By Syed Zubair Ahmad,
One of the most memorable events in the friendship was the exchange of gifts between US President Franklin Roosevelt and Saudi King Abdul Aziz. The president gave the king a Dakota aero plane and the latter handed the US a maintenance contract for T.W.A. This was the beginning of Saudia. (Arab News, 20 September 2002).
Is it just a coincidence or a part of great conspiracy! One thing could be said for sure that the most important Muslim country in the world has collaborated and are aligned with Antichrist imperialist forces headed by the US. It is a direct or indirect surrender to one of the worst enemies of Islam, Muslims and mankind in general. The world knows that the terrorist state of America is ravaging Afghanistan, Iraq and by proxy Palestine. It is invading Muslim lands, enslaving civilians, maiming innocent people, killing youngsters, starving infants, destroying civilization, bombing hospitals, schools, and marriage parties on daily basis. Its enmity with Islam is not a secret, but a declared government policy. Ignoring all, the Saudi rulers even today express solidarity to and maintain a ‘historical’ friendship with America. They use phrases like ‘most loyal ally’, ‘strategical partner’, ‘a privileged and most dependable friend’, ‘oldest friend’, ‘a time tested friend’, etc. to describe America. On the other hand general public opinion is outrageous over this meek and submissive gesture of Saudi rulers. Ignoring all these, the Saudi rulers continue to overlook interest of Islam and the Muslims in favor of their own selfish interests.
‘Americanism’ is apparent everywhere in Saudi society. It must be reminded here that the US is a creator, protector and torchbearer of the Zionist state Israel. American civilization is a Jewish (Antichrist) civilization by its nature and origin. Founder of the Saudi kingdom, King Abdul Aziz established friendship with America. His descendants are stuck to that foreign policy till date. As the Prophet’s saying goes ‘ Annaaso Ala Deen e Mulukihim’; (people’s lifestyle, thoughts and etiquettes etc. are that of their rulers), we can notice that the ruling elite and a large chunk of upper class is running after everything that comes from America. Be it politics, trade, education, tourism, medicine, fashion, foods etc., and the Saudi society looks towards America. Even today America provides them with all kinds of luxuries and in lieu of these America gets big business contracts. Here it must also be kept in mind that America not only provides with instruments of debauchery but advertise rather promulgate American culture too.
In fact, Saudi rulers are responsible for present state of affairs. Don’t they know that America and Israel are two sides to the same coin? Isn’t it a fact that the existence of Israel in the heart of Arab peninsula is the greatest tragedy and the biggest defeat of the twentieth century Muslim Ummah? In spite of these facts the Arab rulers and the so called custodian of two holiest mosques preferred to remain a natural ally of the oppressor and imperialist forces. In past, they conspired against the Ottoman Caliphate and collaborated with the Americans and the British to disintegrate the Caliphate and get small territories to establish Sheikhdom in place of Caliphate. They succeeded in their nefarious design. This is not a debatable issue. This is the plain truth beyond any doubt. In fact, the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire paved the way for the establishment of an illegal and illegitimate Israel on the occupied Arab land. At a time when multi-dimensional conspiracies against Ottoman Empire were in full swing to establish an illegal Israel in the heart of Arabian Peninsula their only concerns were throne and Sheikhdom. Israel was not born out of an accident but, it was the result of well-planned and well-calculated move of western powers. Now the US is the biggest protector of Zionist interests and the mentally westernized Arab rulers are safeguarding its interests directly and indirectly.
American policy makers and the Zionist think-tanks knew it well that in the Gulf region American and Zionist interests are not safe until the ruling elite and populace are mentally westernized and physically “paralyzed”. They dexterously played their game and now on international affairs, Arab rulers are mere pawns in the hands of America which sacrifices them at its will to safeguard its larger interests. Walking in the footsteps of their rulers, a large section of Arab population too is westernized inwardly as well as outwardly. Though I am talking explicitly about Saudi society, the situation is more or less the same in the entire Gulf region.
Even today, contracts to discover or newly discovered oil fields are given to American companies on preferential basis. It won’t be an exaggeration if we say that the U.S. takes the petroleum from Arab nations at nominal prices. The crude oil, which sells for 60-70 dollar a barrel in international market, America buys it for two dollars a barrel from Saudi Arabia. Different newspapers reports, based on financial experts’ opinion, indicate that the royal family’s eight trillion dollars are lying in American banks and financial institutions which are promoting interest system of banking all over the world. And it is a known fact that most of American and European Banks are owned by Jews and Zionists. The book ‘Big Oil & Their Bankers In Persian Gulf’ by Dean Henderson is an eye opener on this subject.
It is an open secret that money deposited in World Bank and IMF etc. is utilized by imperialists to enslave suffering people of the Third World countries by giving them aids at high interest rates with certain conditions such as mortgaging their sovereignty in the hands of American capitalist administration to get the so-called financial assistance. Jews and Neo-con capitalists take the maximum benefit of it.
Saudi Arabia is the biggest buyer of the American weapons. These weapons are given on the condition that they will not be used against American ally i.e. Israel. This is also a fact that US tends to sell these weapons but not the technology and so Saudi Arabia has a large numbers of F-15 and F-16 fighter jets but these planes are only operated by American pilots, besides it also extracts large sums of money from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states in the name of maintaining and updating those outdated weapons on regular basis.
Most suitable destination of investment for Saudi capitalists is America, where in banks and hotels they invest enormous amount of money. America’s largest bank City Financial Corporation’s 40% shares are owned by a Saudi prince who is nephew of King Fahad. Every year affluent Saudis spend 15 billion dollars on tourism and their preferred destination is America, so most of these funds are spent in America. Be that an ordinary technical training or higher education the first choice is again America. If Saudis need minor or major medical treatment on government expenditure, the government would send them to the US while such education, training and treatment facilities of the same quality and standard are available at a much lower cost in other developed or developing countries. Saudi Arabia’s largest company is ‘Aramco’ which is run in the partnership of US. Saudi Arabia’s largest bank is Saudi American bank. Saudi Arabia is the biggest market of American cars and so Saudi streets are full of Cadillac, Caprices, Fords and Lincolns etc. The largest fast food chains of Saudi Arabia are Pizza Hut, Pizza in, Domino Pizza, Burger King, Taco Bell, Chill, KFC, McDonald etc. The most popular selling cosmetic brands are Clinique, MAC, and Estee Lauder CK, DKNY etc. Likewise the most preferred perfumes are Eternity, Obsession, Contradiction, Escape, Truth, etc.
New generation of Saudi Arabia takes pride in wearing DKNY jeans. The Arabs who call non-Arabs ajmi or dumb feel pride in talking with their children in English and that too in concocted American accent. Saudi supermarkets are flooded with edible goods whose being Halal has always been doubtful and debated. Even on bottles of tomato sauce one can find ‘made in USA’ tag. If you take a look at AC boxes you would discover that it is of York, Gibson or Carrier. In markets signboards read like this, shop of American cars, shop of American mattress, shop of American furniture, shop of American vessels, etc. It is considered a symbol of status to pay through American dollar or American Express card. There are three channels of Saudi government among which one is altogether dedicated to broadcast American films and absurd American shows. People all over the world go to America in search of better livelihood, but more than forty thousand Americans are working in Saudi Arabia and getting an average pay of 40-50 thousand riyals per month. Engineers of Indonesia and Malaysia are world famous in their precision and profession but if they come to Saudi Arabia they come as drivers or housemaids as visas for top class engineers are meant for Americans.
When a Bangladeshi, who earns 240 riyals a month, calls his home, the Saudi government charges 4 riyals per unit from that poor but if a 40-50 thousand riyals earner American calls his home he pays less than 1.5 riyals per unit.
After the US attack on Afghanistan a slight decline is felt in import of American products and some Saudi capitalists have transferred their savings from American to European banks but this is too mild a beginning. Some people have started boycotting American products but majority of them are not capable of buying an American car. Yes! They do drink some other soft drink than Pepsi and smoke some other cigarette than Marlboro.
One day I asked a Saudi friend why Saudi people don’t boycott American goods. He said how they could do so. Majority of American companies’ agents are Saudi princes and boycotting them is against the policy of the government. Prince Naif (home minister) also issues royal decree from time to time that boycotting of American products is not in the interest of Saudi economy while royal imams in their Friday sermons would cry ‘it is Sunnah to trade with the Jews and Christians’ loudly.
A proverb is famous in Saudi Arabia: ‘Amriki mian mian’ means anything from America amounts – 100% out of 100%”. During a few years of my stay there I came to understand quite well the lingual, practical and psychological connotations of this proverb.
The Arab rulers have not only accepted political, financial and cultural slavery of west but they are proud of it.