Washington as a Wahhabi missionary team
This just in: Expert opinion further confirms Saudi terror support and warns of impending disaster under new power crazed Saud ruler:
There are, of course, other theories put forth by armchair analysts who hypothesize, for example, that the US government either simply hates Muslims or has ulterior economic motives involving energy pipelines. The latter is not necessarily preposterous.
Of course, the US government never saw itself as being at war with Islam. It’s worse than that. The US is persistently on the side of the violent and intolerant Sunni Wahhabists (though please note that even Wahhabists are not all violent) and against the more-tolerant persecuted Shiites, and is steadfastly against secularist leaders in the Middle East, not for personal or rational reasons but because it fawns to the Saudis. Unfortunately for Bashar al-Assad, he falls into both of the latter categories, incurring the ire of the Saudis and their allies. For quick reference, note that there are 600 Christian churches in Shiite Iran but none in Sunni Saudi Arabia, where Christian worship is banned (again, ordinary Sunnis, even the Wahhabists, are quite peaceful, despite Neocon propaganda). Further, there is a rising trend of women taxi drivers in Iran, whereas the Saudis forbid women to have drivers’ licenses. And of course, despite the preposterous Neocon propaganda, it would be theologically impossible for Shiite-majority Iran to support the 100% Sunni-Wahahbist ISIS or al-Qaeda. Hence the need for a constant storm of lies – e.g., the whopper that Iran is the “biggest terror sponsor” – from the Atlanticist press and from politicians like Donald Trump, Rex Tillerson and General Mattis, but also from most Democrat pols. All of these war hawks know that the average Westerner knows next to nothing about Middle Eastern cultures and cares even less, and are pleased to see “Muslims” killed, even mild-mannered ones like the Syrians – because for them there is no nuance, just black and white. Thus, for them, there is no Shiite vs Sunni, no secular vs radical, just Muslims vs Americans. Thus, many of them buy into Donald Trump’s anti-Iran rhetoric and even blithely accept his unprecedented sale of arms to the Saudis, which, thanks to their leader’s behavior, many now view as “good” Muslims who support Israel and are therefore honorary Christians. So what if Syrian Christians must be sacrificed to make America great again? If our government wants them dead, then so be it. Christians are supposed to suffer persecution anyway. As long as they are foreigners. America first, Jesus second.
Jesus’ words were prophetic:
“…when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?" Luke 18:8
Thus the petrodollar agreement with the Saudis perfectly suits the needs of the US deep state, being not only anti-Christian but also designed to prop up the dollar. It is a perfect set of circumstances for the elites, who imagine themselves to be enlightened, and a perfect storm for Middle Eastern Christians and other minorities.
The deep state thought that by sacrificing Christian culture and lives on the Saudi altar, it could maintain the high value of the US dollar indefinitely, even without backing the USD with precious metals and a sound economy and fiscal policies. But this policy of trading large numbers of human lives and Christian culture for an artificially high value of the dollar may have a shelf life since an increasing number of countries outside Washington’s orbit are now actively practicing a dedollarization policy. Iran, for example, generally no longer accepts dollars in its foreign trade, realizing that the dollar is a potential albatross around its neck (BTW, this means they have crossed a red line as far as the elites are concerned). Other countries committed to eroding dollar dominance include the world’s biggest exporter, China, its partner Russia, and to a lesser extent other strong economies as well, including BRICS countries. The EU is also now trading mostly in euros, something that US politicians and officials are naturally viewing with a jaundiced eye – one likely reason why Trump thunders against European elites.
Thanks largely to the petrodollar agreement described above, American foreign policy is in perpetual shambles, by design. There is absolutely no academic rigor in the thinking and actions of our foreign policy “experts,” who are nothing but glorified propagandists, as evidenced by their obtuse, obnoxious statements regarding Iran and Russia on national primetime news and in the UN. The notion that Islam per se (and not Saudi Wahhabism) is the cause of terror is the most resilient of myths, crafted by US Neocons to foster perpetual war. Trump leads in the promotion of this myth, even as he coddles the Saudis. To put it succinctly, there are truly no experts in high government places with an in-depth knowledge of the cultures, religious beliefs and languages of their areas of specialty. The few Americans who possess knowledge of Middle East history, cultures and languages, or at least keen analytical skills, are kept safely away from positions of influence and power in government and media. After all, knowledge and facts are an acid which would quickly dissolve all the lovingly nurtured myths and lies about the world beyond our borders that hold Americans’ minds in thrall and paralyze any sincere attempt by the People to sort things out.
Further, while Trump criticized US Neocons like McCain and the Bush family during his campaign, oddly, his cabinet picks talk just like these Neocons (with the trivial twist that Russophobia is held somewhat in check in this administration), and his idea to institute “safe zones” in Syria (since abandoned), is old-school Neocon bullying that many supporters had hoped he would be the first president to abandon.
The most distasteful aspect of this idea is that Trump asked the Saudis--the biggest terror supporters on earth and the ones who financed most of the chaos in Syria – for their permission to invade this third country and set up “safe zones” and he wanted to use their acquiescence as an excuse to do so. He didn’t ask the US voters or the Syrians, mind you, but a group of brutal religious fanatics that, on the campaign trail, he hinted he would keep at bay (even taunting a Saudi prince in tweets).
To make sure no one would doubt his solidarity with the Saudis, Trump omitted their country from his list (since squashed by federal judges) of those that do not qualify for visas based on the likelihood of introducing terrorists. Odd enough since 15 of the 19 terrorists that killed 3000 of us on Sept. 11, 2001, were Saudis, and one of the bloodier terror attacks on US soil was subsequently committed in San Bernardino during his primary campaign by a married couple with ties to Saudi Arabia. In fact, the relatives of the terrorist pair’s better half, Tashfeen Malik, told authorities that she had been radicalized while living in that country. When a Saudi official denied this, US msm seized upon his statement to dismiss that family’s claim and never mention it again (the report survives in alt and foreign sources). Yet who would know better than the family? And who would be more disposed to lie than the impugned country? Indeed, Malik professed the Wahhabi brand of Islam, which, as we have seen, originated, and is dominant, in Saudi Arabia, where she spent much of her life, according to a NYT article.
The 3 major terror organizations, Taliban, al-Qaeda and ISIS, all adhere to this most violent and intolerant of all sects. None belong to the milder Shiite sect dominant in Iran.
Ironically, it was this San Bernardino terror act, whose perpetrators had ties to Saudi Arabia, that gave rise to Trump’s famous speech on Dec. 7, just 5 days after the attack, wherein he had called for a “complete and total shutdown” of the US borders to Muslims. This uninformed attribution of terror to Muslims per se, rather than to the Wahhabists of the Saudi variety (which he now welcomes into the US with open arms), is, as I said above, precisely the sly Neocon ruse by which ignorant Americans can be swayed to accept any war against any Muslim group in the Middle East, including against mild-mannered Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad, who belongs to the Alawite sect (of the Shiite branch), the most tolerant of the Muslims. So much so that many Muslims refuse to accept that Alawites are even Muslims. But please don’t spread this around or the US government might lose its excuse to invade any Muslim country at will with the people’s tacit uninformed approval in their frenzy to save the dollar.
If we connect the dots to the Bush administration, we see an interesting replicating pattern. At that time, after the US was stunned by a terror attack on the World Trade Center, GW Bush stood at ground zero and, with his arms draped around 2 firemen, announced on national TV: “the people who knocked down these buildings are going to hear from us.” It didn’t happen and he knew it wouldn’t. It was a bait-and-switch trick (Note: the Truther theory is beyond the scope of this discussion). When magicians do sleight of hand, we are told to “watch the other hand.” Instead Americans cheered.
If they had watched the other hand, they would have noticed the clear-cut Saudi link in a US propaganda build-up to war. To summarize, the attackers were mostly Saudis and their leader, Osama bin Laden, was a Saudi. They were all members of the Saudi sect of Wahhabism and for years had received arms, money and training from Wahhabist-majority Saudi Arabia. Yet Dubbya sent US troops to fight and die not in Saudi Araba, America’s true enemy by sound logic, but in Afghanistan, where the Taliban had threatened to unseat the Saudi royals. In other words, the US was actually aiding and abetting the Saudis, 15 of whom had just killed 3000 Americans, with the blessings of the US president. Just ignoring the Saudi role in 9-11 would have been in itself a double cross. But aiding and abetting the enemy to boot was a double double cross. A few months later, the US invaded Iraq, where they laid waste to the country and allowed the ancient community of Assyrian Christians (anathema to the Wahhabis) to be murdered or banished in the very birthplace of Christianity, and Saddam Hussein, another enemy of the Saudi royals to be captured and ultimately hanged. While this military action was taking place, Bush was busy covering for the Saudi role in 9-11, refusing to allow law enforcement to investigate clear cut links between the terror and the Saudi embassy. The New York Post covered the story. And megachurches stood shoulder to shoulder with GW Bush. Franz Kafka would have blushed to write something this grotesquely surreal.
Thus the US undertook 2 costly campaigns at a cost of over $1 trillion and thousands upon thousands of American and Iraqi lives, mostly “collateral damage” (many times more than that which Obama and Trump condemned when the Russians bombed in Syria), in order to secure the safety of America’s arch-enemy from a country whose people were not an enemy, though, of course, many predictably became enemies as a result of US “help” and some later founded ISIS to avenge themselves of the invaders.
Not only did “the people who knocked down these buildings” not “hear from us,” but in fact, the US boosted their power and weakened their enemies to their benefit. The Saudis, many of whom had sponsored Al-Qaeda, won the war (Americans seem poised to repeat that foolishness, encouraged by an unsubstantiated story of Assad’s “death camps,” promulgated by the people whose propaganda gave us the death and chaos of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Kosovo).
The Iraq fiasco was in effect an intelligence test and many Americans failed it. Only a few saw the ominous pro-Saudi pattern and their voices were drowned out in the victory celebration.
Examples of non-military actions of the US government that also help spread Saudi Wahhabism include allowing the Saudis to finance and build mosques and madrassas (schools) in the US. The New York Post reports that the Saudis are funding Wahhabist mosques in the US that are radicalizing previously-moderate Muslims.
“…estimates are that the Saudis fund up to 80% of American mosques, at least in part.”
The article goes on to show how the Saudis fund Koran classes in parts of Africa where undernourished children desperately need practical education but are forced to spend most of their day memorizing Surahs, and how it funds the building of hundreds of mosques in Germany that teach Wahhabism and radicalize moderate Muslims.
But because the Saudis are our de facto rulers – thanks to the petrodollar agreement – even the strongest leaders, including US presidents and lawmakers, in the US and the German government don’t dare sully them. Like Trump, Merkel keeps selling them guns galore to do with as they please, while hypocritically urging them to stop the war in Yemen. And although Western politicians scream about human rights, threaten Shiite and secular leaders in the Middle East with sanctions, and send war planes to their countries at will, when it comes to the Saudis, they see no problem with their murderous attacks on the poorest country in the region, Yemen. Because Yemen’s rebels are Shiites, and the West tacitly allows the most brutal persecution of the already downtrodden Shiites, thanks to the unholy alliance with their masters in the Arabian Peninsula.
Further, the US stood idly by as Saudi ally Israel bombed Iran’s Osirak reactor in 1981, almost 10 years after the petrodollar agreement was signed. It also stands idly by when Israel bombs targets in Syria. By its silence, Washington supports these acts of aggression against the already-persecuted Shiites.
The whole anti-Iran propaganda war is designed to please the Saudis and the Israelis alike. Yet no journalist or politician in the West dares to give the Shiites of Syria and Iran the credit they deserve for bravely fighting terrorists, even as they now launch the final battles against ISIS.
What lies ahead?
US, and hence, Western, foreign policy is driven by the unproven theory that the Saudis are needed to defend the US dollar. Yet the only reason such a prop is needed for the currency is because, unlike China, for example, the US produces and exports diminishing amounts of goods and services, and the use of the dollar in world trade for non-energy items, while not really necessary, I mandated by the US. Nor is the dollar backed by precious metals. In a sense, therefore, the USD really can be said not to deserve its status as the world reserve currency since the death of the gold standard. Of course, there is a certain inertia in world markets, which use the dollar because of its convenience and its bank backing, and out of habit.
Meanwhile, China’s RMB (yuan) is holding its value, and it is surmised this is because it has a real production-based economy to back it up – whereas the US has nothing more than debt, which investors started noticing a while back necessitating quantitative easing.
However, there is nothing stopping the current administration or future administrations from turning back to a production based economy and gradually phasing out runaway financialization, Saudi smoke and mirrors, and war as the mainstays. These are short-sighted approaches.
In the long run, nothing else will work but production because since turning over US production to the Chinese it has becoming more and more difficult to find buyers for US debt. There simply are not enough suckers who believe the US will ever pay it down. Meanwhile, China and Russia are attracting investors because they are seen as being willing and able to
pay off what they borrow.
This quaint notion of paying off debt goes back a long ways. It’s in the DNA. A Chinese proverb goes:
Hăo jiè, hăo huán,
Zài jiè bù nán
Borrow well, pay well,
Borrow again, not hard.
It may, of course, be too late for a country with a bankrupt soul. But so far, no one in the US is even trying to restore confidence in the economy. It’s as if they are stuck in a rut: war, more war, suck up to the Saudis, print and pray. Just selling military hardware to the Saudis is not the answer either because firstly, this amount is less than 1/40th of the US debt, no moe than half is profit, and only a fraction will be collected in taxes, once it is paid in full by the Saudis, over 10 years, the debt will have grown exponentially, and secondly, because their economy is also in trouble. Thirdly, it is a one-time opportunity that will not be repeated.
After all, how many guns does it take to exterminate all the Houthis?
Finally, what will the shysters in power do if Americans ever wake up, grow a conscience and realize that all of these games are just plain wrong?
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