“Thanks to the infidels!” That’s what the Jihadists and Islamic fundamentalists would say. Or “Thanks to the Americans!” That’s what the rest of the Islamic population would claim. Little does the Islamic world realize that “it” has been one of the major reasons for the ensuing bloodbath and violence in the region.
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The difference of opinion in the Islamic community notwithstanding, another severe issue that has posed as a constant serious threat to the Middle East peace dialogue is the insecurity of the family of Saud and their power hungry neighbors which in the first place, led to the US monopoly over oil resources in the country.
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The scenario today has however changed. Hashemite invasion is not a threat anymore to the ruling Saud family. Iraq is under US rule and Jordan is an ally of USA and will not dare attack Saudi. The real threat today, ironically, is their long time friend and ally, the United States of America because oil is what keeps the thousands of US forces and military bases all the around the world functioning. In case of an oil embargo by the Saudi government, like the one in 1970, US forces will not hesitate to invade Saudi Arabia, because oil, to the US government, is a national security issue, especially under current circumstances what with two wars being fought.
Hence, any move by Saudi Arabia that undermines the US authority in the region would lead to diplomatic clashes followed by a US invasion of the country. The Sheikhs don’t want that to happen. The people don’t want that to happen. Understandably so. And this is not only the case in Saudi, but also other wealthy Middle Eastern countries.
So the question now is what must they do? Confront USA? That would lead to nothing but even more bloodshed and would prove to be unproductive. What the people of these countries wish to do is their matter of internal policy. But these people must remember that they are bound morally and ethically to the people they claim are their “brothers” who live in Afghanistan and Iraq. Even if they do not have the fire power to confront a nation like the USA, they must at least own up to their part in all this politics and not scream from the roof tops like as though all hell breaks loose from USA or “infidels” in the language of the Jihadists and the fundamentalists.