I’m the first to admit that I don’t know much about Saudi Arabia.
Yet, I did notice that SA has been singled out for preferential treatment by the US, time and again. Even when it turned out that most of the Twin Tower bombers came from the SA, it did not receive any backlash from it. When Trump published his camouflaged Muslim immigration ban, SA was not in the list of banned countries. I leave in the middle why that is.
Now a report came out that the US has helped SA to clamp down on (royal) opposition against SA’s new ruler. They were not even dissenting – it was a list of SA royals who felt critical of the new head of their junta. Hardly an attempt at popular rule, but if even power sharing at the top becomes impossible, how far away is real democracy then?!
My question is: is this alleged passing on of US intelligence a matter of one or two rich USers (Trump. Kushner) supporting a SA rich guy, or is this the policy of the present democratic USA, to aid a dictator to even fend off his own family – allegedly?
If this truly happened, where does that leave the US as champion of democracy?
The same can be asked on how it treats the Chinese police state and the Russian semi-democracy (ask gay Russians about their democratic status) with kid gloves.
Allegedly, politics is always dirty. Even if that were true, every instance should be called out anyway, so that can’t be an excuse.
This, a democracy allegedly aiding a dictator, stinks to high heaven and should be investigated. If it wasn’t illegal – immoral it was for sure – maybe the US should get a law that forbids it to aid non-democratic rulers against attempts to democratize that country.
What will be next? Giving Russian and Chinese rulers US intelligence gatherings about their oppositions? Or is that happening already?
People who are outraged about Facebook having been used to violate people’s privacy should think about how US spy agencies can use their information about any citizen in the world to betray him/her against her/his government.
PS: How strange to see a friendly Saudi prince address the Israel public not to fear their nuclear ambitions. He knows (and speaks) Hebrew (!) but doesn’t know that we have a democracy? He does mention Netanyahu who he even calls Bibi too. We in the West only make a difference between a state and its people if the rulers don’t do the population’s bidding. He should not worry: we all (95%) trust Bibi’s security assessment – there is no need to address us directly. This whole video is strange given that SA isn’t close to creating such weapons. The friendliness (and Hebrew) are good. Let’s wait and see if it’s just an Arafat smile or will have any substance.