Saturday, June 12, 2010

Western newspaper claims Saudi Arabia will assist in Israeli attack on Iran

This is what colonialism looks like in 2010.
“The Saudis have given their permission for the Israelis to pass over and they will look the other way,” said a US defence source in the area. “They have already done tests to make sure their own jets aren’t scrambled and no one gets shot down. This has all been done with the agreement of the [US] State Department.”

Sources in Saudi Arabia say it is common knowledge within defence circles in the kingdom that an arrangement is in place if Israel decides to launch the raid. Despite the tension between the two governments, they share a mutual loathing of the regime in Tehran and a common fear of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. “We all know this. We will let them [the Israelis] through and see nothing,” said one.
The Saudi regime is an absolute disgrace to humanity, to the Islamic religion and the Arab world.

What prevents a US/Israeli attack on Iran has never been Saudi opposition, but the reprisals Iran would be able to conduct in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Gulf and other places. Barack Obama's new emphasis on increasing hostility with Iran increases the necessity, for defensive purposes, that Iran strengthen its options for reprisal.

Iran spent many years ruled by the Shah on behalf of the United States. A lot of countries have been in colonial relationships like the one Saudi Arabia has with the United States, and if maintaining this relationship was not necessary for about five million Jewish people in Palestine to have a secure state, Saudi Arabia and Jordan would likely have become independent with most of the rest of the colonized world in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

A democratic Arabia would certainly build its own capacity for nuclear power and would have no interest in maintaining Israel's regional monopoly. Saudi Arabia is not threatened by Iran having a modicum of nuclear weapons capability. However, what indirect colonial monarchs do is provide a local face and a knowledge of local symbolism and sensibilities. If Arabia was ruled by a US administrator it would be willing to participate directly in any attack, but the cost would be that the people of the country would be more likely to revolt. It would be more offensive to the people ruled.

The monarchy is a way to strike a balance between obeying US instructions while not inciting localist passions. The Saudi government, according to the Times, has practiced not shooting Israeli planes as they flew over Saudi territory, but does so unofficially, while maintaining symbolic and non-effective opposition to Israel.

The nearly 30 million people who live under this US-dependent monarch pay the price for there to be a Jewish majority state for five million Jews in Palestine just as the 1.5 million people under siege in Gaza, the over 60 million Egyptians who live under dictatorship and the over 70 million Iranians who are under economic attack by the West.


lidia said...

Oppressive and anti-Semitic regime of Saudis is termed "moderate" by pro-Zionist writers. They both deserve each other, but the people of the ME do NOT deserve either Zionists or Saudis

b said...

Come on Arnold, you surely don't believe such a soft sourced article from Murdoch's London Times.

It's ridiculous.

Lysander said...

Have to agree with b. There is zero chance this article is true. While the Saudi government is indeed a disgrace, it will seek to protect its power at all costs. Being openly complicit in an Israeli attack against Iran, ESPECIALLY if that attack fails as well might, would put the Saudi regime's survival at risk. They will not take such a risk. Colonialism has its limits and cannot make them commit suicide. More likely, the Saudis see what Turkey is doing and recognize which way the wind blows. Iran could be a much more powerful country 5 years from now and the Saudis have every reason not to antagonize it.

b said...

Saudi denies deal on Iran blitz

Posted on » Sunday, June 13, 2010

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia yesterday denied a report in the British media that it will allow Israeli jets to use its airspace if Tel Aviv decides to attack Iranian nuclear facilities.

"Saudi Arabia has followed the false and slanderous allegations in some British media that it would let Israel attack Iran via its airspace," the official Saudi Press Agency quoted a foreign ministry official as saying. The kingdom "rejects violating its sovereignty or the use of its airspace or territories by anyone to attack any country", he said.

Ariez said...

Who cares if there is a Jewish state? It's so small compared to the Muslims world (Roughly one hundred times smaller actually) that people need to stop freaking out about it, the Jews deserve a homeland, but need to stop treating the Palestinians so poorly, and vice versa.

Arnold Evans said...

Well, it looks like the people of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon and the rest of the Muslim world disagree with you.

So the question is what are you willing to do to make sure these people who disagree with you never have power in their region.

There is not good answer to that.  No answer other than for you to be the 2012 version of Cecil Rhodes.

Lidia said...

A historical translation:

Who cares if there is a Whites Rhodesia state? It's so small compared to the Black African world that people need to stop freaking out about it, the Whites deserve a homeland in Africa, but need to stop treating the Blacks so poorly, and vice versa.

So, how it sounds?

Asadhusain1947 said...

Saudi goverment and us both are mad ...iranis has muslims brother and americans and israelis are the idiots and enemies of islam...