If Saudi Arabia Doesn’t Worry You, You’re Not Paying Attention
The comments above & below is an edited and abridged synopsis of an article by Chris Martenson
Gigantic waves of change are sweeping across the Middle East. The magnitude is such that the effect on the global price of oil, as well as world markets, is likely to be enormous.
A dramatic geopolitical realignment by Saudi Arabia is in full swing, and it is upending many decades of established strategic relationships among the world’s superpowers, and throwing the Middle East into turmoil.
So much is currently in flux, especially in Saudi Arabia, that nearly anything can happen. This volatile situation should command our focused attention.
The main elements currently in play are these: A sudden and intense purging of powerful Saudi insiders (arrests, deaths and asset seizures); huge changes in domestic policy and strategy; a shift away from the US in all respects (politically, financially and militarily); deepening ties to China; a surprising turn towards Russia (economically and militarily); and increasing cooperation and alignment with Israel. These tectonic changes are happening at blazing speed.
That it’s receiving little attention in the press is a clue to just how big a deal this is; we’re familiar with how the greater the relevance and importance of a development, the less press coverage it receives. This is not a direct conspiracy; it’s just what happens when the press becomes part of the state and other powerful interests. Like a dog trained with rewards, after a time the press needs no further instruction on the house rules.
It does mean, however, that to be accurately informed about what’s going on, you have to do your own homework. Subjects discussed include: a quick primer; things beginning to to break down; a pivot to China; and you ain’t seen nothing yet.