They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Saudi machinations, French weapons

On his visit to Saudi Arabia French President Hollande appears dangerously close to taking sides in a sectarian war that is tearing apart the Muslim world, and making some money for the struggling French defense industry whilst he is at it. Already $3 Billion secured from Riyadh on an arms deal for Lebanon - one of the key theaters in a proxy war being fought by Saudi Arabia and Iran. May be worth one or two points in the polls for Hollande. And further trouble ahead for Lebanon. Syria, Iraq etc.

Patrick Cockburn on link below:

Mass murder in the Middle East is funded by our friends the Saudis

Everyone knows where al-Qa'ida gets its money, but while the violence is sectarian, the West does nothing Link

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, (r.), applauds French President Francois Hollande after 
presenting him with the Order of Merit in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia in November 2012.