Obama tells Arabian rulers: Internal dissent, not Iran a threat to you!

Developing Just Leadership

Crescent International

Jumada' al-Akhirah 17, 1436 2015-04-06

Daily News Analysis

by Crescent International

US President Barack Obama has given a blunt message to the illegitimate Arabian rulers: your problems are internal--lack of representation, high unemployment and corruption--rather than any imaginary threat from Iran. The message can only add to the jitters of these frightened rulers.

Washington DC,
Monday April 6, 2015, 17:53 DST

President Barack Obama has finally said what has been on his mind for quite a while: the Arabian regimes are illegitimate and there is huge discontent among the masses. He said “The biggest threats that they [Arab counties] face may not be coming from Iran invading. It’s going to be from dissatisfaction inside their own countries.” Obama said this in an interview with the New York Times on Sunday April 5.

The US president told the jittery Arabian rulers they should not fear Iran’s growing influence. Instead, he told them to concentrate on sorting out your internal problems. He told the Arabian rulers they have "alienated populations" and "youth underemployment."

In layman’s terms, what this means is that there are no representative governments in the region. This has created mass alienation. Further, there is mass unemployment because of lack of proper planning and corruption that has reached dizzying proportions. In “Saudi” Arabia, for instance, more than 60 percent of the population cannot afford to own a house. Similarly, unemployment among “Saudi” youths ranges 35 – 40 percent although some economists put the figure at as high as 60 percent. “Part of our job is to work with these states is to say, ‘How can we build your defense capabilities against external threats, but also, how can we strengthen the body politic in these countries…” said Obama in his NYT interview. “That’s a tough conversation to have, but it’s one that we have to have,” the US president said.

Obama announced last week that he would soon meet with leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states—Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain—at his Camp David retreat outside Washington DC. The aim is to discuss how to build more effective defense capabilities. But he emphasized he also wanted the Arab countries to be more active in addressing regional crises.

This was a clear signal from Obama that these regimes instead of being part of the problem should become part of the solution instead of merely complaining. “I can send a message to them about the US’ commitments to work with them and ensure that they are not invaded from the outside, and that perhaps will ease some of their concerns and allow them to have a more fruitful conversation with the Iranians,” he said. The jitters in Arab capitals are the result of the milestone framework agreement that Iran signed with the P5+1 group of countries in Lausanne, Switzerland on April 2.

The illegitimate Arabian rulers feel this will strengthen Iran further. Instead of working with the Islamic Republic, they are consumed by extreme hatred of it. This has led them into the eager arms of the Zionists. The Arabian rulers would rather team up with the Zionist mass murderers than side with fellow Muslims. This shows their true nature, hence their hysterical reaction to the Iran-P5+1 agreement.

Obama’s words would have provided them little comfort.


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