Saudi Arabia is ready to go it alone in Syria without the West, wrote Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz al Saud, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Britain, in a NY Times opinion piece.
He said that using al-Qaeda terrorists as an excuse for inaction while a humanitarian disaster unfolds in Syria is not acceptable.
Al Saud wrote that the West’s policies on Iran and Syria ‘risk the stability and security of the Middle East.’ ‘The Assad regime’, he said, ‘is bolstered by the presence of Iranian forces in Syria. These soldiers did not enter Syria to protect it from a hostile external occupation; they are there to support an evil regime that is hurting and harming the Syrian people. It is a familiar pattern for Iran, which has financed and trained militias in Iraq, Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon and militants in Yemen and Bahrain.’
He added, ‘The West has allowed one regime to survive and the other to continue its program for uranium enrichment, with all the consequent dangers of weaponization.’
In November, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a Saudi royal told journalist Jeffrey Goldberg of Bloomberg News that U.S. President Barack Obama is outmatched by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
‘There’s no confidence in the Obama administration doing the right thing with Iran,” he told me, with a directness that would make Benjamin Netanyahu blush. “We’re really concerned — Israel, Saudi Arabia, the Middle East countries — about this.’
‘Obama,’ Alwaleed says, ‘is a man who is in desperate political straits and needs a victory — any victory — to right his presidency. Obama is in so much of a rush to have a deal with Iran,’ he said. ‘He wants anything. He’s so wounded. It’s very scary.’
After more than five years of Mr. Obama, some Arab foreign ministers wish Mr. Bush was back in office even though they didn’t agree with most of what he did.
In September, one senior Arab diplomat said, ‘I have to tell you, I miss President Bush. I disagreed with almost every political decision he made. But I knew where he stood and what his views are. He told us personally and he told the world at the U.N. General Assembly. We could disagree and move on with it. With Obama not only don’t I know, I just don’t understand.’
Mr. Obama, in over his head?
Mr. Obama didn’t lead in Syria and he mishandled Egypt. His confusing signals over the chemical weapons in Syria left the diplomats scratching their heads. His decision to go to Congress appeared weak in the minds of the Arab states.
They see this same lack of leadership repeating with Iran. Obama, they believe, is weak, indecisive, and was outmaneuvered. The Arab states are concerned that they cannot trust their American friends and that Obama’s actions have emboldened Iran and Assad.
Referring to Obama’s speech to the UN, the same minister said, ‘The president’s speech explains why nobody counts on U.S. leadership anymore. It was an academic, scholarly examination of the problems and all of the arguments involved. He should pick one and stick with it,’ CNN reported.
Prince Turki al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia, in The Washington Times this week, said that the world’s reluctance to halt the violence in Syria is very nearly “criminal negligence.”
‘We’ve seen several red lines put forward by the president, which went along and became pinkish as time grew, and eventually ended up completely white,’ said Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former intelligence head of Saudi Arabia according to the Times report. ‘When that kind of assurance comes from a leader of a country like the United States, we expect him to stand by it. There is an issue of confidence.’
Mr. Obama has made Iran a very important player in the region and, by his actions, assured the continuance of the evil Assad regime.
Turkey is conferring with Iran on Syria according to Iran’s news agency. According to the same agency, Former Italian Prime Minister Masimo D’Alema underlined Tehran’s pivotal regional role, and said Iran can serve as Europe’s strategic partner in the region. Iraq also has a cozy relationship with Iran.
Iran is a sponsor of terror in the region and instead of being diminished in importance, they are being empowered.