IRAQ or SAUDI
ARABIA, who is the real threat?
By Lee Jay Walker Dip BA MA
All the time the media in both
the Islamic world and West focuses on the bombing of Iraq. Some
opinions are in favor, while others are opposed. Yet shouldn't the
real question be focused on reality, with regards to global terrorism?
If so, then who is the real threat, Iraq or Saudi Arabia?
Firstly, we all understand that
Saddam Hussein is a despot, and terrible events like the persecution of
Kurds, the Iran-Iraq war, killing of Shia Muslims and persecution of Marsh
Arabs, are all realities. Only the most "blinded"
pro-Iraqi could ignore this reality. Yet it is also clear that Saddam
Hussein is one of many dictators who happen to reside in parts of Africa
or Asia, but also in other parts of the world.
While it must be stated that
the Kurds have been killed in the tens of thousands by Turkey and in the
1990s alone, around 3,000 Kurdish villages were destroyed. And of
course the Islamic Republic of Iran have crushed Kurds who challenged the
central government. Also, it is a reality that in Iraq, just like in
Bahrain, Syria, and other nations, that you do have a sensitive Sunni-Shia
divide; and Arab Sunni Muslim governments like Kuwait and Saudi Arabia
were happy to give military and economic aid to Iraq during her war with
Therefore the geopolitics of
the region is very complex and diverse. Added to this reality is
that Iraqi society in general was based on religious diversity, in which
Christians became part of the Iraqi elite and women had greater freedoms
in Iraq than in nations like Saudi Arabia and Iran. Also, Iraq was never
known to be a nation of terrorism or spreading radical Islam, and this
takes us back to the original question.
For the government in Saudi
Arabia have been involved in spreading radical Islam throughout the world
and supporting hundreds of thousands of Islamic institutions. While
radical Islamic individuals and organizations have sponsored terrorism in
Chechnya, the Philippines, Indonesia, and countless other nations.
More to the point, nearly every citizen involved in the bombing of America
came from Saudi Arabia.
Given this, it is apparent that the real threat to global peace and
spreading international terrorism is Saudi Arabia, and not Iraq. And in
many parts of the Unites States, Europe, and other parts of the world, it
is Saudi Islamic radicals who are spreading militant Islam. This applies
to sponsoring tens of thousands of Islamic aid agencies, schools, and
other covert ways.
It is also apparent that Saudi Arabia is a nation which kills all
converts from Islam and persecutes Muslim women who are not free to either
talk openly or even drive a car. This to most Iraqi's is clear prove
of American "double standards" and this applies to democracy,
terrorism, and regime change.
If America is serious about tackling radical Islam, then Iraq is not
the nation to focus on. If America just desires a regime change,
then at least America should be honest. Also, it is worth mentioning
Northern Iraq in the Kurdish protected zones, for radical Islam is growing
under the protection of America; so what does this say about a future
How ironic that Christians in Iraq have been forced to leave this
nation due to American policies; and Christian migration may mean a
permanent future marginalization in a post-Saddam Iraq. While the
nation of Saudi Arabia which kills all converts to Christianity and will
not allow one single Christian church, continues to be an ally of America.
So what does this say about the current American administration, and
indeed past American governments? To me, and countless others, it is clear
"double standards." And these American standards are no
better than Arab Muslims who ignore the plight of Africans in Sudan and
modern day slavery in this nation.
At the regional level, it can be stated easily that Iraq went to war
with both Iran and Kuwait, and this nation was a threat to regional peace.
Yet this nation is now contained. However, with regards to global
threats from radical Islam and spreading hatred in many nations, then
surely people can have no doubt that Saudi Arabia needs to change, and be
forced to close down numerous radical Islamic organizations.
So do people really think that Iraq is the major threat to global
peace? Or do we put the blame on the nation which supplied the
hijackers who killed thousands in America? So who is the real threat
to global peace, Iraq or Saudi Arabia?