Saudi-US relations: Understanding the engagement!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
Saudi-US relations give us an idea about the hidden agendas of USA and Israel. USA looks at Arab world as a prime zone for profitable energy cum arms trade.
One logical factor that perhaps binds USA and Arab world is capitalism, corruption and state lies and threats to common people. Israel, seeking to kill or drive remaining Palestinians out of their homes in Palestine to enable the Jewish military to create a so-called greater Israel, does not want Arab-American unity at all. War mongers and arms manufacturers in USA and Israel also do not want peace anywhere in the world especially in West Asia as they seek a permanent and profitable war situation globally.
Saudi-US relations are not exactly what it used to be a couple of years ago. Now a couple of issues keep them disengaged politically, though in economic terms ties look to be in order. The post King Abdullah era seems to be promising a restart of better relations.
In January, Saudi Arabia’s Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and US President Barack Obama, in their first formal meeting in Riyadh, pledged to work closely on a range of regional and international issues as they focused on regional and international issues of common interest in addition to setting out the means to enhance bilateral relations.
In the talks focused broadly on counter-terrorism and regional stability with special reference to bilateral Saudi-US relations. Obama’s meeting with King Salman was considered significant as it comes just days after the death of King Abdullah and during his four-hour stop in Riyadh, Obama also attended a dinner with Saudi officials at Erga Palace.
Earlier Americans had no particular interest in Saudi kingdom – then a dessert nation without economic prosperity as oil, making Arab nations rich, was discovered only later.
Saudi-US relations had begun when on February 14, 1945, US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt met with Saudi King and the custodian of Holy Mosques Abdul-Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud in Egypt, as World War II was coming to an end, and the two forged a partnership that has endured for the last 70 years despite occasional severe strains.
Roosevelt arrived from the Yalta summit with Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Roosevelt’s health was very poor; he had only weeks to live. Ibn Saud had come from Jeddah on an American destroyer, the USS Murphy. It was king’s first trip outside the Arabian Peninsula aside from a brief visit to Basra in Iraq.
Discovery of energy resources made Saudi Arabia dear to USA. USA began focusing on energy rich Arab nations very early even while installing an ultra fanatic Israeli regime in Mideast and pampering it with free supply of weapons and technology to fight the Arab nations that did not recognize it and oppose it.
The USA and Saudi kingdom agreed to work together to ensure stability in the post-war Middle East. The United States would thus ensure security for the kingdom, and the Saudis would ensure access to their oil fields. US oil companies were already operating in the kingdom. In order to expand its military might globally, the United States quickly acquired use of Dhahran air base for operations in the Middle East. Under pressure from Washington, Saudi Arabia declared war on Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, securing a ordinary seat in the United Nations without the veto. USA is opposed to Saudi acquiring veto because that make Israeli regime accountable for its crimes against humanity in Palestine, elsewhere in the region.
When, during their luncheon meeting as part of Quincy summit Churchill smoked and drank champagne in order to belittle the Arabs, the Saudis felt insulted. The Quincy summit was carefully planned in advance. Ibn Saud’s son Prince Faisal, the future king, had visited the United States in November 1943 to begin the courtship. Faisal was only 36 but he had been serving as his father’s top diplomat since 1919, when he traveled to London to discuss the future of the region after World War I when he was 12 years old. He visited Washington. It was during Faisal’s visit that the plans for the Dhahran air base were agreed and the United States began providing military assistance to the kingdom.
Roosevelt found Ibn Saud to be a fascinating figure but a tough negotiator. The issue that they quarreled over was the future of Palestine and the aggressive Zionist movement. Roosevelt tried to convince the Saudi monarch to support plans for a Jewish state in Palestine after the war without disturbing Palestine. Israel and Palestine would exist side by side. Ibn Saud argued that since the Jews had been the victims of German atrocities, they should get their state out of German territory. Americans with strongest military back up were bent upon putting the arrogant Jews inside Palestine. USA its ally UK won for Israel and Saudi lost then and there on Palestine.
Russia maintained a discreet silence as a billion Russian Jews were to be sent to the newly created Israel. USA, UK, Russia and Israel won and Arabs lost. Since all of them have coordinated their strategies to deny Palestinians their legitimate home. They have in fact threatened the humanity by their defense of Israel and conspiracy against Palestinians.
USA uses both diplomacy and even triclomacy to get what it wants from the globe and it has been successful as Russia plays double roles very superbly. However, Moscow never comes in the way of US-Arab ties.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict proved to be the most contentious issue in the American-Saudi relationship for the next 70 years and likely will remain so for many more to come. 70 long years of ties between them with difference social and political systems, have let them understand each other as best as possible and the future US alliance with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia would rely on their rich experiences on intentional arena.
Every king and every president since 1945 has reaffirmed the partnership begun on the Quincy. US President Barack Obama was wise to visit Saudi Arabia on his way home from India last month to pay his respects to the memory of the late King Abdullah and confer with the new king, Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud Salman. As the Saudi-US partnership is entering a period of transition in the post US Sept-11 reality, both sides would reconsider their priorities.
Siding with the Palestinians on their right to have a sovereign nation, King Salman has promised continuity in Saudi foreign policy and stressed that implementing the 2003 Arab peace plan for Israeli withdrawal from occupied Palestine was his top priority. The Saudis blame the endless continuation of the Arab-Israeli conflict for fueling terrorism in the region.
Ever since US 9/11 hoax the relationship has been more controversial than in the past in the United States and the rest of the West. Israel expected USA to attack Saudi Arabia for the Sept-11 hoax but the Pentagon attacked an Islamizing Afghanistan.
Anti-Islamic media and other sources like war mongers and arms manufactures seeking wars, wanted a civilizational divide between Christianity (and plus Judaism) and Islam as they focused on lingering questions about human rights and gender equality, about Saudi ties to al-Qaeda in the 1990s and early 2000s, concerns about how the Wahhabi puritanical faith provides a breeding ground for radical Islam and questions about have become much more frequent and stark in the last decade.
The kingdom is an absolute monarchy named after the ruling family; maybe the United States is a “vibrant” democracy in the promotion of corruption and capitalism. How Americans treat those who write or speak about US militarism goals is not a secret.
Many Jewish Americans and their powerful organizations influence US foreign policy and have raised doubts in media about the wisdom of the US-Saudi partnership when Israeli ties are enough for Washington.
Saudi Arabia and the United States have few values in common though many say they don’t share any values and so the alliance has always been defined primarily by shared threats and enemies. This suits war mongers and arms manufactures.
After all they hope to watch – rather enjoy a third world war on their TV sets. They think only Muslim nations would be destroyed as USA has acquired military bases everywhere.
With Israel deciding policies for USA, it is not that easy to precisely forecast the future relations between USA and Saudi Arabia.