January 10, 2005

WOULD BE IRONIC, WERE IT RIGHT:

Learning From Saudi Arabia: Almost two years after the U.S.-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein, many predictions and expectations remain unfulfilled. Martin Sieff — senior news analyst at United Press International — argues that in an ironic twist, Saudi Arabia today is much more effective at combating terrorism than the newly-liberated Iraq. (Martin Sieff, January 06, 2005, The Globalist)

When Islamist terrorists detonated two bombs outside Saudi Arabian security centers last week, within hours three of the leading terror suspects in the kingdom had been killed and others apprehended by Saudi security forces.

Yet, when similar terrorists in Iraq slaughtered 30 government soldiers in attacks on succeeding days, they did so with impunity — and many more massacres are feared in the coming weeks.

The Saudis have done more to dent the image of invincibility that al Qaeda instantly gained after 9/11 than 22 months of U.S. military operations in Iraq.

According to the neo-conservative policymakers who have shaped U.S. Middle East policy in the Pentagon, the National Security Council and the office of Vice President Dick Cheney, it was not supposed to be this way.

Indeed, it was supposed to be precisely the opposite: Iraq two years after the toppling of President Saddam Hussein was supposed to be a pillar of regional stability, pumping out enough oil to break the power of the OPEC cartel.

Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, was expected to remain a dangerous breeding ground for active Islamist terrorists.

The situation in Saudi Arabia, the neo-cons assumed, would only change over time as the Saudi people — fed up with their regime — would be tempted to follow the Iraqi example of democracy and prosperity.


His point would be cleverer were the Sa'uds not holding elections in an attempt to defuse the disatisfaction that leads to such terror and were the neocons Realists, who prefer stable tyranny to messy democracy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 10, 2005 6:50 PM
Comments

Considering that Wahhabi/Hambali Islamic dogma is the fuel for the largest part of the insurgents,
and an integral part of the political formation
of the security forces, and the diplomatic corps
(including progeny like Al ghamdi jr, who was
the Mosul mess bomber) and the fact they are
exporting their civil war, northward to and outward into Europe the US and South Asia (notably
Indonesia and Malaysia; that comparison is flawed

Posted by: narciso at January 10, 2005 9:44 PM

Naciso,

Well stated.

Posted by: Bart at January 11, 2005 7:36 AM
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