Saturday 25 May 2013

Surprise Saudi-Brotherhood alliance sealed

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Muslim Brotherhood have struck a two-barreled deal to bring down the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad and build a new Arab East exclusive of Iran.

The news comes from Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia’s analyst, author and kingpin of the impending Al Arab TV news channel.

He writes today in his weekly column for the Saudi-owned pan-Arab daily al-Hayat:

What is happening in Syria is a genuine people’s revolution that the “Muslim Brothers” neither planned nor anticipated. Their being muddle-headed here and there is consequently understandable.
This applies to all the “Brothers,” not only Syria’s “Brothers.”

But the moment of truth has arrived and it requires the “Brothers” to be ready for the day after.
Something crucial to the “Brothers” happened lately. Another happening no less fundamental is coming in the next few days.

What did happen is that Saudi Arabia has at last opened her heart to the “Brothers.”

How this happened is irrelevant. Which side was talked into its importance is also immaterial.

What is cardinal is the move vastly enhances prospects of realizing the joint objective of the Kingdom and the “Brothers” – namely, to bring down the Assad regime and stop the massacre suffered by the Syrian people.

Equally crucial is the two sides’ commitment to an alliance carved in stone to redraw a new Arab East exclusive of Iran and stretching from Shatt al-Arab to the Mediterranean.

The “Brothers” committed to this in the course of meetings held recently in Jeddah.