I have previously commented on the fact that all Middle Eastern regimes are contemptible due to the fact that they all have committed atrocities for the sake of power and wealth. But there are propagandists active on social media who want to argue that Iran is especially evil compared to Saudi Arabia because Iran supports Bashar al-Assad who is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent Syrians.

I am not a supporter of the Iranian regime by any stretch of the imagination, but if we want to keep score, then let’s not forget the role of Saudi in the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, which resulted in the deaths of over a million innocent Iraqis. Saudi facilitated air strikes in Iraq by allowing US commanders to coordinate attacks from the Prince Sultan airbase. Saudi also gave the US use of its airspace and provided staging grounds for US special forces moving into Iraqi territory. Most importantly, Saudi used its oil reserves to make sure that the invasion of Iraq would not disrupt the oil market in the West. That kind of disruption would normally have caused petroleum prices to spike and could have been an impetus for public pressure in the US and UK to end the occupation. But Saudi made deliberate efforts to make sure these countries would not suffer negative economic impact from the destabilization of the oil market. And the list goes on.

 

Daniel Haqiqatjou

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