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Saudi Arabia’s Real Agenda for Syria

Politics / Middle East Aug 11, 2013 - 12:55 PM GMT

By: Patrick_Henningsen


Syria is a dirty war being waged through paid-for proxies by the West and partnering Gulf monarchies.

Don’t think for a moment that the US government are not involved in some way – logistically or otherwise, or that the CIA and others are not working with these terrorists in Syria. At the very least, the US, UK and others have valuable military assets, special forces  and ‘trainers’ on the ground in Jordan and Turkey, and likely have agents operating inside Syria itself. But take a look at who’s pulling the expensive strings behind the scenes thus far…

According to Reuters, the Saudis appear to have offered $15 billion in weapons contracts during the July 31 meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and influential intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan. Russia rebuffed the offer because the Saudi’s deal was dependent upon Moscow dropping its arms contracts with the Assad government in Syria.

Bush family business partner and terror financier, Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia appears to have put all of his high cards on the table – and the world can now see the agenda of the US and Saudi-led effort to destroy the country of Syria. RT reports (full story below):

“Prince Bandar proposed the deal and told Putin that “whatever regime comes after” Assad will be “completely” in Riyadh’s hands. The Prince reportedly stated that if the deal was accepted, Saudi Arabia would not sign any contracts damaging Russian interests by allowing Gulf countries to transport its gas across Syria to Europe.”

So Saudi Arabia believes it will control the next government incarnation in Damascus, and it’s no mystery how they propose to do this: by throwing their oil money at them. According to the logic of Saudi Arabian elite, money can buy anything – and who can argue with that? That philosophy has worked pretty well for them so far.

An initial part of the Saudi and Qatari investment in their new Syria, has been to fund its own international terrorist brigades and al Qaeda affiliates to destabilise and fracture Syria’s society, economy, borders and ultimately - its culture.

Money talks, and if you have enough to burn then you tend to let everyone know you’ve got it, and what you can buy with it. If you’ve every visited a casino in London or the South of France, you’d have see the casino’s best clients, wealthy Gulf Arabs and Saudis, dropping hundreds of thousands, even millions – in a single night, all for an expensive thrill it seems. How good a poker player is this Saudi Prince? In poker terms, he’s more of a bull than a shark. He’s just showed his hand regarding Syria, and it will be interesting to see if the western media are watching the game at all. 

Prince Bandar has finally revealed to the public what exactly is the underlying transnational energy agenda being played by the US, its allies in Europe, and Saudi Arabia and Qatar – a gas pipeline running from the Persian Gulf, right through Syria, to the Mediterranean. This would constitute a direct supply to Europe which will give the supplier a long-term interest in Europe’s economic and political affairs. 

Gas delivery = power and influence

The northern hemisphere countries need to not only power their grids, but also need to heat their buildings and houses during half of the year, which makes gas much more important in regional geopolitical terms – than oil (oil can be sources more easily from many more different locations globally than gas). 

The competition to Arab monarchies for supplying gas to Europe, is of course Russia. Russia’s vast gas pipeline project is already into phase two, and crosses Scandinavia right up to the UK’s doorstep.

So Syria’s current destiny and importance of outcome, stretches much further than its own Middle Eastern borders.

Moscow ‘rejects’ Saudi ‘offer’ to drop Assad for rich arms deal


Moscow has said “no” to Saudi Arabia’s alleged proposal of a rich arms deal and protection of Russia’s gas interests in the Middle East in exchange for abandoning Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to Arab and European diplomats.

The proposal of $15 billion in weapons contracts was allegedly made during the July 31 meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and influential intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Reuters reported. 

Neither Moscow nor Riyadh has officially commented on the agenda of the talks, but a Thursday AFP report revealed new details of the negotiations.    

According to an undisclosed European diplomat, Prince Bandar proposed the deal and told Putin that “whatever regime comes after” Assad will be “completely” in Riyadh’s hands. The Prince reportedly stated that if the deal was accepted, Saudi Arabia would not sign any contracts damaging Russian interests by allowing Gulf countries to transport its gas across Syria to Europe. 

The terms included Moscow dropping its support of President Bashar Assad, as well as not opposing any future Security Council resolutions on Syria. 

“President Putin listened politely to his interlocutor and let him know that his country would not change its strategy,” a separate Arab diplomat told AFP. 

Bandar bin Sultan then told Russian officials that the only option left in Syria is a military one – and that they should forget about the Geneva-2 international peace conference because the opposition would not attend, the source said. Efforts to bring about the conference – which has been put forth by the US and Moscow – have so far been fruitless, mainly because of the absence of unity within the opposition ranks. ..

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