Harlots are emotional wrecks. They are very irrational and borderline schizophrenic. When one takes a look at Saudi Arabia, that country has many of the same characteristics, to be sure. For example, it supports Muslim Brotherhood expansion all over the world financially but is siding with the Egyptian military’s effort to defeat the Brotherhood.
In Iraq, the Saudis supported the ouster of Saddam Hussein but since then, the country has essentially become an arm of Iran, which happens to be Saudi Arabia’s most hated enemy. In Syria, Muslim Brotherhood rebels are fighting Bashar Al-Assad’s forces. Saudi Arabia is siding with the rebels. If the rebels are victorious and go down a path similar to that of the Brotherhood in Egypt, what will the Saudis do?
It’s hard to say at this point but it looks like they’re attempting to land a Russian John named Vladimir.
Via Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in the Telegraph:
Leaked transcripts of a closed-door meeting between Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan shed an extraordinary light on the hard-nosed Realpolitik of the two sides.
Prince Bandar, head of Saudi intelligence, allegedly confronted the Kremlin with a mix of inducements and threats in a bid to break the deadlock over Syria. “Let us examine how to put together a unified Russian-Saudi strategy on the subject of oil. The aim is to agree on the price of oil and production quantities that keep the price stable in global oil markets,” he said at the four-hour meeting with Mr Putin. They met at Mr Putin’s dacha outside Moscow three weeks ago.
“We understand Russia’s great interest in the oil and gas in the Mediterranean from Israel to Cyprus. And we understand the importance of the Russian gas pipeline to Europe. We are not interested in competing with that. We can cooperate in this area,” he said, purporting to speak with the full backing of the US.
Regular visitors to our site are, of course, familiar with Walid’s references to Revelation 17:
‘Come, I will show you the judgement of the great whore who is seated on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth have become drunk.’ – Revelation 17:1-2
What did Putin do? Well, after Evans-Pritchard explained that Bandar whipped out the ‘do what we want and nobody gets hurt card’ by threatening Chechen violence at the Olympics if Putin doesn’t take the deal, the article ends with the following two paragraphs:
The Putin-Bandar meeting was stormy, replete with warnings of a “dramatic turn” in Syria. Mr Putin was unmoved by the Saudi offer, though western pressure has escalated since then. “Our stance on Assad will never change. We believe that the Syrian regime is the best speaker on behalf of the Syrian people, and not those liver eaters,” he said, referring to footage showing a Jihadist rebel eating the heart and liver of a Syrian soldier.
Prince Bandar in turn warned that there can be “no escape from the military option” if Russia declines the olive branch. Events are unfolding exactly as he foretold.
Regardless of your opinion of Putin, there’s something to be said for leaders who refuse to take the path of least resistance (if that’s what’s happening).