Executive Intelligence Review
February 11, 2013
In an article for the Feb. 5 Kölner Stadtanzeiger news daily, former Bundestag member for the Christian Democrats Jürgen Todenhöfer denounced the unholy pact among the West, the Saudis, and the Islamic terrorist groups. His analysis is flawed to the extent that the British aspect does not appear, but the piece otherwise, is a very useful exposé.
“The Syrian rebels receive money and weapons predominantly from Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Saudi Arabia is mainly supplying Al Qaeda, with the U.S.A. knowing about it. The West is providing political cover for the entire rebellion, including al-Qaeda. It is de facto an ally of al-Qaeda. In Mali against, in Syria for al-Qaeda—it can’t be more cynical.”
“Assad is a dictator. So is the King of Saudi Arabia and the Emir of Qatar. The U.S. and the despots of Saudi Arabia and Qatar don’t want to see democracy in Syria. Their objective is to knock out an important ally of Iran, which has become too powerful because of the Iraq War for them. That this goes along with one of the most amiable multi-ethnic peoples of the Arab world, does not interest our ‘world strategists.’ Nor does the fact that if the extremists win, 2 million Christians will lose their home.”
Todenhöfer writes that Assad will be able to hold out for some time, therefore it would be better to negotiate with him than to continue this tragic civil war. When Ronald Reagan once negotiated with the Soviet leaders, he never called on them to step down. What would be required is for the U.S. to force Saudi Arabia and Qatar to stop supplying the weapons, with Russia doing the same on the other side. A ceasefire should be used for talks between Assad and the opposition, with the aim of forming a transitional government, of working out a democratic constitution that also protects minorities, and of preparing free elections under international monitoring. Assad is not that much interested in being a Presidential candidate in 2014, if there is a fair peace agreement, Todenhöfer writes. “It is time for a correction of the West’s course. It must end its cynical pact with al-Qaeda.”