If this belongs in Rant.......my apologies........you know what to do.
I find it strange that no one properly addressed the OP's question that is this thread:
What about Saudi Arabia (The elephant......Princess)
I believe that people on most every socioeconomic level on this planet are afraid of the Saudis because of the amount of money they have, what they
have used it for, the influence they can buy and the damage they can inflict in this world because of the sheer amount they have, and continue to get
on a daily basis.
People that are afraid yet "tough", hide that fear with snarky answers to tough questions..........trying to deflect from the issue at hand: The
Saudis ruining the world with their greed. Others replace that fear with something they call respect. They tell themselves they respect the Saudis
because of their wealth. They forget one important fact: The Saudis were born lucky. They were lucky to be born on a patch of land with an almost
unlimited amount of wealth under their feet. Look at the last picture in that OP that I linked. What is behind him? Camels. That's all they
are......camel herders who put meaning and direction in their lives through some religious text. It's what uninspired people who don't know how to
live do. Getting rich from oil didn't change that one bit. All it did was make them "glorified" camel breeders.
What goes on in the middle east......anywhere in the middle east, has nothing to do with religious doctrine, history or "prophecies". It has
everything to do with money. Quit fooling yourselves. The people the Russians are bombing right now? They're paid mercenaries. Nothing more....nothing
less. The ones we term "radical".......they're not more beholden to their religious beliefs than the moderates.......they're getting paid more.
The moderates are also getting paid, but more than likely by people who don't have as much funds than the people bankrolling the fanatics. Here's my
guess: The Saudis are bankrolling the radicals, America is bankrolling the moderates, anyone who kills the moderates are the bad guys, anyone who
kills the radicals are on the side of "peace". A term America has learned to use to deflect people away from what is really going on over there at the
hands of the Saudis. To American leadership, Peace means not questioning them.
It's a win-win for Saudi and America. The conflicts that have been going on over there since the 80's benefit both. They benefit America by keeping
the military complex busy with things that justify all the funding they ask congress for. It keeps the money flowing into the pockets of everyone
involved. The Saudis benefit because tension and unrest in the middle east lead to tension and unrest on Wall Street, which drives up the price of
crude oil........keeping the money flowing into the pockets of everyone involved.
Israel? The Jews? Palestine? The West Bank? Iran? If you think that they matter at all in the grand scheme of things.......you've been duped.
Yes........before all that oil was needed and discovered by an English company, there were tensions, fighting and wars over there........ever since
they learned how to throw rocks. They have always been a warring people. That region wouldn't know what to do with peace. If Jesus appeared, they'd
kill him. They have used every excuse in the book to justify what they do. But with the discovery of oil........ the rules changed because then is
when the world started really paying attention to that region. All of a sudden, what went on over there was of interest. Not because their religious
beliefs turned global.....of course not. Those are still regional beliefs like any other religion. Their economy turned global. They weren't just
making carpets, breeding camels and growing poppy for the Chinese anymore. No. Now they had oil. Something that every developing country in the world
wanted, and was willing to pay top dollar for so they could be more advanced and relevant in the world than their neighbor......who was also buying
oil for the same reasons.
So forget about religion. It's irrelevant in 2015 no matter where you live. Start focusing on what the Saudis can and would do if their power
structure were threatened. Focus on it and start doing something to circumvent what they could do, and start questioning them hard. Quit being afraid
of them. You only make them stronger by way of feeding their delusion that they have power. They have power because the fear in others allows it.
Using peoples' fears to your advantage is not power......it's opportunistic.
Just ask Putin. Something got his panties in a bunch to where he said "Screw this......we're going in". Does it have anything to do with finances? I
would be surprised if it didn't. Does it have to do with Russia's best interest? Of course it does. As the leader of a country it's your job to act in
the best interest of your country. That what makes him a better leader than anyone America has seen since Kennedy.
Whatever his reasons..........Godspeed Mr. Putin. I hope you tear then all a new one. Including Saudi.
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