December 4, 2006

NOT THAT EXPANDING ISLAM'S CIVIL WAR WOULDN'T HELP US:

Stepping Into Iraq: Saudi Arabia Will Protect Sunnis if the U.S. Leaves (Nawaf Obaid, November 29, 2006, Washington Post)

In February 2003, a month before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, warned President Bush that he would be "solving one problem and creating five more" if he removed Saddam Hussein by force. Had Bush heeded his advice, Iraq would not now be on the brink of full-blown civil war and disintegration.

One hopes he won't make the same mistake again by ignoring the counsel of Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, Prince Turki al-Faisal, who said in a speech last month that "since America came into Iraq uninvited, it should not leave Iraq uninvited." If it does, one of the first consequences will be massive Saudi intervention to stop Iranian-backed Shiite militias from butchering Iraqi Sunnis. [...]

Both the Sunni insurgents and the Shiite death squads are to blame for the current bloodshed in Iraq. But while both sides share responsibility, Iraqi Shiites don't run the risk of being exterminated in a civil war, which the Sunnis clearly do. Since approximately 65 percent of Iraq's population is Shiite, the Sunni Arabs, who make up a mere 15 to 20 percent, would have a hard time surviving any full-blown ethnic cleansing campaign.


Where were these tender humanitarian concerns when the 15% were practicing genocide against the 85%? If the Sa'uds really want to help they can either pressure their Sunni brethren to accept majority rule or take in the consequent refugees.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 4, 2006 12:32 PM
Comments

This is all Saudi bluster. They don't have military that could intervene.

Posted by: Brandon at December 4, 2006 2:18 PM

Sound good: Saudi Arabia protects the Sunnis, Iran protects the Sheiites, and we break out the popcorn. Maybe the 12th Imam has a magic charm to make bullets bounce off, like at Omdurman.

Confusion to the enemy. Still think Chimpy is a fool?

Posted by: Lou Gots at December 4, 2006 2:44 PM

Lou, hatred of America, the West, and Christianity (Jews, Hindus, Atheists Zoroastrianism also) unites all Muslims. If America had temporized while discussing the relative merits of Bushido or Shintoism you would be eating Sushi instead of popcorn.

Posted by: h-man at December 4, 2006 3:26 PM

"... Iraq would not now be on the brink of full-blown civil war and disintegration."

Everytime I read something like this, it brings to mind a quote from, IIRC, Retief. "I'm a peaceable man, and there ain't no thing as peaceful as a dead troublemaker."

Posted by: ray at December 4, 2006 5:21 PM

Goosen?

Posted by: oj at December 4, 2006 5:32 PM
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