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by on February 27, 2013 in Featured, World


Welcome back to AMTV News, I’m your anchor Topher Morrison.  It’s Wednesday, February 27th, 2013.

The first president of the United State’s George Washington had this to say about alliances…

The nation which indulges toward another an habitual hatred or an habitual fondness is in some degree a slave.  It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest.



Ronald Reagan was famous for calling out his enemies.  He coined the phrase ‘Evil Empire’ referring to the Soviet Union, a famous pronouncement many attribute, mistakenly, to the USSR’s eventual demise, but the message was clear and it’s utterance did play a part.  Today, Saudi Arabia is the Evil Kingdom as is our strategic alliance, but rarely does anyone bring it up.

I’ve mentioned previously it is the most militarized country on earth, quietly seeking nuclear weapons here and there and replete with Orwellian magistrates.  The Commission to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice, for instance, otherwise known as the religious police, has been cracking down, over the last few years, on non-Muslims, but especially on Christians.  On Feburary 8th 53 Ethiopian Christians, mostly women, while in private worship were arrested, subjected to arbitrary cavity searches and detained in less than ideal conditions.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) describes the intolerance in Saudi Arabia as systemic from the state run school system to adult life, the populace is indoctrinated with Wahabbihsm, an extreme interpretation of Sunni Islam.  The Wahabbist school’s virility is infamously epitomized in 16 of the 19 9/11 hijackers and takes the lions’ share of responsibility in animating the last three decades of radical jihad in the Middle East, North Africa and elsewhere.

Congress was finally successful in stemming U.S. foreign aid to Saudi Arabia in 2007, under President George W. Bush, but only after years of successful circumvention and millions of tax payer dollars were sent to Riyadh.  Over the last few years change has rather brought more continuity as Nobel Peace prize winner President Barack Obama continued the sordid strategic relationship by signing off on a ten-year $60 billion weapons package passed by Congress for the Kingdom, the largest military sale in the history of the world.  Just our peace president’s contribution to a global market dominated by U.S. arms sales.  And if exorbitant arms dealings aren’t enough the Executive branch may wave the 2007 ban on foreign aid when it deems necessary.  In fact, it already has.  What remains unclear, however, is if Saudi Arabia is put through the same vetting process as the average U.S. citizen purchasing a handgun.

But the trade off is clear.  While we may purchase Saudi oil while we have sources of our own.  We may use their land for secret drone bases an American president forces his surrogates not to admit exist and ignore oppressive practices of not only the government of Saudia Arabia, but the looming shadow state looming over the region.  The United States and the House of Saud, a partnership forged in fossil fuel runs counter to the American Revolution and our founding.  We’ve marked Iran as an Axis of Evil in the past yet today we are openly embracing an Evil Alliance all in the name prosperity and national security.  In the end because we didn’t stand up for those who couldn’t stand up for themselves and sat quietly by we may soon     find that we lost both.

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Topher Morrison is the editor and a regular contributor at GreeneWave and creator of his own blog at PurpleSerf.com. He holds B.A.s in Political Science and Philosophy from Arizona State University. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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