[Marxism] Re: Bin Laden miscalculates

Marvin Gandall marvgandall at rogers.com
Wed Dec 29 11:15:45 MST 2004


Fred Feldman wrote:

> One source of support for such currents is likely to be the Saudi
> Arabian monarchy.  Sections of the Saud clan seem to have ambiguous and
> ambivalent relations with Bin Laden, his family, the Zarqawi group and
> so on.  The regime is actually ideologically committed to the Wahhabi
> sect, which is Sunni chauvinist among other things. The monarchy has a
> serious stake in preventing a strong, independent Iraq which is friendly
> to Iran and not supportive of the kingdom...
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Yes, not least because of the Saudi monarchy's fear of a Shia-dominated Iraq
adjoining its oil-rich Eastern provinces. The majority of the region's
population is Shia, and the expansion of Shia influence in neighbouring Iraq
could fan Shia separatist tendencies there. There are few oil fields in the
central and western Sunni parts of the country, where Riyadh, Medina, and
Mecca are located. Richard Perle and other Saudiphobic neoconservatives have
speculated openly about detaching the Shia-dominated Eastern provinces - a
distinct minority view given the close ties between the US and the Saudi
rulers - but the US military does have contingency plans for seizing the oil
fields from its bases in Iraq and Kuwait if the monarchy should be
overthrown.

MG






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