By Latheef Farook –
Dramatic political developments are taking place in the Middle East. Few months ago even diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel was unthinkable. However the so called enemies have become best of allies today.
Imagine Saudi Arabia, the land of Islam and the rulers claiming to be custodian of two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madina, joining hands with United States and Israel, the two countries which turned Middle East into a killing field to create Greater Israel, to wage war against Iran.
Now there is only one country which could threaten Israel .That is Iran. Therefore Israel wanted to destroy Iran, in the way it destroyed Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia and now Yemen, to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapon.
Saudi ruling family also consider Iran a threat and Israel an ally.
Contrary to the false image, ruling Ibn Saud family, one of the most corrupted and oppressive regimes in this planet, is a tribal family –a system which was abolished by Islam. Their top priority is to ensure the survival of their family, their power and wealth. To ensure this they would join hands with even devil, as they had shown during the past several decades. Islam was ruthlessly exploited to entrench this family rule and loot the country’s wealth.
Thus the Ibn Saud family’s dependence on US and Israel for their survival is not something unexpected. Oil wealth was lavishly invested to ensure this.
The US. Israel and Saudi war mongers are aware that a war with Iran will drag in Iranian supported Lebanon’s Hezbollah. Thus the need to trigger a political crisis in Lebanon involving Hezbollah to weaken Iran as a prelude to war.
During the past few weeks drum beat of war in the Middle East has risen to a fever-pitch. Saudi Arabia has provoked both an internal domestic and a foreign crisis to permit Salman to realize his grandiose vision to dominate the Middle East.
As part of this conspiracy Saudi summoned Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the day after he hosted Ali Akbar Velayati, senior foreign policy advisor to Ayatollah Khamenei. In Saudi Arabia Hariri told a Saudi TV audience that he was quitting his job due to “death threats” against him.
Coverage of Hariri’s statement noted that he spoke haltingly into the camera and looked off-camera several times, indicating that the statement may have been written for him and that he may have delivered it under duress.
Lebanese media reported that on November that Hariri had been summoned to Saudi Arabia, against all expectations. He was placed under house arrest upon his arrival with limited and controlled access to his cell phone, and he was separated from his wife and children. Some sources claim that Hariri’s wife and children are currently banned from leaving Saudi Arabia until further notice to prevent any “change of heart” from the “former” prime minister after he returns to Beirut. The resignation speech was delivered in hand by Thamer al-Sabhane himself, a Saudi diplomat known for his anti-Shia tweets.
However, things are already backfiring in Lebanon with both Sunnis and Shiite openly declaring their desire to avoid any clash. Hariri’s party even praised Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, calling him a “responsible man” who placed above all the country’s “national interest,” a first in more than 10 years.
Internally, Salman suddenly created an anti-corruption commission and arrested some of the highest level royal princes in the kingdom, including at least four sitting ministers and the son of former king Fahd. The most well-known name on the list, and one of the world’s richest men, was Saudi Prince Al waleed bin Talal who opposed Salman becoming crown prince.
Ibn Saud has been such a bankrupt family they openly support Israel despite all its war crimes against Palestinians. For example Al Waleed told in April last year that ” I will side with the Jewish nation and its democratic aspirations…and I shall exert all my influence to break any ominous Arab initiatives set to condemn Tel Aviv, because I deem the Arab-Israeli entente and future friendship necessary to impede the dangerous Iranian encroachment
Meanwhile some senior figures detained in the purge in Saudi Arabia were beaten and tortured so badly during their arrest or subsequent interrogations that they required hospital treatment. The scale of the crackdown, which has brought new arrests each day, is much bigger than Saudi authorities have admitted, with more than 500 people detained and double that number questioned.
Members of the royal family, government ministers and business tycoons were caught up in the sudden wave of arrests orchestrated by Salman, under the banner of an anti-corruption drive.
Some, but not all, of the top figures arrested were singled out for the most brutal treatment, suffering wounds to the body sustained by classic torture methods. There are no wounds to their faces, so they will show no physical signs of their ordeal when they next appear in public.
The purge, which follows an earlier roundup of Muslim clerics, writers, economists and public figures, has created panic in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, particularly among those associated with the old regime of King Abdullah, who died in 2015, with power then passing to his half-brother, King Salman.
Many fear the primary purpose of the crackdown is a move by Salman to knock out all rivals inside. Meanwhile Saudi media reported that Saudi Prince Mansour Bin Muqrin, best friend and business partner of resigned Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri, and seven other people, including senior government officials and a mayor, were killed in a helicopter crash. The helicopter was deliberately targeted by state forces and attacked by a jet fighter because it is believed Bin Muqrin opposed Salman’s succession to the throne.
According to the sources, Bin Muqrin had recently sent a letter to some 1,000 princes urging them to step away from support for Bin Salman’s succession to the throne, pointing out that the youth must take action.The sources claim the attack sends a clear message to others within the royal family that Salman will stop at nothing to silence his critics and those who oppose him.
The New York Times reported that only days before the crackdown, Donald Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner, close friend of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was in Saudi Arabia where he met with the rulers till early hours in the morning. There seems little doubt therefore that Trump gave a nod of approval. What this points to is that the Trump administration is indulging the Saudi power grab as a quid quo pro in firming up the anti-Iran axis of Washington-Riyadh-Tel Aviv.
Although the Saudi purge has captured the headlines, the danger of a regional war, domestic upheavals and regime change is more likely than at any time in recent memory. As Salman consolidates his power domestically against influential members of the Al Saud ruling family, he is using anti-Shia sectarianism to whip up war hysteria against Iran and the Iran nuclear deal.
It is just one more illustration of how destructive and nihilistic US foreign policy is in the Middle East. Wars, deaths, violence, sectarian hatred never seem to satisfy Washington’s bloodlust. But in taking on Iran, American intrigue may meet its final downfall. Especially because the people of the region are increasingly becoming aware of how malicious American power operates.
Some believe that Salman is moving faster and farther along this trajectory of regional destabilization. The prime exhibit is the disastrous war in Yemen, with the Saudi and Emirati offensive turning an internal conflict about tribal disaffection from the Yemeni government into an international humanitarian catastrophe. The emboldened prince will make the situation even more catastrophic. Shortly after his purge in Riyadh he announced that he was making the partial blockade of Yemen a total blockade of all ground, air, and sea ports, thereby further extending collective punishment of the Yemeni people in a vain effort to salvage some kind of win.
No more successful has been the attempt to bring Qatar to heel. All that this effort has accomplished so far is an increase in tensions and animosity in the Persian Gulf region.
In the Bedouin culture, the attack on his cousins will not be forgotten or forgiven. Their public humiliation, as well as freezing of their assets, is seen as a blow to their honor, which surviving members of their family are duty bound to avenge.
The crown prince’s attack on leading business figures is equally risky. One of those rounded up on Saturday was Bakr bin Laden, the head of Saudi Arabia’s biggest construction company.
By hitting the foundations of the unity of the family, as well as the oligarchs, and targeting independent Islamic scholars and public figures, Salman is turning his guns on the traditional pillars of the Saudi state, one analyst said.
Indications are that Ibn Saud family installed in power by British imperial power and Zionist Jews, and run with remote control by US, have gone far too long in playing politics with Islam, destroying Muslim countries and killing millions of Muslims by participating in all US, UK, French, Russian and Israeli wars against Islam and Muslims.