June 4, 2011

EXCEPT THAT WE'RE ALLIES:

Pakistan marches to Saudi tune (Brian M Downing, 6/03/11, Asia Times)

Ties between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are long-standing but for the most part have not stood out in the turbulent affairs of the region. However, increased tensions with Iran, the Arab Spring, and growing disenchantment with the United States are making the relationship more expansive, more prominent, and more dangerous.

The Saudis are supporting the Pakistani army's militant client-groups, hiring its soldiers, and seeking to benefit from the country's nuclear weaponry. This is bringing increased tensions with both Iran and the US - no mean feat today given their adversarial positions.


Those are just positions, not the reality.


Posted by at June 4, 2011 5:08 AM
  

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