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Theresa May Is Wading Into a Dangerous Sectarian Conflict

Discussion in 'Foreign Affairs' started by The Potato Mystic, Dec 11, 2016.

  1. The Potato Mystic

    The Potato Mystic Legend Battle Royale Political Irish

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    Cockburn thinks contemporary British misconduct is something exceptional; but really it's just the same old, same old.
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    Theresa May Is Wading Into a Dangerous Sectarian Conflict

    The British Government’s fawning on the absolute monarchs of the Gulf, whose authority is enforced by beheadings, lashings and the torture chamber, is at once contemptible and pathetic. It is a measure of Britain’s decline as a great power that it is only in tiny, toxic, sectarian Bahrain, where Sunni rulers suppress the Shia majority, that Theresa May can expect a regal reception.

    May added her own few drops of venom to the raging sectarian warfare between Sunni and Shia in the region by targeting Iran. She said she was “clear-eyed” about the Iranian threat to an audience of largely fundamentalist Sunni Gulf leaders for whom the words “Iran” and “Shia” are demonic and interchangeable.
    In Bahrain, the monarchy blamed the peaceful democratic uprising during the Arab Spring in 2011 on a deep-laid Iranian plot.

    I spoke later the same year to doctors who had worked in a hospital in central Manama, the Bahraini capital, where they had treated injured protesters. After the demonstrations were crushed with the backing of Saudi troops, the doctors had been savagely tortured for using a complex piece of medical equipment that the Bahraini security forces had convinced themselves was the means by which Iran gave the protesters their instructions. It is this type of paranoia that May is feeding, though an independent inquiry found no evidence of Iranian involvement in the protest movement.

    Downing Street’s rebuttal of Boris Johnson’s demonstrably correct view that Saudi Arabia wages “proxy wars” in the Middle East is equally mendacious. Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have taken a leading role in funding and supplying weapons to extreme jihadi insurgents in Syria, as US leaders – including President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, supplemented by leaked documents – have made clear.

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  2. Tadhg Gaelach

    Tadhg Gaelach Legend Political Irish Donator Battle Royale

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    When I saw this title I thought it was going to be about the six counties. Theresa would be totally out of her depth there, not to mind the Persian Gulf.
     
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    Britain and Saudi Arabia sign military cooperation deal

    20 September 2017 • 1:59am
    Saudi Arabia and Britain signed a framework deal for military cooperation, Saudi state media said on Tuesday, just two days after Gulf rival Qatar signed a deal to buy jet fighters from the European nation.

    The agreement came after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed security ties with visiting British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah, the Saudi Press Agency said without disclosing details of the agreement.
    "During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations particularly the mechanism... joint coordination in the field of defense. They also discussed... efforts to combat terrorism," SPA said.
    The agreement comes as Britain seeks to explore lucrative trade deals outside Europe, including energy-rich Gulf monarchies, after voting to leave the European Union.

    Qatar on Sunday signed an agreement to buy 24 Typhoon fighter jets from Britain, a second major defence deal signed by Doha during its prolonged diplomatic dispute with its neighbours.
    Regional kingpin Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut ties with Qatar in June, accusing it of backing extremism and fostering ties with their Shiite rival Iran.
    Qatar denies the charges, claiming the dispute is an attack on its sovereignty. Britain and other Western powers have urged Arab states to end their Qatar boycott, but analysts say the crisis shows no sign of ending.

    Britain and Saudi Arabia sign military cooperation deal
     
  4. Tadhg Gaelach

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    May is a women of low morals.
     
  5. SwordOfStCatherine

    SwordOfStCatherine Legend Political Irish Battle Royale

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    Enoch Powell fully understood the UK Ruling Elite- they were never prepared to come to terms with the loss of the Empire, and that refusal explains a lot of their actions that would otherwise be unintelligible.
     
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  6. SwordOfStCatherine

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    The current head of the Northern Ireland Office, Brokenshire (I kid you not), is an utter and complete buffon.
     
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  7. SwordOfStCatherine

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    If maintaining at all costs the illusion of still being a "Great Power" is the guiding thought of the UK Ruling Elite, the thought that guides the ROI one is showing the world how "grown up" they have become and this can lead them to be almost just as crazy at times.
     
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  8. Tadhg Gaelach

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    Very true a chara. Getting a pat on the head from some foreign celeb is what the free state Gombeens live for.
     
  9. SwordOfStCatherine

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    Well hope they never get to the stage of sending Irish lads off to die for Washington or Brussels to demonstrate their "maturity"- the UK State has sent it's citizens off to die to keep it's illusions going.
     
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    Particularly Fine Gael.
     
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    The Potato Mystic

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    Yes, this reminds me of that gargantuan and ridiculous hunk of floating metal they've just constructed, the Queen Elizabeth prattleship.

    Completely worthless strategically. It takes years to turn and needs a mini-fleet of support ships to operate on the open seas. All to sustain the delusion of long lost empire -- and of course to keep the war profiteers happy.

    And today May addressed a virtually empty UN. How the mighty have fallen.
     
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