Pharaoh Salman bin Abdel Aziz, Saudi Defense Minister Condemned by a French Court
Al-Saud Mafia-House: Self Lampooned Saudi Pharaohs Playing “War Games”
Pharaoh Salman bin Abdel Aziz,
Saudi Arabia looms threateningly over the whole inhuman Gulf People’s tragedy and misery; it is in this context that I use “Pharaoh”, in my articles when addressing the Al-Saud Mafia-House, in order to describe in a more satirical witty, sarcastic, wry, mimicking and mocking way and form this unrighteous clan of highway robbers.
I always try to be brief and make my ideas, remarks and observations very bullet pointy especially after one reads different reports that show how members of the Saudi royal family have appropriated billions of dollars of the country's national wealth, including oil revenues, for their personal use and pleasure. It must be noted that the House of Saud has recognized since it took power in 1931 that it would never be able to defend itself against stronger foreign powers; that is why the Saudi Army was (is) geared to executing internal repressive tasks; Saudi forces never fought outside of Saudi Arabia: inor elsewhere; arms are purchased in order to cash commissions.
“THE WORLD'S RICHEST ARABS: As skyrocketing oil revenues in the Middle East flow into Europe, we profile the Arab world's wealthiest investors”. CNBC Business, June 2007: “According to the Institute of International Finance, between 2004 and 2006 the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Bahrain and Oman – recorded a combined current account surplus of €369bn. The IMF estimates that only a quarter of recent oil revenues have been converted into official reserves. The question then is: where are they putting the money? Back in the 1970s, Europe was often the high-rolling sheikh’s first port of call. Real estate in London and Paris boomed, and the casinos of the Cote D’Azur made a killing. The late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, while still a prince, led by example, losing a reported $6m in one night at the tables in Monte Carlo. With local financial institutions barely in existence, US Treasury bills and Western banks hovered up much of the rest. Sometimes, it seemed, infrastructure back home got built with whatever was left over …. Europe is still an important destination for investment funds, however. The Bahrain-based Arcapita fund, backed by Saudi, Kuwaiti and Qatari investors, has directed a third of its worldwide investments to Europe, putting the value of its financial and equity transactions in Europe at around €7bn over the past 10 years …. Today, however, it is the investment funds – both private and government-owned – that are making much of the running. Ironically, some of the boldest deals have been signed by the emirate with the least oil. Dubai International Capital (DIC) holds a 3% stake in DaimlerChrysler (for which it paid around €750m in October 2004) and has acquired the Tussauds Group (of which it has since sold 80%), industrial manufacturer Don casters and the Travelodge hotel chain in the UK. Its portfolio of assets is now estimated at €3.8bn, and its global partners include private equity giants Carlyle and KKR …. Saudi money is believed to be behind many of the deals involving the boom in private equity and companies like Carlyle, Blackstone, KKR and Texas Pacific. The latest private equity mega-deal – at €34bn, a new record – involves KKR, Texas Pacific and Goldman Sachs (zionist “israeli” backers) and has targeted Texas’s top power company, TXU.” http://www.cnbcmagazine.com/story/the-wo
During World War II it became clear that post-war Britain would no longer have the global military reach needed to protect the Saudis, the British were kicked out of Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Gulf and the baton was handed off to the new US world “Super Power.” Thus, the Al-Saud Mafia-House know very well that Saudi Arabia has nowhere else to go for protection; for over fifty years, fear of Saudi displeasure and its possible consequences for the oil market have encouraged successive US administrations to ignore the despotic, destructive and dangerous undemocratic behavior of the Al-Saud Mafia-House; consequently, US stranglehold and involvement keeps growing with each Saudi regime’s unpopular breath. US support is their only chance at long-term survival, and they know it. Definitely, without US support, the unpopular Saudi royal family – and other GCC Pharaohs - could easily end up hanging from lamp posts in their respective capitals.
Until recently, Saudi Arabia has been a central pillar of the Arab world for decades; vast oil supplies, submission to the US and an unprecedented “cash-heavy diplomacy” assured its interests and defended its despotic and ruthless regimes until the Arab Spring Tsunami started sweeping across the Arab countries. At present, the Al-Saud Mafia-House finding itself under unprecedented pressure (internally and internationally) is reviewing and reassessing its policies in order to survive; Reforms, Democracy, Human Rights, etc. are out of the question; this contradictory dilemma - the heart of Saudi confusion, chaos, derangement, disorder, mess, scramble and disarray - is augmenting Saudi regime’s “blood-pressure’ accelerating a fatal heart attack.
All this was manifested in Egypt when the Al-Saud Mafia-House – king Abdullah’s reserves, swollen by more than $214 billion in oil revenue last year -, in 2011, “donated” more than 6 billion US$ in aid to shoulder the Egyptian military council Pharaohs; to resolve Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Salah saga; to the kingdoms of Jordan and Morocco, which it hastily invited to join a union of the Gulf monarchies; to the nervously announced and retracted Saudi-Bahrain union after having sent its troops into Bahrain to crush a popular uprising, to the “Arab Gulf Economic Union” of the six GCC countries; to the Saudi-Qatari intervention in Syria; to the Gulf GCC members facing possible military confrontation with their next door Iranian neighbors; Saudi Arabia has been frantically over flexing its political commitments and financial resources in a bid to bring to a halt an inevitable Democratic change in the Gulf, especially in Saudi Arabia. This change probability was accented by the Arab Spring events driving a wedge between Saudi Arabia and its most important and only ally, the United States: the Saudis were furious when President Obama dropped his support of Mubarak, and the Americans were angry in turn when Saudi tanks rolled into Bahrain. However, Us “business as usual policy” continued when US Congress approved a 10-year 60 billion US$ arms package to sell F-15 fighter jets and other deadly “toys” to rust in the desert after the Al-Saud Mafia-House members cashed their commissions.
Many of the issues driving the protests in other countries are similar to those in Saudi Arabia: it is ruled by an autocratic, tyrannical and despotic family resistant to any form of sharing power. At the same time, its leadership is in question. Besides, several smaller Gulf States have publicly balked at the idea, fearing Saudi domination of the group. Prince Saud’s public push forward despite their opposition underscored the kingdom’s continuing scramble — with diplomacy, money and even arms — to preserve or rebuild what it can of the old regional order in the wake of the Arab uprisings. What is going on in Saudi Arabia where its government only wants to represent itself as the sole, legitimate and uncontested leader of the country, with its control over the local media and its powerful influence over the regional media, while most of the time the Saudi government view dominates, reinforcing its own view and downplaying challenges and contradictions? How much does the current state of affairs relate to internal (and therefore usually obscure and difficult to comprehend) problems in Saudi Arabia? How much does it relate to external events, those in the wider world? And how much is it a reflection of the state of the royal family, increasingly an aged and often apparently dysfunctional grouping?
US President Obama’s administration has been lately asking the question: Is the Saudi royal family losing control? My answer is yes.
Previous related articles of mine: 1. “Why I became A Saudi Dissident” http://www.allvoices.com/contributednews
Dr. Walid Amin Ruwayha
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