"... there is something bitterly ironic in Israel’s support for Fatah against Hamas—and it should be a lesson to governments everywhere that meddle in other states’ affairs. In the past, Israel supported Hamas against Fatah. Indeed, in the 1970s and 80s, Israel played a not insignificant role in encouraging Hamas’s emergence in the belief that such an Islamist group might help rupture support for the mass nationalist movement of Fatah. Twenty years later, Israel has switched sides, hoping that it can encourage Fatah to see off Hamas. It wants “moderate” Palestinians to take on the “extremist” Palestinians it helped create. Like America and Britain before it—both of whom have supported and armed Islamist movements in the Middle East in attempts to undermine secular nationalist parties—Israel is learning the hard way that it is one thing to let radical Islamists off the leash but quite another thing to rein them back in again. If you make monsters, you shouldn’t be surprised if they come back to bite you."
Now that is a fine observation ... but, let's see who is ripping the benefit of all this blood bath in the Middle East ... I'd point the finger to Saudi Arabia!
This story we all heard about ad-nauseam, right?
The mastermind of Mumbai attacks was a buddy to Iran-contra arms dealers and a friend of CIA/Cheney's in their "fight" (hahha) against Bin Laden:
"WMR has learned from Asian intelligence sources that one of the accused masterminds of the gangland assault on Mumbai, the soft-spoken but extremely dangerous exiled Indian mobster and one-time Bombay local street tough, or “dada,” Dawood Ibrahim, was a key “unsavory” ally of the CIA and Cheney in the war against “Al Qaeda.” In fact, Ibrahim’s dalliances with the CIA go back to the Afghan mujaheddin war against the Soviets and coincide with the CIA’s alliance, at the time, with Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden, himself, was an “unsavory” CIA ally during the Balkan war when the CIA gave support to the Bosnian Muslim government. The CIA operation with “unsavory” elements brought Ibrahim and Bin Laden into the same big CIA tent, along with Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, a key Iran-contra figure in George H. W. Bush’s global arms smuggling venture while he served as Vice President under Ronald Reagan. There have been reports that Ibrahim considers Khashoggi to be a hero figure.
When Ibrahim became convinced that certain U.S. government agencies, particularly the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), was working with India and Pakistan’s new government of President Asif Ali Zardari to have him extradited from Pakistan to India, he decided to use his considerable muscle to “teach” Delhi and Washington a lesson. Ibrahim was also not pleased with the U.S. Treasury Department’s freeze order on his financial assets."
In 2001 Timothy Noah drew attention to what he had previosly noted (here, here, and here) that (wikipedia) Adnan Khashoggi is connected to every shocking event that has occurred since 1960, usually by no more than one or two degrees. A partial list would include Iran-Contra, Wedtech, BCCI, the Marcos Philippine kleptocracy, the Synfuels fiasco, and the discovery of buried mustard gas in the pricy Spring Valley neighborhood of Washington, D.C. To these we must now add the tragic events of Sept. 11."
At the peak of his deal-making activities, in the nineteen-seventies, the Saudi-born businessman Adnan Khashoggi brokered billions of dollars in arms and aircraft sales for the Saudi royal family, earning hundreds of millions in commissions and fees. Though never convicted of wrongdoing, he was repeatedly involved in disputes with federal prosecutors and with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in recent years he has been in litigation in Thailand and Los Angeles, among other places, concerning allegations of stock manipulation and fraud. During the Reagan Administration, Khashoggi was one of the middlemen between Oliver North, in the White House, and the mullahs in Iran in what became known as the Iran-Contra scandal. Khashoggi subsequently claimed that he lost ten million dollars that he had put up to obtain embargoed weapons for Iran which were to be bartered (with Presidential approval) for American hostages. The scandals of those times seemed to feed off each other: a congressional investigation revealed that Khashoggi had borrowed much of the money for the weapons from the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (B.C.C.I.), whose collapse, in 1991, defrauded thousands of depositors and led to years of inquiry and litigation.
Khashoggi is still brokering. In January of this year, he arranged a private lunch, in France, to bring together Harb Saleh al-Zuhair, a Saudi industrialist whose family fortune includes extensive holdings in construction, electronics, and engineering companies throughout the Middle East, and Richard N. Perle, the chairman of the Defense Policy Board, who is one of the most outspoken and influential American advocates of war with Iraq."
Now, I would say that Saudis are not evil doers by "nature", but they are money lovers!In fact, the ancestors of the Saudi kings right now were such decadant materialists that Mohammad had to uprise against them and call Muslims to Jihad! Remember folks, Jihads during Mohammad time were not called against Christians or Jewes, but against the "infidel" Arab rulers, against slavery ... speaking of which was one of the earliest trades Arabs did with the US of A: Slave trade!
so, following the money, what is Saudi arabia doing now?
BAILING OUT the crumbling economy!
Nov10, 2008; MELANIE PHILLIPS: Beware this Saudi deal to help bail out Britain
And no it is not the Saudi Arabians who are decadent! It is their co called ELITE: Take a look at the Arab News: Why should we Bail Out the US:
JEDDAH: According to reports published in Al-Seyassah, a Kuwaiti newspaper, and some other Gulf newspapers, the United States has asked four Gulf states for financial aid close to $300 billion to face the fallout of the financial crisis and help prevent its economy from sliding into a painful recession.
Washington is seeking $120 billion from Saudi Arabia, $70 billion from the United Arab Emirates, $60 billion from Qatar and $40 billion from Kuwait.Citigroup, Merrill Lynch, UBS and Barclays have all raised billions of dollars from the Middle East.
Gulf states have been helping and protecting the US economy for many decades i.e. having their currencies pegged to the dollar, quoting oil prices in US dollars, putting their entire surplus in passive investment in the US economy (they have lost over 40 percent of their assets because of the declining value of the dollar) and purchasing expensive weapons.
Many voices would like to drag the Gulf states into a confrontation with Iran as they did in the early 1980s when they convinced Saddam Hussein to invade Iran. Everybody knows the disastrous results. What happened to Iraq and to the entire region? Iran is not nuclear, Israel is nuclear.
Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states do not need the protection of other nations. They should depend on themselves and should not trust anybody but themselves for their protection. How could Saudi Arabia help the US auto industry and not help its own stock market that dropped over 80 percent from its value in the last 2 years? Saudi Arabia should help its citizens. Over 50 percent of Saudi families do not own homes. They rent homes.