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  1. The statement from Saudi Arabia identified the failure of the international community with respect to the Palestinian cause as the primary reason for turning down a seat at the UN Security Council. It also talked about the lack of the application of sanctions with regard to Syria. Iran was not mentioned at all.

    1. No subtle reference to Iran!

      The Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) that the Kingdom “announces its apology for not accepting membership of the Security Council until the Council is reformed and enabled, effectively and practically, to carry out its duties and responsibilities in maintaining international peace and security.”

      With the current continuation of the Palestinian cause without a just and lasting solution for 65 years, which resulted in several wars threatened international peace and security is irrefutable evidence and proof of the Security Council’s inability to carry out its duties and assume its responsibilities.

      The failure of the Security Council to make the Middle East a free zone of all weapons of mass destruction, whether because of its inability to subdue the nuclear programs of all countries in the region, without exception, to the international control and inspection or to prevent any country in the region from possessing nuclear weapons, is another irrefutable evidence and proof of its inability to carry out its duties and hold its responsibilities.

      Allowing the ruling regime in Syria to kill and burn its people by the chemical weapons, while the world stands idly, without applying deterrent sanctions against Damascus regime, is also irrefutable evidence and proof of the inability of the Security Council to carry out its duties and responsibilities.

      Accordingly, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, based on its historical responsibilities towards its people, Arab and Islamic nations as well as towards the peoples aspiring for peace and stability all over the world, announces its apology for not accepting membership of the Security Council until the Council is reformed and enabled, effectively and practically, to carry out its duties and responsibilities in maintaining international peace and security.
      [--SPA 13:12 LOCAL TIME 10:12 GMT]

      The Hajj – Saudi Arabia Rejects UN Security Council Seat [For now while putting political pressure on the US]

      1. The section you’ve bolded is a reference to Israel as well, not Iran.

        As you must be aware, Iran’s leadership has said that they also seek to make the Middle East a free zone of all weapons of mass destruction. The Saudi statement is in concert with that of the other Arab League members who have repeatedly made similar statements with regard to Israel’s nuclear weapons.

        1. Not used to Saudi double-speak? Of course, SA refers to both Israel and ‘arch-enemy’ Iran. In official statement the Saudis will pretend that all Muslims are united in the glory of Allah. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques is awfully ambiguous on domestic and foreign policy, shifting allegiance in self-interest. Why not.

          For those who understand the ‘pride and dignity’ of the Saudi people:

          Saudi King Abdullah’s warning on interference

          “We are all one nation, living in glory as long as we are united,” King Abdullah said in his message on Haj. “We have the same concerns and the same hopes and there is no glory unless we adhere to our creed and uphold the moral values ordered by God Almighty. Islam, as a religion of moderation, tolerance and clarity in its purity, is our way to understand the others and engage in a dialogue with them. It is also our way to understand the freedom of religions, cultures and beliefs with no coercion towards anyone.”

          “We do not allow anyone regardless of who he is to undermine the sovereignty of our countries or interfere in our domestic or foreign affairs. Let the whole world be aware that we respect them and appreciate their contributions to humanity throughout history. However, there is no option for anyone trying to fret, according to his narrow or interests. We are a nation keen on the safety and integrity of its religion and countries and on dealing with others on a peer-to-peer basis.“

          “Our belief is based on our recognition that this world is a homogeneous unit in an era where hatred is renounced and authoritarianism and arrogance are rejected.”

          Saudis brace for ‘nightmare’ of US- Iran rapprochement

          The real focus of Saudi anger is the Shiite Muslim clerics who have preached revolution since coming to power in Tehran 34 years ago, and whose hands Riyadh sees orchestrating political foes in half a dozen Arab countries.

          Already aghast at US reluctance to back rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Tehran’s strongest Arab friend, Saudi princes were horrified to see Washington reaching out to Hassan Rouhani, the new Iranian president, last month.

          “The Saudis’ worst nightmare would be the administration striking a grand bargain with Iran,” said former diplomat Robert Jordan, who was US ambassador to Riyadh from 2001 to 2003.

  2. The Saudis aren’t perfect, but it is not in the US (or the West’s) interest to see the Saudi Royal Family lose power. Much of what the Saudis are currently doing is for show, but that doesn’t mean their complaints and concerns should be ignored. The fall of the Saudi Royal Family would open a power vacuum the likes we haven’t seen in ages and quite possibly lead to WW3. Ignatius wrote an article in today’s WaPo in which he discusses how the Saudis (and other Middle East allies) increasingly view Obama as unreliable (and unpredictable). Based on events of the past 2-3 years, these views are understandable. While it would be nice to support “moderate” forces within some Middle Eastern countries to help bring about a more peaceful region, there is no evidence that Obama is capable of doing anything that would come close to achieving said results.

    1. What do you think the impact would be of Saudi Arabia transitioning into a true democracy?

      Wouldn’t that be a positive development for the region and the world?

      1. In theory, perhaps. However, the reality is there is no evidence of a viable secular or even “moderate” alternative to the House of Saud.

    2. “Much of what the Saudis are currently doing is for show …”

      You have no understanding of Saudi pride and dignity!

      nSaudi memory is a bit longer and frustration with US goes much deeper. The days of joy of Prince Bandar’s jihadists campaign In Afghanistan and Chechnya against Soviets in cooperation with the US are long gone. Under Bill Clinton, the US set up the Croation arms pipeline to Tuzla in Bosnia contravening a UN embargo. It left an Al Qaeda cell in Bosnia. After the 9/11 attacks by Saudi hijackers the relationship shifted. The decision by Bush to bomb and invade Iraq 10 years ago was in breach of Saudi trust and resulted in a Shia (Iran) dominated government in Baghdad. The Saudi backing of the Arab League peace proposal on the I-P issue was not taken seriously by the Bush administration.

    3. Call me ignorant or naive, but the world would instantly become a better and safer place if the House of Saud fell tomorrow.

      None of us realise the extent of how filthy these guys really are. If not for the betterment of humanity itself, it should be done for the sake of the Iraqi’s alone.

  3. RE: “Should we be worried when they moan and groan? That Saudi Arabia might throw in its lot with Al Qaeda or the IDF (or both)?” ~ R.S.

    MY COMMENT: To the contrary, I say good riddance! I have reached the conclusion that it is actually the Saudi theocratic dictatorship (not Iran) that is “the head of the snake”* ! ! !

    * SEE: “Cut off head of snake” Saudis told U.S. on Iran, By Ross Colvin, Reuters.com, 11/29/10
    LINK – http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/11/29/us-wikileaks-iran-saudis-idUSTRE6AS02B20101129

    * AND SEE: “Amnesty International warns that Saudi Arabia has ‘ratcheted up the repression’ and that human rights are getting worse”, By Agence France-Presse, 10/21/13
    LINK – http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/10/21/amnesty-international-warns-that-saudi-arabia-has-ratcheted-up-the-repression-and-that-human-rights-are-getting-worse/

  4. RE: “There is also widespread unease throughout the Middle East, shared by many U.S. allies, that the United States’ primary objectives when it comes to Iran, Egypt or Syria are to avoid serious confrontation.” ~ Robert M. Danin

    MY COMMENT: There is also widespread unease throughout the Middle East, shared by many U.S. allies, that when it comes to Israel’s continuing settlement of the West Bank, the United States’ primary objective is to avoid serious any confrontation with Israel and its lobby in the U.S.! ! !

    SEE – “Tomgram: Bashing ‘Isolationists’ While at War in the World, by Andrew Bacevich, TomDispatch.com, 10/24/13
    LINK – http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175764/tomgram%3A_andrew_bacevich,_bashing_%22isolationists%22_while_at_war_in_the_world/

  5. ‘I’d Dump the Israelis Tomorrow’: Ex-CIA Analyst Michael Scheuer

    (TOI) – One of the witnesses before Congress was an ex-CIA analyst and operations officer Michael Scheuer. In his appearance – which is on YouTube here – he argues that al-Qaeda’s hatred towards the West is driven by western policy and actions in the Middle east, as opposed to a more generalized cultural or religious animosity. If you listen to Scheuer’s testimony, you can see he is not spouting anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist or pro-Palestinian rhetoric. While he is rather eccentric, Scheuer bases his opposition to the American alliance with Israel on the purely Realpolitik argument of the US needing to disentangle itself from ties to both Israel and the Middle East more broadly. In fact, it is worth noting that Scheuer considers the US alliance with the Saudis to be far worse to the US from a policy perspective.

  6. It is quite possible that the Saudis (and Israel) grumble without any valid reasons, but if not, I see it as a sign that the Administration is doing something right.

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