“[T]he White House’s default position is to double down on the status quo… looking the other way while the regime terrorizes Saudi Arabian citizens, backs reactionary forces in Egypt and Bahrain, and abets violence in Syria. And, of course, avaricious arms merchants, with support from the Pentagon, continue to sell Riyadh billions of dollars in weapons.” — Middle East Research and Information Project, March 27
It rarely makes the news when Saudi Arabia, one of America’s closest allies, beheads nonviolent criminals. Yet in a recent PBS interview, Bill Maher quoted a New York Times story, saying 19 beheadings have occurred in the kingdom since the news broke that the Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) had begun beheading Westerners.
Only when ISIS acts brutally do we notice that centuries-old Islamic laws are barbaric and inhuman, condoning acts so vile that Vice President Joe Biden said the U.S. would pursue ISIS “to the gates of Hell.”
On Sept. 2, Al-Jazeera reported that there has been a spike in the number of people losing their heads in Saudi Arabia:
The Saudi Ministry of Justice has announced the execution of 26 individuals since August 4. In the seven months prior, 15 executions were carried out, bringing the total number to 41 so far this year. However, there were no executions during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan this year between June 28 and July 28.
“One theory behind the increase is that there is a backlog of cases [since the start of the year],” said Adam Coogle, a representative of New York-based Human Rights Watch.
According Sevag Kechichian, a researcher with London-based Amnesty International, the rate of executions in the first half of last year was high, before slowing down, while this year the reverse is true. One way of explaining this, Kechichian said, is that Saudi authorities may be trying to reach an annual target: at 79, the number of announced executions in 2012 and 2013 was identical.
I suspect it is necessary to keep up appearances. And let’s face it: When a country has the largest of the low-cost oil reserves in the world (drilled and delivered for less than $5 per barrel), with proven pools of 267 billion barrels of sweet crude, what happens in Mecca is nobody’s business.
That is why ISIS, with only a fraction of the amount of Saudi oil reserves, can still be opposed for the outrage of the documented beheading of 1/25th as many people as King Abdullah decapitates every year.
That could all change, however, as Saudi Arabia and its giant pools of oil are being surrounded by the ISIS army bent on global petroleum domination.
Our president was “heartbroken” over U.S. journalist James Foley’s execution and said it was hard for him to hold back tears while speaking with Foley’s family. The president did have the gumption to go golfing that same day. I suspect Barack Obama was contemplative during his golf game, but not over a dead American. After all, he himself has ordered such executions of Americans with drone attacks. I suspect his concern was with the situation facing Saudi Arabia, a desert ruled by Bedouin beheaders.
Yet Saudi Arabia is the only country that in an emergency can pump 12 million barrels per day, which not only caps oil prices below $100 per barrel but prevents an explosion of inflation that could destroy all that Obama has worked for.
So Obama doubles down again and again on the corrupt, cruel and terrorist money-changers that are the House of Saud. It is Abdullah who pays off potential enemies the way Attila the Hun did.
Don’t take my word for it. An Aug. 30, Global Research ran this headline: “Why Does the U.S. Support Saudi Arabia, A Country Which Hosts and Finances Islamic Terrorism? On Behalf of Washington?” The article carried these subheads: “America Has Sold Its Soul for Oil” and “Why Does the U.S. Support a Country which was FOUNDED With Terrorism.”
Yet some people in Washington will support Saudi Arabia even if the leadership of that nation planned — or at least had beforehand knowledge of — the 9/11 attacks. Charges have been made that the Obama administration doesn’t want to know the truth — the ugly truth that Saudi Arabia, if not overtly helping ISIS, is being encircled by them.
It could be that Saudi oil is the real dirty oil in the world — not domestic U.S. drilling and not Canadian oil sands.
North and South American oil may cost more to deliver to the gas station. But as you can see from the chart below, there is plenty of available oil in the Western Hemisphere to meet our needs, which will release us from this Arab fratricide.
Because much of Venezuela and Canadian oil sands don’t pool and because American oil no longer bubbles to the surface as it did a century ago, it may for a time cost $1 a gallon more not to buy Arab oil.
Some ducks no doubt will die in oil sands collection pools and some washed-up stars like Neil Young and Daryl Hannah will be outraged at domestic drilling and the harm that may come to a caribou herd. But isn’t it worth a try? What we are doing in the Middle East isn’t working. In fact, things in that region of the world are only getting worse. So we can continue this terrible course and be good loyal subjects to Saudi Arabia, while Muslims like Obama spend hundreds of billions of dollars fighting for the future of Arab oil.
I say let’s leave the Middle East to the Arabs. Let’s be prepared to pay the extra buck a gallon for gasoline at least for a couple of years. Let’s keep our kids out of harm’s way. Let’s become energy-independent and, along the way, create hundreds of thousands of new jobs for Americans. Let Islam murder itself, if it so chooses. And if that means Israel has to stand on its own two feet for the first time in seven decades, that’s too bad.
It is time for the United States to stand up for what is right for the United States. It is time for the president of the United States to act presidential and not like some Saudi servant.
Yours in good times and bad,