the Life and Death of Sheikh Nimr

Sheik Nim al Nimr the Saudi dissident executed on January 2nd, 2016.
Sheik Nim al Nimr the peaceful Saudi dissident executed on January 2nd, 2016.

January 10th, 2016.

The Execution of Sheikh Nimr.

The holder of the chair of the UN Human Rights council deemed the new year a good occasion for a mass execution. and on January 2nd  47 people were executed inside Saudi prisons.

Four of the executed were Shia dissidents, the rest were alleged al Qaeda terrorists apparently too extreme to  graduate from the Saudi re-education centres and be redeployed abroad in the service of the Kingdom.

Given that four of the executed were Shia and it has been reported that forty three of the executed were beheaded while four were shot by firing squad, it seems logical to tentatively conclude that the four Shia dissidents including prominent cleric Sheikh Nimr al Nimr were shot whilst the al Qaeda men were beheaded.

The body of Sheikh Nimr was buried secretly, his family were not permitted even to bury him.

Sheikh Nimr Baqir al Nimr.

Sheikh Nimr al Nimr was a popular Shia cleric born in al-Awamiyah, an impoverished small Shia town  in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia in 1959.

Sheikh Nimr lived and studied in Iran and Syria between 1979 and 1994, attaining the title Ayatollah , a title now held by only 49 living Shia clerics but a title far short of Grand Ayatollah which is the highest possible attainment for a living Shia cleric. In 1994 Sheikh Nimr returned to his Eastern Province hometown al Awamiyah.

Sheikh Nimr became the most prominent and outspoken internal Shia critic of the House of Saud, the clan who rule the Saudi nation as an absolute monarchy.

A Decade of Oppression.

Sheikh Nimr was first arrested in 2003 , reportedly for the heinous “crime” of leading prayers in his home village. He was arrested again in 2004 and 2006 and by this time Sheikh Nimr had reached the attention of the national secret police organisation the Mabahith.

After his 2006 arrest Sheikh Nimr was beaten but released after the people of his home village protested at his detention.

Undeterred by these oppressions Sheikh Nimr first achieved international prominence in 2007 when he released “A Petition of Honour and Dignity” his call for the reform of Saudi Arabia. The document called for ” freedom of belief for the Shia, who are considered heretics in Saudi Arabia” along with “liberty for Shias in the justice system and in education, including schools for girls, as well as the establishment of local government committees, and access for Shias to selection for higher status jobs.” (Source)

The petition was handed to the Governor of Eastern Province.

In 2009 a dispute erupted in Medina after the Saudi Religious police were seen video recording female Shia worshippers as they attended the graves of revered Shia figures in Medina. The upshot of which was an escalation in the scale of the oppression of the Saudi Shia minority.

These events led to a significant escalation in rhetoric from Sheikh Nimr, for the first time he raised the prospect of the secession of the Shia areas of Saudi Arabia, stating:

“Our dignity has been pawned away, and if it is not … restored, we will call for secession,” and  “Our dignity is more precious than the unity of this land.”(Source)

Most of the Saudi oil industry that represents the nations entire economy almost is located in the Shia Eastern areas so these are very sensitive and unhappy subjects for the ruling Saudi clan.

Map showing that the bulk of the Saudi oil industry is located in the heavily Shia Eastern regions.
Map showing that the bulk of the Saudi oil industry is located in the heavily Shia Eastern regions.

This led to an arrest order being made for Sheikh Nimr and attempts to arrest family members, Nimr went into hiding until the storm apparently passed.

the Arab Spring begins.

Five years later the origins of the Arab Spring remain controversial and mysterious. My understanding is that the Arab Spring was a CIA project that sought to leverage the genuine sense of grievance within the Middle East in order to install Muslim Brotherhood governments across the region following the classic colour revolution model.

The participants on the ground were overwhelmingly unaware of these machinations and the protests were largely sincere in basis.

According to the leader of the Lebanese Shia militia Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah in his speech condemning the execution of Sheikh Nimr, elements of US intelligence contacted Sheikh Nimr and offered to supply weapons to the Saudi Shia, an offer that Sheikh Nimr refused.

It seems likely therefore that someone was reaching out to political activists in the Gulf in the 2010-2011 time frame and encouraging them to ignite protest movements.

Sheikh Nimr participates in a small protest march in Eastern Saudi Arabia in 2011.
Sheikh Nimr participates in a small protest march in Eastern Saudi Arabia in 2011.

January 2011- Protests Begin in Saudi Arabia.

The narrative of the Arab Spring in Saudi Arabia bears a remarkable similarity to the narrative we were given in Tunisia, where the Arab Spring protests began and where the first Government fell as a result.

In both Tunisia and Saudi Arabia the protests were inspired we are told by the self immolation of a single disgruntled individual, in the case of Saudi Arabia we are told that an unnamed 65 year old in Jizan self immolated on January 21st, 2011 and that protests began in the days following that event.

Political demonstrations are illegal in the Saudi Kingdom, an openly despotic state with no compunction whatsoever about conducting human rights abuses so every protest is a genuine act of bravery.

The protests in Saudi Arabia had multiple motivating issues and took place across the nation, with the Shia Eastern protests only one of several major streams of protest along with woman’s rights, and broader calls for reform and freedom.

Sheikh Nimr Speeches.

Several of Shiekh Nimr’s Arab Spring era speeches are on YouTube, the English translation provided by the MEMRI.

Judging by these samples Sheikh Nimr was an entertaining speaker, a lively and jovial figure, the antithesis of the fire breathing extremist of Hollywood Zionist fantasy.

The element of his speeches that the Saudi ruling clan found most unacceptable was probably his mockery of the Saudi state, the most amusing moment from his speech was the point at which he suggested the Saudi state should turn their “Iron Fist” against the “head of the snake”-Iran before concluding that if they ever tried to do so the Iron fist would be revealed to be a “cardboard fist.”

Saudi Ayatollah Shiekh Nimr Al-Nimr Dares Saudi Regime

The Crown Prince Nayyef Speech of July 2012.

In June 2012 Saudi Crown Prince Nayyef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud died. At the time of his death Nayyaf was Interior Minister, a post that he had held since 1975. Prince Nayyef’s offices had engaged in many human rights abuses during that time winning him many enemies.

In what in retrospect seems an act of foolishness in that it helped his enemies by surrendering some of the moral high ground, Sheikh Nimr made no secret of his delight at Prince Nayyef’s demise and in the same month Nimr was arrested for the last time.

That does not justify Sheikh Nimr’s arrest or execution for a second and it must be remembered that Sheikh Nimr never said that anyone should be attacked or killed, not the House of Saud nor anyone else and therefore he undoubtedly deserves to be regarded as a martyr to tyranny and evil as personified by the House of Saud.

Saudi Cleric Nimr Al Nimr – Speech on the angel of death and Prince Nayyef

Sheikh Nimr after being forced from the road and shot by Saudi security forces in July 2012.
Sheikh Nimr after being forced from the road and shot by Saudi security forces in July 2012.

Final Arrest.

The Saudi authorities story regarding the arrest is so ridiculous it does not even bear repeating. Sheikh Nimr was driven off the road, his car was forced into a wall by the Saudi security forces and after that they shot him several times in the leg and tried to claim that men associated with Sheikh Nimr fired upon them. It was an unfunny joke.

Sheikh Nimr’s family were allowed to see him after a week, they reported that he was bruised and had broken teeth, the Saudis having apparently seen fit to torture him despite his serious wounds.

Soon after Sheikh Nimr’s arrest his wife Muna Jabir al-Shariyavi died in a New York hospital reportedly as the result of cancer.

Death Sentence.

Sheikh Nimr was sentenced to death in late 2014, fundamentally for questioning the legitimacy of the House of Saud to rule the nation that bears their name.

During the course of the court proceedings against him Sheikh Nimr was given an opportunity to save himself by recanting his views. He said:

“If injustice stops against Shiites in the east, then (at that point) I can have a different opinion, according to his brother, who attended court sessions and spoke to The Associated Press just days before the Oct. 2014 verdict.”

That was not the right answer and in October 2014 the sentence of death was pronounced.

Sheikh Nimr appealed against the death sentence imposed upon him to no avail.

The head of Iran’s military warned the House of Saud would “pay dearly” if they carried out the sentence.

Execution.

In the year 2015 the long running Saudi-Iran rivalry intensified across the board. The Nuclear deal and partial rapprochement between Iran and the West was a terrible blow to Saudi Arabia who had been urging a Western military attack on Iran for many years.

In March 2015 Saudi Arabia and their Gulf allies began attacking Yemen in a bid to restore their man President Hadi to power after Houthi rebel groups overran much of Yemen and Hadi fled to Saudi Arabia. After nine months and thousands of air strikes and civilian deaths, the Saudi coalition have made almost no progress and numerous Saudi military facilities have been subjected to cross border raids by Houthi fighters.

The decision to attack Yemen was an act of supreme foolishness as Yemen is historically the Afghanistan of the Arab world, no-one ever wins a war there, ever,  and far more capable parties than the Saudis have tried and failed to do so. The Egyptian Military fought in Yemen for a decade from the early 1960s onward and achieved nothing but losses and exhaustion. Egypt deployed more than 50,000 soldiers in Yemen at the height of the operation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Yemen_Civil_War#Egyptian_deployment

Whereas in Yemen Saudi Arabia is the head of the gang in Syria they are just one of many members of a large gang that includes the US, France and Britain along with the anti-Iran regional alliance.

The coalition Saudi Arabia represents have been stunned and enraged by the Russian entrance into the Syrian war which in a single stroke ended all hope for the violent overthrow of the Syrian state.

Things are not going well for the House of Saud and there are signs of internal power struggles within the ruling clan and the decision to execute Sheikh Nimr appears to have been borne of rage and frustration and also an attempt to ignite Sunni Shia sectarian tensions.

One of the few cards left to play for the politically bankrupt House of Saud.  The killing of Sheikh Nimr at the start of 2016 was little more than the foot stamping of a petulant child who cannot get it’s way.

The Saudi embassy in Tehran the day after.
The Saudi embassy in Tehran the day after.

The Reaction.

More than a week after the execution the anti Saudi protests continue from Bahrain to Germany ,India and Pakistan to London. The peaceful protests were overshadowed somewhat by the sacking of the Saudi Tehran Embassy and the Mashad consulate.

Iran backlash: Saudi embassy stormed over execution of cleric Nimr al-Nim

No-one was harmed but the Iranian authorities should have prevented these actions which only served to enable the Saudis to play the victim and obscure their evil execution of Sheikh Nimr.

Saudi Arabia and several Gulf states and other Saudi lackeys cut diplomatic ties with Iran in response.

In Iraq the new Saudi embassy was struck with rocket fire, (the building was empty, the embassy was yet to be opened.) Elsewhere there were outpourings of rage, against the execution of Sheikh Nimr and the poisonous Wahhabist ideology in general.

Iraq: Newly opened Saudi embassy in Baghdad struck by rocket after Sheikh Nimr’s execution

Sunni and Shia- Who are the Sectarians?

The relative merits of any of the various streams of Islam are beyond the purview of this site. As a non-Muslim it would be absolutely ridiculous to try to judge the authenticity of different schools of the faith. The fact is that there are more than a billion Sunni Muslims, hundreds of millions of Shia Muslims and there has long been a very obvious divide and conquer plot to set these sects against one another.

Some basic human principles can be applied to understanding this situation. There should never be political conflict based upon religious identity of any kind.

Even overtly negative religious practices such as those of some dark occultists should be protected because religious freedom should be absolute.

No sect or group should be above the law should they engage in criminal conduct but no system of belief should be criminalised no matter how reprehensible it seems and no system of belief should ever be forced upon people no matter how supposedly positive.

Wahhabism, the school of Sunni Islam that functions as the state religion, transgresses upon these boundaries. Wahhabists regard Shia Muslims as heretics, and within the Wahhabist strain of Islam are those who openly advocate their killing.

Author and scholar David Livingstone asserts that Wahhabism and the related Salafi schools were the concoctions of the Western elite designed to demonise and destroy genuine traditional Islam.

Wahhabism and the Occult Conspiracy | Conspiracy School

There seems to be a great deal of merit in this hypothesis but the unfortunate truth appears to be that the Wahabist doctrine is entrenched in the culture of the Gulf States at this point in time and as emotionally satisfying as the “Death to the House of Saud” chants may be it is very hard to see the successors to the despicable ruling monarchs being an improvement.

ZIONISM and WAHHABISM: The Twin Cancers Destroying the Middle East (and their Dark Origins)

The most likely successor in the near future would be the “puppet maniacs” of al Qaeda and/or Daesh, the revolutionary collapse of the Gulf monarchies would likely be a disaster in the current political climate and yet serious reform is hard to imagine and history indicates that absolute monarchies are doomed to reform or be violently destroyed.

The Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir is the first person outside the House of Saud to become a Saudi minister, which could be seen as a small positive step back from absolute monarchy but given that Adel al Jubeir is every bit as evil and low as any members of the Royal Family, possibly more so, it is hard to see that anything has improved and there is little prospect of reform in the nation known as Saudi Arabia (like calling Britain Windsor Britain) or the other despotic Gulf monarchies and the best thing for the world would be the switch to alternative energy sources and the end of the oil industry in it’s current form.

The location of US bases in the Middle East. These bases mean that war between Iran and Saudi Arabia is beyond unlikely.
The location of US bases in the Middle East. These bases mean that war between Iran and Saudi Arabia is beyond unlikely.

The Future.

Saudi Arabia is at war with Iran whether the Iranians realise this or not. The engineered Haj disaster and the despicable Saudi response made this all too clear.

Body of Iranian Diplomat Assassinated by Saudis During Hajj Identified | Veterans Today

INFOGRAPHIC; New Leaked Document Shows 7,000 Hajjis Killed In Mina | Veterans Today

The Iranians were naive to imagine that the Saudi have an ounce of honour, they have none and until the House of Saud falls or the leadership changes no Iranian officials of any importance should be allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia, Hajj or no Hajj lest the criminal Riyadh regime repeat their evil antics of last year.

War?

Saudi Arabia will never be able to initiate a shooting war with Iran and the same is true for Iran. There is no possibility of any type of war between Iran and Saudi Arabia in the near or even mid-term future because for the Saudis part, their ineffectual and corrupt military would be turned to dust if they ever raised a hand against Iran and for the Iranians part any attack on Saudi Arabia would be an act of suicidal insanity as it would provoke a military response from the United States who cannot possibly sit by and allow the site of many of their most important Middle East bases to be attacked.

The leadership of Iran are not suicidal maniacs, Iran has no interest in any type of armed confrontation with the United States, hence their decision to make the Nuclear deal.

Therefore the proxy wars will drag on, the people of Yemen and Syria will continue to suffer but there is no realistic prospect of an Iran-Saudi Arabia war in the conventional sense.

As for Sheikh Nimr, he set a good example to political dissidents everywhere, he conducted himself with honour and dignity and he will be remembered with reverence long after the low and venal Saudi clan are gone and forgotten.

Saudi Arabia: Hundreds decry Sheikh Nimr’s execution in Qatif

UK: Sheikh Nimr protesters rail against govt. support for Saudi Arabia

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The Saudi Attack on Yemen.

A young Yemeni surveys the devastation in the aftermath of A Saudi airstrike on his nation.
A young Yemeni surveys the devastation in the aftermath of a Saudi airstrike on his nation.

April 11th, 2015. (Updated April 23nd)

When the Saudi led coalition announced yesterday that the air strikes were ceasing, they sated plainly and clearly that “the Houthi rebels no longer pose a threat to the Security of Saudi Arabia. The statement was a joke, predicated on the falsehood that the Houthis had ever posed a threat to Saudi security but this statement removes all pretensions of legality from this operation, this massacre, as the self defense as authorised by Section 51 of the UN charter was the only possible legal justification for this operation and the Saudi’s by their own words have admitted there is no threat to their security. Every bombing from now on is simply a naked, criminal terrorist attack. All of the deaths that the Saudis inflict from now on, including those depicted from Taiz after the supposed ceasefire are war crimes, even in the Saudi’s own self serving version of events.

Brigadier General al Asimi, now a self confessed war criminal.
Brigadier General Ahmed al-Asir, now a self confessed war criminal.

This is Brigadier-General Ahmed al-Asiri quoted by al Jazeera, of Qatar, part of the Saudi led coalition bombing Yemen.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/04/saudi-led-coalition-begins-phase-yemen-campaign-150421155500641.html

“The primary goals of the campaign have been achieved and sovereignty has been protected. We are able to confirm that the Houthis are no longer a threat to Yemenis or neighbouring countries.”

Which removes all pretensions to legality for all Saudi attacks, even on military targets. No threat, no legal fig leaf.

Massive crowd in Sanaa protest Saudi strikes in Yemen


Yemen: Houthi fighters locked in battle with pro-government militias in Aden

Yemen: Dozens killed in Saudi-led airstrike on Taiz, despite campaign’s ‘end’ *GRAPHIC*

Saudi Arabia declares end to Yemen air strikes after four weeks of bombing | World news | The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/21/saudi-arabia-airstrikes-yemen-military-campaign-end

Saudi Arabia have announced they will stop bombing Yemen, stating ridiculously that the “Houthi rebels no longer pose a threat to Saudi Arabia.” They never did.They seem to be trying to leave their options open for a ground invasion, my guess is that this will not happen because the Saudi casualties would be huge. Already at least 18 Saudi soldiers have died, mostly in clashes at the Yemen Saudi northern Yemen border region. The civil war will presumably grind on regardless of what the Saudis do. This operation has been without legal justification, there was no threat to Saudi Arabia there was no UN sanction and therefore this entire operation was a war crime. According to Press TV the death toll from the Saudi attacks more than 2700 people killed, Western sources,  the New York Times and Wikipedia place it at around 1,000. The Saudis have simply humiliated themselves and proven their mendacity and impotence with this flailing and futile operation.

The Saudis Lied!

The Saudi announcement that the bombardment of Yemen was over turned out to be a brazen lie. Saudi airstrikes have continued after the supposed cessation as the fact that they have been completely militarily ineffective is slowly absorbed by the incompetent and despicable Saudi leadership. Ultimately a political solution is required and until that is achieved the Houthis will continue to defeat the al Qaeda extremists and their allies in Yemen backed by the West and Saudi Arabia and there is nothing the Saudis or the US can do about it.

False Flag Alert!?
Iran deploys warships off Yemen’s coast | Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/08/us-yemen-security-iran-navy-idUSKBN0MZ11C20150408

US Navy Sends Aircraft Carrier, Warships To Intercept Iranian Weapons Shipments In Yemeni Waters | Zero Hedge

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-20/navy-confirms-us-warship-intercepts-iranian-weapons-shipments-yemeni-waters

RAW: US warships steam towards Yemeni coast

Saudis Announce End to Bombing Raids.

The House of Saud may be entering it’s terminal phase beginning with this fiasco.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_military_intervention_in_Yemen#Casualties

Saudis Announce Halt to Yemen Bombing Campaign – NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/22/world/middleeast/saudis-announce-halt-to-yemen-bombing-campaign.html?_r=0

Not Gaza, Yemen. Imagine the response if Iranian jets were inflicting these wounds upon Saudi children.
Not Gaza, Yemen. Imagine the response if Iranian jets were inflicting these wounds upon Saudi children.

This comment from the Iranian President seemed on the mark.

“Speaking to reporters before heading to Indonesia, Rouhani mocked Saudi Arabia by calling it a country with dashed dreams in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

“All the failures have accumulated and caused mental and emotional imbalance for that country,” Rouhani said.

Some very strange blasts here.

Massive Explosion in Yemen Capital


Close Up View of Sanaa Yemen Blast

The Result was a Human Tragedy and a Massacre.

Yemen army: Riyadh used banned weapons in Monday airstrike

30 killed in Saudi airstrikes in west of Sana’a, 15 of them civilians


39 civilians killed, 547 injured in airstrikes in west of Sana’a

The Attack on Yemen and the “Game of Thrones” in the Middle East.
The beleaguered and impoverished citizens of Yemen are under attack. Saudi aircraft have been bombing Yemen with Western support for several weeks now, since the 25th of March.
The Saudi bombs have exacted an horrific toll on the people of Yemen and caused the widespread displaceent of civilians in the targeted areas. At least 600 people are dead and more than 100,000 civilians displaced.

The Saudi attacks are militarily ineffective and appear to be having a disastrous political affect if the massive Sana’a demonstration is a sign of the broader sentiment.
The Saudis may have actually done the one thing that may see many Southern Yemenis unite behind the Houthi rebels who have responded to the attacks by intensifying and widening their offensive operations against forces loyal to the former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and their Sunni extremist allies of al Qaeda in Yemen.

‘We’re dying every day’: Yemeni civilians paint grim picture of suffering amid Saudi-led strikes


Yemen: Up to 45 killed and 400 wounded in Saudi-led airstrikes on Sanaa *GRAPHIC*

Yemen: Scud missile depot explodes. Shock wave rips through Sanaa

Political Map of the Middle East with Libya cut off at the far left.
Political Map of the Middle East with Libya cut off at the far left.

Several Major Wars Between Saudi and Iran Allies.

So there is a large war in North and Western Iraq, all of Syria is effectively at war, there is now a new major war in Yemen. These wars date back to the illegal US invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the extremist groups that formed in the wake of the disastrous US occupation of Iraq. The US presence largely ended in 2011, only to see the US return to war in Iraq.in June 2014 in response to the massive gains made by the supposed Islamic State group in Iraq. Inclding most notably the seizure of Mosul the largest city in Nprthern Iraq.
Soon after the US also entered the Syrian Civil war,on the opposite side to that envisaged 12 months prior after the al Ghouta false flag chemical attack of August 21st, 2013.

The West came to the brink of attacking the Syrian Government in September 2013 in the wake of the al Ghouta false flag of August 21st. Russian diplomatic intervention combined with a negative vote in the British Parliament. And the reluctance of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff and other elements saw the attack averted only days from the scheduled barrage.

The Middle East Defined in the Broadest Sense and the Current Wars .
Technically speaking Afghanistan is in central asia and libya is in north africa, but if the middle east is defined in the broadest possible way as comprising the area between India and Morocco there are curreltly small or large wars are now underway in:Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen and Egypt (Sinai specific) and even small parts of Lebanon, are currently engaged in war of small or large scale, ranging from the problem in Egypt, that is isolated to the far northern Sinai peninsula to the epic, biblical scale tragedy of Syria .
There are a series of large wars taking place in Northern Iraq, but southern Iraq and Baghdad are not at war.
The whole thing is such a complicated mess that it may be better rather than describing each and every conflict in detail, to look at the power players in the Middle East and trace their actions and understand what is happening from the viewpoint of the major regional powers.
Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy, major Cabinet posts are filled by the members of 5,000 person Royal family.
The very name gives a strong sign as to the nature of the state.Because naming the state Saudi Arabia would be exactly like calling the UK Windsor (or Saxe Coburg) Britain. Or Tudor Britain in the past. The very state bears the name of the ruling house.
Saudi Arabia has been ruled by the House of Saud since it’s inception in the 1920’s. The House of Saud had a positive relationship with the Imperial powers even before oil was discovered there decades later.
Saudi Arabia has the largest oil deposits of any nation and the oil is extremely accessible. Saudi Arabia is the largest and most powerful of the Gulf states and assumes a leadership role in the GCC, Gulf Cooperation Council.
The House of Saud and Wahhabism.
Saudi Arabia is the home of the major sites of Islam, mecca and Medina and the yearly Muslim pilgrimage remains a major source of income for the Saudis who historically have run the Haj absolutely disastrously, with overcrowding routinely leading to hundreds of deaths in a single pilgrimage.
The specific form of Sunni Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia is Wahhabism and this is deeply problematic. It’s not the practices of Wahhabism that are particularly troubling, although they are also problematic but the view that Wahhabism has of other groups is deeply antagonistic and really anti-human.
The sectarian intolerance of Wahhabism is the core problem of this 18th century doctrine.
Years ago, a pamphlet emerged that had been distributed to guest workers to the nation (another group treated abominably for completely different reasons) to Saudi Arabia. It was at face value a guide to Saudi culture but contained multiple vituperative attacks for example on Shia Islam. A large minority of the population of Saudi Arabia is Shia so this is no incidental blind spot.

This account from Ahmad Ali Khalid a Pakistani who lived in Saudi Arabia provides a neat short portrait of this.

A dangerous Saudi affair – Blogs – DAWN.COM
http://www.dawn.com/news/645184/a-dangerous-saudi-affair

“One can witness a pervasive sort of racism,  a form of Saudi supremacy that views other types of Arabs and particularly the South Asian expats (who are mostly labourers) as inferior and mere ‘commodities’ who can be bought and sold ruthlessly. Expats are not human beings but a commodity to be bartered and acquired.   Connected to racial supremacy is an attempt to insulate the regime from criticism by using the cloak of religion. Saudi textbooks are filled with references to hate; the Islamic Studies curriculum in the country is simply barbaric. I’ve experienced first-hand being taught by an Islamic Studies teacher in one of the most prominent private schools in Riyadh, about the dangers of having non-Muslims as friends and about the evil conspiracies hatched by Christians, Jews and Shias.   In Pakistan, Saudi petro-dollars have funded factories of hate in the form of the madrassa system. ‘Petro-Islam’ is a nightmare scenario – capitalism and a dangerous ideology locked in a tight embrace. It is because of the sheer amount of money behind this austere and dangerous theology that it can easily overwhelm the moderate elements in any given society.”

Pakistan Said No.

Struggling to impose their will upon Yemen, Saudi Arabia requested that Pakistan offer up it’s Air, Naval and Army forces for the Yemen operation.

This implies that the Saudis are so deluded and hubristic that they actually thought that they might send the Army of Pakistan to conquer Yemen. Saudi Arabia has offered substantial financial support to the Pakistani military in the past, and Pakistani soldiers were involved in the operation to seize the Grand Mosque of Mecca from Islmaists who seized it in 1979. The Pakistani Government and Parliament said no to the Saudi Arabia requests, all of them, meaning that the attack on Yemen will grind on pointlessly until the humanitarian crisis arouses the attention of the UN Security Council and a political solution and ceasefire are reached.

It was astonishing to note that the Saudi US Ambassador tried to claim the attack on Yemen was legal under Un article 51, this was a worthless and ridiculous claim as Section 51 refers to the threat of an armed attack on the state. If the Houthi fighters were all lined up on the border poised to invade Saudi Arabia, they could invoke Article 51, there was no threat to Saudi Arabia, the Houthis were not attacking or planning to attack Saudi Arabia there is no basis to invoke Article 51.

Saudi Arabia represents wealthy and well connected backwardness and ignorance in the mode of Government. SLavery was outlawed in 1962. All the Saudi pretensions to leadership ring hollow due to the fact that a corrupt, sectarian monarchy with a policy of selling out to the West can never represent the future of any region. The House of Saud represents a corrupt and decrepit past that desperately clings to power no matter what. That is the one true goal of the House of Saud, to stay in power.

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Iran.

The Iranian government seeks to represent the post colonial or anti Imperial trend in the region. The invasion of Iraq was a huge boost to Iran’s regional position, replacing the hostile Iraqi Sunni nationalist government of the Ba’ath party woth Shia parties, all of whom have a very positive relationship with Iran. The implications of this were huge because Iran already had long term strong allies in power in Syria and with a high degree of influence in Lebanon, The Iraq invasion thus created a vast land bridge of Iranian influence reaching from the Iran border with Afghanistan to the East to the Mediterranean coast of Lebanon,

This situation was intolerable to certain parties and more than anything else, the destabilisation of Syria appears to have been an attempt from Israel and Saudi Arabia to counter this
Israel.

Israel’s energies are directed towards provoking every possible disunity and enmity inside the Arab world. Extremists are offered lavish support. Anything that can be used to portray the Arab world as being violent and backwards is promoted. Anything that can distract from Israel’s daily crimes is promoted. Any who oppose either Iran,Syria or Hezbollah are supported.

The United States.

The US appears to have several different and contradictory foreign policies in the Middle East today. This presumably reflects internal power struggles underway in the US between the Israel firsters, as represented by almost all the Republican party, and the “realists” a less aggressive imperial faction represented by the President and actualised in the Iran nuclear deal and the decision to stop trying to overthrow the Government of Syria.

The Israel firsters are a simple group, they believe in Israel and war and especially wars for Israel.

The “realist” faction, they also believe in war, just on a smaller scale and without the occupation element. The first approach is more noxious, more racist, yet each method can lead to the destruction of nations.

Every time an African immigrant drowns in the Mediterranean, President Obama, David Cameron and Nicholas Sarkozy and the Governments of the US, UK and France all share a part of the blame.

Lampedusa migrant boat disaster: 700 feared dead as ship capsizes off Libya

Civilian casualties mount following latest Saudi-led airstrikes *VERY GRAPHIC*

Yemen: Yemenis march in force to condemn Saudi-led airstrikes


RAW: Thousands rally in Yemeni capital, blast Saudi-led airstrikes

Things weren’t working out for the Saudis, apparently due to poorly trained pilots, and so they made a plea for help… from Israel, their dear friend.

Leaked Audio Recording Shows Saudi Arabia Requesting Israeli Airplanes Target Yemen

And there is also this story, from  late February. It is probably a psyop, but interesting nonetheless.
Reports Saudi Arabia to allow Israel use its airspace for Iran strike

The most obvious war crime of the technically speaking entirely criminal Saudi campaign was the massacre of displaced civilians by the Saudi air strike on the Mazraq camp in Northern Yemen at the end of March that left at least 45 civilians dead.

‘45 people killed, 65 injured’: Yemen refugee camp hit by airstrike — RT News

http://rt.com/news/245349-yemen-refugee-camp-strike/

Air strike on Yemeni refugee camp by Saudi-led coalition kills at least 40 | World news | The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/30/air-strike-refugee-camp-houthi-controlled-northern-yemen-kills-at-least-21

Many dead in ‘air strike on north Yemen refugee camp’


Explosions in Sana’a Mar 30, 2015 (2)

Sources.

Yemeni Civil War (2015) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yemeni_Civil_War_(2015)

U.N. vote as early as Friday on Yemen arms embargo: diplomats | Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/10/us-yemen-security-un-idUSKBN0N105L20150410

United Nations News Centre – Civilians in Yemen ‘willfully abandoned to misery,’ says Ban, urging immediate political solution to crisis

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=50525#.VSlVRC61emk

Red Cross warns of ‘catastrophic’ situation as Yemeni war engulfs Aden | World news | The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/07/red-cross-warns-of-catastrophic-situation-as-yemeni-war-engulfs-aden

Bombing Yemenis? You bet. Fighting IS in Iraq? Not so fast

http://www.theage.com.au/world/bombing-yemenis-you-bet-fighting-is-in-iraq-not-so-fast-20150410-1mi9x7.html

Saudi Arabia to allow Israel use of its airspace to strike Iran – report — RT News

http://rt.com/news/235923-saudis-airspace-israel-iran/

2015 military intervention in Yemen – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_military_intervention_in_Yemen