by Waseem Shehzad (Main Stories, Crescent International Vol. 44, No. 4, Sha'ban, 1436)
Hoping for a security agreement, the GCC dictators returned empty-handed from Washington except for promises of more killing toys that they can use against fellow Muslims but not Zionist Israel.
It was supposed to be a love fest between President Barack Obama and his Arabian servants representing dictators of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). They met at the White House on May 13 and then retreated to Camp David the following day, creating a more intimate and cozy atmosphere. But the contrived camaraderie could not hide visible tensions. The Arabian potentates wanted ironclad guarantees for their survival now that the deal between Islamic Iran and the P5+1 group of countries is almost certain. Obama offered only platitudes.
Aware that Obama was not going to offer anything substantial, King Salman of the Bedouin-ruled Kingdom of “Saudi” Arabia dropped out first. There has been considerable speculation about his absence from the Washington get-together, some calling it a “snub.” The New York Times noted on May 10 that there was “no expression of disappointment” from the “Saudis.” Only two days earlier, Eric Schultz, a White House spokesman, had said that King Salman would be coming to “resume consultations on a wide range of regional and bilateral issues.”
Others have put a more charitable spin on it saying that the two most important “Saudi” decision makers that really matter — Crown Prince and Interior Minister Muhammad bin Nayef, and Deputy Crown Prince and Defence Minister Muhammad bin Salman — were both there. The young bin Salman was seen grinning from ear to ear at the Oval Office in the White House. He was clearly overwhelmed by the moment in the company and in the office of the “most powerful” man in the world. His excitement was understandable; after all, if a slave were asked to sit at the master’s dinner table, would he not be excited?
Together with Salman, three other rulers — those of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Oman (the latter is not part of the Najdi-led war on Yemen) — also stayed away. This left the rulers of Kuwait and Qatar to hog the limelight. The Qataris were delighted; they have been competing with the Najdi Bedouins in Riyadh to present themselves as important players in the Arab world. There are deep differences and animosity between the two families. Policy differences between Qatar and “Saudi” Arabia especially in the way the two have adopted divergent approaches to al-Ikhwan al-Muslimoon in Egypt have exploded into the open. Bani Saud has declared the Egyptian Ikhwan as well as Hamas in Palestine as terrorist organizations. The Qataris have provided refuge to many Ikhwan leaders. These differences have been papered over for now but the two families also have border disputes. Given their fickle nature, these cannot be dismissed lightly. The foul-mouthed Bandar bin Sultan described Qatar “as a tent with a television station.” Bandar was not far off the mark but the Najdi Bedouins can also be described as a tent with a camel holding a bag of cash!
Beyond name-calling, what precisely was the purpose of two days of meetings in Washington and at Camp David? Obama had a clear agenda that he achieved; the Arabian potentates did not get much. The wily American president convinced the illegitimate rulers that the nuclear deal with Iran was inevitable; they had better get used to it. He even persuaded them to say that it was also in their best interest. His other objective was to sell billions of dollars worth of weapons to these regimes. This was a tough sell not because the monarchies do not have spare cash; their coffers are stuffed with petrodollars. Obama had to convince them that Iran was a “threat” so they should buy more weapons but not such a threat that a nuclear deal could not be signed with it. American merchants of death were delighted. More arms contracts would be signed even though no guarantees of keeping them on their shaky thrones were forthcoming. In fact, the Americans are probably already plotting to get rid of the dinosaurs that have become an embarrassment.
Of all the rulers, the Najdi Bedouins feel most vulnerable. They have stuck their necks out in a number of areas, none of which have been successful. Their takfiri agents are rampaging through Syria and Iraq but in neither country have they achieved the desired goal: overthrow of the government, especially in Syria. The Najdi Bedouins have now blundered into Yemen but the allies they were counting on — Egypt and Pakistan — to bail them out have not been forthcoming. Instead, in Pakistan, a torrent of abuse has been unleashed against the Bedouins in the local media for their criminal activities. This would have been unheard of a year ago but the criminal attack on an Army-run school in Peshawar last December changed all that. The Pakistani authorities, especially the military have realized the monster they are facing and who has created it.
Despite this realization, there is speculation that the “Saudis” might seek ready-made nuclear weapons from Pakistan. True, the Najdi Bedouins have provided financial support for Islamabad’s nuclear program but it would be extremely foolish, indeed disastrous, if Pakistan were to accede to such a request. Nuclear weapons are not toys to be played with. The Najdi Bedouins have provided no evidence that they are capable of acting responsibly. This is clear from the manner in which they have used their enormous wealth to destabilize other countries including friendly ones, as well as misused the huge stock of hundreds of billions of dollars worth of weapons they have purchased. Not one bullet from these has gone to defend the Palestinians against Zionist aggression. Instead, their guns, missiles, and planes have been used against Muslims whether in Syria, Iraq and now Yemen. Two decades ago, they gave $100 billion to the Iraqi tyrant Saddam Hussein to attack the only Islamic State of our times, Iran.
What the two-day meetings in the US revealed was how shaky and isolated these regimes are. Even their so-called friends and “protectors” are not willing to offer them guaratees anymore. This is the fate of all those that rely on masters other than Allah (swt). The net result will be that opposition to the regimes, especially the one in the Arabian Peninsula, will intensify following these meetings and exposure of the fact that the US is withdrawing its protective umbrella from them.
In a new and revealing development, the Arabic website of Israeli radio, Voice of Israel, reported on May 19 that diplomats from several Arabian countries have been secretly meeting Israeli officials to coordinate policies. Even though many do not have formal diplomatic relations, they are seeking Zionist support and protection now that the US has shown reluctance to do so. These meetings have taken place in Amman under Jordanian auspices, according to Jordan’s Ma’an news agency. Delegates from the European Union (EU) and the United States were also present during these secret meetings.
Several Arabian diplomats have said countries in the Muslim East should be prepared for a “new reality” in the region. What this means is that the illegitimate Arabian regimes are about to come out of purdah and declare their open alliance with the illegitimate Zionist entity against any expression of Islamic self-determination. Such relations have gone on for decades but for domestic political reasons, they have been kept under wraps. Developments in the region are forcing them to throw caution to the wind.
It was revealed recently that the Saudi regime has provided $16 billion to the Zionist regime over the last two years to seek its help with lobbying in the US. The Israeli paper, Haaretz reported (March 4) that following Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress on March 2, the Saudi regime enthusiastically applauded it even though Obama and many Democrats were furious at the Republican invitation to the Zionist ruler.
The Muslim East’s two illegitimate regimes — Bani Saud and Bani Isra’il — both occupying holy land, are coming out into the open about their close alliance and relations.