Zakaria: The Saudis Are Mad? Tough!

Zakaria: The Saudis Are Mad? Tough! – TIME.

Every criticism of Saudi foreign policy that Zakaria makes in this piece is correct, but there are few convenient lies of omission all of which pertain to America being a main partner, enabler and a beneficiary of Saudi Wahhabi adventurism. So, basically Zakaria is simply airing some dirty laundry in what promises to be a messy divorce. But to say that there will no strategic implications to this divorce is to ignore the very facts Zakaria marshaled in order to justify it, namely that Saudi, like Iran, America’s new paramour, sponsors global terror networks, and history tells us that she tends to be quite vindictive. Now, and as it courts another Middle Eastern vixen, the US may only see the negative side of Saudi terror, as it hopes to benefit from the Iranian one. Some would say this is good for the US, and is indeed the stuff of real-politick. But the times, they are a-changing, and when this thing backfires, as it always does, I doubt the aftermath will be as containable as the Brat Pack of America’s New Isolationism seem to think.

Zakaria: The Saudis Are Mad? Tough!

Zakaria: The Saudis Are Mad? Tough! – TIME.

Every criticism of Saudi foreign policy that Zakaria makes in this piece is correct, but there are few convenient lies of omission all of which pertain to America being a main partner, enabler and a beneficiary of Saudi Wahhabi adventurism. So, basically Zakaria is simply airing some dirty laundry in what promises to be a messy divorce. But to say that there will no strategic implications to this divorce is to ignore the very facts Zakaria marshaled in order to justify it, namely that Saudi, like Iran, America’s new paramour, sponsors global terror networks, and history tells us that she tends to be quite vindictive. Now, and as it courts another Middle Eastern vixen, the US may only see the negative side of Saudi terror, as it hopes to benefit from the Iranian one. Some would say this is good for the US, and is indeed the stuff of real-politick. But the times, they are a-changing, and when this thing backfires, as it always does, I doubt the aftermath will be as containable as the Brat Pack of America’s New Isolationism seem to think.

Will Arab regimes reform themselves before the genie gets out of the lamp?

Tharwa Editorial

A few months ago, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak faced his country’s parliament and made a rather surprising gesture. He called for the formulation and adoption of a new bill allowing for multi-candidate presidential elections to take place for the first time in the history of that country.

A few days later, Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad, addressed the Syrian parliament and announced the withdrawal of his country’s troops from neighboring Lebanon and promised that the Tenth Congress of the Baath Party will represent a “qualitative leap” for the country.  Continue reading “Will Arab regimes reform themselves before the genie gets out of the lamp?”

A Brief Note on the Roots of Modern Terrorism

The debate on the potential Islamic roots or parallels for the terrorist attacks that took place on September 11 and before, launched and/or coordinated by groups with Islamic affiliations, is making me wonder now, despite my having taken part in it, whether we are not putting too much emphasis on the issue of supposed roots or parallels in Islamic history. Modern terrorism, when you think about it, seems to have a more western origin than anything else.

The tendency itself seems to have begun with the French Revolution but was launched at earnest with the development of anarchist and fascist groups in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Continue reading “A Brief Note on the Roots of Modern Terrorism”