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Sunday, 11 December 2016
Boris Johnson tells the truth about Saudi Arabia
Boris Johnson, the British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (since July 2016), has finally told the truth about Saudi Arabia. He said that it’s engaging in “proxy wars” in the Middle East.
Boris Johnson said:
“There are politicians who are twisting and abusing religion and different strains of the same religion in order to further their own political objectives.”
He went on to say:
“… and that’s why you have these proxy wars being fought the whole time in that area – is that there is not strong enough leadership in the countries themselves.”
The foreign secretary also blamed the problems of the Middle East on the lack of “big characters” who’re willing to “reach out beyond their Sunni or Shia” group and bring people together.
“Once again Mr Johnson’s use of language is causing headlines that his diplomats will need to explain.”
This video of Boris Johnson speaking has emerged (thanks to the far-left Guardiannewspaper!) just as the UK’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, returned from a visit to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman… Oh dear!
You’d think that Boris Johnson, because of his background, would make a good diplomat. However, it’s turned out (many times) that Boris ain’t such a great diplomat at all – for good or for bad.
In any case, I’m all in favor of diplomacy when such a thing is a means to achieve certain ends. However, when it systematically fails and does so for decades, then we should question the efficacy of diplomacy. Or, in the case of Saudi Arabia, if diplomacy is really all about oil, then perhaps a bit of honesty will come in handy. (That’s if diplomacy and honesty can ever ride together.)
Everyone knows that Saudi Arabia funds terrorists, kills its own people for apostasy, etc. The Americans know it. The British know it. And even the many rich friends of Saudi Arabia know it.
On the subject of “proxy wars”.
You’d need dozens of Boris’s “big characters” to stop an Islamic civil war which has been going on for well over a 1000 years. After all, the celebrations and commemorations of past battles between Sunni and Shia Muslims are part of Isalamic history and culture. (The Shia, in particular, yearly re-enact past battles and defeats.) This war is inscribed on the minds of both Sunni and Shia.
I’m not so sure about the rest of Boris’s analysis.
Boris Johnson talks of politicians, for example, “twisting and abusing religion [Islam]” for political gain. It’s certainly true that Iran and Saudi Arabia were – and still are – responsible for much of the conflict in, for example, Iraq, Syria and now Yemen. Yet why can’t this be both an Islamic and a political thing? After all, Islam itself is a political religion. It’s Islam itself which provides much of the political ideology which fosters the enmity.
Boris has fallen for the “abuse of Islam” cliche. In other words, to him (as to Marxists), religion/Islam is a mere epiphenomenon of the material conditions below. Yet, if anything, politics (in the Middle East) is actually an epiphenomenon of Islam, not the other way around.