I normally do not post English translations of my foreign-language Quora contributions at NSS but this one started getting a lot of upvotes right away. It appears the Germans are very hungry for information about their world. Recent events and statements by prominent German leaders also suggest that Germany may be on the way to declaring its independence of the US and NATO.
Translation of Quora question and Vince’s answer:
Why are Syrians fleeing 4,000 kilometers to Europe when the rich Arab states are at their doorstep?
Vince Dhimos, editor-in-chief and geopolitical analyst at www.newsilkstrategies.com (2015-present)
The main reason for the migrant waves to Europe is the Saudis. The main terrorist groups, al Qaeda and ISIS, are based on the Saudi sect Wahhabism or Salafism, a Sunni sect that is the most violent and intolerant sect in the world. Most of the funding for these groups comes from Saudi Arabia as well. The religious principles of Wahhabism are based on coercion. That is, the Saudis, both the common people and the Saudi royal family, insist that the entire Muslim world must belong to the Sunni branch of Islam and to the Wahhabi sect of that branch. That is, all Muslims must be strict fundamentalists, and if they refuse to obey a very strict Shariah code of conduct, they must be punished or killed.
In 1973, President Nixon and King Faisal concluded an agreement that may be referred to as a petrodollar agreement. Under the agreement, the US promised to use its military to defend the Saudis, and in return, the Saudis agreed to support the US dollar by charging only US dollars for their oil and holding their cash reserves in US dollars.
The problem with this agreement is that the US side went too far in holding up their part of the deal. It seems that all the wars that the US has (outside the Americas) since 1973 have ONLY benefited the Saudis. In order to pay for these wars, the United States has incurred massive debts that are now completely unpayable. Not only the Saudis, but also the Saudi religious sect Wahhabism (Salafism) profited from all the wars.
Hundreds of thousands of people were killed by US bombs and by the knives of ISIS terrorists.
Since the Saudis had decided at the beginning of all these wars and regime changes (Arab Spring) not to accept any consequences for them, it goes without saying that the West had to accept the refugees. However, the US also refuses to accept many of the refugees they have created. Instead, it has inflicted them on Europe. Merckel was glad to have them at first because of Germany’s labour shortage. Later, she came under severe criticism when the guest list grew beyond all proportions.
Of course, Europe is not fully aware of this petrodollar agreement with the Saudis and sees the US as a partner. But this partner is deceptive.
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