Monday, August 01, 2005

Saudi Arabia - you are next?


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Saudi Arabia


The old material is below:


The Telegraph (London) is allegedly used to spread the propaganda of the security services.

From the Sunday telegraph, 31 July 2005:

Scotland Yard is investigating evidence that the two waves of terrorist attacks on London this month may have been masterminded from Saudi Arabia.

The Metropolitan Police anti-terrorist squad has learnt that Hussain Osman, 27, one of the suspects for the second failed attacks, called a number in Saudi Arabia hours before his arrest in Rome on Friday...

In an unconfirmed development, the Saudi Arabian authorities are understood to be investigating the possibility that the attacks were planned by extremists there...

Security sources in Italy said he made four calls on Friday: three local calls apparently to relatives and, the most interesting one, to a mobile phone in Saudi Arabia.

Scotland Yard is trying to discover who took that call. Saudi Arabia, which has good relations with the West, has been embarrassed by its links to international terrorism. Not only is it bin Laden's home country but 15 of the September 11 terrorists were from the kingdom.~~~


Saudi Arabia's King Fahd died on 1 August 2005.

Fahd's half-brother, Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al- Saud, has been de facto regent of the kingdom since Fahd suffered a stroke in 1995.,3604,1540654,00.html

Mark Hollingsworth, in the Guardian 2 August 2005:

The new king

1. 'believes his country should be less subservient to western military and strategic interests in the Gulf.'

'is likely to be more non-aligned, reducing Saudi dependency on America.'

2. is determined to curb royal corruption.

Hollingsworth explains how Saudi Arabia has supported the USA:

1. 'What was crucial was Saudi support for US access to ... Gulf bases.'

2. Saudi Arabia 'bankrolling US foreign policy, notably $32m to the Contra rebels against the Nicaraguan government, $4bn for the mujahideen in Afghanistan in the 1980s and $17bn for the 1991 Gulf war.'

3. Saudi Arabia supplied cheap, plentiful oil and manipulated the price to benefit the American economy.

"The House of Saud has been prepared to forgo much-needed profits in tight oil markets, coming close to bankrupting the country.'

Hollingsworth points out that the USA and UK have sold weapons to Saudi Arabia 'at inflated prices purely to produce kickbacks for its senior princes.'

Abdullah is 'a traditional Islamic Arab nationalist.'

Prince Sultan, the defence minister, 'craves the patronage of western governments.'

While King Fahd remained alive, Abdullah 'was often blocked by his reactionary half-brothers, Prince Sultan, Prince Naif (the interior minister) and Prince Salman (governor of Riyadh).


What is the next target for Bush and Blair, after Iraq?

Saudi Arabia - You are next?

May 27, 2004

"There is more speculation about the possible collusion between al-Qaeda and Saudi Arabia."

The Shalom Center 04/28/05 has an article about Saudi Arabia.

Sharon's National Security Advisor (and former Mossad chief), Efraim Halevy said:

"In a visit to the United States two weeks ago, I was told by several well-informed observers that should one of the more severe scenarios come to pass, the United States will have no choice but to deepen its presence in the Middle East. To that end, it will have to renew the draft, to ensure that there are enough forces to deal with developing situations in countries like Saudi Arabia."

The 'scenario' being talked about is upheaval in Saudi Arabia.

According to Halevy, the Saudis are demanding US action on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "In the eyes of the Saudi prince, the rise in the level of tension, violence and enmity in our conflict had the effect of significantly strengthening the extremists in his country and throughout the Arab world..."

To preserve their regime, the Saudi princes need Israeli-Palestinian peace, which can only be achieved with US help.

Halevy thinks that someday the US may side with the Saudis on the issue of Israeli-Palestine peace.

Haaretz has an article on this: The Coming Pax Americana, Haaretz, April 24, 2005. ]


"The real goal is the seizure of Saudi oil" wrote Mo Mowlam, former member of Tony Blair’s cabinet, in the Guardian, 5 September 2002.

Mowlam suggested that if there is chaos in Saudi Arabia, then US troops may go in.

"Under cover of the war on terrorism, the war to secure oil supplies could be waged."



Fromthewilderness has suggested that after Iraq, Saudi Arabia may be invaded. "Little noticed details of the recent bombings in Riyadh confirm it".

Saudi Arabia has 25 percent of all the world’s oil. Iraq has 11 percent.


George Galloway was interviewed by weekly ahram in 2003.

According to Galloway: "Ministers, former ministers and senior figures in British politics have, over the last few months, brought up things which I know they have never heard before. They can hardly even pronounce them, words like Hijaz and Najd. Yet they say, 'you know there is nothing called Saudi Arabia really. It was never one country, it was conquered by Al-Saud.' It then became clear to me that this was all part of a discussion about partitioning Saudi Arabia. So I began to make enquiries with my sources at the Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence and, as it turns out, there is a policy discussion. They ask why we have this problem with Saudi Arabia: 'We don't have any interest in the holy places, let them keep their holy places without any foreign soldiers. Our interests in Saudi Arabia are elsewhere in the country so why don't we have two Arabias, why don't we go back to the situation that existed before Saudi Arabia, why don't we go back to a Western looking Hijaz, why don't we free the oppressed Shi'a minority and let the Wahabbis keep their Mecca,' they say. These issues are being discussed now as we talk."


Al Hayat had an article, 28 4 05, about Crown Prince Abdullah’s visit to Bush.

The writer points out that Saudi Arabia has powerful enemies in the U.S.

Simon Henderson of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy concluded that Saudi Arabia may opt to improve its strategic relationship with France.

Thomas Lippman, former Middle East correspondent at the Washington Post, wrote "Saudi Ruler Summoned To Texas For A Pre-War Summit."

~~~~~ suggests that MI6 is linked in some way to the bombings in Saudi Arabia.


Saudi minister Al-Naimi was quoted in aljazeera as saying that the ability of the kingdom and other Opec producers to control price rises had been weakened by the growing influence of big-money funds on prices and refinery bottlenecks in consuming nations.


Jon Swain, in the Sunday Times August 07, 2005:

"After Abdullah and Sultan, the next direct descendant of Abdul Aziz is Prince Nayef, the interior minister. But he is a hardline conservative who is unpopular and lacks the common touch.

"The idea of the throne passing to him is anathema to reformers, and a lack of agreement within the court must explain why Abdullah has failed to name him the crown prince-designate as he should according to custom.

"Western diplomats do not believe Abdullah intends to fill the post. Nayef is close to the conservative religious establishment who favour quasi-religious rule. He turned down the idea of women voting in recent elections, says there is no cause to discuss any need for women to drive and initially said that the September 11 terrorist attacks on America in 2001 were a Zionist conspiracy.

"The betting is that Nayef will be skipped over in favour of Prince Salman. In his late sixties, Salman wields enormous power as the governor of Riyadh. He is highly sophisticated and talks of reform, but also assiduously cultivates the religious establishment.

"It would then be up to Salman to decide whether the next generation of western-educated princes should succeed. “That is when it gets interesting,” said a western diplomat. “There is no obvious logic or justification for deciding who is next.”

"Salman has three credible sons, one an astronaut, the first Arab in space. A family feud seems inevitable. Prince Talal, a son of Abdul Aziz, called such a quarrel the “biggest danger” to the royal family.

"A more immediate worry for Abdullah is how to reform and modernise without antagonising the religious establishment....

"The country is facing a demographic timebomb. With 70% of its population under 21, incomes falling and a soaring birth rate, Saudi society is like a runaway train heading for a crash. With the price of oil shooting to $60 a barrel, Abdullah now has the money to keep it running on the rails, provided he does not waste it.

"Over the years the monarchies of Egypt, Iran, Iraq and Yemen have all been swept away..."


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