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In Search of the Wahhabi Nuclear Bomb

by Oui Sun Mar 3rd, 2019 at 09:04:27 AM EST

The Saudi Monarchy is in peril, has been for many years. Domestic forces based on ultra-conservative Wahhabism has caused more than a few headaches since the seventies, more than a half century ago. In close ties with its benefactor the US, the Saudi Kings felt quite safe from outside perils. This has all changed during the Obama presidency and the signed JCPOA nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran. [Persian acronym: BARJAM]

The Obama foreign policy team instigated military intervention at the start of the Arab Uprising early in 2011 which spread across the MENAT countries. The ensued chaos cost hundreds of thousands of innocent lives and further hardship in multiples for the population. In the meantime, Israel tried to provoke a military assault on Iran in 2012 ... president Obama would have none of it and blocked where he could Israel in implementing such a foolhardy action. Fortunately, the war cabinet of PM Netanyahu did their utmost to prevent such a military action. The propaganda was flying all over the Middle East from each capital. The Syrian unrest and civil war would have been an excellent décor to play out a military strike on Iran.

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The Saudi King did his best to keep president George Bush from his ignorant move to spread the Afghan War against Al Qaeda and the Taliban regime to Saddam Hussein and Iraq, a nation under heavy UN sanctions since the First Gulf War. The hardship endured under UN sanctions caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. Iraq has a Shia majority with a close relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran. A Shia holy place is the city of Najaf.

The Saudi Kingdom is responsible for the spread of hate through its Wahhabist preachers send all over the Western World and the Middle East. On the other hand, the Emirates and KSA paid dearly for allowing the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood take refuge during the Nasser years of Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood is considerd a terrorist orgabization in most Gulf States and are banned. The only exception is Qatar. These differences played a major role and still does today to come to a political solution in all states where the chaos after the Arab Revolt of 2011 took a foothold and tribal war ensued. Hillary Clinton was friendly with the Muslim Brotherhood triangle of Qatar, Erdogan's Turkey and the short rule of Morsi in Egypt after Mubarak was set aside. The country profile of Turkey was set as an example to further its cause in Arab states.

Saudi Arabia and the Emirates managed to bring Egypt back into its Sunni fold. Libya and Syria remain in chaos and in large parts a nation in duress of war and military action by proxies. Same is played out in Yemen where especially Western powers supplied the weapons and ammunition to destroy a troubled nation and its population. Iraq has many difficulties but seems to be getting on its political and economic feet. In Afghanistan, the horrible war continues and in 2018 the civilian deaths set a new high.

The Middle East turmoil started in earnest with the 9/11 attacks on the US. Today the Saudi Kingdom is trying to survive at all cost and may indeed be in search of that one asset all dictators need: the ultimate weapon, nuclear bombs.

The NPT agreement has not been fulfilled by its backers such as the U.S., France and Great Britain. Some rogue nations have never signed the treaty and are living happily in a world that gladly turns a blind eye for economic benefit. The world is not becoming more secure. Not from so-called terrorism, nor from the "protector" states in the NATO alliance. The doomsday clock remains at two minutes before midnight.

Saudi Arabia said to have bought nukes from Pakistan | Times of Israel - Nov. 2013 |

Saudi Arabia may be prepared to field nuclear bombs it has purchased from Pakistan in response to Iran's alleged military nuclear program, and may already have deployed missile systems capable of delivering the bombs, the BBC reported.

According to Mark Urban, diplomatic and defense editor for the BBC's Newsnight, there are suggestions that the Saudis have paid for a number of nuclear weapons that are ready and waiting in Pakistan. If the reports are accurate, the kingdom could have atomic weapons on its missiles even before Iran has that capability.

Urban said it was an assessment shared by the former head of the IDF's head of intelligence, Amos Yadlin, and cited comments Yadlin made to that effect at a conference in Sweden last month.

    Amos Yadlin, a former head of Israeli military intelligence, told a conference in Sweden that if Iran got the bomb, `the Saudis will not wait one month. They already paid for the bomb, they will go to Pakistan and bring what theyneed to bring.'Since 2009, when King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia warned visiting USAspecial envoy to the Middle East Dennis Ross that if Iran crossed the threshold, `wewill get nuclear weapons', the kingdom has sent the Americans numerous signals of its intentions.

Another source, described as "a senior NATO decision maker," told Urban earlier this year of an intelligence report about Pakistani-made nuclear weapons ready for delivery to the kingdom.

Since 2009 Saudi Arabia has been sending clear warnings to the US that it will not sit back and let Iran go nuclear.

"I do think that the Saudis believe that they have some understanding with Pakistan that, in extremis," they would be able to get nuclear weapons from Pakistan, Gary Samore, who until May this year was US President Barack Obama's counter-proliferation adviser, was quoted as saying.

Anglo-American Relationship, Atlanticists and Israel
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Regime change in the United States of America - Nov. 8th, 2016.

The US announced it will withdraw from the JCPOA and effectively did in 2018. The big players in this decision: Donald Trump (real estate tycoon) - Jared Kushner (son-in-law and partner Kushner Enterprises) - Bibi Netanyhau (PM Israel and soon to be deposed in election of April 9th, indictment for bribery in office coming soon) - Saudi crown prince Muhammad Salman (defacto ruler of Kingdom, degraced by the Khashoggi torture and murder)

Recent developments ...

Will the U.S. supply nuclear know how to the Saudi regime?

U.S. Foreign Policy explained ... U$A - U$A - U$A - U$A and Trump's MAGA cap [narcissist self-interest]

Saudi Arabia's controversial quest for nuclear power, explained | Vox - March 2018 |

Sitting atop the world's second-largest oil reserves, Saudi Arabia has little to worry about when it comes to generating energy.

But the Gulf nation is now angling to make one of the biggest investments in nuclear energy the world has seen. Saudi Arabia plans to spend more than $80 billion to build 16 nuclear reactors over the next quarter century.

The power play shows that the world's most iconic oil giant is serious about reducing its near-total reliance on oil -- and it's also raising questions about whether the country intends to seek out nuclear weapons in the future.

Saudi Arabia says it's looking to expand its energy portfolio. If it uses nuclear reactors to generate electricity, that will allow the Gulf country to export more of its oil rather than consume it at home. More exports mean more money for the country's government.


Currently, Riyadh is in talks with firms from more than 10 countries about buying nuclear technology to build its first two reactors -- and American firms are top candidates. But before any US sale, the Trump administration needs to strike a nuclear cooperation pact, known as a "123 agreement," with Saudi Arabia. In those agreements, countries make promises about how they will and won't use the powerful nuclear equipment they could buy from the US in the future.

Nuclear Power in the United Arab Emirates
UAE's nuclear plans built on strong premises | Gulf News - April 2013 |

Saudis Want a U.S. Nuclear Deal. Can They Be Trusted Not to Build a Bomb? | New York Times - Dec. 2018 |

Before Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was implicated by the C.I.A. in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, American intelligence agencies were trying to solve a separate mystery: Was the prince laying the groundwork for building an atomic bomb?

The 33-year-old heir to the Saudi throne had been overseeing a negotiation with the Energy Department and the State Department to get the United States to sell designs for nuclear power plants to the kingdom. The deal was worth upward of $80 billion, depending on how many plants Saudi Arabia decided to build.

But there is a hitch: Saudi Arabia insists on producing its own nuclear fuel, even though it could buy it more cheaply abroad, according to American and Saudi officials familiar with the negotiations. That raised concerns in Washington that the Saudis could divert their fuel into a covert weapons project -- exactly what the United States and its allies feared Iran was doing before it reached the 2015 nuclear accord, which President Trump has since abandoned.

Prince Mohammed set off alarms when he declared earlier this year, in the midst of the negotiation, that if Iran, Saudi Arabia's fiercest rival, "developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible." His negotiators stirred more worries by telling the Trump administration that Saudi Arabia would refuse to sign an agreement that would allow United Nations inspectors to look anywhere in the country for signs that the Saudis might be working on a bomb, American officials said.  

The "savior" was flown in to give support to new puppet (?) PM Khan in new hostilities with India over Kashmir. The Sunni terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) inflicted heavy casualties by a suicide attack a fortnight ago. Pakistan [and Saudi Arabia] deny any involvement with terrorism. FWIW

With Crown Prince's Visits, Saudi Arabia's Balancing Act in South Asia Continues

"JeM members gained international media attention by kidnapping and later beheading American noncombatant journalist Daniel Pearl four months after 9/11. The group attempted to assassinate Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf twice."

As long as there are people like Danny, there is HOPE!

Mariane Pearl and son Adam (Courtesy Daniel Pearl Foundation)

About Danny

The world has come to know Daniel Pearl as the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in early 2002, just four months after 9/11. People around the world, along with his pregnant wife and family, prayed for his release. Since then, he has been remembered as a symbol of hope: a man who built bridges between diverse cultures -- as a writer and a gifted musician.

This is an interesting historical observation.
n the other hand, the Emirates and KSA paid dearly for allowing the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood take refuge during the Nasser years of Egypt.
(1956-1970, "socialist" rey-geem)

I'm unsure how regional political alliance and Muslim Brotherhood integration with Egypt's local politics was corrupted, shall we say, by Qatar alone in the intervening 40 years. It seems to me that US collaboration with and hostility toward Nasser's successors which delegitimized or "radicalized" Muslim Brotherhood was required to foment conditions for regional punitive action between Muslim sects (codename: "Arab Spring").

Would you elaborate a bit more about the roles of Sadat and Mubarack in this context?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Mar 3rd, 2019 at 10:45:10 PM EST
The timeline I got from Destroying Yemen was that the MB finally fell out with Nasser over his land reform plans in an for Nasser rather uncharacteristically bloody way, and got a place to be terrible in the KSA. That ended with:
1979 Grand Mosque seizure - Wikipedia
The Grand Mosque seizure[7] occurred during November and December 1979 when insurgents calling for the overthrow of the House of Saud took over Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The insurgents declared that the Mahdi (the "redeemer of Islam") had arrived in the form of one of their leaders - Mohammed Abdullah al-Qahtani - and called on Muslims to obey him. For nearly two weeks Saudi Special Forces, assisted by Pakistani and French commandos,[8] fought battles to reclaim the compound.[9]

After that Qatar became their main sponsor.

I really need to get back to the Curtis book about the UK and radical Islam but I fear I'll have to clean up my desk for this. I'm sure I left it somewhere around here.

by generic on Mon Mar 4th, 2019 at 12:43:10 PM EST
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Get back to that Curtis book!
iirc, you've post only one or two insights from this source.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Mar 4th, 2019 at 05:13:26 PM EST
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Not so long ago I wrote about the 1979 siege ...

Makkah Siege of 1979 - Turning Point in Saudi Arabia

Pleasantly surprised by a four parts documentary on the history of the Middle East on Dutch television. Instead of the usual political propaganda, some excellent Arabists to narrate the story of Abdul Nasser from the Suez Crisis of 1956 - the War with Israel in 1967 up to the Islamic Revolution in Iran (1979).

During the secular leadership of Nasser in Egypt during the 1950s, his effort to create equality for the masses through a Arab socialism with land reform got him much praise. Nasser gave people hope of independence from foreign influence. President Dwight Eisenhower played an important role during the Suez Crisis to make clear to the British and French that the era of their empires ended after World War II.

Suez Canal Crisis documentary

Look for some films about Nasser who fought for a secular state of Egypt. The fundametalists attempted a number of assassinations. The wel educated Egyptians from the MB were thrown out and the Arab tribes in de desert welcomed these groups. Until an alien form of Jihad brought domestic terror to the peninsula ...

From another diary ...

Developments Arab Spring Egypt's Revolt Explained (Aug. 18, 2013)

CIA boosted MB in Egypt during the cold war years to break the influence of the Soviet Union. The MB were suppressed under Nasser (video) and left Egypt for Qatar, UAE and Saudi Arabia. Only in Qatar is the MB still welcome, the MB is outlawed in UAE and similarly in Saudi Arabia. The MB turned out to be a subversive militant organisation. Saudi Arabia, the guardian of the three sanctuaries of Islamic faith, is based on the pure Islamic belief of Wahhabism. Apparently Safalism is tolerated and funded/supported to spread the Islamic faith through mosques across the globe. The foreign preachers in Saudi funded Western mosques are homophobic, anti-Israel and against western culture. It's the source for Muslim youth traveling to Chechnya, Yemen and Pakistan for jihad.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 4th, 2019 at 03:25:26 PM EST
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Thank you. I now understand how I misread the excerpt that I pulled from this post (above). Your entry, "Developments Arab Spring Egypt's Revolt Explained (Aug. 18, 2013)", corrects my reading.
CIA boosted MB in Egypt during the cold war years* to break the influence of the Soviet Union. The MB were suppressed under Nasser (video) and left Egypt for Qatar, UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Your entry, "Makkah Siege of 1979 - Turning Point in Saudi Arabia [2018]", pulls some more detail from the post-Nasser period , 1979 to "the early 1990s", into the schism within the KSA and between Egypt and the Gulf states. From the premises of this narrative flows much of my westworld glossary of radical, sectarian violence --or class struggle-- from "mostly Muslim countries" to date. (the exaggerated fixation of some analysts on the "Suez" incident, notwithstanding.) Fair enough, to the victors &tc.

I also understand, I will need to study a broader range of sources to apprehend the roles of Sadat and Mubarak --both seemingly supported by Egypt's military-- and their violent falls from (conditional) grace of NATO in this context. What compels my curiosity is the question, How did MB-in-exile accumulate sufficient popular support in Egypt to post candidate Morsi's election?
* sliding rule of US "Cold War", either Tehran 1943-1991 or Potsdam 1945 to present or OSS 1941 to present

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Mar 4th, 2019 at 05:06:50 PM EST
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".. to apprehend the roles of Sadat and Mubarak --both seemingly supported by Egypt's military .."

Egypt's military has ownership of approx.. 20% of the country's GDP.

Egypt's 'Military Inc' expands its control of the economy

I lived through the 1960s and 1970s partly in the US and later in Europe. The effects of the 1973 oil boycott and Palestinian terror of passenger plane hijacking is set clear in my mind. The UK and The Netherlands did the engineering for major expansion of Aramco's investment in its oil industry. Major investment in refineries and oil transport pipelines. The capacity to deliver oil was increased from 3 mln to 10 mnl barrels per day. In the early seventies there was a terror attack on a schoolbus killing dozens of children of American expats. Little to no coverage was ever seen in the media.

I see president Sadat as a hero for his overture to Israel for peace, visiting Jerusalem and giving a speech in the Knesset. The terror of the Muslim Brotherhood cut his life short. Mubarak was wounded in the attack. In the aftermath of the assassination, there was once again a crackdown on the terror groups. A mastermind was Al Zawahiri ...

Sadat's assassination plotter remains unrepentant

There can be no surprise that two masterminds of Islamic Jihad met and joined forces to found "The Base"or "Al Qaeda". The old colonial powers and the modern colonial ruler thru capitalism misread the Middle East over more than seventy years and allowed the revolutionary forces of these terror groups to grow. The legacy of John Foster Dulles, Sir Anthony Eden and Shimon Peres.

    "The third point the Secretary said he wished to stress was our belief that the key to any constructive program in the area involved the winning away of the Saudi Arabians from their present alignment with Egypt. We believed that it might be possible to win King Saud away from Nasser, and Saud could give important anti-Communist leadership in the Arab world (CENTO), which was important. However, we believed the winning away of the Saudis from Egypt depended on the UK reaching an accommodation with the Saudis on Buraimi."

Anglo-American Relations in the Persian Gulf Region, 1950-1956

Eisenhower and Suez: an appraisal of presidential leadership

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 4th, 2019 at 09:00:04 PM EST
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When we look at recent history (the last four decades since the PLO was expelled from Lebanon), the list is cataclysmic. We find the formation of Hezbollah, Hamas, al-Qaeda, ISIS, the ousting of the Taliban regime, Saddam Hussein, Moammar Ghedaffi, the attempt to topple the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the attempt to divide Iraq, and the war on Yemen. The list bears witness to the unbelievable resources brought to bear by the US, Israel, Europe and their Middle Eastern allies in attempts at "regime change", and their total failure at creating a "new Middle East". ...
Flag comes down on U.S. Palestinian mission in Jerusalem

Syrian Civil War - Endgame In Idlib? [Update]

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Mar 5th, 2019 at 01:45:29 AM EST
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the 1973 oil boycott

Refuse to purchase (boycott) is not the same action as refuse to sell.
OPEC Oil Embargo, Its Causes, and the Effects of the Crisis

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Mar 5th, 2019 at 01:42:55 PM EST
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Eisenstat, Sadat, Carter, and Hitler
quite the matrix for an investigation of post-Nasser political intrigues

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 13th, 2019 at 12:16:47 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 6th, 2019 at 09:34:59 PM EST
They've cleverly hidden in the Bush compound in Paraguay.
by rifek on Sat Mar 9th, 2019 at 03:59:36 AM EST
The Bush land is close to a new U.S. military installation, the Mariscal Estigarribia Air Base.

Bush's Saudi Connections

The incubatory role played by Saudi Arabia and the Wahhabite sect in fostering Islamic extremism is well documented. The desert kingdom leads the way in financing and inciting Muslim holy warriors the world over. How much of this is done with the complicity of the Saudi regime is unclear, but what is clear is that the royal family is a kleptocracy that has forestalled its own inevitable demise by redirecting domestic unrest outward. September 11 was a plot hatched by an exiled Saudi dissident, and 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis.

In the two years since 9-11, the Saudis have been an obstacle, not an ally, in the battle against Islamic terrorism. Sure, they've muzzled a few firebrand clerics and rounded up some lumpen Islamicists. But they've shown little inclination to stanch the flow of money from so-called charity organizations to al-Qaeda and other militant groups, and they've kept cooperation with the FBI and the CIA to a minimum.

With Donald Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner, family friend Bibi Netanyahu and crowned with prince add-on Mohammad Salman it has all gotten much, much worse!

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 9th, 2019 at 08:15:14 AM EST
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