Thursday, 24 October 2013

Saudi Arabia Warns of Shift Away From U.S. over Syria, Iran

Upset at President Barack Obama's policies on Iran and Syria, members of Saudi Arabia's ruling family are threatening a rift with the United States that could take the alliance between Washington and the kingdom to its lowest point in years.

Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief is vowing that the kingdom will make a "major shift" in relations with the United States to protest perceived American inaction over Syria's civil war as well as recent U.S. overtures to Iran, a source close to Saudi policy said on Tuesday.

Prince Bandar bin Sultan told European diplomats that the United States had failed to act effectively against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was growing closer to Tehran, and had failed to back Saudi support for Bahrain when it crushed an anti-government revolt in 2011, the source said.

This threat by Saudi Arabia is a ruse to maintain some level of support for war against Syria and Iran. They are probably acting as a proxy force that serves US-Israeli goals along with their own.

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The danger of supporting the rebels over Assad is that they will not be so kind to the minority groups in Syria and they will invite intervention by the Israelis. If you consider what happened in Libya or Iraq it is better to see the Syrian Government prevail albeit in a reformed state. One must be mindful that the US Government supports dictatorships in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. US calls for democracy and representative Government in Syria is hypocritical and is only used to serve geopolitical aims.

CrossTalk: Syria's Last Chance?
Does Geneva 2.0 remain a meaningful possibility to end Syria's civil war? Who is the Assad regime supposed to talk to when it comes to opposition? Is it realistic to have any kind of reasonable contact with al-Qaeda-linked groups? And, is it now time to finally stop the violence? CrossTalking with Hillary Leverett and Richard Murphy.

A good point is made about the unpopularity of the rebels inside Syria and the fact that they are being illegally armed by outside nations. Although Assad's Government was not universally loved the rebels would never have been able to wage a war if not for their external sponsors and imported jihadists. If the rebels lose help from outside their forces will collapse in short order. From that point on pressure could applied to the Assad Government to reform their political system. Having the rebels groups take over would be the worst outcome in terms of generating a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 24th, 2013.]

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