Monday, August 15, 2016

NEO – Saudi Arabia – Cosmetic Measures or a Change of Course? / By Jim W. Dean

NEO – Saudi Arabia – Cosmetic Measures or a Change of Course?

Visit to Al Murabba Palace and National History Museum.

Saudi Arabia: Cosmetic Measures or a Change of Course?

… by  Viktor Mikhin,  with  New Eastern Outlook,  Moscow

The seven golden domes of St. Petersburg
The seven golden domes of St. Petersburg
Editor’s Note:  The pace of Geo-political changes in the Mid East seems to be picking up with the big diplomatic fight Qatar is having with the other Gulf States.
There are layers of issues within that, with one the main ones being Qatar’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood folks who are against royal lineage domination, a sensitive point for the king crowd.
It also appears they have learned something from the US, that controlling states around you, which includes subversion, destabilization and even terrorism, are acceptable tools to be used. And then there are always the lessons to be learned from how the Israelis do it, subverting legislatures, which when you have tons of money is a piece of cake where you can have it and eat it, too.
Viktor brings us a good recap today of this area where we Westerners usually have little background. By the way, his being a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences is something they don’t give away over there. The Russians have not imported grade inflation from the West.
This is why we knew our partnership with NEO would provide us a steady stream of different scholastic viewpoints to provide some badly needed balance to the endless think tank shilling and partisan commentary with which we are flooded.
Western media is going the way of what happened to American television. It would be unfair to describe it as a wasteland at this point, but is definitely headed in the direction. They do a decent job in the areas which are of less concern to the powerful, but when it comes to their A-list issues, the media barons deliver exactly like someone who has been bribed.
The anti-Russian, anti-Putin vilification propaganda campaign, led by the US but co-scripted with the Brits and EU leadership, has all the fingerprints of what we saw with the Iraq war ‘preparing of minds’ of the American people. We should know better by now. I pray that we do… Jim W. Dean ]

–  First published  March 15, 2014  –

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
The beginning of 2014 for Saudi Arabia, according to most experts, will be primarily remembered for major changes in the country’s foreign policy. Perhaps for the first time in the history of the state’s existence, the king and his entourage have clearly realized that they have to rely only on themselves, their financial capabilities and their army.
This happened shortly after U.S. President Barack Obama decided to start a new “waltz” with Iran, the current Saudi elite’s sworn enemy.
According to many politicians, including the Americans, Mr. Obama’s Administration hopes to “turn the page on the prolonged drama,” recognizing Iran as a regional superpower and shifting all the responsibility for the fate of the Middle East onto it.
After all, the United States, experiencing the shale revolution, will soon overcome its dependence on Middle East oil. That is why it would be unwise to keep to the old system of alliances, which requires tremendous efforts of Washington and major investments in the region.
Recently Riyadh has quite clearly understood that it will need to respond to modern challenges alone, especially in the foreign policy sphere. Subsequently, the USA was accused of treason – but this did not help. Then the Saudis sent their rising star, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, to Moscow and tried to bribe Vladimir Putin with sweet promises – but this attempt fell pitifully flat. After that, the Saudis started reformatting, where possible, their doctrines, in order to develop the foundations of a new policy. The process continues with varying degrees of success.
First of all, this affected Egypt, where in spite of the Americans, the legally elected President Mohamed Morsi was overthrown with Saudi money. I would say that in this case, the Saudis have been more farsighted and professional than the crowd of American political scientists and politicians.
The Egyptian Army actually took advantage of popular protest to preserve its power, which belonged to it in Egypt ever since 1952, when Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser carried out a military coup.
It is understandable that after the overthrow of M. Mursi and the military coming to power, Riyadh began giving huge sums of money to Cairo. And as the saying goes, he who pays the piper calls the tune. Besides the Americans, the Saudis’ rival, Qatar, which relied on M. Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood organization, was knocked out. Incidentally, it should be recalled that the Muslim Brotherhood is a political and religious Pan-Islamic Association.
Is religion once again being used as a weapon of control and domination?
Is religion once again being used as a weapon of control and domination?
It was founded in 1929 from a small group, set up in 1928 by a teacher, Hassan al-Banna, in Ismailia (Egypt). The goal of the organization was the proclamation of society’s Islamization and the creation of an Islamic state.
In its turn, official Cairo offered a small gift to Riyadh by arresting twenty journalists of Al Jazeera, a Qatari TV channel, who appeared in court on charges of being members of a terrorist group, aiding terrorists and spreading false information that endangered national security.
The prosecutors noted that all these “journalists” assisted “terrorist organizations”, by spreading false information. They “distorted the information” that “helped the terrorist groups achieve their goals and influence public opinion”, the statement said.
Simultaneously, Riyadh fears that various terrorist groups that are now active in the neighbouring Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Lebanon might sooner or later return to Saudi territory. Moreover, these rebels will have good combat experience and will be ideologically prepared. There was a precedent for this in Saudi Arabia, when in 2003 and 2006, Al-Qaeda carried out terrorist attacks in the territory of the Kingdom.
Trying to prevent such a threat, Saudi Arabia demanded from the kingdom’s citizens fighting overseas, and members of terrorist groups, to return home within two weeks. Experts in the field of Middle East policy indicate that the ultimatum is primarily directed towards citizens of Saudi Arabia, who are in Syria, as part of the terrorist groups fighting against President Bashar al-Assad.
Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry said that the list of groups was prepared by a special commission, composed of representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and diplomats, religious leaders, prosecutors, and others. It was also noted that this list is not final and may be enlarged by other groups.
The leadership of Saudi Arabia announced as terrorists such groups as the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, en-Dzhebhat Nusra, Al-Qaeda and the Hezbollah Lebanese Shiite organization.
Taking into account that the Egyptian organization Muslim Brotherhood is included on this list, we should note that the government of the Kingdom is serious in its attitude to the threat from Egypt, which is becoming a new ‘hot spot’ in the Arab world.
Along with the i...comes incredible intrigue
Along with the i…comes incredible intrigue
Qatar has been actively supporting Islamist forces operating in the Middle East, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, various Syrian extremists, the Palestinian Hamas movement and other similar organizations.
The statement of Saudi Arabia was made on the background of a diplomatic scandal in Qatar: the Kingdom, as well as Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates withdrew their ambassadors from Doha, accusing Qatar of supporting terrorists and interference in their internal affairs.
At the same time, UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia stressed that they support “all the countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), including the people of Qatar.”
Qatar’s disagreements with its neighbours are mainly based on their different attitudes to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood movement. While Doha supports the banned organization in Egypt, the other Arab Gulf countries are against it, and are helping the current military government of Egypt.
Saudi Arabia, which dominates in the Arabian Peninsula, is trying to completely thwart the influence of Qatar in Syria, in order to determine on its own the Arab position towards Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Apparently, in the near future, some new events will occur in the Gulf Region and Riyadh (on the eve of Barack Obama’s visit) will present new initiatives to give the royal regime more respectable appearance on the world stage.
Viktor Mikhinmember of Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, exclusively for theonline magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”
Editing:  Jim W. Dean and Erica P. Wissinger

Secret File Confirms Trump Claim: Obama, Hillary 'Founded ISIS' to Oust Assad

Secret File Confirms Trump Claim: Obama, Hillary 'Founded ISIS' to Oust Assad

Obama, Clinton
The Obama Administration’s policy of supporting Salafist opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad saw the United States unwittingly support the creation of the Daesh 'caliphate' in Syria.
A 2012 defense intelligence report, originally stamped SECRET exposes that the US-backed anti-Assad coalition at the time was spearheaded by al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) that soon after cobbled together to form the Daesh terror network.
The report exposes that while the United States refused to directly aide and support AQI and ISI pursuant to restrictions imposed by domestic anti-terror laws, State Department and Pentagon officials were well aware that the so-called ‘moderate’ rebels were intertwined with the terrorist militants who were the vanguard of the fighting force. Somewhat fantastically, the United States finds itself in a similar predicament in its anti-Assad proxy war vis-à-vis another former al-Qaeda affiliate, al-Nusra Front.
"AQI, through the spokesman of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), Abu Muhammad al-Adnani… is calling on the Sunnis in Iraq, especially the tribes in the border regions (between Iraq and Syria), to wage war against the Syrian regime," said the report.
It continued: “Opposition forces are trying to control the eastern areas (Hasaka and Der Zor) adjacent to the Western Iraqi provinces (Mosul and Anbar), in addition to neighboring Turkish borders. Western countries, the Gulf States and Turkey are supporting these efforts.”
“There is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in Eastern Syria (Hasak and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want,” in what can only conceivably be construed as a call for the formation of a Daesh "caliphate" in Syria.
In December 2012, only months after the defense intelligence report, President Obama caved to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the more hawkish wing of the national security establishment saying the United States considered the opposition to be "the legitimate representative of the Syrian people."
Again, the opposition that the Obama administration deemed to be the "legitimate representative of the Syrian people" was led by the precursors to the Daesh terror network, AQI and ISI, with Washington employing a policy of feigned ignorance agreeing to provide arms, aid, and support to other factions of the opposition knowing that these groups would potentially function as a conduit.
Indications are that the Obama administration failed to appropriately apprehend the danger posed by the Daesh terror network with the President calling the group al-Qaeda’s "JV Team" and with his own former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Michael Flynn’s assessment predicting in intricate detail the rise and reach of the jihadist group going largely ignored. 
The US policy of utilizing jihadist extremists in proxy wars carries with it a haunting track record dating back to the CIA support, during the Reagan administration, of the Mujahideen in Afghanistan that spawned off the now deceased terror mastermind Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaeda terror network.

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