William Pfaff (a veteran observer) asks “is it fully appreciated in Washington that the ‘New Caliphate’ has every intention of taking over the existing role in Islamic society of Saudi Arabia? It wants to conquer and occupy Mecca. If it succeeds, the Saudis themselves will be submitted to the ferocious discipline the ISIS practices.”
One would think that the Saudis might adopt a bit more of an active military posture against ISIS. But nope, they simply sit on their hands and wait for the Americans to do the job.
Scott McConnell, co-founder of the American Conservative (along with Pat Buchanan and Taki Theodoracopulos), writes about the Saudis lack of active anti-ISIS effort in his excellent The Middle East Doesn’t Matter Any More. Scott also puts a laser focus on the lack of offense from Turkey (more concerned about the Kurds) and Israel (a do-nothing Muslim antagonizer).
Scott concludes, “The Mideast may now actually matter much less than we think it does. We do have the option of pretty much ignoring it, if we choose. Its contribution to the world economy is negligible. Its oil will reach the market one way or another.”
I agree on all accounts here and also with the Cato Institute’s Justin Logan mentioned in Scott’s article as believing “that virtually nothing that goes on in the Middle East can threaten us very much, that no country in the region is worth starting a war over.”
As a final nail in the Mideast coffin, I refer to a recent Chronicles Under The Black Flag feature from the above-mentioned Taki Theodoracopulos. Taki writes, “Saudi Arabia created the monster that is radical Islam.”
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