Saudis Run Interference For Saddam
Vol: 5 Issue: 27 Wednesday, February 27, 2002
Israel sought to link its Arrow-2 missile defense system to U.S. spy satellites. The goal was to provide Israel with instant alert of an Iraqi missile attack amid Washington’s preparations to topple the regime of President Saddam Hussein.
But Riyadh launched a furious behind-the-scenes campaign to scuttle the plan. The Saudis have entered into a strategic alliance with both Iran and Iraq. Saudi officials have privately assured Arab allies that the administration has agreed to the Saudi request, however this is unconfirmed by Washington.
There are so many conflicting signs emanating from the Saudi kingdom one wonders who is in charge, if anybody. The connections between Saudi Arabia and al-Qaeda are too numerous to list. There is a mountain of evidence suggesting they are still, at some level, aiding the network. There are rumors they continue to aid individual terrorists evade the US. And somehow, bin-Laden still has plenty of money.
The Debkafile reported today that the US is planning to attack Iraq in late March or early April. If true, the Saudis will have no choice but to get off the fence. But at this point, it’s hard to say which side they’ll land on.
America Hated By Majority of Muslims, Poll Finds
A Gallup poll conducted in nine Muslim states found that two-thirds of Muslims surveyed believe the United States is ‘ruthless and arrogant’. Sixty-one percent said they did not believe Arab groups carried out the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Fifty-three percent of the people questioned had unfavorable opinions of the United States, while 22 percent had favorable opinions.
Twenty-eight percent of Kuwaitis, 27 percent of Indonesians, 22 percent of Jordanians, 22 percent of Moroccans, 16 percent of Saudi Arabians and 14 percent of Iranians surveyed had a favorable view of the United States.
The Lebanese had the highest favorable view of the US at 41%. America’s ally, Turkey, had a 40% favorable view of the US. Those are the good numbers.
Pakistan, our new best friend and ally against terrorism, hates America most, with only 5% expressing a favorable view.
Most see American culture as a corrupting influence on their societies and American values ‘deeply materialist and secular’. Only two-thirds thought 9/11 was an unjustified attack, while more than three-quarters of Muslims said the US attack on Afghanistan was morally unjustified.
The respondents did not know they were answering questions for a US polling firm. Gallup says the margin for error is plus or minus one percent.
The states polled were Pakistan, Iran, Indonesia, Turkey, Lebanon, Morocco, Kuwait, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
In the Muslims states where America is most admired, like Lebanon and Turkey, there is still a solid majority who hate us. Among the Saudi population, that majority approaches unanimity with 84% saying they hate us. One in four Kuwaitis are on our side.
Here’s how it shakes out. America has declared war on terrorists and nations that harbor terrorists. The Bush Doctrine declares those not with us are against us. The nations we are counting on are the ones that hate us the most. They are also the nations we are arming the most heavily.
When the Berlin Wall fell and the Cold War ended, the Clinton administration was in a quandary about how to best spend the ‘peace dividend’. Bases were closed, the military was stripped down and America settled in for a pax Americana.
In the heady days of the early 90’s, the mantra was ‘peace and safety’. What a difference a decade can make!
Writing of events leading up to the Tribulation period, the Apostle Paul warned, “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” [1 Thessalonians 5:3]