Wednesday, December 27, 2017

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Poke With A Very Long Stick

Writing last month Mick Hall suggested that:

It would be wise to poke with a very long stick whatever the British Government say about Iran in the coming weeks.

Public beheading performed in Saudi Arabia.

When Mohammed bin Salman first became the Crown prince of Saudi Arabia the British liberal intelligentsia took him at his word when he claimed he would modernise the Kingdom, women would be allowed to drive cars and corruption would be tackled rigorously.

If he were serious about tackling corruption the first to be arrested would be his father, Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud the current king, and the next would be the crown prince himself.

The system is such in Saudi Arabia that as far as the countless members of the Royal family are concerned everything within the kingdom is theirs for the taking.

So what is this young satraps true aims, why has he arrested Saudi businessmen, bureaucrats including friends, and members of his own family? Its about battening down the hatches for a coming war with Iran: his role is to hold the home-front if and when Saudi Arabia goes to war.

The USA, Israel, and Trump's personal caddy the British Tory government are underwriting, orchestrating and setting the guidelines for this war.

Last week the prime minister of Lebanon resigned on key after a phone call from the Saudi crown prince as Martin Chulov reports:

At a lunch in Beirut being hosted by prime minister Saad Hariri. Midway through the meal with the visiting French cultural minister, Fran├žoise Nyssen, Hariri received a call and his demeanour changed. He excused himself and left for the airport, without his aides.
Within hours Hariri, by then in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, had resigned his position, concluding his transition from Lebanese leader to Saudi envoy and Lebanon’s transformation from outpost to ground zero of a stunning regional escalation.
The fall of Kurdish-held Kirkuk in northern Iraq to the Iraqi government, backed by Iran’s most prominent general, in October, starvation among the population of war-torn Yemen, a ballistic missile over Riyadh, and the apparently forced exit of the premier in Lebanon are all part of the same machinations – a great strategic power play between two regional heavyweights that has suddenly shifted from back rooms to potent realisation.

Saddam Hussein was the Sunni bulwark against Iran and the Shia peoples of the region in Lebanon, Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and when he fell it was the USA which stepped into the void, which was always going to end disastrously yet the Saudi's didn't see it coming.

As Martin continues:
While they dithered, Iran took hold,” said a senior Saudi official who has left the kingdom in the past year. “While they thought the US was doing their bidding, it was actually enabling an Iranian takeover. This is now almost complete. So they are right to worry. Things have changed in the Middle East by them doing nothing about it.” ... Iran now all but controls a land corridor that runs from Tehran to Tartous in Syria, on the Mediterranean coast, giving it access to a seaport a long way to its west, and far from the heavily patrolled waters of the Arabian Gulf. The route passes through the centre of Iraq, and Syria, skirting the Lebanese border and what were some of the most active areas of the Syrian civil war, which have been returned to regime control. “They are two months from finishing this,” said a senior regional intelligence official. “This changes things. It gives them an open supply line to move whatever they want. And it gives them strategic depth. It is a big deal.”

Hence the imbecile in the White House's rush to war, with his caddy running behind crying "go Donald go."

Just how grubby this is was also pointed out by Martin:

Saudi leaders had long placed faith in Hariri as their man to defy Hezbollah and assert the authority of state institutions over its parallel political and military structure in Lebanon ...Their patience ran out last year when the Saudi construction sector collapsed, dragging down with it a company that Hariri chaired. Since then, he and Saudi leaders have been at odds over more than $1 billion. Riyadh’s new sense of crisis appears to have put that feud on hold and invited Hariri back into the fold – for a price.

Mohammed bin Salman claims he is tackling corruption while handing out backhanders.

“That the Saudi leadership ever could have seriously entertained the notion that Hariri could “rein in” Hezbollah appears fanciful if one takes even a cursory look at the group’s relationship to Lebanese governments since 2005, which it either dominated, defied or toppled at will,” said Heiko Wimmen, project director for Iraq, Syria and Lebanon for the International Crisis Group. Bob Fisk, who has lived in Lebanon for over 30 years explained how people there are taking the kidnaping of there PM by bin Salman and his cronies:

The Saudis may be holding the Lebanese Prime Minister hostage but their apparent plan to topple the Beirut government has gloriously backfired. Far from breaking up the cabinet and throwing Hezbollah’s ministers to the wolves, the Lebanese nation has suddenly woken up to what it’s like to be united – against the Saudis. The Lebanese government has announced that it does not accept the resignation statement which Saad Hariri was obliged to make in Riyadh, and overnight hashtags have appeared on several Beirut streets saying “kul na Saad” – “We are all Saad”. Even the Sunni Muslims of Lebanon are furious at their Sunni counterparts in Saudi Arabia.

Hariri has been detained – or constrained, or kidnapped or held hostage or treated as an honoured guest of Saudi Arabia (take your pick). For the Lebanese government – and for many tens of thousands of Lebanese – the Saudi decision to present Hariri with a resignation letter to read on the Arabia television channel was a national insult. Expect to hear a great deal in the MSM in the coming weeks about Iran's secret WMDs, the wickedness of the regime, and how it poses a threat to the UK.

Rather than Boris Johnson having mistakenly said Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was simply teaching people journalism during her visit to Iran, it may have been a deliberate act to provoke the Iranian government into overreacting, and to hell with the consequences for Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her family.

Whatever the truth of this and Priti Patel's alleged holiday in Israel, which had MI6's fingerprints all over it, it would be wise to poke with a very long stick whatever the British Government and its MSM creatures say about Iran in the coming weeks.

➤More on the despicable behavior of Britain's and the USA's close ally in the middle east.

Only God can save us': Yemeni children starve as aid is held at border by Saudi Arabian government.  

Abdulaziz al-Husseinya, nine years old and suffering from acute malnutrition, Al-Thawra hospital, Hodeidah, Yemen. Photograph: Iona Craig

 And to see just how close the UK government is with the Saudi's:

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