By Aram Mirzaei for the Saker blog
This week, a third Arab country has reportedly agreed to submit to Washington’s pressure to normalize relations with the Zionist state. This was very much expected and I’m sure it didn’t catch most observers by surprise. In the end, I expect most of the shameful Arab League to submit since it is known that most of them have had secret dealings with the Zionist state since many years, if not decades ago. So why come out of the closet now? What is the purpose of these “peace agreements?”
Personal I find it rather humorous that they are calling these deals “peace agreements” since peace agreements are signed by countries who have been at war, not long-standing allies who have never fired a single bullet towards each other. But the purpose of these deals are unfortunately not to make us laugh, but to intimidate.
Washington has realized that it cannot remain in the Middle East for ever. This is not because the Islamic Republic of Iran has vowed to expel them, but because reality has finally caught up to them. They are hated in this region, every act of terror that they commit against the people of this region, be it through sanctions or bombs- will attract more support for the Resistance Axis, the only force that truly fights them in the Middle East.
Moreover, their own people have grown tired of these constant wars and acts of terror overseas, and with a 22 trillion dollar debt, their economy is no longer what it used to be. On top of that, they’ve been humiliated by their own allies on the world stage, who refuse to re-impose sanctions and embargoes on the Islamic Republic – despite the constant threats issued by the likes of Mike Pompeo.
Taking a step back from its traditional role of lead terrorizer of the world is also an outspoken foreign policy issue for US President Donald Trump. Trump has on many occasions made it clear that he considers many of Washington’s allies to be “free-riding” on Washington’s “generosity”. He has repeatedly told his NATO allies that they “must pay” for Washington’s supposed protection. The same has been said about Washington’s Persian Gulf vassals. I know some people would say these statements by Trump are just excuses to redeploy US troops closer to Russia and China, but if we play with the idea that Trump perhaps isn’t the 5-dimensional chess player that some believe him to be, I would say this:
Trump has been an outspoken critic of Washington’s role in the Middle East. He even admitted himself that Washington has killed “hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East” and that “the single greatest mistake we ever made was to go to the Middle East”.
So this takes us back to the so called “peace agreements”. Both the timing and the way they were presented by the media gives us many clues as to what Washington’s intentions are. Western diplomats, think tanks and journalists have been quick to call the “peace agreements” a “nightmare for Iran” and a “a major geo-strategic shift in the region”. Brian Hook, the former US State Department’s lead official on Iran, said the “agreement amounted to a ‘nightmare’ for Iran in its efforts against Israel in the region.” But why? What is their reasoning?
At first glance, if one were to follow the Western narrative, it would seem that Washington’s allies have all united against the Islamic Republic and now stand to offer a collective deterrence against Iran. But anyone who has even the slightest knowledge of Middle Eastern politics would reach the same conclusions that were stated above – peace agreements are signed by countries who have been at war, not long-standing allies who have never fired a single bullet towards each other.
Of course the timing for President Trump is also perfect. A few months before the US elections, he presents his own version of the Camp David Accords, which resulted in the normalization of relations between Israel and Egypt in 1978. He will certainly portray this as a great political victory for him at home.
But what Washington is really doing is merely posturing. This is what they’ve been doing for over 4 decades against the Islamic Republic. For Washington this will be a great way to exit the region without being thrown out and without compromising Israel’s security. But they’re not kidding themselves, they know that nothing has changed and that this is just more of a PR stunt than it is a “diplomatic coup”. Let’s be honest, no country will ever fear Bahrain or the UAE, and Washington knows this. Collectively the Arab League’s military forces would offer little resistance in a regional war against the Resistance Axis. These are the same Arab League armies that cannot even defeat the Houthis in Yemen despite massive Western assistance. Not only are they extremely incompetent, as proven on multiple occasions in Yemen where the Saudi Air Force has bombed their own forces on the ground, but they are also cowards, again proven in Yemen where Saudi forces have been filmed abandoning their superior US-made vehicles and running away from the field of battle.
It would seem that Washington’s eventual withdrawal from the Middle East is to the detriment of Israel’s interests rather than to the benefit. Unless of course we forget that Israel possesses nuclear weapons and that it probably won’t be long before the US and Israel will arm Saudi Arabia with Nuclear Weapons to target Iran. But still, the secret dealings between Israel and “some Arab states” as Zionist Chieftain Benjamin Netanyahu said years ago, the not-so-secret Israeli Nuclear Weapons arsenal and the fact that Washington’s potential “taking a step back” policy does not really mean that it wouldn’t come to the aid of Israel in a matter of minutes, don’t really strike anyone in the region as “shocking news”.
So what have these “Peace Agreements” really shown us? Nothing really. We all knew this day would come eventually. They were cautious when they sent the UAE and Bahrain out of the closet first, dipping their toes into the water to see the reaction of the people in the region. Seeing how the Arab league and most other countries didn’t really react with outrage, they are now sending more countries to step out and admit their shameful alliance with Israel. Really, the only thing that the Gulf monarchies have achieved is to write their own names into the history books as the shameful allies of a terrorist state. We have yet to see [at the time of writing 2020-09-25] which country will be the “third Arab state” to sign the agreement with the Zionist state, but it matters not, camps were chosen long ago despite not having been declared officially by some countries.
My bets are on Morocco by the way.
These so called peace treaties are just loud propaganda from us administration nothing more. The real deal is the fact that despite maximum pressure Iran is still there, that Iran is negociating a very important deal with China and that the UN blocked pompeo.
The situation for Iran is not perfect of course but has the US position improved since the withdrawal from the jcpoa? I Don t think so.
Water security. That’s the killer motive.
Agree with everything else, though!
Morocco is the most likely candidate because of the “Union for the Mediterranean/Union pour la Méditerranée/الاتحاد من أجل المتوسط Al-Ittiḥād min ajl al-Mutawassaṭ”, which is the launching pad of the re-Islamization of Spain (and Europe), but also the vehicle to bring Israel into the EU and NATO. It is a long duration process, adumbrated by the ‘Euro-Mediterranean Partnership’, also known as the ‘Barcelona Process’ in 1995, and launched at the ‘Paris Summit for the Mediterranean’ on 13 July 2008. The European Union stated the intention of the partnership was “to strengthen its relations with the countries in the Mashreq (the Arab states of Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen) and Maghreb regions”.
I wonder whether anyone payed any attention to the declarations of Bibi Netahyahu in 2015:
” In a somewhat cryptic remark in an interview hosted by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Tuesday [Nov. 2015], Binyamin Netanyahu raised the imaginary possibility of the establishment of two or three more “Israels” throughout the Middle East and North Africa, which he said would be located in or near present-day Libya, Afghanistan and Yemen….[Netanyahu said] “Imagine a Middle East without Israel. What do you think would happen in our immediate vicinity? I’m the foreign minister so I have to be diplomatic… “I’ll leave it to your imagination. Now imagine a Middle East with three Israels: one in Afghanistan, one in Libya, one near Yemen. It’ll be a far different situation. The support for Israel that I’m talking about. Well – the United States supports Israel to the tune of 3 billion a year”. @https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/203220.
The behaviour of Arabs and Moslems, with a very few honourable exceptions, matches the worst racist stereotypes. They (their Quisling dictator whore leaders rather than the people at large) are almost invariably shifty, shabby, sleazy, corrupt, immoral, utterly contemptible, treacherous backstabbers, ever ready to sell out their own people (and sell them cheap) to foreign invaders and exploiters, like the legendary Cairo Dirty Postcard Merchant of WW2 Fame, eager to sell his sister cheap to any passing soldier.
They are always ready, willing and eager to do the bidding of hostile foreign interests, begging outsiders to intervene in their petty internecine squabbles, Sunni v. Shia, to the detriment of all. The result being centuries of slaughter, exploitation, misery and humiliation for their own people. How can you respect people who dont respect themselves?
Saudi Arabia has long whored itself out to Israel and America, begging both to wage a war to destroy fellow Moslem Iran from its own territory, and offering to pay for the whole cost. How contemptible is that?
In 1991, Egypt and Syria whored themselves out as mercenaries in Daddy Bush’s invasion of Iraq. Though in 1973, Iraq had stood with both as Iraqi troops fought and died with them on the Golan Heights. How contemptible is that?
In 2006, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and other whore dictatorships, supported Israel in the war with Hezbollah, the only group actively opposing Zionist aggression and Zionist genocide. Doing everything they could to support their Zionist friends. How contemptible is that?
Gaza is a tiny place. Israeli bombers find it difficult to complete their bombing runs without using Egyptian air space. So they use Egyptian air space freely. In just one of their periodic pogroms, they dropped 20,000 tons of bombs on Gaza, a greater explosive yield than Hiroshima. And Egypt didn’t lift a finger or utter a word of protest. How contemptible is that?
Syria has long supported the Palestinian struggle. In 2011, Hamas supported the western orchestrated head choppers and throat slitters turned loose to destroy it. How contemptible is that?
And now the whore dictators of UAE and Bahrain grovel to Israel and its American bitch as Palestinians are kicked out of the homes they have occupied for generations and off the land they have farmed for generations. How contemptible is that?
Last century, Arabs were described as “a silly people”, “a little people”, stupid, irrational, treacherous, violent, and self destructive. If this were not the case, and they retained some tiny vestige of dignity and self respect, Israel would not be occupying Palestine and butchering Palestinians with complete impunity. Iraq would not have been destroyed. Libya would not have been bombed back to the Stone Age. Syria would not have been devastated. Yemen would not have been starved. Hundreds of millions would not have been slaughtered, starved, immiserated, exploited and immiserated. But maybe, given their pathological backstabbing on these and a hundred other occasions, that is all they deserve.
I do my very best to not engage online. But your comment got me. I am an Arab. A proud one too. But I cannot in all honesty argue against what you’ve said. It may be painful to hear, but the truth does hurt sometimes. We Arabs have been our own worst enemy for a very, very long time. Way before Israel was a twinkle in Herzels eye even.
China should side with Ansar Islam and supply them with more arms. They could fairy supporters from Sudan. Help with logistic support. In league with Iran, China could change the face of the middle east. This treaty is furthur proof of the fear gulf leaders have of their own populations. This deal will only accelerate the inevitable fall of the gulf state tyrants. Yemen will be the door that the faithful use to enter the tryrants house and throw them out.
You show a wisdom not common among the usurper nations here in North America. And for a disturbed robot ,if you are being truthful, you will fare well.
Greetings Paul, I love you and I love your courageous truth-telling.
Sing Oh Nightingale, Sing
The Song we yearn so…
The Zionists have no time for dilly dallying. Saudi Arabia is coming out of the closet next.
Sometimes only a Latuf cartoon can truly express what is going on here.
The Arab League should be disbanded, its a huge waste of time.
Arabs need another Gamal Abdel Nasser to recover their dignity.
Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalised (i.e confiscated) the private sector of Egypt. My grandfather’s factory was stolen from us – even though the land on which it resides is theoretically still ours. It is in the centre of Cairo – in Abbassia.
President Anwar Sadat gave a medal to my father at a public ceremony. The medal was for my deceased grandfather. My grandfather was the first to be allowed by the British to build a factory in Egypt. Anwar Sadat wanted to commemorate this event.
The name of the company was
شركة لبيب نسيم للألوان
Nasser destroyed the economy of Egypt. His army was destroyed by the Jews in 6 days. Bravo!
I point out that in 1952, South Koreans were starving. The Egyptian pound was more valuable than the pound sterling. Where is it now? Compare any Asian country with Egypt and what do you find? That despite Egypt being on the doorstep of the huge market of Europe.
Terrific piece. Trump’s engineered ‘peace’ agreements between UAE and Bahrain (both corrupt Gulf monarchies and US vassals) and the Zionist project (aka Israel) are obviously an election year gimmick, generating some limited favorable coverage for Trump by corporate media. Nonetheless, US economic decline continues and has been accelerated by the Coronavirus pandemic. Bottom line, Israel’s very existence is predicated on continuing economic support from US taxpayers. Considering the precarious state of the US economy- huge multi $ trillion deficits, Wall St. being bailed out with $ trillions of taxpayer-backed funds from the Treasury, and looming strategic debacles in Afghanistan (longest war in US history), Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, it is difficult to characterize these ‘agreements’ as a success.
Man plans and God laughs!
Psychopaths imprisoned Assange on the grounds that he revealed to the world that they are not Gods but evil frauds
Aninymous leaked Syria files on September 8th, exposing over 1,600 journalsts as complete liars in a
Global Operation Mockingbird like project.
Maybe imprisoning Assange will result not in leaking information about the psychopaths in control, but a Tsunami of “classified” information exposing those who dared to believe that they were
Bring it on!
Free Assange before the flood!
Another article about the UK propaganda operation to demonize Syria and drive the winds of war.
I will go back and read your opinion, but first here’s mine. Peace, in the Holy Land, can not be meeted out by humanity. It is that simple. Adversary, (Satan) will not allow it . So as long as he can manipulate seven Heads of State worldwide, he’s in control. Even if humanity could muster up ten good kings among them ,they would give their power to Adversary. Look up. Look Way up! Oh Little Ones ,the redemption is at hand.
Its tragically ironic, but most countries would like to have normal relations with Iran but they are harrassed, bullied, bribed blackmailed and sanctioned away by the US, while on the other hand, most countries want nothing to do with Apartheid Israel, so instead the US resorts to threats and bribes to get some to hold their noses and fake “normalization” with the entity.
“Sudan reportedly requesting billions in aid in exchange for ties with Israel”
What will Israel do when the US can no longer “afford” to support it economically or politically?