Saudi Arabia: oil clique gets deserved pay

For more than eighty years, one of the most backward and evil regimes ever set up and maintained by the British and Americans ever since: the House of Saudi, which runs their country of Saudi Arabia as their private property. In a monster alliance, the Americans got oil - and the dollar support because the oil is billed in US dollars - and the Saudis got huge amounts of money and the ability to spread extremist Wahhabism.

Saudi Arabia, an overview
The country we now know as Saudi Arabia is in fact an ethnically and geographically very diverse area. In the western coastline, the Hejaz, a multi-ethnic population is the descendants of Muslim pilgrims who settled in the area after their pilgrimage to the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina. In the fertile province Asir Yemenis who feel more akin to their peers live on the other side of the border than to the Arabs from the north. In the eastern coastline, where almost all Saudi oil reserves are located, is home to a significant Shia minority that is routinely oppressed, the southeast corner of the country is the Rub al-Khali, the Empty Quarter, an uninhabited sandy desert the size of France. After all, in the center of the country and the north lies the Nejd, the huge plateau and desert where the All Sauds to come from.

Jews and Christians, not to speak of pagans, no longer live in Saudi Arabia, because the predominant hanbalitic law school prohibits non-Muslims from living in Muslim countries other than as a temporary guest. Jews do not enter the country at all (visa applicants had to fill in a non-Jewish statement until recently), Christians and other non-Muslims only enjoy temporary residence status. Women enjoy fewer rights than men, unbelievers enjoy even fewer rights. For example, according to Saudi law, killing a Hindu woman is thirty-six times worse than killing an Islamic man. In short, Saudi Arabia has an apartheid regime worse than even that in South Africa or many American states in the 1950s.

The introduction of Wahhabi terror
After the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after World War I, a power vacuum developed in the Arabian Peninsula. Abdul Aziz ibn Saud, the leader of the highly aggressive Wahhabi nomadic tribe of the Al Sauds, who had founded an empire twice before in most of today's Saudi Arabia in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and still today the Nejd and ruled the east coast, took his chance and with a number of campaigns overran the rest of the country, including Hejaz and the fertile province of Asir. The English were glad that an organized state finally existed in the troubled Arabian peninsula and therefore left the ruler alone. The sherief (key keeper, presumably the origin of the English word sheriff) of Mecca was parked as Prince Abdullah in Eastern Palestine, which was later renamed (Trans) Jordan. It goes without saying that the Jordanian royals still harbor a deep-rooted hatred for the al-Sauds.

The hot-headed Ikhwan also wanted to overrun the British Mandate of Transjordan, but Abdul Aziz rightly assumed that this would have meant the destruction of his empire by the British. He cracked down on the Ikhwan, who took revenge for that reason in 1979: the bloody occupation of the Great Mosque in Mecca.

As with all Islamic leaders, legitimacy for the Al Sauds is an ongoing problem. Only by constantly manifesting themselves as protectors of Islam can they count on the loyalty of their subjects. What most Saudis understand by "Islam" is the extremely aggressive and intolerant Wahhabism, also known as Salafism. The royal family buys peace in their own country by exporting the worst hotheads as missionaries for Wahhabism to mainly African countries and investing large sums of money in the beautification of the Islamic shrines in Mecca and Medina. The draconian sharia laws also help to maintain the image of a “good Muslim” for the population. Most Saudis are not very blessed in terms of intellectual development or cosmopolitan view of the outside world, but fewer and fewer Saudis are still falling for this. Especially now that the population is exploding and therefore less and less oil dollars have to be divided among more and more people.

The monster covenant for oil
In the 1930s, enormous oil deposits were discovered in the previously poverty-stricken (compare Yemen) kingdom. In 1945, the Americans signed a treaty with the Sauds, under which American oil companies could extract these oil supplies exclusively from the desert. When the Saudis realized how much money they could make from the oil, they managed to increase the percentage of oil profits that fell into their hands through shrewd negotiations. Because the oil is billed in dollars, oil was able to take over the role of gold in backing the dollar. The sharp rise in the oil price provided room for this. Conversely, the high oil prices led to a lot of research in the West into alternatives to petroleum. The lepe Sauds therefore lowered the price a little again, so that it was not interesting to look for alternatives to petroleum. US Presidents Reagan and Bush probably killed off research into alternative energy in return (and the Bush family's enormous oil interests). Because the Saudis dropped the oil price significantly for a few years under American pressure, the Soviet Union went bankrupt while the energy-guzzling US economy boomed.

Saudi social contract is about to burst
The huge Saudi royal family, meanwhile expanded to the population of a medium-sized provincial city, receives benefits from the state. The common man (women in Saudi Arabia only have extremely limited influence at home) are kept quiet with some subsidies on all kinds of goods and jobs as civil servants, religious scholars or, for the most incompetent of people, the notorious religious police. However, oil revenues remain the same, but the population is increasing rapidly: Saudi Arabia has almost the highest population growth in the world with 3% per year.

The sun is increasingly setting for the oil-based economy.

The more educated Saudis are increasingly criticizing the opulent lifestyle of the royal family and the enormous sums it spends on spreading Islam. The descendants of the Ikhwan have still not forgotten what the Sauds did to them, and the other ethnic and religious minorities also harbor deep and justifiable grievances. Food is now also becoming increasingly expensive in Saudi Arabia: everything has to be imported and the country's groundwater supplies are now being drained at a rapid pace. No wonder the now rampant uprisings in the Arab world, especially in the east, home to the poor and oppressed Shias who have benefited very little from the thousands of billions of dollars the Sauds have made in their province. . It is not known whether Shia Iran is behind this, but it would not surprise anything.

Oliekliek gets well-deserved wages
For 70 years, the West has supported this brutal, fundamentalist dictatorship. In exchange for cheap oil supplies, the Saudi people, especially the female part, have been denied freedom and development opportunities and condemned to one of the most brutal regimes in human history. In exchange for futile strategic advantages, the Americans have sold their principles and made common cause with a regime that seeks to surpass that of US-hated Iran in terms of human rights violations. Religion and oil turned out to be the opium with which the Saudis kept their people stupid and enslaved for seventy years. That time now seems to be over. Oil prices will rise even more as a result of the unrest.

Fortunately, we are now much better off than we were in the 1970s. We now have a number of good alternatives to oil, which will become more interesting as prices continue to rise. If oil prices rise above 150 dollars, this means that biodiesel from agricultural waste will become interesting. The switch to electrically powered cars will also receive an enormous stimulus.

8 thoughts on “Saoedi-Arabië: oliekliek krijgt verdiende loon”

  1. Ik vind het wel een flink dilemma. Aan de ene kant ben ik het helemaal eens met het artikel en is het inderdaad een monsterverbond, met zeer wrede gevolgen. Aan de andere kant kan ik het opportunisme van een land om haar belangrijkste importproduct veilig te stellen en daarmee de eigen economie te boosten en de bevolking welvaart te geven ook wel begrijpen.

    Niettemin is het een geweldige win-win situatie als schone, duurzame, politiek-onafhankelijke energie gaat domineren en de slechte regimes vallen onder druk van hun bevolking. Zeker als die ook nog een niet-centraal gewonnen wordt. :)

  2. Van mij mogen de olieprijzen stjgen tot boven de 150 dollar, zoals al in de laatste alinea van het artikel vermeld wordt, wij zullen de laatsten zijn die erom zullen lachen (helaas kunnen de slachtoffers er niet om lachen) omdat wij dan ook als eersten zullen profiteren van de alternatieven. Ik vond het wel een heel goede eindconclusie van germen, eigenlijk zal zo´n beetje alles wat op electriciteit loopt een extra impuls gaan krijgen. Als het zo doorgaat met de benzineprijzen moet ik mijn karretje zowieso aan de kant gaan zetten.

      1. Julie,

        ja idd, ik kan moeilijk mijn hele tuin volzetten met tabaksplanten en ze, zoals ze vroeger deden, onder mijn matras laten drogen. Je hebt wel gelijk ja, roken kost voor de gemiddelde roker per maand zowat evenveel als een benzineslurpend karretje.

    1. Julie,

      Illegale activiteiten? Tabaksplanten kweken is niet illegaal. Net zo min als je eigen olieboortoren in je eigen tuin neerzetten of een zonnecel energiecentrale. Maar ja goed, zoals ik ooit al een keer heb gezegd, van mij mogen ze best alle olieboortorens, platforms en jaknikkers opnieuw platbombarderen, des te eerder worden we gedwongen over te stappen op alternatieven.

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