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Friday, October 1

Iranian Revolutionary Guard's slam on Newsweek, Washington, Saudis: Even a broken clock is right twice a day

I was just mucking around at MEMRI, looking for background on Mookie Sadr's capitulation to Tehran, when I saw the following post from yesterday. I hate to say this but the IRGC nails it:
Article in IRGC Weekly: Newsweek's Choice of Saudi King Abdallah as Respected, Democracy-Seeking Leader is a Joke

An article dated August 30, 2010 in Sobh-e Sadeq, the weekly of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), called the U.S. magazine Newsweek's selection of Saudi King Abdallah as one of the world's 10 most respected leaders a joke, adding that he was chosen only because of his close relationship with the U.S.

It said that the Saudi regime is the most tyrannical in the world, because the country has never held a single election, the people have no role in choosing their leaders, and Shi'ites and women there have no rights. It also hinted that global terror – that is, Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaeda, and the Taliban – have their roots in the tyrannical Saudi regime, and mocked the Saudi "democracy" in which the leadership changes only after the ruler's illness or death.

To read the full report, click here.
My sentiments exactly. At least 70 percent of my perpetual bad mood since I began blogging is due to feeling like a whore for supporting my government, which is thick as thieves with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is just why I don't mention the Middle East very often on this blog. Pundita is already enough of an outcaste in Washington without my blurting my true views on Israel. But heck it's Friday, so why not make a few thousand more enemies?

Given that Washington is joined at the hip with Riyadh and other Arab Gulf kingdoms, I think the Israelis are idiots for being closely involved with Washington. And I don't want to hear they stick with us because of the aid they receive. The Israeli government earns its aid money from Washington.

But if I were Israel's head of state, I would make a little weighing motion with my hands and say to myself, 'On one hand, thousands of years of good relations between Persians and Jews. On the other hand belonging to an alliance with the USA that includes the people who are trying to establish a global caliphate dedicated to wiping Jews off the Earth.'

As to the argument that the Iranian government wants to wipe Israel off the map -- then how is that in 2003 the government made an offer to Washington that included the agreement to recognize Israel, to make peace with Israel, and to end not only their support for Hezbollah but also Hamas? They also offered to bury the hatchet with Washington.

The conditions they attached were that the USA recognize their right to a sphere of influence in their neighborhood and that Israel accept the peace plan with the Palestinian Authority that the Saudis put forward. Yet because Iranians don't give a rat's ass what happens to the Palestinians the second part of the offer was a sop to the Gulf Arabs and thus an attempt to get the Iranian offer under the wire in Washington.

The attempt failed -- the United States wouldn't even respond. When details of the offer leaked to the press, Washington sniffed that Tehran wasn't sincere and that they only made the offer because the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq had scared them.

Something else was going on during that year, which Washington did not want to talk about to the press: the historic thaw of relations between Israel and Russia. The thaw resulted in a Russia-Israel oil pipeline arrangement which, if extended to include a pipeline route through Iran, would make the price of Russian and Iranian oil so cheap it would probably collapse OPEC.

That's because the oil delivery route from Israel's port on the Mediterranean would circumvent the Suez Canal. All oil shipped through the canal has a $1 to $5 dollar surcharge -- per barrel.

And the cuts in oil price that the Saudis and their buddies in the other Arab Gulf oil kingdoms would need to make, to stay competitive with an Israel-Iranian-Russian oil alliance, would make it much harder for them to keep funding the Saudi plan for a global caliphate.

Okay; I feel a little better after getting all that off my chest. So now I'll climb back into my fishnet stockings and stiletto heels and go twirl my purse on K Street.
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