The Three Pillars of ISIS Terror: Part 3 of 3
Previous postings explored why NATO and Israel seek to dismantle the Syrian government, and this post considers related motivations for Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States.
Islam is largely recycled from Jewish and Christian mythology, so it is the newest of the Big Three. Many Muslims insist that their edition represents God’s Final Word… Atop this pretension sits Saudi Arabia, which belongs to the Wahhabi branch of Sunni Islam (as opposed to Shia Islam). The Saudis believe that they have a monopoly on Islamic truth. So, it’s a monopoly on a monopoly.
The Saudis actively support any militant group going up against their rival powers in the Shia sect (Iran, Hezbollah, and the Syrian government, which is a secular state in which the Shia-affiliated Alawites prevail). The schoolyard thinking here is that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
As a result, there has been governmental support in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States for funding anti-Shia jihadist groups in Syria. Also, their support for these movements reduces the chance of any blowback into Saudi Arabia itself. Cash tends to buy some political influence. Now, however, under the glare of international scrutiny, some of this governmental support is dwindling and comes instead from the region’s wealthy private donors.
Still, the anti-Assad Syrian opposition fattened itself on Saudi-purchased weapons from Croatia and elsewhere. Many of these weapons went to what Arabs call the “Army of Conquest” that includes Al-Nusra Front (with al-Qaeda).
Another example of regional support was the semi-secret base in Safawi, Jordan, where Jordan, Turkey, the US (coordinating with Israel) and Saudi Arabia all helped train rebel leaders, many of whom later became part of ISIS. Qatar has also been linked to helping jihadist rebels.
There is an interesting link between developments inside Saudi Arabia and the increasing carnage of ISIS and jihadists in Syria and Iraq.
The human rights situation in Saudi Arabia has rapidly deteriorated, going from horrible to horrendous. The government has always been oppressive, but just a few short years ago public executions were rare. There was speculation that Saudi Arabia might even evolve past this spectacle. Now, however, the Saudis are averaging a beheading every two days. This was the case for the latest period of accurate statistics, between August 2014 and June 2015. So we have a nation-state (Saudi Arabia) modelling ideal behavior for Islamic pretenders.
The title of a recent Amnesty International Report says it all: Rampant Executions in Saudi Arabia Fuelled by Justice System ‘Riddled with Holes’.
Included here are a few choice quotes:
“A third of all executions since 1985 were imposed for offenses that do not meet the threshold of ‘most serious crimes’ for which the death penalty may be applied under international law.”
“Nearly half – 48.5 percent – of people executed in Saudi Arabia since 1985 were foreign nationals. Many of them were denied adequate translation assistance during the trial and were made to sign documents – including confessions – that they did not understand.”
“Most executions in Saudi Arabia are carried out by beheading, or in some cases by firing squad. In certain cases executions are carried out in public and the dead bodies and severed heads are put on display afterwards.”
Mind you, this country has been a key ally US and UK for decades. The Saudi government follows orders. It lets the US set up a military presence to counter Iran, whose human rights record is not stellar, but infinitely better than that of Saudi Arabia.
Thanks to the British government’s lobbying, Saudi Arabia sits on the Human Rights Council of the United Nations and is actually vying to be its leader.
The head of the human rights organization UN Watch, Hillel Neuer, said that choosing Saudi Arabia as the world leader of human rights is like “… having a pyromaniac to head the fire department.”
While most critics of London’s support for the Saudis assume that Britain is engaging in mutual back scratching, it is more likely that Britain (along with the US and Israel) is interested in an evisceration of international humanitarian law.
The presence of Saudi Arabia on the Council – for these western powers – is the right way to mock humanity, and to lower the bar of what is acceptable, so they too can chisel away at civil rights and liberties with more impunity. We’re being punk’d.
Most readers now know that, at this point in a posting, there is often a transition from geo-politics to metaphysics…
And so… One can argue that Saudi Arabia’s orgy of blood, its beheadings, are not just examples of the regime carrying out standard criminal justice. Nor is it simply about terrorizing the population into submission.
The Saudi obsession with severing heads is ritualistic human sacrifice.
In case you missed that message, they are now preparing to behead a young man and then nail his headless body to a cross.
Saudi Arabia’s beheadings represent well-timed and precise releases of human energy into the next dimension, quenching the deity’s thirst.
(You might not believe this is possible. But you aren’t the one swinging the sword, or having your head lopped off, so your disbelief is irrelevant.)
Beheading offers a much-appreciated appetizer (nay, it’s an in between-course palate cleanser, like raspberry sorbet) for their angry god.