We are now treated to the spectacle of President Trump dancing a sword dance with Saudi princes after signing a multi billion dollar arms deal with the Saudi regime..
We have indisputable evidence that the Saudis and Qataris are not only funding training and even providing jihadist manpower to terrorists in the Middle East ( including both Al Qaeda and ISIS), but that the Saudi regime is also the sole source of the Wahhabist ideology that drives foolish young men to commit terrorist crimes, both in the West and as jihadist mercenaries in the Middle East.
We know also that Britain (remember Lawrence of Arabia) and now the United States, have continued to prop up this brutal sectarian and misogynist regime on the Arabian peninsula for the past 100 years, because it serves their interest to do so. Interests that include oil of course and the sale of superfluous armaments , but also the capacity to combat those states in the Middle East who do not bow down to Western interests; eg Iraq, Libya, Syria, and the ultimate prize, Iran.
Thus, as academic Christopher Davidson meticulously records in his 2016 book, “The Shadow Wars”; ongoing U.K. and U.S. support for the Saudi regime and its terrorist activities is very much in their interests.
For how much longer will this macabre dance continue?