Saudi King lectures the Coalition of the Gobbling

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At a two day summit in Riyadh aimed at pushing the Arab peace plan for Israel and Palestine, in a significant about face, the Sauds have rounded on the incompetent Coalition of the Gobbling warmongers.

Saudi King Abdullah, whose country is a close US ally, slammed Wednesday the “illegitimate foreign occupation” of Iraq in an opening speech to the annual Arab summit in Riyadh.

“In beloved Iraq, blood is being shed among brothers in the shadow of an illegitimate foreign occupation, and ugly sectarianism threatens civil war,” Abdullah said.

He also said that Arab nations, which are planning to revive a five-year-old Middle East peace plan at the summit, would not allow any foreign force to decide the future of the region.

What will be the reaction of the United States to such impudence? The original neocon plan called for the transformation of the middle east using Saudia as a pivot to democratise the region, with Egypt the eventual prize. Saudia is thus throwing a big spanner in the works by projecting its power and biting the hand that feeds it.

Saudi leaders are keen to promote the beleaguered Sunni cause in Iraq, which is presently endangered by overwhelming Shite power, including within the Shite dominated and United States’ backed puppet Iraqi government. The summit is expected to adopt a resolution calling for more power sharing with the former Sunni elite.

The Iraqi government has immediately dug in its heels, telling the Sauds they

did not need a “diktat” from the Arabs on how to amend its constitution and boost national reconciliation.

The Arab League wants to resume negotiations with Israhell, offering normalisation for acceptance of terms including withdrawal of all land occupied in 1967, the creation of a Palestinian state and return of Palestinian refugees.

Despite mutterings from Israeli officials about the Arab plan being a “starting point”, it is likely that rightwing Israeli zealots who, with the support of Doodoo bush and the Israel first lobby, will insist on retaining lands they have stolen through warfare. Acceptance of the right of return of refugees driven from their land in the Nakba catastrophe in 1948 is seen by the Israeli rightwing, religious nuts and fanatical settler movement as tantamount to destruction of their pariah apartheid state, despite the clear legal basis for such return under international law.

At the summit, Hamas is calling for an end to the western boycott of Palestine and is seeking financial support from the Arab states to the tune of $2.7b.

Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud Al Faisal projected firmness, warning Israel

not to expect any further diplomatic overtures, telling a British newspaper: “What we have the power to do in the Arab world, we think we have done.”

“If Israel refuses [the plan], that means it doesn’t want peace and it places everything back in the hands of fate. They will be putting their future not in the hands of the peacemakers, but in the hands of the lords of war.”

And that, my friends, will suit the Netanyahooites and religious zealots down to the ground, to the detriment of Israel’s future security and prosperity.

4 Replies to “Saudi King lectures the Coalition of the Gobbling”

  1. Gary North opines:

    The Israelis would like Iran removed as a regional center of power. On this point, they are in full agreement with the Saudis.

    The Administration does not want to see a dramatic fall of the dollar in relation to the euro.

    An attack on Iran will produce a spike in the oil price, no matter what currency is used to settle accounts. Oil importers don’t want that. Oil exporters will cry crocodile tears, and then hike their prices. It’s called “meeting the market.”

    The potential for disrupting the flow of oil has never been greater.

    Meanwhile, in a fit of pique, flexing their ugly muscles, the Israhellis delay United Stupids sales of weaponry to Saudia.

    Quoting a U.S. defense industry executive, the newspaper said the arms sale to Washington’s Arab allies could be worth $5 billion to $10 billion if all of the weapons under discussion — including tanks, warships and advanced air defense systems — were sold.

    Israel is particularly concerned that the advanced weapons could erode its military superiority in the region and that the possible transfer of precision-guided weapons to Saudi Arabia could improve the ability of its warplanes to hit targets, unnamed U.S. government officials told The Times .

    “The Israeli complaints have introduced a new uncertainty into the administration’s plan to beef up Persian Gulf militaries as a bulwark against Iran and as a demonstration that, no matter what happens in Iraq, Washington remains committed to the Sunni Arab governments around the region,” The Times said.

    A senior administration official told the paper that the Israelis must “understand that it’s in our interest and their interest” that Washington help bolster the defense systems of Sunni Arab allies.

    But Israel is concerned the Bush administration’s plan for a U.S.-Sunni-Israeli coalition allied against Iran might not materialize and that Saudi Arabia’s mostly U.S.-made arsenal might end up in the hands of terrorist groups.

    “The Israelis believe the government of Saudi Arabia is under a great deal of pressure,” former Pentagon official David Schenker told the paper.

    So Bin Laden’s aims to overthrow the Saudi tyrants is succeeding, according to the Israhellis? How convenient these Islamic fundos are to Israhell.

    Several officials at the State Department and Pentagon also said that Washington had made few if any sales of satellite-guided weapons to Gulf states, while Israel had received such arms since the 1990s and used them in its war with the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah last summer, in which more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, died.

    The officials said there had been a delay until later this month in plans to notify Congress formally about the possible weapons sales to Arab allies.

    “We are working with Saudi Arabia, states in the Gulf, on their particular defensive needs given the strategic challenges in the Gulf,” the U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said. “I would describe it as an ongoing discussion. There are no final decisions yet.”

    “As for the issue of the so-called qualitative military edge, this is something that we are dedicated to helping Israel preserve for a number of different reasons,” McCormack said.

    Among those reasons are Israel’s “defensive needs, for the deterrent nature of that edge, as well as allowing Israel to take calculated risks in the interest of peace,” he added.

    What a sick joke, considering the history of Israhelli aggression in the region and its chronic resistance-inciting land thievery.

    “We are committed to Israel’s security… We’re also committed to our historical relationships — good, strong relationships — with other states in the region, including Saudi Arabia.”

    Administration officials are also discussing a possible separate arms package for Israel to alleviate its concerns.

    “It’s not like the Israelis are going to end up with nothing,” a senior administration official was quoted as saying.

  2. From Khaleej Times:

    This public snub was probably the good news. The private snub was if anything worse. King Abdullah sent his national security adviser, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, to tell President George Bush that he was a bit tied up at the moment, and therefore could not fly over for a state dinner on April 17: maybe they could do dinner another time? When your best friend is not free for dinner, it is time to look in the mirror.

    The White House chose to grin and deny that any invitation had been sent, but it was impossible to deny the contents of the Abdullah speech.

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