September 20, 2013
Saudi Arabia appears resolute: It wants Bashar al-Assad out of Damascus for a number of reasons. The Saudis view the fighting in Syria with the same intensity that they did the civil war in Yemen that raged in the 1960s — as a conflict with wide and serious repercussions that will shape the political trajectory of the Middle East for years to come.
The Syrian war presents the Saudis with a chance to hit three birds with one stone:
Iran, its rival for regional dominance, Tehran’s ally Assad, and his Hezbollah supporters. But Riyadh’s policy makers are wary. They know that once fully committed, it will be difficult to disengage. And so they are taking to heart the lessons of another regional war that flared on their border 50 years ago.
The war in Yemen that broke out in 1962 when military leaders ousted the centuries-old monarchy and declared a republic quickly turned into a quagmire that sucked in foreign powers. The Soviet Union provided the new regime with air support. British airstrikes aided the royalists and the United States offered warplanes in a symbolic show of force.
More than anything else though, the conflict became a proxy war between Saudi Arabia, which backed the deposed imam and his royalist supporters, and Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser, who supported the new republic. Nasser’s vision of a united Arab “nation” free of Western domination and sterile monarchies resonated across the Arab world. The Saudi monarchy, wary of this republican fever on its border, decided it was not going to stand on the sidelines. The kingdom used all available means to try to check Nasser’s ambitions — but it did not send troops.
By some estimates, Egypt sent as many as 55,000 troops to Yemen, some of whom became involved in fighting well inside Saudi territory, while others were accused of using chemical weapons supplied by the Soviet Union.
Saudi Arabia provided money and weapons to the royalists. Yet neither side achieved its goals. Egypt’s war with Israel in 1967 led Nasser to withdraw his forces, but the Saudis were unable to turn the tide. Riyadh was eventually forced to recognize Yemen’s republican government
Separate comment: This article verges on being a limited hangout, there is more to this than Sunni vs. Shiite.
KSA wants to thwart plans for a natural gas pipeline from Iran, through Syria and Iraq (same reason Qatar has thrown in $3 billion), the goal is maintaining a hegemony in oil and natural gas as long as possible.
Secondly, KSA is a globalist lapdog and taking out Syria is part of a larger strategy to maintain the dollar's status as the reserve currency and also the path to restructuring the middle east.
It is long past time to separate the Siamese twin of the Saudi monarchy from the U.S. This regime of degenerate, polygamous, medieval tyrants is the perfect contradiction of everything the U.S. claims to uphold. But it nevertheless continues to receive unquestioning support from the shadow U.S. government consisting of the CIA and its linked corporations in the petroleum and arms businesses. The U.S. has Little to lose and much to gain from a necessary separation. The Saudis need us far more than we need them. After what he threatened Russia with regarding the Olympics, Bandar Bush needs to be arrested as a war criminal.
Well said and there are a lot more names to be added to that list of War Criminals. Enlighten others. The more people who know the truth - the faster we can stop this regime of degenerate, polygamous, medieval tyrants.
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