King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has now weighed in decisively on the Egyptian imbroglio by declaring his strong support for his “Egyptian brothers against terrorism, deviance, and sedition.” And the brothers he has in mind are not the Saudis’ long-term clients in the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) but their military oppressors. To underscore the decisive nature of this shift, the kingdom’s state-controlled press promptly wrote off the Brotherhood as “no longer relevant politically,” in stark contrast with Washington’s feeble efforts to prove the opposite. By siding openly with the military and pledging economic aid, the Saudi monarch has essentially given carte blanche
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John c, 8/22/2013 7:37:53 AM (No. 9485497)
FTA: Saudi efforts to insinuate radical Islam .... in the period 1973–2002 the kingdom spent more than $80 billion to promote Islamic activities in the non-Muslim world alone. .... huge network of Wahhabi/Ikhwan institutions, including over 1,500 mosques, 150 Islamic centers, 202 Muslim colleges, and 2,000 Islamic schools
Surplus wealth from the production and sale of oil abroad allows the Saudis to finance the poorest of the poorer Arabs ~ the Egyptians ~ to make a lot of noise ~ which is their specialty.
Currently the Saudis face the prospect of being easily cut off from the money as Western industrial societies have new and more reliable sources of oil.
They´ll have to retrench.
I see numbered dark days ahead for the MB.
BTW, the oil thing is a sheer koinkydink ~ the MB had a social problem of enormous proportions ~ the Aswan High Dam, if taken out by a small nuke would kill off about 3/4 of the population ~ more even!
With no people, a devastated homeland returned to the days of the annual flood cycle, and general carnage everywhere, I doubt the MB could avoid total annihilation at the hands of the survivors.
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The Advocate, 8/22/2013 8:40:01 AM (No. 9485612)
FtTA Notwithstanding the tiresome mantra of the Obama administration that our enemy is al-Qaeda, the MB and its Saudi financial sponsors are without a doubt most responsible for radical Islam’s having become the dominant idiom in the Muslim faith worldwide" Now that the Saudis have turned on their terrorist attack dogs aka Muslim Brotherhood - will Obama? Will Huma be charged as a MB agent with Hilary her willing accomplice? Is this why Amb. Stevens was killed after meeting with Turkish rep?
It´s becoming clear that the Muslim Brothers have lost badly in their attempt to take over the government of Egypt. They are now paying the price for their incompetence. If the US continues to support the Muslim Brothers, then they are acting contrary to national interests, as Islamist governments will always harbor an abiding hatred toward America. Conversely, the Saudis are clearly acting in their own interest, as their greatest fear is being taken over by Islamist agents. Saudi is a very weak country which must use duplicitous means since they lack the strength to do otherwise.
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