Thursday, September 11, 2014

"Arab States Back US Push Against Islamic State"

Saudi Armour on Anti-Democracy Patrol in Bahrain

That was the headline from the BBC report on a mini-summit attended by US State Secretary, John Kerry, and senior officials from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

So what do these Arab powerhouses mean by "backing the US."  Are they fueling their strike fighters, mobilizing their tank brigades, parading the troops, gearing up to take the fight to the Islamic State?  No, not so much.

What they have agreed to do - and this time they mean it, really - is to "help stop the flow of funds and foreign fighters" to the Islamic State.  In other words, they're going to put away their cheque books and start screening the departure lounges at their airports.  That's it?  Apparently so.

The Arab princes, it seems, want the infidels to do their dirty work for them. Maybe they just can't bring themselves to exchange fire with the same murderous bastards they funded in the first place.  Maybe they think we're their Crusader Brigade, their Arab Foreign Legion.  Whatever they think, they're right. Christendom is rallying to do their bidding.  We're back in their "reliable" fold.

Sorry but this is bullshit.   The Islamic Caliphate is as much a threat to these pampered oil swine as it is to Syria or Iraq.  This is a cause that needs a Sunni army sweeping ISIS out of Syria and Iraq.  The US has armed these countries to the teeth.  Time for them to show they know how to use the stuff.


LeDaro said...

Mound, I doubt they will keep their promise. ISIS are Sunnis. Now they will fund them more secretly against Shiits.

Beijing York said...

Why isn't Israel ever willing to put some of its arsenal in the aid of their best buddy USA? Israel is first to signal all these scary threats - Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria - but their powerhouse army is never called upon to help any coalition of the willing a US President puts together. Is there an obvious reason that I'm missing?

The Mound of Sound said...

LD, it's spelled "Shiites" not Shiits although some would disagree with me. I think the Saudis were okay with many of the ISIS types when Crown Prince Badr was raising his army to fight in Syria and, yes, I think some of it was considered a means of sorting out Tehran and the Shiites but the Islamists went rogue and decided to raise the Caliphate. Now it's the Frankenstein's Monster of the House of Saud and they realize they're not safe either.

Hi, BY. It's bad enough having the Crusader infidels blow up Muslims. The optics of the Crusaders and the Jews slaughtering Muslims would be too Biblical for the Arab Street to bear. I think it was Obama (perhaps Kerry) who said a few days ago that the US needs Sunni allies to take the fight to Sunni Islamists. So far there's no signs of any takers.

Anonymous said...

Excellent post.

I wish I'd said that.....

LeDaro said...

Mound, I have tweeted your post. Hopefully more readers will see this post. It is an interesting situation in the Middle East. 'Enemy of the enemy is my friend' applies here as U.S. is expecting some help from Iran.