Monday, August 06, 2018

Are the Saudis Out to Stir Up Quebec Separatism? Or Do They Just Want to Fly a Jetliner Into the CN Tower?

A jarring article in The New Republic claims that the Saudis are threatening to retaliate against Canadian interference in the theocracy's internal affairs by supporting Quebec's separation from Canada.

Relations between Canada and Saudi Arabia are at a low point after CanadianForeign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland criticized the oil-rich country’s human rights record last week. In response, Saudi Arabia has expelled Canada’s ambassador and suspended trade deals.

Going further, the Saudi government even threatened to retaliate by intervening in Canada’s internal affairs.“Any further step from the Canadian side in that direction will be considered as acknowledgment of our right to interfere in the Canadian domestic affairs,” the Saudi government wrote. 
As BuzzFeed observes this threat was accompanied by a social media surge of Saudi Twitter accounts supporting Quebec independence and indigenous rights in Canada. 
The article argues that Trudeau brought this on by first upholding the $15-billion Saudi "death wagon" deal and then seeking to appease his critics by sniping at the Saudi regime over human rights.
Normally, the United States would support Canada over Saudi Arabia in a human rights dispute. But this is no longer certain. President Donald Trump is generally pro-Saudi Arabia and has rocky relations with Justin Trudeau. As Bessma Momani, a professor of political science at the University of Waterloo, noted:

Unlike any other time in modern history, Canada would expect the US to criticize the Saudi’s brash decision to recall Cdn Ambassador. But is Trump relishing in this attempt to slight Trudeau? Did Saudis clear this with DC first? Odd questions to ask, but we live in odd times.— Bessma Momani (@b_momani) August 6, 2018
Sorry, Justin, but you chose to get in bed with these snakes. Now you're getting the fangs.

And, now this:

While the Saudis have denied any link in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon - even though 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens - "A verified Saudi Twitter account curating infographics for the kingdom" posted the graphic above showing an Air Canada jetliner heading straight for the CN Tower.
The account, which is verified on Twitter and boasts more than 350,000 followers, states it is a "voluntary non-profit project" that is "managed by a group of Saudi youth who are interested in technology and social media facts backed by numbers & evidence". 
But aviation analyst Alex Macheras, who described the image as "concerning rhetoric emerging from Saudi Arabia" said the account was connected to the royal court
Even if the verified account is not a direct spokesperson for the Saudi rulers, very few accounts, NGOs or individuals are permitted to openly discuss politics in Saudi Arabia on a global platform. Riyadh is notoriously vigilant in its policing of its citizens' social media, and the infographic_ksa account has been active since 2015, spouting propaganda following the official and unofficial Saudi state narrative.


Toby said...

While Justin Trudeau spent much of his youth in the Prime Minister's official residence, Gorffwysfa (commonly refered to as 24 Sussex Drive), he appears to have learned nothing.

rumleyfips said...

Isn't a bad relationship with the viciously violent Saudi monarchy a good thing ?

Jay Farquharson said...

Guess you missed the Saudi Foreign Ministry tweet where they threatened Toronto with another 911 airliner attack.

rumleyfips said...

I saw it Jay. Looks to me that the House of Saud's hubris has led them to confess to the 911 mass murder.

The Mound of Sound said...

Wow, I hadn't seen that when I posted this piece.

Gyor said...

It doesn't take complex calucations, it's just business as usual for that corrupt institution of feminism, whose stock and trade appears to be lies now a days. I'm so used to feminists that say do as I say not as I do, that I find this not shocking in the least.

Jay Farquharson said...

Incel's gotta Incel and should stick to their little 4Chan cesspools.

Trailblazer said...

The Saudi's arrogance towards the west is showing it's true colours.
As is the Israeli influence.

Hmmmm; that said those with oodles of money and therefore influence are showing their arrogance to the world at large.

There must be a term for the medieval times in the twenty first century?


The Mound of Sound said...

I've heard neofeudalism bandied about.

Trailblazer said...

Shit, so it's back to this?


Karl Kolchak said...

Trudeau makes Obama look like Atilla the Hun. He's got to be the weakest and most feckless "leader" in the Western world right now.

Jay Farquharson said...

LMFA off at the SovCit KKKeyboard KKKomando Cuck.

The Mound of Sound said...

Karl, unlike Washington, Ottawa isn't buckling. Think back to how far Bush/Cheney and Congress went to look the other way after 9/11, giving Riyadh a pass despite all the evidence of Saudi complicity in those murders.

That had nothing to do with Obama and even less to do with Trudeau. No, it was Bush/Cheney and the Republicans who ran cover for the House of Saud.

What this graphic should mean to Americans is a Saudi confession, "yeah, well, we actually did it on that September morning in 2001 and you helped take us off the hook, instead going after Iraq."

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