Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya in “An Israeli-Saudi-US conspiracy? Saudi Arabia’s 'Chemical Bandar' Behind the Syrian Chemical Attacks?” writes:
Nothing the US claims about what happened in Syria adds up. We are being asked to believe an illogical story, when it is much more likely that it was Israel and Saudi Arabia who enabled the Obama Administration to threaten Syria with war.
So it seems that the Saudis enabled the chemical attack while the Israelis provided them cover to ignite a full-scale war, or at the very least enable a bombing campaign against Damascus. Israel and Saudi Arabia have empowered the Obama Administration to threaten war on Syria.
Hmmmmm. So good chance the Saudis supplied chemical weapons to the rebels for a false flag operation and the Israelis provided the Obama administration with fake intel that the Assad soldiers were responsible for the chemical weapons attack?
Nazemroaya writes of a report from a Syrian named Abdel-Moneim who maintains that his son and 12 other rebels were killed trying to store weapons from a Saudi militant by the name of Abu Ayesha. Further sources revealed for him the original source of the chemical weapons was CIA-favorite Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan.
The Mint Press News report adds an important dimension to the story, totally contradicting the claims of the US government. It quotes a female insurgent fighter who says things that make a link to Saudi Arabia clear. She says that those who provided them with weapons ‘didn’t tell them what these arms were or how to use them” and that they “didn’t know they were chemical weapons.” “When Saudi Prince Bandar gives such weapons to people, he must give them to those who know how to handle and use them,” she is quoted.
Is that really the true story that the mainstream corporate media will never go near? Instead, it is all twisted up in a colossal, war-catalytic lie?
Nazemroaya declares that none of the Obama administration speeches offer conclusive confirmation based on a half-assed chemical weapons intelligence report which reads, according to Nazemroaya, “more as a superficial college or university student’s paper put together by wordsmiths instead of genuine experts on the subject.” He writes:
Going in a circle, the report even depends on “unnamed” social media and accounts as sources of evidence or data. Lacking transparency, it states that “there are accounts from international and Syrian medical personnel, videos, witness accounts, thousands of social media reports from at least 12 different locations in the Damascus area, journalist accounts and reports from highly credible non-governmental organizations."
Chances are that these unnamed sources are actually foreign-funded insurgents, Israeli media, Saudi media, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights - which includes fighters in the ranks of the insurgency and salutes Saudi Arabia as a model democracy - or the NGO Doctors Without Borders. These are the same sources that have been supporting the insurgency and pushing for regime change and military intervention in Syria.
Moreover, one of the main sources of the intelligence and communication interceptions that are supposed to be a smoking gun is none other than Israel, which is notorious for doctoring and falsifying evidence.
Nazemroaya also underlines the additional layer of hypocrisy involved since Saudi Arabia is America’s biggest customer for weaponry:
The moralistic language coming out of Washington is despicable posturing. The hypocrisy of the US government knows no bounds. It condemns the Syrian military for using cluster bombs while the United States sells them en mass to Saudi Arabia.
Pepe Escobar also sheds light on the covert Israel/Saudi Arabia alliance in terms of not only Syria but also Egypt in “The New Axis of Evil: Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Pentagon Are Backing Egypt's Bloody Crackdown”.
The winners, as it stands, are the House of Saud/Israel/ Pentagon axis. How did they pull it off?
Escobar maintains that Washington seemed to have the reins on both the Muslim Brotherhood, which was willing to bow down to the International Monetary Fund and being supportive of the faux-rebels' fight in Syria, as well as General Sisi’s Egyptian army. The MB had Qatar as a major cheerleader. But then MB’s Morsi must have done something seriously threatening to Israel, speculates Escobar, maybe having to do with the Sinai. This would have a brought thumbs up for the army coup from Tel Aviv and OF COURSE our reactive, Israel-accommodating Pentagon.
Now it is wealthy Saudi Arabia pouring out money to the military junta leader in Egypt as Qatar had been shelling it out to Morsi of the MB leadership. Escobar stresses:
The only thing that matters to Israel is that Sisi's Army will uphold the Camp David agreements. ...
As for Syria, Escobar points out that the House of Saud and Prince Bandar bin Sultan have taken over the “Syrian ‘rebel’ racket” (a/k/a “jihadists”) in the proxy war. Escobar:
The bottom line is that a case can be made that the Obama administration has in fact subcontracted most of its Middle East policy to the House of Saud.
Escobar describes how eager Israel is for the United States to make its stage two OVERT war moves against Syria and then move onto Iran. If the US doesn’t make a dramatic military strike soon Escobar predicts Israel may very well invade Lebanon. Apparently, according to Escobar, Sheikh Nasrallah, Hezbollah's secretary-general, has already been talking about the possibility.
Over in Jordan, Escobar goes on, there is lots of weaponry for escalation bought by the Saudis, weapons supplied by the CIA, for the supposed “good rebels”, trained in Jordan by the CIA.
Escobar’s assessment of the dangerous state of the Middle East at the moment as well as the dangerous alliances coalescing:
With Israel possibly mulling another invasion of Lebanon; the Kerry "peace process" an excuse for more settlements in Palestine; Bandar Bush back practicing the dark arts; the pre-empting of any possible solution to the Iranian nuclear dossier; Egypt in civil war; Syria and also Iraq bleeding to death, what's left is the certified proliferation of all kinds of axes, and all kinds of evil.
Escobar's summation of the volatile and tragic state of Egypt:
Hardcore repression rules. Corruption rules. And foreign domination rules (as in Saudi Arabia, who’s now paying most of the bills, alongside the UAE).
Internationally, the big winners are Saudi Arabia (displacing Qatar), Israel (because the Egyptian army is even more docile than the Brotherhood), and – who else – the Pentagon, the Egyptian army’s pimp. Nowhere in the Milky Way this House of Saud/Israel/Pentagon axis can be spun as “good for the Egyptian people”.
There’s no other way of saying it; from Washington’s point of view, Arabs can kill each other to Kingdom Come, be it Sunnis against Shiites, jihadis against secularists, peasants against urbanites, and Egyptians against Egyptians. The only thing that matters is the Camp David agreements; and nobody is allowed to antagonize Israel.
So it’s fitting that Sisi’s minions in boots asked Israel to keep their drones near the border, as they need to pursue their “war on terror” in the Sinai. For all practical purposes, Israel runs the Sinai.
Reuters writers Jeffrey Heller and Angus McDowall on September 2nd also addressed the alliance of Israel and Saudi Arabia:
Israel and Saudi Arabia have little love for each other but both are pressing their mutual friend in the White House to hit President Bashar al-Assad hard. And both do so with one eye fixed firmly not on Syria but on their common adversary - Iran.
But the Saudi monarchy, though lacking Israel's readiness to attack Iran, can share the Jewish state's concern that neither may now look with confidence to Washington to curb what Riyadh sees as a drive by its Persian rival to dominate the Arab world.
Saudi Arabia, like Israel heavily dependent on the United States for arms supplies, is engaged in a historic confrontation with Iran for regional influence - a contest shaped by their leading roles in the rival Sunni and Shi'ite branches of Islam.
Israel does not share the Saudi enthusiasm for the Syrian rebel cause, despite its concern about Assad's role as a link between Iran and Lebanese and Palestinian enemies. The presence in rebel ranks of Sunni Islamist militants, some linked to al Qaeda, worries the Jewish state - though Riyadh, too, is keen to curb al Qaeda, which calls the royal family American stooges.
Saudi and Israeli support for U.S. air strikes in response to Assad's alleged use of poison gas scarcely stands out less amid a global clamor of reproach for Damascus. But the recent Egyptian crisis saw them more distinctly making common cause in lobbying Washington - since their preference for Egypt's army over elected Islamists was at odds with much of world opinion.
Heller and McDowall also mention that it was Israeli intercepts of Syrian communications that were given to Obama to help make his flimsy public case for the alleged chemical weapons attack of the Assad regime. They write of Israel's potential volatility:
Netanyahu, whose frosty rapport with Obama blossomed into a display of harmony on the president's visit to Israel in March, has ordered his ministers not to criticize Obama publicly after the president's decision to take the Syrian issue to Congress.
Concern in Washington over a go-it-alone Israeli strike on Iran are still strong; Israel is unlikely to use the nuclear warheads it is assumed to possess but any strike on its distant and populous enemy would have unpredictable consequences.
Mark Karlin in “Saudi Arabia and Israel Team up Against Syria: Hava Nagila in Riyadh?” also addresses the Saudi/Israel alliance.
Secretary of State John Kerry said at Wednesday’s hearing that Arab countries have offered to pay for the entirety of unseating President Bashar al-Assad if the United States took the lead militarily. “In fact, some of them have said that if the United States is prepared to go do the whole thing the way we’ve done it previously in other places, they’ll carry that cost,” Kerry said.
... as Obama's call for Congress to approve an attack on Syria appears to be in serious jeopardy, Israel's most visible and powerful lobbying face in the US, AIPAC, was let loose to lobby Congress to try and salvage Obama's strike plans...
The powerful pro-Israel lobby AIPAC is planning to launch a major lobbying campaign to push wayward lawmakers to back the resolution authorizing U.S. strikes against Syria, sources said Thursday.
Officials say that some 250 Jewish leaders and AIPAC activists will storm the halls on Capitol Hill beginning next week to persuade lawmakers that Congress must adopt the resolution or risk emboldening Iran’s efforts to build a nuclear weapon. They are expected to lobby virtually every member of Congress, arguing that “barbarism” by the Assad regime cannot be tolerated, and that failing to act would “send a message” to Tehran that the U.S. won’t stand up to hostile countries’ efforts to develop weapons of mass destruction, according to a source with the group.
Although it would be presumptuous to now call Saudi Arabia an ally of Israel -- or even predict a peace treaty in the offing -- it is clear that there is a nascent realignment of nation states in the Middle East. Those who are closely aligned with the West on economic issues and those Arab nation states who want to preserve their non-democratic rule see Israel as a potential partner in suppressing the Arab street and Islamic Fundamentlists affiliated with Iran, along with now Iranian proxy paramilitary Jihadists such as Hezbollah. Both pose a threat to Israel and the pro-US conservative Arab states.
The threats of the Arab Spring have helped create a surprising, ruthless and mutually counter-revolutionary alliance, Saudi Arabia and Israel.
This newest axis of evil -- Israel, Saudi Arabia and the US -- is committed to murderous militarism and geo-political exploitation against the struggling millions of the Middle East as well as the rest of the globe.
An extra and profound dose of betrayal for the Palestinians by the Saudis, too, one might note.
[cross-posted on correntewire]