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  • bemildred (5856 posts)
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    Saudi Arabia’s dream of becoming the dominant Arab and Muslim power in the world

    Saudi Arabia’s dream of becoming the dominant Arab and Muslim power in the world has gone down in flames

    As recently as two years ago, Saudi Arabia’s half century-long effort to establish itself as the main power among Arab and Islamic states looked as if it was succeeding. A US State Department paper sent by former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, in 2014 and published by Wikileaks spoke of the Saudis and Qataris as rivals competing “to dominate the Sunni world”.

    A year later in December 2015, the German foreign intelligence service BND was so worried about the growing influence of Saudi Arabia that it took the extraordinary step of producing a memo, saying that “the previous cautious diplomatic stance of older leading members of the royal family is being replaced by an impulsive policy of intervention”.

    An embarrassed German government forced the BND to recant, but over the last year its fears about the destabilising impact of more aggressive Saudi policies were more than fulfilled. What it did not foresee was the speed with which Saudi Arabia would see its high ambitions defeated or frustrated on almost every front. But in the last year Saudi Arabia has seen its allies in Syrian civil war lose their last big urban centre in east Aleppo. Here, at least, Saudi intervention was indirect but in Yemen direct engagement of the vastly expensive Saudi military machine has failed to produce a victory. Instead of Iranian influence being curtailed by a more energetic Saudi policy, the exact opposite has happened. In the last OPEC meeting, the Saudis agreed to cut crude production while Iran raised output, something Riyadh had said it would always reject.


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  • d3lic (1157 posts)
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    1. At the moment the House of Saud is

    At the moment the House of Saud is aligned with the US “friends of Syria” coalition to bring about regime change in Syria, just as it has been aligned with the US “friends of Lybia” coalition to bring about regime change there.  One can’t argue against the success of the US “war on terror”.  This follows regime change in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The US is allied with the House of Saud in their war against neighboring Yemen.

    To the USA, this makes for fat profits.

    • elias39 (4455 posts)
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      2. The 'war on terror' is hardly a success. Unless dead children

      and a devastated infrastructure is success.

      “Name, no, nothing is nameable, tell, no, nothing can be told, what then, I don't know, I shouldn't have begun.” ― Samuel Beckett, Stories and Texts for Nothing
  • PFunk1 (1337 posts)
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    3. I would say good as I too would like to see the Saudi's fall but

    Those who running it are just the type who’ll make things around them go to hell as they fall.

    • MistaP (6989 posts)
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      4. yeah, like Argentina they exported their most violent and ruthless fighters

      and officers to make the region into safe satellites, and also keep the troublemakers outside their own boundaries; now the only place Riyadh can project power is North Yemen, which will probably get some really big guns from Egypt in the next 4 years if the US-Russian partnership holds

      http://www.salon.com/2016/11/09/the-hillary-clinton-campaign-intentionally-created-donald-trump-with-its-pied-piper-strategy/ (Third Way = Bell Curve)