Aftandilian in The Arab Weekly on Trump’s Hard-Line on Iran

The massive United States arms deal with Saudi Arabia signed last month by President Trump is continuing to drive up arms makers’ stock, though at present the exact dollar values for specific companies are a matter of some speculation. And President Trump’s journey to the Middle East illustrated yet again how the country central to the spread of this terrorism, Saudi Arabia, has managed to evade and deflect any responsibility for it. (Italics: ours) “The facts are well known”.

Boeing will also establish a joint venture with Saudi Arabia to provide “sustainment services for a wide range of military platforms”, the company said in a statement, according to the Business Insider. Fifteen of the 19 suicide terrorists that carried out the 9/11 attacks were from Saudi Arabia.

Trump rightly said in his Saudi speech that the vast majority of the victims of Islamist terror are Muslims in the Middle East. The basics of jihadist terrorism are contained in this Saudi Arabian religious practice, including the “ideas of violent jihad and takfirism, which authorizes the killing of Muslims considered heretics for not following its interpretation of Islam”. This deal won’t protect USA interests in the Middle East. Virtually none has been directly linked to Iran. The Saudis showered Trump’s inexperienced negotiators with attention, arms deals and donations to a World Bank fund that Ivanka Trump is championing. Saudi Arabia is the main funder of jihadi groups in the Middle East. And that, says Zakaria will bog down the current Trump administration “in a never-ending sectarian struggle, fuel instability, and complicated ties with countries like Iraq that want good relations with both sides”.

According to the Business Insider, “Saudi Arabia is seeking closer defense and commercial ties with the U.S. under Trump, as it seeks to develop its economy beyond oil, and leads a coalition that is fighting a war in Yemen”.

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