. . . Tuesday January 4, 2005

A Royal Pain

Along with the news about the killing of Baghdad’s governor comes word that the suicide bomber who killed 22 people in Mosul was a medical student from Saudi Arabia.

It simply cannot be a coincidence that so many of the woes from Mosul to Manhattan lead us right back to Saudi Arabia. So what’s going on? There are two possibilities. The first is the most obvious. Citizens in Saudi Arabia who are furious with the U.S. support of the royal family (many of whom live like they are on a never-ending episode of Spring Break Uncensored while allowing most of their fellow citizens to live under the ridiculous fist of religious police) and are therefore quite receptive to the messages served up by bin Laden and others.

The second reason is a bit more subtle but equally important. Which country (or in this case, which small segment of a country) will be hurt the most if Iraq becomes a free, democratic state? Well, here’s a hint. A free, democratic Iraq will mean that their oil business will be up and running at full speed.

One of the things about Saddam that made him useful to certain players in the region was that the combination of sanctions and a government gone mad guaranteed that Iraq’s oil wells would provide little or no competition for other players in the region.

If Iraq gets back online, the Saudis lose a big part of their grip on world oil prices. It’s not just having a democracy in close proximity that concerns the royal family. It’s the emergence of another oil rich, super station nation. We’d be looking at a future Saudi Arabia with no American bases (and therefore no need for their support for actions in the regions) and no oil monopoly.

If you’re a member of the royal family, what fun is that?

Is this enough for some higher-ups in Saudi Arabia to be financing the bombings in Baghdad and the attacks on Iraq’s oil pipelines?

I don’t know enough to answer that. But that scenario sure seems a lot more believable than the notion that all of this is nothing more than a random series of coincidences.

Concentration is important!