This one came courtesy of Ms. P.H., a regular reader and contributor of articles, and it's worth passing along in the wake of the recent "deal" with Iran:
Now we can note that, while President Vladimir Putin may have, for the moment, forestalled a Western incursion into Syria via direct support for its radicalizing rebels, there is nothing to prevent Saudi Arabia from doing so via various proxies:
"Over the summer, Saudi Arabia began funneling guns into Jordan, as well as conducting military training, where there are being used by Saudi-led armed rebel groups who cross the border into southern Syria. Jordan’s role as a conduit for Saudi arms has had an adverse effect on its population. The increased amount of guns circulating in Jordan is contributing to more conflicts within Jordan’s refugee camps and regions.
"Taking full advantage of the tension, Syria rebels are moving in to recruit. Syrian rebels forces are using the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan to recruit fighters. The rebel training camps have put the Jordanian and UN officials running the camp in a delicate position. Wary of further increasing tensions with the government in Syria, Jordan has sought to keep its support of rebels under the radar, officially denying that any training of anti-Assad fighters takes place on its soil, though both Jordanian and U.S. officials have acknowledged it.
"The influence of Saudi Arabia in the Middle East political landscape is considerable. It has assisted in overthrowing Egyptian Prime Minister Morsi, and is currently providing training to the interim military government. With the world already nervous of the unknown outcome of both the Syrian and Egyptian conflicts, should the U.S really be finalizing a $10.8 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia?"
Indeed, the kingdom has emerged as a leading proxy state for Western policy in the region, permitting the USA to double deal in a new(but really very old) way: negotiating directly with "nations of concern" such as Iran, while actively supplying advanced armaments systems to nations like Saudi Arabia.
So what can we expect in the future? I suspect we will see more of this approach both from the USA, and the other two major players in the Middle East: China and Russia, and surprisingly, I suspect we are going to see Russian and Chinese pressure on their proxy, Iran, to moderate its regime in an effort to distinguish it from the regime in Riyadh.
Bottom line: the world of Islam is being set up as the ultimate proxy in a new kind of East-West long term conflict, and in the end, it is being set up for a massive fall in yet another version of "the clash of civilizations."
See you on the flip side.