Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.
If you thought the Iraqi and Syrian armies performed poorly, just wait till you see the Saudis in action. Having royals run the military helps prevent your monarchy from ending up like the Egyptian and Iraqi monarchies did, but doesn’t make them at all competent.
At least the competent parts of it are likely to turn on the Saudis.
Considering how much of the Saudi population supports ISIS and how much of a pushover the Saudi military would be, you can see why the paymaster of the Jihad is a little bit worried.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is “rapid” action.
Lack of action would be “unacceptable” in the face of the phenomenon, King Abdullah said.
“You see how they (jihadists) carry out beheadings and make children show the severed heads in the street,” he said, condemning the “cruelty” of such acts.
“It is no secret to you, what they have done and what they have yet to do. I ask you to transmit this message to your leaders: ‘Fight terrorism with force, reason and (necessary) speed” said the king who was speaking at a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new ambassadors, including a new envoy from Saudi ally the United States.
Never let them see you sweat is genuinely good advice in the Middle East. Not that even Obama is likely to let the Saudi monarchy fall. And if worst comes to worst, the Gulf Arabs can hire enough Western and Russian mercenaries to save themselves. Probably.
Saudi money created the mosques and Imams who serve as the recruitment bases for ISIS foreign fighters abroad. The Saudi king knows this and isn’t about to stop no matter how often it backfires.
Yes all this has done a lot of damage to us, but Abdullah has a tiger by the tail. Trying to feed it infidel meat has only sharpened its appetite.
A competent president would cut a deal that would save the Saudi monarchy in exchange for significantly altering the power relationship and ending Saudi terror funding. But we’re as likely to get one of those as we are the end of all taxation.
So the Saudis will keep on playing the same old game and Washington will go on dancing to their tune.