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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Aug 20, 2012 at 05:21

'There is NO Santa Claus' wrote :

> Ianus:

The US-Saudi pact was made between President Roosevelt and Ibn Saud. Fortunately, Harry Truman was not fully aware of it. Nor did Truman feel bound by Roosevelt's opposition to the establishment of the Jewish State.<

If so, then why did Truman impose arms embargo against the Jews early in Decemeber 1947 while well aware that Britain was at the same time generously shipping weapons to the Arabs and was signing agreements to ship more arms to Iraq and Transjordan, was training, arming and leading Jordan's Arab Legion as well as seeing to it that British RAF planes flew with Egyptian squadrons over the Israel-Egypt border ?

And you say it was just a coincidence and Truman was on the side of the Jews, don't you ? I am afraid the Jews themselves felt the opposite was the case and if it all had depended on the State Department the Jewish state solemnly and democratically proclaimed in the UN would have shared the fate of another on-paper state - Kurdistan - also once upon a time solemnly proclaimed in a certain internationally recognized Treaty whose implementation the US promised to guarantee. As the Israelis put it diplomatically "The Jews won their war of independence with minimal help from the West. In fact, they won despite efforts to undermine their military strength."

In other words , let's not give too much credit to those who hardly deserve it.

As to the Saudi-US Axis its present geopolitical significance originated in the mid-70-ies in the aftermath of the oil crisis. And I'd suggest to listen to someone who himself engineered this unholy alliance. I mean John Perkins - the famous author of "the Confessions of an economic hitman" who has eloquently exposed the double dealings, scams, frauds and crimes of the imperial US policy in which he took a most active part himself. In an interview with Amy Goodman we can read the following :

" Amy Goodman : We're talking to John Perkins. In your book, you talk about how you helped to implement a secret scheme that funneled billions of dollars of Saudi Arabian petrol dollars back into the U.S. economy, and that further cemented the intimate relationship between the House of Saud and successive U.S. administrations. Explain.

JOHN PERKINS: Yes, it was a fascinating time. I remember well, you're probably too young to remember, but I remember well in the early seventies how OPEC exercised this power it had, and cut back on oil supplies. We had cars lined up at gas stations. The country was afraid that it was facing another 1929-type of crash — depression; and this was unacceptable. So, they —- the Treasury Department hired me and a few other economic hit men. We went to Saudi Arabia. We -—

AMY GOODMAN: You're actually called economic hit men —e.h.m.'s?

JOHN PERKINS: Yeah, it was a tongue-in-cheek term that we called ourselves. Officially, I was a chief economist. We called ourselves e.h.m.'s. It was tongue-in-cheek. It was like, nobody will believe us if we say this, you know? And, so, we went to Saudi Arabia in the early seventies. We knew Saudi Arabia was the key to dropping our dependency, or to controlling the situation. And we worked out this deal whereby the Royal House of Saud agreed to send most of their petro-dollars back to the United States and invest them in U.S. government securities. The Treasury Department would use the interest from these securities to hire U.S. companies to build Saudi Arabia — new cities, new infrastructure — which we've done. And the House of Saud would agree to maintain the price of oil within acceptable limits to us, which they've done all of these years, and we would agree to keep the House of Saud in power as long as they did this, which we've done, which is one of the reasons we went to war with Iraq in the first place. And in Iraq we tried to implement the same policy that was so successful in Saudi Arabia, but Saddam Hussein didn't buy. When the economic hit men fail in this scenario, the next step is what we call the jackals. Jackals are C.I.A.-sanctioned people that come in and try to foment a coup or revolution. If that doesn't work, they perform assassinations. or try to. In the case of Iraq, they weren't able to get through to Saddam Hussein. He had — His bodyguards were too good. He had doubles. They couldn't get through to him. So the third line of defense, if the economic hit men and the jackals fail, the next line of defense is our young men and women, who are sent in to die and kill, which is what we've obviously done in Iraq."

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