand. Drinking,
selling, or buying alcohol and sniffing drugs or injecting drugs is
punished by a sentence of eighty lashes. Smuggling heroin or cocaine
into the country is punished by death (beheading with a sword).

Murder,
accidental death and bodily harm are open to punishment from the
victim’s family. Retribution may be sought in kind or through blood
money. Honor killings are not punished as severely as murder. This
generally stems from the fact that honor killings are within a family,
and done to compensate for some dishonorable act committed.

The country that we dare not name is of course, Saudi Arabia, our closest (yet daily more distant) ally in the Middle East.

(Washington
Post, July 27) During a high-level meeting in Riyadh in January, Saudi
officials confronted a top American envoy with documents that seemed to
suggest that Iraq’s prime minister could not be trusted.

One
purported to be an early alert from the prime minister, Nuri Kamal
al-Maliki, to the radical Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr warning him to
lie low during the coming American troop increase, which was aimed in
part at Mr. Sadr’s militia. Another document purported to offer proof
that Mr. Maliki was an agent of Iran.

The American envoy, Zalmay
Khalilzad, immediately protested to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia,
contending that the documents were forged. But, said administration
officials who provided an account of the exchange, the Saudis remained
skeptical, adding to the deep rift between America’s most powerful
Sunni Arab ally, Saudi Arabia, and its Shiite-run neighbor, Iraq.

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Maliki is Shiite (as is Iran) and Saudi Arabia is Sunni Muslim. The
United States has pretty much thrown out the Sunni ruling class within
Iraq and replaced it with incompetent Shiites. Not incompetent because they
were Shiites, but because they had no status under Saddam and thus no
experience running anything other than pizza delivery.
That was part of Paul Bremer’s de Baathification program, getting
rid of the old Sunni Baath Party and a stroke of typical
neo-conservative wisdom that just happened to destroy Iraq’s ability to
function at a civic level and fueled the insurgency.
For their part, Saudi Arabia was perfectly content to get rid of
Saddam Hussein, who didn’t happen to share their particular brand of
Sunni Islam and was too powerful as well as too irresponsible for their
tastes. But they were hardly prepared for a country so capable as
America to be so thoroughly and embarrassingly incapable of the
successful occupation of a third-rate nation like Iraq.
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They were and are stunned. They were and are very nearly joined at the hip to the Bush family, financially and politically. They were and are very nervous about what son Georgie has done to destabilize a part of the world that was only nominally stabile.
The Saudi king first tried to reason with Cheney and Rumsfeld
through Prince Bandar, their minister to Washington since 1983. Then
the king recalled Bandar as a warning of how estranged he was from the
current Bush White House. Then he began providing and funding Sunni
insurgents within Iraq.

Bush administration
officials are voicing increasing anger at what they say has been Saudi
Arabia’s counterproductive role in the Iraq war. They say that beyond
regarding Mr. Maliki as an Iranian agent, the Saudis have offered
financial support to Sunni groups in Iraq. Of an estimated 60 to 80
foreign fighters who enter Iraq each month, American military and
intelligence officials say that nearly half are coming from Saudi
Arabia and that the Saudis have not done enough to stem the flow.

One
senior administration official says he has seen evidence that Saudi
Arabia is providing financial support to opponents of Mr. Maliki. He
declined to say whether that support was going to Sunni insurgents
because, he said, “That would get into disagreements over who is an
insurgent and who is not.”

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Get into disagreements as well over who is an ally and who is not, who
gets $20 billion worth of armaments and who does not and, ultimately,
who controls the essential oil cartel and who does not. You can readily
see that there are many ‘who is and who is not’ questions that hang in
the balance between a ranch in Crawford, a family compound in
Kennebunkport and a palace in Riyadh.

Officials
in Washington have long resisted blaming Saudi Arabia for the chaos and
sectarian strife in Iraq, choosing instead to pin blame on Iran and
Syria. Even now, military officials rarely talk publicly about the role
of Saudi fighters among the insurgents in Iraq.

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As well as blaming them for inculcating the development of a religious
environment that was virulently anti-American, in order to diffuse
Muslim protest against the monarchy. Cutting off the hands of the poor
while building additional palaces and skiing in St. Moritz hasn’t gone
over all that well in Saudi Arabia. The King’s quid-pro-quo has been to
allow madrasahs (radical Muslim schools) to ostensibly blow off the
excess steam of the have-nots.
To judge by results, it hasn’t worked, instead enlisting masses of
formerly conservative Muslims into jihadist terror organizations. This
is serious stuff. The King is not amused. The King is on the edge of
insurrection within his own country and Iraq, if it has not taught
anything else, has proven the impotence of a uniformed military (or
police) against a fanatical opposition.

In
agreeing to interviews in advance of the joint (Gates/Rice) trip to
Saudi Arabia, the officials were nevertheless clearly intent on sending
a pointed signal to a top American ally. They expressed deep
frustration that more private American appeals to the Saudis had failed
to produce a change in course.

Further evidence, if such is needed, that the administration still doesn’t get it. A change in course in Saudi Arabia is not an option, it’s a matter of the survival of the monarchy.
The terrorist state we dare not name has become, through out own
incompetent intervention, the terrorist state we will be forced to deal
with on their terms, not ours.
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5 thoughts on “The Terrorist State We Dare Not Name

  1. I agree with you. In fact, I've been keeping track of the Saudi funded rise of militant, extremist Wahhabi Islam on my blog, Wahaudi — almost 600 stories from around the world in less than 6 months. wahaudi.blogspot.com

  2. I just finished a great book "Paramedic to the Prince" A true story of an American Paramedic working for King Abdullah. If you want a keen insight into Saudi written by somone who was there pic up a copy. It opened my eyes to a country so important to America , but we seem to know little about it. A great book

  3. I just finished a great book "Paramedic to the Prince" A true story of an American Paramedic working for King Abdullah. If you want a keen insight into Saudi written by somone who was there pic up a copy. It opened my eyes to a country so important to America , but we seem to know little about it. A great book

  4. So much of this semi-racist Saudi-bashing misses the point: that government is there because "The West" has kept them there. The Saud family are tribal despots that could not have remained in power without the constant help of first the English and then the Americans. They aren't the secret evil big-nosed power brokers that are undermining the US (a familiar sterotype, no?). They're just one of the countless governments the US has propped up around the world in order to ensure that it gets natural reosurces at prices that a goverment truly working in the interests of its own people would never agree to.
    And no, 'madrasa' doesn't mean "radical Muslim school". It's just the Arabic word for 'school'. Period. I am so damn sick of people that don't know Arabic trying to sound knowledgeable and instead perpetuating racist assumptions.

  5. If as much money had been spent on finding alternative power sources as was spent on propping up a rotten regime, and on pointless wars, we wouldn't be in this mess.

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