Sun Mar 3rd, 2019 at 09:04:27 AM EST
The Saudi Monarchy is in peril, has been for many years. Domestic forces based on ultra-conservative Wahhabism has caused more than a few headaches since the seventies, more than a half century ago. In close ties with its benefactor the US, the Saudi Kings felt quite safe from outside perils. This has all changed during the Obama presidency and the signed JCPOA nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran. [Persian acronym: BARJAM]
The Obama foreign policy team instigated military intervention at the start of the Arab Uprising early in 2011 which spread across the MENAT countries. The ensued chaos cost hundreds of thousands of innocent lives and further hardship in multiples for the population. In the meantime, Israel tried to provoke a military assault on Iran in 2012 ... president Obama would have none of it and blocked where he could Israel in implementing such a foolhardy action. Fortunately, the war cabinet of PM Netanyahu did their utmost to prevent such a military action. The propaganda was flying all over the Middle East from each capital. The Syrian unrest and civil war would have been an excellent décor to play out a military strike on Iran.
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The Saudi King did his best to keep president George Bush from his ignorant move to spread the Afghan War against Al Qaeda and the Taliban regime to Saddam Hussein and Iraq, a nation under heavy UN sanctions since the First Gulf War. The hardship endured under UN sanctions caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. Iraq has a Shia majority with a close relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran. A Shia holy place is the city of Najaf.
The Saudi Kingdom is responsible for the spread of hate through its Wahhabist preachers send all over the Western World and the Middle East. On the other hand, the Emirates and KSA paid dearly for allowing the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood take refuge during the Nasser years of Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood is considerd a terrorist orgabization in most Gulf States and are banned. The only exception is Qatar. These differences played a major role and still does today to come to a political solution in all states where the chaos after the Arab Revolt of 2011 took a foothold and tribal war ensued. Hillary Clinton was friendly with the Muslim Brotherhood triangle of Qatar, Erdogan's Turkey and the short rule of Morsi in Egypt after Mubarak was set aside. The country profile of Turkey was set as an example to further its cause in Arab states.
Saudi Arabia and the Emirates managed to bring Egypt back into its Sunni fold. Libya and Syria remain in chaos and in large parts a nation in duress of war and military action by proxies. Same is played out in Yemen where especially Western powers supplied the weapons and ammunition to destroy a troubled nation and its population. Iraq has many difficulties but seems to be getting on its political and economic feet. In Afghanistan, the horrible war continues and in 2018 the civilian deaths set a new high.
The Middle East turmoil started in earnest with the 9/11 attacks on the US. Today the Saudi Kingdom is trying to survive at all cost and may indeed be in search of that one asset all dictators need: the ultimate weapon, nuclear bombs.
The NPT agreement has not been fulfilled by its backers such as the U.S., France and Great Britain. Some rogue nations have never signed the treaty and are living happily in a world that gladly turns a blind eye for economic benefit. The world is not becoming more secure. Not from so-called terrorism, nor from the "protector" states in the NATO alliance. The doomsday clock remains at two minutes before midnight.
Saudi Arabia said to have bought nukes from Pakistan | Times of Israel - Nov. 2013 |
Saudi Arabia may be prepared to field nuclear bombs it has purchased from Pakistan in response to Iran's alleged military nuclear program, and may already have deployed missile systems capable of delivering the bombs, the BBC reported.
According to Mark Urban, diplomatic and defense editor for the BBC's Newsnight, there are suggestions that the Saudis have paid for a number of nuclear weapons that are ready and waiting in Pakistan. If the reports are accurate, the kingdom could have atomic weapons on its missiles even before Iran has that capability.
Urban said it was an assessment shared by the former head of the IDF's head of intelligence, Amos Yadlin, and cited comments Yadlin made to that effect at a conference in Sweden last month.
Amos Yadlin, a former head of Israeli military intelligence, told a conference in Sweden that if Iran got the bomb, `the Saudis will not wait one month. They already paid for the bomb, they will go to Pakistan and bring what theyneed to bring.'Since 2009, when King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia warned visiting USAspecial envoy to the Middle East Dennis Ross that if Iran crossed the threshold, `wewill get nuclear weapons', the kingdom has sent the Americans numerous signals of its intentions.
Another source, described as "a senior NATO decision maker," told Urban earlier this year of an intelligence report about Pakistani-made nuclear weapons ready for delivery to the kingdom.
Since 2009 Saudi Arabia has been sending clear warnings to the US that it will not sit back and let Iran go nuclear.
"I do think that the Saudis believe that they have some understanding with Pakistan that, in extremis," they would be able to get nuclear weapons from Pakistan, Gary Samore, who until May this year was US President Barack Obama's counter-proliferation adviser, was quoted as saying.
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Regime change in the United States of America - Nov. 8th, 2016.
The US announced it will withdraw from the JCPOA and effectively did in 2018. The big players in this decision: Donald Trump (real estate tycoon) - Jared Kushner (son-in-law and partner Kushner Enterprises) - Bibi Netanyhau (PM Israel and soon to be deposed in election of April 9th, indictment for bribery in office coming soon) - Saudi crown prince Muhammad Salman (defacto ruler of Kingdom, degraced by the Khashoggi torture and murder)
Recent developments ...
Will the U.S. supply nuclear know how to the Saudi regime?
U.S. Foreign Policy explained ... U$A - U$A - U$A - U$A and Trump's MAGA cap [narcissist self-interest]
Saudi Arabia's controversial quest for nuclear power, explained | Vox - March 2018 |
Sitting atop the world's second-largest oil reserves, Saudi Arabia has little to worry about when it comes to generating energy.
But the Gulf nation is now angling to make one of the biggest investments in nuclear energy the world has seen. Saudi Arabia plans to spend more than $80 billion to build 16 nuclear reactors over the next quarter century.
The power play shows that the world's most iconic oil giant is serious about reducing its near-total reliance on oil -- and it's also raising questions about whether the country intends to seek out nuclear weapons in the future.
Saudi Arabia says it's looking to expand its energy portfolio. If it uses nuclear reactors to generate electricity, that will allow the Gulf country to export more of its oil rather than consume it at home. More exports mean more money for the country's government.
Currently, Riyadh is in talks with firms from more than 10 countries about buying nuclear technology to build its first two reactors -- and American firms are top candidates. But before any US sale, the Trump administration needs to strike a nuclear cooperation pact, known as a "123 agreement," with Saudi Arabia. In those agreements, countries make promises about how they will and won't use the powerful nuclear equipment they could buy from the US in the future.
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○ UAE's nuclear plans built on strong premises | Gulf News - April 2013 |
Saudis Want a U.S. Nuclear Deal. Can They Be Trusted Not to Build a Bomb? | New York Times - Dec. 2018 |
Before Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was implicated by the C.I.A. in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, American intelligence agencies were trying to solve a separate mystery: Was the prince laying the groundwork for building an atomic bomb?
The 33-year-old heir to the Saudi throne had been overseeing a negotiation with the Energy Department and the State Department to get the United States to sell designs for nuclear power plants to the kingdom. The deal was worth upward of $80 billion, depending on how many plants Saudi Arabia decided to build.
But there is a hitch: Saudi Arabia insists on producing its own nuclear fuel, even though it could buy it more cheaply abroad, according to American and Saudi officials familiar with the negotiations. That raised concerns in Washington that the Saudis could divert their fuel into a covert weapons project -- exactly what the United States and its allies feared Iran was doing before it reached the 2015 nuclear accord, which President Trump has since abandoned.
Prince Mohammed set off alarms when he declared earlier this year, in the midst of the negotiation, that if Iran, Saudi Arabia's fiercest rival, "developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible." His negotiators stirred more worries by telling the Trump administration that Saudi Arabia would refuse to sign an agreement that would allow United Nations inspectors to look anywhere in the country for signs that the Saudis might be working on a bomb, American officials said.
The "savior" was flown in to give support to new puppet (?) PM Khan in new hostilities with India over Kashmir. The Sunni terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) inflicted heavy casualties by a suicide attack a fortnight ago. Pakistan [and Saudi Arabia] deny any involvement with terrorism. FWIW
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"JeM members gained international media attention by kidnapping and later beheading American noncombatant journalist Daniel Pearl four months after 9/11. The group attempted to assassinate Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf twice."
As long as there are people like Danny, there is HOPE!
Mariane Pearl and son Adam (Courtesy Daniel Pearl Foundation)
The world has come to know Daniel Pearl as the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in early 2002, just four months after 9/11. People around the world, along with his pregnant wife and family, prayed for his release. Since then, he has been remembered as a symbol of hope: a man who built bridges between diverse cultures -- as a writer and a gifted musician.