Arab leaders have once again shown their true colours and separation from the feelings of their people as they continue to sabre rattle for war against Iran, standing in solidarity with Israel and the United States.
Meeting in the holy city of Mecca, Arab leaders met at the behest of Saudi Arabia, the meeting being attended by representatives of all Gulf and Arab countries.
Saudi King Salman called on other Arab nations to stand against the “criminal” actions of Iran and said that the international community should utilise “all means to stop the Iranian regime from interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.”
“Saudi Arabia is keen on the security and stability of the region… the kingdom’s hand will always be extended in peace.”King Salman al Saud
Saudi Arabia is of course currently engaging in what has been termed genocide in Yemen in order to install a puppet regime. The hypocrisy of Al Saud didn’t end there however, proclaiming that Iran was “harbouring global and regional terrorist entities”.
Saudi Arabia is by all accounts the world’s most prolific sponsor of international terrorism with allegations of support ranging from the like of the Taliban, Al Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba to the Al-Nusra Front in Syria.
Even international warhawk Hilary Clinton recognised the status of Saudi Arabia as a primary sponsor of terror, signing a cable in 2009 that stated “more needs to be done since Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaida, the Taliban, LeT and other terrorist groups… Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide.”
Despite American recognition of Saudi as a state sponsor of terror, the international axis between the U.S., Israel and Saudi continues to sabre rattle for war with Iran as part of a devil’s pact between the three for regional hegemony. Iran remains the only legitimate regional threat to Saudi Arabia, Israel or U.S. interests in the oil-laden region.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi led the way, of course, stating that the security of the Gulf was linked to that of Egypt and describing recent Houthi attacks and the debunked sabotage of oil vessels as “explicit acts of terrorism”.
“Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, and its wealthy Gulf Arab partners Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have given more than $20 billion to help Egypt since Morsi’s overthrow, Sisi said last month, and are likely to pledge more.”Al-Jazeera, 2014
Following the injection of money into the Sisi regime, Egypt joined the Saudi-led military assault on Yemen in 2015. There has been no word on whether the House of Saud considers sending $20 billion to Egypt as “interference”.
Of those present, only Kuwait and Iraq offered voices of dissent, Iraq knowing all too well of the consequences of an international invasion. Kuwait called for “wisdom” and “dialogue” to prevail and urged fellow Arab nations to “grasp the gravity of the event.”
Iraq meanwhile highlighted the often tense makeup of their own country and echoed warnings that conflict in Iran would plunge the entire region into conflict.
“We do not hope that its security is targeted because we share 1,400km of borders and diverse relations. Honestly, the security and stability of a neighbouring Islamic country are in the interest of Muslim and Arab states.”Iraqi President Barham Salih
Iraq has offered to mediate between the United States and Iran.
Iran has reacted with anger to the summit in Mecca, rejecting the “unfounded” accusations levelled at the country by Saudi Arabia and its allies. The comments from Arab leaders come in sharp contrast to those of Iran who has publicly extended an olive branch to their neighbours in order to mutually confront the agitation of the U.S. and Israel.
Speaking in April, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for Middle Eastern unity in the face of the continuing aggression of the United States and Israel, stating that the two nations were the cause of war and tensions in the region. Speaking at the Army Day parade in Tehran, Rouhani stated that “if we have a problem in the region today, its roots are either with Zionism or America’s arrogance.” Offering an olive branch to other nations in the Middle East, Rouhani stated that Iran was not working against their “national interests” but rather was working in their shared mutual interests “against the aggressors” and implored regional powers to “stand together, be together and rid the region of the aggressor’s presence.”
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