Thursday, June 19, 2014

who is supporting ISIS? The Saudi rulers' struggle to remain consistent and the media coverage that shy away from calling them on it

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Saudi Arabia’s rulers are trying to block the rays of the sun with a sieve. They claim that they do not support terrorism, yet they are justifying the war crimes committed by ISIL and its affiliates by accusing Maliki of sectarian policies (policies, not violent acts, mind you). The hypocrisy of the Saudi rulers is stunning: they write a law that is supposed to fight terrorism but they selectively apply it to the Muslim Brotherhood, human rights activists, and bloggers; while providing extensions after extensions to Saudi’s still fighting with ISIL who apparently have ignored the call to return home and burned their passports.

The Saudi rulers are accusing Maliki of a “policy of exclusion and marginalization of Sunni minorities” when they sent troops to crush the Shiite majority in Bahrain, which has been oppressed by a Sunni minority for hundreds of years. They also supported Saddam’s regime who also used the Sunni community to suppress Shiite majority and Kurdish minority. It seems that the Saudi rulers see “political exclusion” when it serves their interests. They are calling the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt terrorists but they call ISIL war criminals legitimate “rebels.” They continue to see the world through a sectarian lens and accuse others of being sectarian. A lie repeated in the age of Internet media will never be believed even by other Saudis. The Saudi rulers will fall by the sword they forged and unsheathed in the face of all their victims; unless they fully commit to fighting the ideology of hate they helped produce.

A sample of the coverage and the soft language used to hint at the above realities:

1 awkward?

The battle between Iraq’s government and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which threatens to plunge Iraq back into the chaos of sectarian civil war, puts Saudi Arabia in an increasingly awkward position.

2 Supporting radical Islamist,

Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been working overtime arming rebel groups in Syria.  But events of the last month suggest these American allies have been throwing their lots in with radical, hardline Islamists.

3 We are not supporting ISIL, you are sectarian,

Saudi Arabia and Qatar have rejected Iraq’s accusations that the two countries are supporting and funding the ISIL insurgents.
The Saudi kingdom has warned against foreign meddling in Iraq and blamed Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for what it describes “pursuing sectarian policies”.

4 who supports ISIL?

When the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) escalated its fight against fellow rebels in Syria late last year, private donors in the region were rattled. For three years, a network of clerics and Sunni politicians had funded anti-regime groups in Syria, including other jihadi factions such as Ahrar Al Sham and Jabhut Al Nusra – groups now at war with Isil.'
 5 Saudis recruit for ISIL in Riadh,

The al-Qaeda breakaway group that has captured Iraq’s biggest northern city is on a recruitment drive in Saudi Arabia. The evidence showed up last month in Riyadh, where drivers woke up to find leaflets stuffed into the handles of their car doors and in their windshields. They were promoting the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, which has grabbed the world’s attention by seizing parts of northern Iraq.
6 Brotherhood are bad, move them over to make room for ISIL:

Islamist politicians swept elections across the region in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, stepping close to power in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Morocco and undermining the thesis of Qaeda-style militants that violence offered the only hope for change. Today, those politicians are in frantic retreat from Riyadh to Rabat, stymied by their political opponents, stalked by generals and plotted against by oil-rich monarchs. Instead, it is the jihadists who are on the march, roving unchecked across broad sections of North Africa and the Middle East.


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