U.S. TROOPS BACK IN SAUDI ARABIA: WHAT COULD GO WRONG?

July 28, 2019 – 5:04 am

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The war to end all wars ended in 1918. Start worrying now. By David Swanson.

The First Gulf War back in 1990 was a big huge success. One of the things it accomplished was a major US troop presence in Saudi Arabia. Muslims around the world were outraged. Bombs were repeatedly set off at Khobar Towers where troops were stationed. In 1998, Osama Bin Laden declared:

“For over seven years the United States has been occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula, plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people, terrorizing its neighbors, and turning its bases in the Peninsula into a spearhead through which to fight the neighboring Muslim peoples… The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies - civilians and military - is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim.”

In 2001, the World Trade Center in New York was destroyed and the Pentagon damaged. A year and a half later, the United States removed most of its troops from Saudi Arabia, leaving some behind with various excuses and under various euphemistic labels.

Killing people because of your religion is insane and evil. Nothing whatsoever, no insane and evil killing, can justify any other insane and evil killing.

When Barack Obama was president, the CIA opened a drone base in Saudi Arabia from which to murder people in Yemen with missiles from robotic airplanes. This, of course, stabilized Yemen which has known peace and prosperity ever since, or something. Now, in 2019, the United States is sending more troops into Saudi Arabia again.

What could go wrong?

Well, let’s state the obvious in order to move on to stating the obvious. Killing people is insane and evil. Religion is insane and evil (except yours, dear reader). Killing people because of your religion is insane and evil. Nothing whatsoever, no insane and evil killing, can justify any other insane and evil killing.

Now, moving on to the obvious, let me quote from Peace Science Digest: “Deployment of troops to another country increases the chance of attacks from terror organizations from that country. Weapons exports to another country increase the chance of attacks from terror organizations from that country. 95 per cent of all suicide terrorist attacks are conducted to encourage foreign occupiers to leave the terrorist’s home country.”

I’m not aware of a foreign terrorist threat, attempt, or action against the United States, in which a motivation was stated, where that motivation was anything other than opposition to US military imperialism. Statistically, religion doesn’t seem to have anything to do with it. If you occupy another country, people get mad - with or without religion.

I’m not aware of a foreign terrorist threat, attempt, or action against the United States, in which a motivation was stated, where that motivation was anything other than opposition to US military imperialism.

This is part of a broader picture of counter-productive self-defeating masochism. Terrorism has predictably increased during the war on terrorism (as measured by the Global Terrorism Index). 99.5 per cent of terrorist attacks occur in countries engaged in wars and/or engaged in abuses such as imprisonment without trial, torture, or lawless killing. The highest rates of terrorism are in “liberated” and “democratized” Iraq and Afghanistan. The terrorist groups responsible for the most terrorism (that is, non-state, politically motivated violence) around the world have grown out of US wars against terrorism.

So, why did I say that the war that launched all of this was a big huge success? Well, it depends on your perspective. If the goal is to sell weapons, putting more troops into Saudi Arabia is brilliant. If the goal is to provoke more violence and get more wars going, nothing could be better. If the goal is persuading people that you are attacking their religion and will listen to nothing other than violence, everything seems right on course. You’re winning. Pretty soon, as Trump promised, a lot of us are going to be truly sick of all this winning.

Note: David Swanson wants you to declare peace at WorldBeyondWar.org. His new book is War No More: The Case for Abolition. The above article was posted at CounterPunch.

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  1. 3 Responses to “U.S. TROOPS BACK IN SAUDI ARABIA: WHAT COULD GO WRONG?”

  2. This guy is a clown! OCCUPY? It’s not like we bitch-slapped the Saudi Royalty and said sit down and shut up while we hang around!! For whatever reason you can’t imagine possible or want to admit, the US, yes WE, have been welcomed to many foreign countries to clean up the shit that peace loving assholes like this can’t fathom.

    Look how great Afghanistan has taken care of its own troubles! Look how good Libya took care of its troubles. Look how good Panama took care of its troubles. And maybe Syria, Venezuela, Mexico, if they weren’t considered. These countries suffered under their own homegrown terrorists until they went crying to the UN or the US for help. How much worse would they be if the US didn’t come to “occupy?

    Wake up!! Until the Royal Saudi family, and all the other countries we have a presence in tell us to leave, we are welcomed guests trying to clean up the dirt they haven’t been able to sweep away on their own.

    By Sumdh Umfugq on Jul 29, 2019

  3. Yes. Bad US! Let the world destroy itself without doing anything about it. What could go wrong?

    You go, Little O.

    By chowdergun on Jul 29, 2019

  4. Uncle HO, HO, HO Chi Minh!
    NVA is gonna win!

    Down with the imperial running dogs!

    By chowdergun on Jul 30, 2019

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