Saudi Arabia creates Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism reads the headline of a story in the Oregonian this morning. I got about halfway through the first paragraph and broke out laughing. Saudi Arabia, who gave the dirty dishes (Daesh, aka ISIL, aka ISIS) their start in murder and mayhem, is now joining forces with their neighbors to fight terrorism. Right. Tell me another one.
Many moons ago (506) Saudi Arabia attempted to destroy Israel. Since their army was made of poorly educated and ill-trained peasants and Israel's army is composed of well educated and highly trained professional soldiers, they got their butt handed to them. They sued for peace and decided that Israel is now their ally.
Since there is a large and politically influential Jewish lobby in the USA, and since this lobby is all for supporting Israel, the USA supports Israel.
Since Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest sources of oil on the planet, and since oil is very important to the USA, and since Saudi Arabia and Israel are now 'allies', we support Saudi Arabia in their efforts to crush their opponents and destroy their enemies.
All this is eerily reminiscent of our experience in Afghanistan. We supported the Taliban with arms and money to fight against the evil Russian Communist empire. When Russia finally called it quits, the Taliban revealed itself as an evil bunch of sadistic barbarians from the 12th Century, much like the dirty dishes that are now operating in Syria and Iraq.
I am glad I am not in John Kerry's shoes (the US Secretary of State). I think my head would explode.